13. THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD (Two Hour Episode)
December 18, 1974
Caroline is pregnant and gives birth to a baby boy, Charles Ingalls Jr., who captures the attention of the family. Laura resents her baby brother because she believes she no longer has her Pa’s affection. When the baby becomes seriously ill and dies, Laura believes it to be her fault because she didn’t pray for her brother. After talking to Reverend Alden, Laura becomes determined to seek God and ask for a miracle. Blaming herself for her brother’s death, Laura runs away from home. She wants to become “closer” to God and climbs the nearest mountain. There she meets a friendly hermit, Jonathan, (Ernest Borgnine) who takes care of her and guides her in her spiritual journey. Charles and Mr. Edwards are desperately searching for Laura and find clues leading to the mountain. When Laura realizes her Pa has found her, she tries to run but the Jonathan stops her and tells her that God wants her to be with her Pa.