Little House on the Prairie: Season 4, Episode 17

Be My Friend (30 Jan. 1978)

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After finding a number of bottles containing messages, including a photograph, from a mysterious girl, Laura finds an abandoned baby. Laura takes the child in and cares for it like it was ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Anna Mears
Michael Mullins ...
Bobbie Harris
Nathaniel Mears
Reverend Pritchard
John Craig ...
Clark Harris


After finding a number of bottles containing messages, including a photograph, from a mysterious girl, Laura finds an abandoned baby. Laura takes the child in and cares for it like it was her own, not knowing it belongs to a timid young woman with an abusive father. Written by <Explorerds6789>

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Melissa Gilbert actually had a cast on her arm throughout the entire episode, compliments of an ice skating accident that occurred shortly before the episode was filmed. Unless you are aware of it beforehand, you probably don't even notice that Laura is wearing thick shawls, wrapping blankets around her whole body, or having the camera show only her head and shoulders throughout the episode. In previous interviews, Gilbert has joked that the one time her character had the opportunity to hold a baby for pretty much the whole episode, she couldn't even really hold her - the baby just kind of rested on her cast. See more »


Harriet Oleson: It's your responsibility to discipline the boy, now you...
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Be my friend
15 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those special ninety minute episodes. It's a bit odd in that Laura finds a message in a bottle (isn't that profound?) and starts looking for more bottles. Soon, she gets into a bit of trouble. Her father even threatens to spank her.

The story soon takes a twist when Laura and her father are out and find more than a bottle. They find a baby. Laura naturally adopts the baby. Her maternal instincts kick in and she prays to God to let her keep it. She doesn't think the mother deserves to have the baby after giving her up.

But Charles, the Social Worker that he is, gets to the bottom of things and learns the truth. It's handled very well. The message is clear: sex outside of marriage is wrong, but if it's going to be done, you must take responsibility for your actions.

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