Believing that her jealousy was responsible for her infant brother's death and that her parents would rather have a son than a spare daughter, Laura climbs the highest hill she can find, hoping to get as close to God as possible to ask Him to take her instead and return the baby boy to the family. While Charles and Mr. Edwards desperately search for her, Laura meets Jonathan, a mystical mountain man who seems to have been sent purposely to guide her through this life-changing experience. Written by
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Melissa Gilbert said that this was her favourite episode because it best represented the relationship between herself and Michael Landon in real life. See more
Laura runs away and heads for the mountains. In reality she would have been walking for weeks and weeks, because the closest mountains are/were in the Black Hills of South Dakota which is about 500 miles from Walnut Grove, Minnesota. In many scenes in and around Walnut Grove, snow peaked mountains can be seen in the background. The area around Walnut Grove is flat to soft rolling country side. Many times pine trees would be shown as well. There were no pine trees in Southwestern Minnesota at that time. The only trees around were scrub trees, oaks, maples, and black cherry trees and they were situated along the rivers and creeks. There were no woods, just prairie grass. See more
It sure is a long ways up here, God. But I wanted to get as close to you as I could. So as you can hear me for sure. You see, the Reverent Alden... you know him... well he told me that you could help me. You see God, I was supposed to pray for my brother so he would be alright again, but I didn't do it and I had mean thoughts. I told you later that I didn't mean it and I wanted him to be alright again, but I guess you didn't hear me. You see God, my Pa already had three girls: me and Mary and ...