Little House on the Prairie: Season 6, Episode 16

Darkness Is My Friend (21 Jan. 1980)

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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 »

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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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Nellie sings "Home on the Range" at the piano. See more »

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Nelson "Nels" Oleson: [Nellie is singing badly] Wouldn't you like a nice hot cup of tea?
Nellie Oleson: Oh no father, mother says never drink any hot liquids after singing... something about blistering the vocal chords?
Nelson "Nels" Oleson: Better your chords than my ears.
Nellie Oleson: What was that father?
Nelson "Nels" Oleson: I said you better take care of your chords, my dear.
Nellie Oleson: Oh, I will father.
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7 September 2013 | by (United States) – See 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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