Little House on the Prairie: Season 8, Episode 20

A Faraway Cry (8 Mar. 1982)

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Caroline travels to an influenza-ridden mining camp with Dr. Baker after she receives a plea for help from an old friend who is pregnant and desperately ill. After realizing that her friend... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Horace Beckwith (as Calvin Bartlett)
Barbara Beaman ...
Laura Ingalls (credit only)
Preacher Bob
Linda Hoy ...
Katherine Parker
Sherman Andruss
Will MacMillan ...
3rd Man
Nora Cramer
Eric Milota ...


Caroline travels to an influenza-ridden mining camp with Dr. Baker after she receives a plea for help from an old friend who is pregnant and desperately ill. After realizing that her friend will die and that the baby's father never wanted children at all, Caroline agrees to uphold her friend's deathbed request to give her child a good home. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Written by Stephen Foster
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Ethis and a cliff hanger
24 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a small gold-mining camp, there is an influenza epidemic going on. People are dying. Many are sick. Two women are expecting babies. Then unthinkable has happened: the camp doctor died from the disease. Though one woman was in good health and had a loving husband who made sure she didn't do too much, the other woman woman had a husband who treated her like a slave. He was mean and over-demanding. They'd already lost two babies, and he hoped she lost this one too. Louisa needed help, so she called on her best friend, Caroline Ingalls.

She and the doctor come to their camp. She mostly stays with Louisa and assures her demanding husband that she'd see to his meals. Louisa was put on bed rest and ordered to stay there for the remainder of her pregnancy. During this time, Caroline and Louisa were able to talk. They talked about when they were kids and their dreams. Louisa told Caroline about how her and her husband ended up together and that she loved him. When Caroline questioned the husband, though, he gave her a different story - one that would break Louisa's heart to know!

The other friend became ill. Caroline was having to take care of both women now, and when their time came to deliver, Caroline stayed with Louisa while Dr. Baker helped the other mother along. One mother died and one baby died. Ethics took over when Caroline wanted the live mother to have the surviving baby. Did they make their right decision? I think so, but it's a matter of ethics. Back then the blood and genetics of the child wouldn't have mattered much medically I suppose, but I wonder if Dr. Baker may have told them the truth. Before they left, the man told the doctor "Thank you for everything you did." Perhaps he did tell the father...

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