Little House on the Prairie: Season 8, Episode 4

Dark Sage (26 Oct. 1981)

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Dr. Baker is enthusiastic about his new assistant, a young university-trained physician named Caleb LeDoux ... until he realizes he is black. The Ingalls family are among the few to accept ... 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)
Melissa Francis ...
Cassandra Cooper Ingalls (as Missy Francis)
Wendi Turnbaugh ...


Dr. Baker is enthusiastic about his new assistant, a young university-trained physician named Caleb LeDoux ... until he realizes he is black. The Ingalls family are among the few to accept Dr. LeDoux, while others' reactions range from prejudice to outright racism. Even Dr. Baker has a tough time concealing his prejudice. Then, a pregnant white woman is suffering from complications and must rely on LeDoux to save her life, but the woman's racist husband refuses to cooperate and Charles must intervene. The surgery is a success and both woman and her baby son are fine; Dr. Baker is stunned and realizes he must deal with his own prejudice ... by going all out to convince Dr. LeDoux to stay when he threatens to leave the community. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Dr. Caleb Ledoux: You sent me out to take care of a horse?
Dr. Hiram Baker: Yes.
Dr. Caleb Ledoux: I didn't study all those years to become a doctor to take care of horses and cows!
Dr. Hiram Baker: Oh. Well, you told me you knew was all about. Now, obviously you don't. You see, we country doctors, we take care of as many horses and cows and pigs and sheep as people sometimes. Now, if you're to proud to tend to livestock when they need it, just tell me. You can go back to the city. Minneapolis has a lot of fine hospitals that would just love to have someone with ...
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Bringing In The Sheaves
Lyrics by Knowles Shaw
Music by George A. Minor
Sung by the church congregation
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Don't know our own selves
27 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes that make you stop and think "What would I do?" Dr. Baker hires a doctor to help him out, but he doesn't know that the doctor is black. Without even realizing it, he treats him differently. Dr. Baker continues to take all the calls. He fails to show up to introduce them to the church and lies about where he is. And when Charles has to force a man to let the doctor treat his wife, the new doctor decides that Walnut Grove isn't ready for the likes of them.

Harriet does her repeat of Hester Sue. Remember when she thought Hester Sue was french and she went to meet the train? Apparently she didn't learn her lesson then...

I think it's nice that Michael Landon and the gang let a citizen who we would never suspect to play such a role. In real life, that's the way it happens.

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