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A Matter of Faith 

In this episode Caroline cuts her leg, the cut becomes a bacterial infection which then puts her on a life and death collision course.


William F. Claxton


Blanche Hanalis (developed for television by), Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls
Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker
Dabbs Greer ... Reverend Robert Alden
Kenneth Tobey ... Barrett
K.T. Stevens ... Mrs. Cullers
John Alderson John Alderson ... Turnbull
Morgan Jones ... Brad Cullers
Moosie Drier Moosie Drier ... Junior Barrett
Ruth Foster Ruth Foster ... Melinda Foster
Alan Decker Alan Decker ... Toby Cullers


Caroline Ingalls sends her family on ahead to the picnic grounds for the week-end, planning to join them after baking pies for a church fund-raiser, unaware that a simple scratch on her leg is quickly festering into a life-threatening infection. Written by shepherd1138

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This episode is nearly identical in title, plot, and even some camera angles to the Bonanza "A Matter Of Circumstance" (which only switched the focus to Michael Landon's character rather than Karen Grassle's), and both were directed by William Claxton. See more »


Dr. Hiram Baker: She's gonna be alright. You know Reverend, a doctor would have had difficulty making the decision Caroline did. How she picked exactly the right moment... only God knows.
Reverend Robert Alden: I'm sure He does, Doctor. I'm sure He does.
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4 October 2015 | by RedRainbowUnicorn23See all my reviews

This episode is excellent.Karen Grassle really shines in this episode.Her acting was suburb. Although I must ad that when I watched this episode the first time at age 12 it was a little disturbing and hard to watch. But when I got older and watched it again and again I saw what an excellent episode this really is. Charles and the girls go ahead on a camping/picnic trip.Caroline stays behind bc Reverend Alden asked her if she could bake some pies for the Bazaar.She will. And Tells chalrles that she would catch up with them the upcoming Saturday. Just before they leave Caroline Cuts her leg on a piece of wire. Later when Charles and the girls are gone she sees that her leg becomes infected,And it goes form bad to worse. Watch this episode you will really emotionally connect with Caroline as she struggles without any help.

Now continue to episode 16

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4 February 1976 (USA) See more »

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