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Darkness Is My Friend 

On a dark and stormy night, Laura and Mary are staying alone at the School For the Blind when they are taken hostage by a trio of escaped convicts. One of the criminals is badly injured, ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Landon

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls
Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls Kendall
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson
Alison Arngrim ... Nellie Oleson
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker
Linwood Boomer ... Adam Kendall
Matthew Labyorteaux ... Albert Quinn Ingalls
James McIntire James McIntire ... Jake
Jonathan Banks ... Jed
Larry Golden Larry Golden ... Abel
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Storyline

On a dark and stormy night, Laura and Mary are staying alone at the School For the Blind when they are taken hostage by a trio of escaped convicts. One of the criminals is badly injured, and his cohorts demand to see a doctor. Laura is sent to get Dr. Baker, warned that the consequences will be deadly if she tries any tricks. However, a terrified Laura tells her Pa what is happening. Charles shows up posing as Dr. Baker, but when the real Dr. Baker arrives, Charles is forced to be resourceful to disarm the crooks. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1980 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Laura mentions events that occurred in the episode the gift and the episode the camping trip. See more »

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Dr. Baker goes to someones house for dinner (presumably with is medical bag). After Laura tells Charles about what is going on at the blind school, they break into the Dr's. office to get the bag. Dr. Baker then goes to the Oleson's and sets his bag down on the floor. No where do Dr. Baker and Charles meet to hand the bag over. See more »

Quotes

Laura Ingalls: [about Mr. Olesen] He's such a nice man.
Mary Ingalls Kendall: Yeah! I feel sorry for him.
Laura Ingalls: Do you mean his wife?
Mary Ingalls Kendall: And Nellie! Let's not forget Nellie.
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Western
7 September 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

It's your classic Western - LHOTP style! We have guns, trains, outlaws, and hostages. The only thing missing is a saloon and whiskey - don't recall any of that. We even have the dark, rainy night with thunder for a bonus! Naturally, Adam and Caroline are both going to a special meeting to seek funding for the school. Laura leaves her Pa and brother to take care of Carrie and Grace. While at the blind school, Nels comes to check on them and after determining everything's as it should be, leaves.

The fact that a knock sounded only about five seconds after Nels leaves leads the girls to thing he came back - that explains Laura's unlocking the door without checking first. How Nels missed the three men so quickly is beyond me - but here they are. Laura gets to leave to get the doctor for the outlaw that was shot, but only if she promises not to tell anyone - else...naturally...Mary gets killed.

When she can't find Dr. Baker, Laura does the only sensible thing she can do - she gets her father. Charles pretends to be Dr. Baker - that is until the real Dr. Baker comes to check on Mary who supposedly was sick. What comes next is only something that can be watched on a dark, stormy night.

The episode is another good and memorable episode worth watching. It ends as only a Little House episode can end...


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