Little House on the Prairie

Season 6 Episode 21

May We Make Them Proud

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Feb 04, 1980 on NBC

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  • 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.

    This episode is gut-wrenching and extremely painful to watch, in particular the scene where Alice Garvey attempts to escape the blaze at the blind school through a second-story window by smashing the glass with her arms--all while holding Adam and Mary's screaming baby boy. Honestly, this scene is so realistic I wonder how they managed to film it without anyone getting hurt. It's not for young children, period. Equally painful to watch is the hell Albert Ingalls goes through as he tries to cope with the knowledge that he is responsible for the deaths, and Mary's subsequent mental deterioration. This two-part episode has the usual tidy LHOTP ending: Albert's secret is discovered, Mary comes out of her catatonic state, the townsfolk rally, and the new blind school--named the Kendall-Garvey School, of course--is dedicated. One of the classic series episodes, despite the fact that it's totally inaccurate, historically speaking; Mary Ingalls never even married, and there was no Albert Ingalls. Still, a must-see for true LHOTP fans.
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