Little House on the Prairie

May We Make Them Proud

Season 6, Ep 21, Aired 2/4/80
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  • Episode Description
  • A successful picnic at the blind school leads to sudden tragedy that stuns the community and takes the lives of two important people. As families are torn apart and faith in God is tested, it is sure to be an emotional road to recovery for everyone involved.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Melissa Gilbert

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

  • Patrick Labyorteaux

    Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (1977 - 1981) (as Patrick Laborteaux)

  • Lucy Lee Flippin

    Eliza Jane Wilder (1979 -1980)

  • Dabbs Greer

    Reverend Alden

  • Melissa Sue Anderson

    Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • Mary and Adam's infant son and Alice Garvey die in an inferno at the blind school, accidentally started by Albert and a friend--unbeknownst to anyone else.

    By ceosmom, Oct 19, 2006

  • great episode

    By jeffery6803, Feb 25, 2012

  • Over the top

    By 1lawfan, Feb 20, 2012

  • The official end of the series for me.

    By ktfahel, Oct 02, 2011

  • Albert cause fire to the blind school, he was smoking pipe. And cause the death olf Mary's baby and Mrs. Garvey.

    By Stargatefan500, Aug 30, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Adam: As some of you may know, I was back East last week in New York. I spent some time with my father and told him about the tragedy we have had. You'd all have to know the way my father was in the past to realize what a miracle it is when I tell you that he has asked to be able to finance the rebuilding of the blind school. Believe me, I will never again look at any man on the face of the Earth and say that he'll never change. My father did make one request, that he be allowed to name the new school. He sent this plaque back with me. Mary? Jonathan? (Mary, Jonathan, and Andy step forward) We dedicate this school in memory of Alice Garvey and Adam Charles Holbrook Kendall. (Adam unveils plaque) May we make them proud.

    • Jonathan: (in tears) Oh, dear God, Charles, I keep thinking this is all a dream, and I'm gonna wake up, and Alice is gonna be here. Charles: Well, if she was here, what do you think she'd say to you? What do you think she'd say to you? Jonathan: I don't know! Charles: She'd say, "Jonathan Garvey, what in God's sake is wrong with you?" That's what she'd say. She'd say, "What in God's sake is wrong with you, man I love? What is wrong with you?" That's what she'd say, isn't it, friend?

    • Jonathan: I just don't seem to know what I'm doing. Oh, dear God, am I supposed to forget her? Charles: No. Dear God, no, you don't forget her. Time doesn't make you forget, not somebody you loved. You're gonna remember Alice, and I'm gonna remember my grandson. But we're gonna go on, and we need to try to live in a way that would make them proud. We've got to try. Jonathan: Oh, God, I can't! Charles: You can! Jonathan: I can't! Charles: Yes, you can. If you really love Alice, you can. Jonathan: I can't! Charles: You can! Andy's not just your son. He's a living part of Alice, a part of the woman you love. Every time you hurt him, you hurt Alice, and you hurt yourself!

    • Charles: I just thought I'd stop by. Jonathan: Well, that's nice, but I'm fine. Charles: Well, your son's not. Jonathan: Get out of here, Charles. Charles: No, Jonathan. Jonathan: I didn't invite you here, so it would be best if you left now. Charles: Not until we talk. Jonathan: (getting angry) I don't want to hurt you, Charles. Charles: Why, because I'm your friend? Andy's your son. You don't seem to mind hurting him.

    • Charles: I just don't see any sense in taking Mary to one of those.......what do you call them? Caroline: Psy......psychiatrists. Charles: Psychiatrists. It doesn't make any sense to me, just sitting and talking to somebody. It would be different if they prescribed medicine or something. Caroline: It's something new. It's worth a try. Charles: Well, it's a waste of time and money. I'm surprised you'd go along with it. Caroline: You just don't want Mary and Adam moving back East. Why don't you admit it? Charles: Well, do you? Caroline: What I want and what's good for Mary are two different things.

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    Notes (5)

    • Actor John Zaremba (Judge Adams) appeared in literally hundreds of TV broadcasts in his fifty year career. In shows where he played a regular cast memeber, he almost always portrayed a doctor. He was Dr. Chaff on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the Medical Examiner on Perry Mason, Dr. Jensen in Ben Casey, Dr. Swain in Time Tunnel, and in his final recurring role, Dr. Danvers, in Dallas.

    • The scene where Alice is clearly using Mary and Adam's baby to break the window during the fire is a very dramatic one, but actress Hersha Parady (Alice) has actually laughed about this scene in previous interviews. According to her, Michael Landon used to joke about it being the "using blind Mary Ingalls' baby as a battering ram" scene.

    • "May We Make The Proud" is Hersha Parady's (Alice Garvey) and Patrick Laborteaux's (Andy Garvey) favorite episode.

    • Believe it or not, actress Hersha Parady (Alice Garvey) credits this as one of her favorite episodes. "It was a great fun playing with fire and getting to act up a storm," Parady once said. "And what a way to go!" Parady has even been known to re-enact her final, dramatic scene at some cast reunions.

    • Ted Voightlander was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Series for this episode.

    Trivia (14)

    • This is the third consecutive season to have an episode where the Garveys are devastated by a fire (and of course, this episode has the saddest ending). Season 4's The High Cost of Being Right and Season 5's Barn Burner presented similar trials for this family.

    • This is the first and only episode where a recurring character dies tragically on-screen.

    • In the scene where Pa goes up in the loft to talk to a pain-stricken Andy, notice how Patrick Laborteaux (Andy) briefly stumbles over his words. When he says "My Pa is mean. He's so mean sometimes, and it scares me," he mumbles halfway through and doesn't fully get the words out.

    • Notice actress Melissa Sue Anderson's make-up job as she sits in a near catatonic state in bed at Nellie's Hotel. She's wearing lots of orange-ish rouge, pink lip gloss and quite a bit of frosted blue eye shadow--definitely more 1980's than 1880's. Besides being over-the-top and out of place, Mary would have looked much more unkempt if she had really been sitting in bed for days on end. Furthermore, her curls are perfectly coiffed in many of those scenes. It makes sense that her mother and sisters helped brush her hair every day, but are we expected to believe that they washed and curled it too?

    • Nitpick: Unless there had been a gas leak at the blind school, it is doubtful that a fire would have spread as rapidly as it did after Hester Sue opened the basement door. It took all day for the smoking pipe to even catch fire, and then only a matter of minutes for the fire to have the entire building in flames.

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    • bill29 Nov 27, 2013

      one thing that always confused me about this episode is why it took 3 tries to get the baby out. They led all the blind kids out but not the baby and thus him and alice die.