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Season 9
Little House: A New Beginning

9.01 Times Are Changing: Part I  (182)

9.02 Times Are Changing: Part II  (183)

9.03 Welcome To Olesonville  (184)

9.04 Rage  (185)

9.05 Little Lou  (186)

9.06 The Wild Boy: Part I  (187)

9.07 The Wild Boy: Part II  (188)

9.08 The Return Of Nellie  (189)

9.09 The Empire Builders  (190)

9.10 Love  (191)

9.11 Alden's Dilemma  (192)

9.12 Marvin's Garden  (193)

9.13 Sins Of The Fathers  (194)

9.14 The Older Brothers  (195)

9.15 Once Upon A Time  (196)

9.16 Home Again  (197 - 2 hours)

9.17 A Child With No Name  (198)

9.18 The Last Summer  (199)

9.19 For The Love Of Blanche  (200)

9.20 May I Have This Dance?  (201)

9.21 Hello And Goodbye  (202)

Season 9 DVD cover

Starring: Melissa Gilbert (1-13,15-211), Dean Butler (1-12,14-211), Katherine MacGregor2 (1-13,16-211), Richard Bull (1-11,13,16-211), Victor French as Mr. Edwards (1,3-12,14,16,17,19-211). Executive Producer: Michael Landon. Produced by Kent McCray. Developed for Television by Blanche Hanalis. Based Upon the "Little House" Series of Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Kevin Hagen (Dr. Baker 1-12,16-18,20,21), Dabbs Greer (Reverend Alden 1-4,7-11,17-20), Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue 3,4,5,8-10,16,17), Jonathan Gilbert3 (Willie Oleson 1-9,11-13,15-21), Allison Balson (Nancy Oleson 1-8,11,12,15-17,184,19-21), Stan Ivar (John Carter 1-11,13,14,16-18,20,21), Pamela Roylance (Sarah Carter 1-11,13,17,18,20), Lindsay Kennedy (Jeb Carter 1-8,11-13,15-20), David Friedman (Jason Carter 1-8,11-13,15-20), Shannen Doherty (Jenny Wilder 1-4,6-8,10-12,15-21), Leslie Landon5 (Etta Plum 1-6,8,10,12,15-17,19,20).

Don Balluck (Executive Story Consultant), Marvin Coil (Associate Producer), Gary L. Wohlleben (Associate Producer), David Rose (Music), Ted Voigtländer A.S.C. (Director of Photography 1-4,8,11,13,16,19,21), Harry L. Wolf A.S.C. (Director of Photography 5-7,10,12,14,17), Brianne Murphy A.S.C. (Director of Photography 9), Haskell B. Boggs A.S.C. (Director of Photography 15,18,20), Walter M. Jefferies (Art Director 1-14,16-21), George Renne (Art Director 15), Jerry Taylor A.C.E. (Editor 1,5,6,8,11,13,14,16,19,21), John Loeffler (Editor 2-4,7,10,12,17,18,20), Bob Fish (Editor 9), Larry Strong A.C.E. (Editor 15), Susan Sukman6 (Casting), John M. Dwyer (Set Decoration 1), Don Webb (Set Decoration 2-14,16-21), Sam Gross (Set Decoration 15), Miles S. Middough (Production Manager 1-17), Kent McCray (Production Manager 18-21), Reid Rummage (Assistant Director 1-4,8,11,13,16,20), Robert Enrietto (Assistant Director 5-7,10,12,14,17,18), Charles R. Scott (Assistant Director 9), Ray De Camp (Assistant Director 15), Miles S. Middough (Assistant Director 19,21), Buck Edwards (Second Assistant Director 1-8,10-14,16,17), Brad Yacobian (Second Assistant Director 9,15,18-21), Lynn Reynolds (Makeup 1-7,14), Allan Snyder S.M.A. (Makeup 8,10-13,16-21), Hank Edds S.M.A. (Makeup 9,15), Lillian Barb (Hair Stylist 1-8,10-14,16-21), Darby Hoppin (Hair Stylist 9,15), Michael Faeth (Men's Costumer 1,2,5), Dallas Dornan (Men's Costumer 3,4,6-21), Linda Taylor (Women's Costumer), Glen Feldman (Property Master 1-14,16,17), Dean Wilson (Property Master 15,18-21), Bryan Renfro (Animal Trainer 19), Edward P. Ancona (Color Consultant), Ron Housiaux (Key Grip 1-8,10-14,16-21), Clarence Tindell (Key Grip 9,15), Bob Farmer (Gaffer 1-8,10-14,16,17), Lon Massey III (Gaffer 9,15,18-21), Kenneth Hunter S.O.C. (Camera Operator 1-8,10-14,16-21), Tim Vanik7 (Camera Operator 9,15), Duane Toler (Script Supervisor 1-8,10-14,16,17), Erika Wernher (Script Supervisor 9,15,18-21), Luke Tillman (Special Effects), Vince Gutierrez (Sound Effects Editor), Fred Prior (Music Editor 1-9,11,12,14,15,17,18,20), Tom Gleason (Music Editor 10,13,16,19,21), Kay Suffern (Negative Cutter), Anthony F. Brissinger (Sound Recording 1-8,10-14,16,17), Frank Meadows (Sound Recording 9,15,18-21), M. Curtis Price C.A.S. (Sound Recording), Tim Engel (Production Controller), Photographed with Panavision Equipment®, An NBC Production In Association with Ed Friendly.

