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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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
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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 her own, not knowing it belongs to a timid young woman with an abusive father. Written by <Explorerds6789>

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Laura Ingalls: I knew I'd never see my Grace again, and my life would never be the same. For I had learned what it is to love a baby, all because of a bottle that floated down a creek and into my heart. I pray that one day, I'll have a baby of my own. My very own.
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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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