Little House on the Prairie: Season 5, Episode 20

Barn Burner (19 Feb. 1979)

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Jonathan loses his cool at Judd Larrabee for not keeping his word about not changing their prices when someone comes along to buy grain from them. Later Larrabee goes to Jonathan's to get ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Ingalls (credit only)
Mary Ingalls (credit only)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (as Patrick Laborteaux)


Jonathan loses his cool at Judd Larrabee for not keeping his word about not changing their prices when someone comes along to buy grain from them. Later Larrabee goes to Jonathan's to get back but finds his son, Andy and attacks him. Andy goes to his father and they go back home and they find their barn on fire. They think Larrabee did it so they go and arrest him. He's brought to trial. Larrabee claims what happened to Andy was an accident and that he didn't burn the barn. Written by

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Jud Larrabee: I don't need no nigger defending me! I don't need nobody! You understand, I don't need nobody!
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Better off alone
10 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm glad we've seen the end of Mr. Larrabee! He's been a pain ever since he came to Walnut Grove, and he will not be missed!

In this episode, the farmers come to an agreement that they would all offer the same price for their crop. The citizens are trying to bring Walnut Grove back on it's feet, and really need all the money they can get. Mr. Larrabee doesn't like the fact that Joe Kagen, who happens to be black, seems to be pushing this. He reluctantly agrees, but when the buyer comes around, stabs everyone in the back. Jonathan, who's always been an enemy to Mr. larrabee, confronts him in front of his family, then races out. When Mr. Larrabee is angry and comes to see Jonathan about it, Andy's the only one home. Mr. Larrabee pushes Andy. He falls down and hits his head. Going to warn his father that Mr. Larrabee is after him, he lights a lantern to go out to the barn and saddle his horse.

Things get worse when they get home and find the barn on fire. Jonathan jumps to conclusions and knows that Mr. Larrabee is the one who did it. They get a posse together and arrest him.

The truth of this episode shows that even bad people can be tried impartially and with a good heart. Those you think are against you are for you, and those who you think are for you are against you. How he could think his friends would stick by him after stabbing them in the back is beyond me! Then when his own wife turns her back on him, well he is really alone. This was a good episode showing truth and the harsh facts of life.

In the end, he got what he wanted - to be alone. I hope he was happy.

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