Copyright © MCMLXXXII [1982] by National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (1-12,14)
Copyright © MCMLXXXIII [1983] by National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (13,15-21)

1 Credited across all episodes, but only appears in those indicated.
2 aka Scottie MacGregor.
3 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
4 Uncredited on episode 18. Top of head appears very briefly.
5 Leslie Landon is the daughter of Michael Landon.
6 aka Susan McCray.
7 aka Richard Tim Vanik.

Times Are Changing: Part I

Episode# 9.01 (182)1,2,3
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Maury Dexter
Broadcast September 27, 1982, NBC

Guest Stars: Nicholas Pryor (Royal Wilder), Michael Landon (Charles Ingalls)4. Featuring: Richard Lilley (Man #1). Jack Lilley (2nd Stage Driver)5, Jennifer Steffin (Rose Wilder)5, Michelle Steffin (Rose Wilder)5.

1 This is the first episode for the Carter family: Stan Ivar (John Carter), Pamela Roylance (Sarah Carter), Lindsay Kennedy (Jeb Carter) and David Friedman (Jason Carter).
2 This is the first episode for Shannen Doherty as Jenny Wilder.
3 This is the first episode for Leslie Landon as Etta Plum, though the actress had played several one-off roles on the show previously.
4 This is the last regular episode for Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls, but he would return for Home Again later in this season, and two of the three "Season 10" telemovies. He would continue as Executive Producer and sometime writer and director.
5 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

After a hard winter, Charles Ingalls moves his family to Burr Oak in Iowa where he has an unlikely new job as a men's outfitter. Moving into his old house is the Carter family – John, a blacksmith, and Sarah, a newspaper editor, together with their boys, Jeb and Jason. At the Wilder house, Almanzo's widowed brother, Royal, and his daughter Jenny arrive for a visit. A while later, Royal collapses and subsequently confesses to Almanzo and Laura that he has a terminal heart condition but begs them not to tell Jenny. Meanwhile, at school, Jeb takes an instant shine to Jenny.

Little House: A New Beginning title card
New occupants of the cabin: John and Sarah Carter
Jason Carter
Royal Wilder has an attack

Times Are Changing: Part II

Episode# 9.02 (183)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Maury Dexter
Broadcast October 4, 1982, NBC

Guest Star: Nicholas Pryor (Royal Wilder). Jennifer Steffin (Rose Wilder)1, Michelle Steffin (Rose Wilder)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

While running to shelter from a rainstorm, Royal Wilder has a heart attack and subsequently dies. His daughter, Jenny, rails against Laura for not telling her about her father's heart condition. After seeking reassurance from Rev. Alden that she will meet her parents again in heaven, Jenny tries to drown herself. Jeb finds her just in time and, despite not being able to swim, manages to rescue the girl, though he nearly drowns in the process. Laura castigates Jenny for only thinking of herself, and Jenny pulls herself together.

