Little House on the Prairie

Season 4 Episode 17

Be My Friend

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Jan 30, 1978 on NBC
5.5
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While playing near the creek, Laura finds a note inside a bottle that simply reads "Be my friend." She begins searching for new messages each day, and before long, this "friend" starts sending more than just letters, which prompts Charles to get involved.

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  • Could have a been a better episode

    5.5
    I think the premise of a young girl finding out she is pregnant and trying to hide it s plausible but they made it unbelievable in the way they portrayed it. The religious people in these shows are always "over the top" and seem to only use the old testament to harbor ill feelings toward others.

    I thought that having Mrs. Olson think Laura had a baby was funny at first, but didn't make sense since that would have been hard to hide from most people being so active in the community and Willie as the Dad...he looked 10!

    I also wondered what happened too all the other Ingall's children...they showed Mary and Carrie in the beginning but then they disappear. Laura is in Carrie's bed at night watching the baby, they aren't around when they get ready to go to Doc Baker's before school, Mary isn't in bed when she comes home late and she gets sent to the loft for punishment...those are big holes in such a little house...distracting for me watching because it was such a glaring omission.

    Again, notes in bottles and mystery is all fun and it could have been better, but Mr. Landon who wrote it, didn't make it as good as it could have been.moreless
  • Laura finds a note in the creek, stuffed into a bottle, which reads "Be My Friend" and in my opinion, the only good thing about this episode was the excellent work of Melissa Gilbert who was an amazing young talent from the beginning.moreless

    3.0
    When Laura finds a note in a bottle which has floated downstream that says simply "Be My Friend", Laura is justifiably intrigued and is very curious to know who sent the note and what it means. As the viewer is taken to another location, we see that a young girl is pregnant and unmarried and trying to hide her condition from her dominating father.



    Against all possible odds, Laura finds yet more notes and even a photograph of the girl as the come down the stream in various bottles. Laura is desperate to find the girl but instead finds a baby girl whom she takes home with her and names "Grace". When the real mother (and teen father) are tracked down, Laura has to part with the child and Melissa Gilbert gives a heartbreaking performance as Laura steals herself to hand over the child she has grown to love.



    Very, very average indeed.moreless
  • Be My Friend (90 minutes special) While Laura is playing along a creek, she finds a bottle with a note in it.

    8.0
    Be My Friend (90 minutes special)



    While Laura is playing along a creek, she finds a bottle with a note in it. The note reads, “Be my friend”. Laura becomes upset wondering how lonely her new friend must be. Her Pa tells her not to play by the creek if it makes her upset. Laura continues to play by the creek and finds more notes; she finds a picture and lock of hair of her new friend. Laura eventually shoes these to her Pa, she convinces him to help her look for the lonely girl who sent the note. They follow the creek and find a baby with a note attached saying “please be my friend”. Charles and Laura take the baby home to care for while they search for the baby’s mother. Laura takes charge of the baby caring for her, she names the baby Grace. Charles begins a search for the parents of the child. He finds out that the baby belongs to a teenage girl whose father opposed her relationship and moved her away from town. The young lad was unaware he was a father. With Charles help the young father and Charles set off to find the teenage girl. When her father sees the boy near their dwelling, he becomes enraged and pushes the girl and throws a lantern which causes a fire. While the girl is trying to save herself and her father from the fire a struggle erupts and the father is knocked out. Laura is heartbroken when the mother turns up to take her baby, there is some words of kindness and friendship exchanged between Laura and the young mother before the young parents take the baby and start a new life together.moreless
  • Laura discovers a message in a bottle whilst traipsing in the woods not once, not twice, but thrice! She sets out to find the note's author, whom she senses needs her for some reason. What she finds is more than she bargained for.moreless

    5.0
    This episode has more holes than Swiss cheese. I cannot describe how ludicrous the plot is, and it's a disappointment from the LHOTP people, who are usually so realistic. However, it has its moments and it's watchable, so...enjoy. I saw this episode out of sequence, which made it easy to contrast it with earlier seasons and gave me the impression that "Little House" has lost its magic in later years. However, having seen even later episodes, I now understand that it was simply not up to snuff, but not indicative of all later shows. It's a dark episode, also. Very heavy...moreless
Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Melissa Sue Anderson

Melissa Sue Anderson

Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen

Dr. Hiram Baker

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Karen Grassle

Karen Grassle

Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Lindsay Greenbush

Lindsay Greenbush

Carrie Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Michael Mullins

Michael Mullins

Bobbie Harris

Guest Star

Lenora May

Lenora May

Anna Mears

Guest Star

Donald Moffat

Donald Moffat

Nathaniel Mears

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This is not the first episode where Laura comes home late and concerns her parents, but it's certainly the first time where Charles really comes down hard on her about it. She came home late in Season 2's The Talking Machine and Season 3's Bunny, and she ran away in Season 1's The Lord is My Shepherd, but she never got yelled at then.

    • In this episode, we are supposed to believe that Anna not only hides her pregnancy from her father for an entire nine months, but also goes through the labor pains alone and delivers the child in the woods completely by herself. Then she hides the baby in an unidentified place in the woods, all while continuing to live with her father and checking on the baby periodically before placing her along the creek days later. It doesn't take a genius to know that infants require round-the-clock attention! How on Earth did that baby survive alone with her mother only tending to her from time to time for those first several days, until Anna sent her to Laura? A lot of reality is suspended in this episode, to say the least.

    • The name Grace is surprisingly overused in this series. Not only is it the name of Isaiah Edwards' wife and Charles and Caroline's fifth child, but it is also the name that Laura chooses for the baby in this episode.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Laura: (overvoice) I knew I'd never see my Grace again, and my life would never be the same. For I had learned what it is to love a baby, all because of a bottle that floated down a creek and into my heart. I pray that one day, I'll have a baby of my own. My very own.

    • Charles: All right, young lady. Suppose you tell me where you've been.
      Laura: I was.......walking.
      Charles: You were walking. Not towards home, I take it?
      Laura: No, sir.
      Charles: I can't hear you!
      Laura: No, sir.
      Charles: Then where were you walking?
      Laura: Along the creek.
      Charles: Now, do you have any idea how upset we get when you just disappear?
      Laura: Yes, sir. I'm sorry.
      Charles: Well sorry is not good enough. Now I haven't given you a whipping in a long time, and I think I've been making a mistake.

    • Laura: (to the baby she found along the creek) Oh my, you need your panties changed, don't you? Well, I've only got this blanket here, but it will do for now. Now, don't you cry, and you be a good little (looks discreetly at baby's privates and smiles).....girl!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Not many people know this, but Melissa Gilbert actually had a cast on her arm throughout the entire episode, compliments of an ice skating accident that occurred shortly before the episode was filmed. Unless you are aware of it beforehand, you probably don't even notice that Laura is wearing thick shawls, wrapping blankets around her whole body, or having the camera show only her head and shoulders throughout the episode. In previous interviews, Gilbert has joked that the one time her character had the opportunity to hold a baby for pretty much the whole episode, she couldn't even really hold her--the baby just kind of rested on her cast.

    • This was a 90 minute episode.

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