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The Ingalls can't make ends meet so they move to the city to find work. The Carters buy the little house and Mr. Carter runs the blacksmith shop and Mrs. Carter starts a newspaper. (John ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Stan Ivar ...
Lindsay Kennedy ...
David Friedman ...
Leslie Landon ...


The Ingalls can't make ends meet so they move to the city to find work. The Carters buy the little house and Mr. Carter runs the blacksmith shop and Mrs. Carter starts a newspaper. (John and Sarah Carter - they have two sons, Jeb and Jason.) Laura has decided she wants to spend more time with Rose so the town has hired a new teacher, Etta Plum. Almanzo's brother, Royal has come to visit and brings with him, his daughter, Jenny. Written by Anonymous

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27 September 1982 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


On the poster given to Laura signed by all the students, Jonathan Gilbert (Willie) signed his real name at the top. See more »


Almanzo says to Laura, "My brother Royal is coming for a visit, I haven't seen him in 10 years!" Less than 10 years ago, Royal came to visit with his wife and 2 sons, and Laura had met him. See more »


Laura Ingalls Wilder: That's Mrs. Oleson. She knows everything that goes on in Walnut Grove. And what she doesn't know, she makes up.
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Lots of changes!
25 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first episode of the final season of this beloved show! There are many changes in this season:

1. The Ingalls family moved away after a hard winter. They moved to the city...again...where Charles will work in a men's clothing store. I guess this time it sticks. He's had enough of farming. The only member of the family (besides Laura and Almanzo) that we see is Charles. He says goodbye to the beloved house, his daughter, and all his friends.

2. A new school teacher has arrived to replace Laura, who has to quit in order to devote more time to her daughter. Etta Plum, played by Leslie Landon, will be the school teacher this short season.

3. Royal comes to visit Laura and Almanzo. We met a Royal in Season 7 when Laura and Almanzo took care of the two boys. Apparently that episode was forgotten since this brother has a daughter and no wife. The living arrangements and family dynamics will change forever. Royal reveals a secret at the end of this episode that will make it so.

4. A new family has moved into the Ingalls Family and will have lots of stories and air time devoted to them. Jon and Sara Carter have two boys: Jeb and Jason.

Yep, it's lots of changes for Little House! Incidentally, Season Nine was not supposed to happen. Popular demand brought the show back for one shortened season. The changed dynamics of the show, however, killed it for good.

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