LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE "Darkness is My Friend" (TV episode)

1/21/1980. Monday, 8 pm. 1 hour.
NBC. Season 6 of 9. Episode 128.
Family drama
Code: LHPD 1/1980

PLOT

Charles Ingalls poses as a doctor in order to free his daughters who are being held prisoner on a dark and stormy night in a school for the blind by a trio of escaped convicts.

CREDITS

Writer: Vince R. Gutierrez.
Director: Michael Landon.

REGULAR CAST

Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls
Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls
Karen Grassle as Caroline Ingalls

GUEST CAST

John McIntire
Jonathan Banks as Jed, an escaped convict. Listed 2nd of guests.
Larry Golden
Toni Mele.

BAD GUY

Jed, Jake, and Abel are escaped convicts. Jed shoots a guard, they invade the Ingalls home during their escape and threaten the girls. The Ingalls are a match for them, of course. Charles punches him in the jaw and knocks him out, and Laura hits him over the head with a lamp.

CHARACTER

Jed has a "Western" accent. He is aggressive, but a bit dim and worries about his wounded cousin. JB has as nice scene when he cradles his wounded cousin and strokes his face. Does a good fall when hit on head.

COSTUME

Typical TV Western style clothes, including long johns and ‘homespun’ shirt, and the necessary hat and boots.

LINES

"It's gonna be all right, boy."

"What took you so long, girl?"

"Keep working, Doc."

(Do we see a pattern here, folks?)

SCREEN TIME

About 4 minutes in 12 scenes, throughout episode