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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Episode credited cast:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
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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 <>

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21 January 1980 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


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


When Doc Baker arrives at the Blind School, one of the gunmen asks Mary if she is expecting anyone. She replies: "No!" in a loud voice, but her mouth does not move. See more »


Dr. Hiram Baker: [Nellie is singing badly] Can I get you something for your throat, Nellie?
Nellie Oleson: [Nellie slams down the cover on the piano and leaves] Huuu!
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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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