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Episode cast overview:
... Charles Ingalls
... Caroline Ingalls
... Laura Ingalls
... Mary Ingalls
... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
... Isaiah Edwards
... Sam Shelby
... Ben Shelby
... Glover
Michael Rougas ... Dr. Canby


Laura feels like she has grown enough to go hunting with Charles so they let her. While unrolling the bedroll, she accidentally knocks over the gun that Charles left loaded and ready to shoot. It goes off, hitting Charles in the abdomen. Laura has to try to help him back to the trapper's cabin. She manages to get him on his horse, but when they are going up a hill, it's too steep and the horse and Charles slide back down the hill. The horse dies. Charles sends Laura to the cabin to get help. She gets there and the trapper has gone off to check his traps and only his blind father is in the cabin. Laura needs someone strong to help her get Pa to the cabin. The blind man helps her but then Laura insists that the blind man help her find the road they came in on so that she can find Mr. Edwards at their meeting place and send him to get a doctor. It'll take a miracle to save Charles. Written by Anonymous

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20 December 1976 (USA)  »

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Johnny Crawford says he is going to Northfork and will be back in 3 days. In "The Rifleman" him and his dad, Lucas McCain (Chuck Connors) lived in Northfork for the entire series. See more »


Sam (who is blind) and Laura come across a large meadow, and Sam remembers it from when he had his eyesight ten years before. However, meadows in the wilderness don't stay meadows; unless they are alpine, desert or coastal meadows, scrub and trees quickly encroach upon the land. See more »


Sam Shelby: [to his son, Ben] I might be blind, but I'm not dead!
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Tribute to The Rifleman?
11 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes that wasn't broadcast on television too often because it's one of three (?) 90 minute episodes that was produced. This episode focuses on Laura as she gets to go with her father on a hunting trip.

The best thing about this episode - and the reason why I gave it the high rating I did - is because of the awesome list of guest stars that are in this. Burl Ives is one of them. Another one is Paul Brinegar, who is best known for his role on Rawhide as Wishbone, the cook. Another one of my favorite character actors is in this. Johnny Crawford makes a rare television appearance as the son. He's best known for playing Mark McCain, the son of Lucas McCain, The Rifleman. As Johnny's character is talking, he announces he'll be passing through Northfork, which is the name of the town featured in The Rifleman. I've also heard that Mark McCain's horse, Blue Boy, is in this episode.

The story line is pretty good as well. Laura and a blind man (Burl Ives) are the only ones who can get help for Charles, who was accidentally shot. We've seen Little Joe shot up enough times, and this episode reminds us of this good looking Cartright who was always getting himself into trouble!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a walk down memory lane!

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