- The "Little House" phenomenon part three - casting Walnut Grove
Victor French and Bonnie Bartlett, heretofore guest stars in the roles of Isaiah and Grace Edwards, graduate to regular status as Little House on the Prairie enters its third season. The opening episode, "The Collection," features country legend Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, in the story of a reprobate who is reformed by the kindness and generosity of the Walnut Grove townsfolk -- including farmer Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon), his wife, Caroline (Karen Grassle), and daughters Mary (Melissa Sue Anderson) and Laura (Melissa Gilbert). In other season-three developments, Mary falls in love with the Edwards' adopted son; bratty Nellie Oleson (Alison Arngrim) continues pulling off nasty and spiteful pranks, including pretending to be paralyzed after a fall from Laura's pony; and in the 90-minute episode "The Hunters," Charles nearly loses his life in a hunting accident. Also, the season features a brace of compelling two-part stories: "Journey in the Spring," highlighted by a flashback to Charles' childhood, and "To Live With Fear," in which Charles takes an extremely risky job to finance the operation that will save daughter Mary. The season ends with yet another two-parter, "Gold Country," in which Charles and his family try to compensate for the loss of their crops by prospecting for gold.
Cast & Crew
Michael Landon - Charles Ingalls
Karen Grassle - Caroline Ingalls
Melissa Sue Anderson - Mary Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert - Laura Ingalls
Lindsay Greenbush - Carrie Ingalls