Little House on the Prairie: Season 1, Episode 13

The Lord Is My Shepherd: Part 1 (18 Dec. 1974)

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Jealous of the attention Charles showers on his newborn son, Laura longs for the place she believes she's lost in her pa's affections and angrily refuses to pray for her little brother to get well when the baby becomes seriously ill.

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Jealous of the attention Charles showers on his newborn son, Laura longs for the place she believes she's lost in her pa's affections and angrily refuses to pray for her little brother to get well when the baby becomes seriously ill.

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The bell is missing from the church despite the fact that the bell was made and placed on the church two episodes earlier. See more »

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Charles: Aren't you going to eat something?
Caroline: Carrie already had hers and... I'm not hungry.
Charles: You hardly eat enough to keep a bird alive.
Caroline: I'll gain weight soon enough. All women do.
Charles: Don't tell me you're worried about gaining weight. You take after your mother. There's no way your going to gain any.
Caroline: There's one way.
Charles: Where if there is, i'd sure like to know...
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Very emotional episode
15 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's not very often that we have to watch Caroline and Charles grieve over the loss of their child, but we see it in this one. This is probably the most popular episode of the entire LHOTP series.

The episode begins with a pretty sweet announcement between Charles and Caroline. Of course, Charles is happy that he will once again become a father. Through about twenty minutes of the episode, Charles and Caroline dream of the fact they will have a fourth baby. Charles is sure this is the son he has always wanted. It's pretty evident, however, that Laura is quite hesitant on welcoming another sibling. She fears that having a brother will come between the relationship she has with her father.

The baby is born. He's named Charles Ingalls Jr. But it soon becomes quite clear that everything is not how it seems.

In one of the most emotional scenes in the entire series, we watch Caroline and Charles grieve by turning to God. This is a refreshing scene, since so many people seem to blame God now days, feeling that a good God would never take the life of an innocent child. It's refreshing when Charles announces the whereabouts of their brother. "He's in heaven, child. It's God's will." This is probably one of the most profound things Charles ever says!

Laura is filled with guilt, believing that God took her brother from her father because she didn't pray for him when he was sick. She takes desperate measures because of the extreme love she has for her father.

By the way, in this episode it seems the family has a picnic after church every Sunday. In most episodes, the family merely goes home after church. I like it this way - seems to be more small town olden days type feeling...


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