An angry Jenny Wilder, played by a young Shannen Doherty
An apprehensive Jeb Carter gets ready for a dive

Welcome To Olesonville

Episode# 9.03 (184)
Written by Paul W. Cooper
Directed by Maury Dexter
Broadcast October 11, 1982, NBC

Guest Stars: Lew Ayres (Lem McCary), Charles Lane (Jess Moffet). Co-Starring: Sam Edwards (Mr. Anderson), Norma Ransom (Maddy Sutherland), Noni White (Elsie Moffet). Featuring: Elmore Vincent (Floyd), Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster), Carl Pitti (Dance Caller), Doc. Livingston (Farmer #1), Thomas Murphy (Famer #2), Clyde Harper (Pig Farmer). Paul Bradley (Townsman At Debate)1, Jennifer Steffin (Rose Wilder)1, Michelle Steffin (Rose Wilder)1, Tom Willett (Cowboy)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Harriet Oleson finds she has inherited an old Walnut Grove bond, now worth $14,000. Cashing it in would bankrupt the town, so she uses this to get the town council to do her assorted favors. She also calls for an election for mayor, and puts henpecked husband Nels forward as a puppet candidate. An elderly citizen, Lem McCary, rallies the town's old folk in opposition, promising them a better deal. The result is Oleson, 64; McCary, 67. A disgusted Harriet attempts to carry out her threat to cash in her bond, but finds she is trumped by an earlier bond held by somebody else, and learns she won't be paid for centuries.

Harriet Oleson finds the old bond
Standing against the Olesons to champion old folk: Lem McCary

Rage

Episode# 9.04 (185)
Written by B. W. Sandefur
Directed by Maury Dexter
Broadcast October 18, 19821, NBC

Guest Stars: Robert Loggia (Thomas Stark), Michele Marsh (Constance Stark), Tammy Lauren (Elizabeth Stark), Ronnie Scribner (Randall Page). Co-Starring: J. Edward McKinley (Phillips). Featuring: Kurt Smildsin (Tracy). Jennifer Steffin (Rose Wilder)2, Michelle Steffin (Rose Wilder)2.

1 Little Lou was billed erroneously for this date in a few areas in original listings.
2 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Walnut Grove resident Thomas Stark is in financial difficulties yet again; his bank forecloses on his mortgage and orders him out of his house. Stark flips, takes a gun, shoots and injures both his wife and daughter, then flees on a horse. The townsmen form a posse to track him down. Meanwhile, Stark, now completely deranged, arrives at the Wilder house and takes Laura, Jenny and Rose prisoner. Jenny manages to escape and leads the posse back to the house. Surrounded, Stark mechanically walks out of the front door and fires his gun; the returning hail of bullets kills him instantly.

Mad Thomas Stark with baby Rose
Jenny up against Stark's gun

Little Lou

Episode# 9.05 (186)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Victor French
Broadcast October 25, 19821, NBC

Guest Stars: Billy Barty (Lou Bates), Susan French (Mrs. Bates). Co-Starring: Patty Maloney (Alice Bates), Sam Edwards (Mr. Anderson). Featuring: Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster), Steve M. de France (Customer).

1 This episode was billed erroneously for October 18, 1982, in a few areas in original listings.

A dwarf circus clown, "Little" Lou Bates, arrives in town with his pregnant wife. She bears him a healthy daughter but dies in childbirth. Honoring a promise to her to give up circus life, Lou applies for a job at the local bank. Harriet Oleson, having taken a dislike to Lou because of his size, threatens to close her substantial business account if the bank gives him a job. Penniless, Lou steals some food from the Oleson mercantile to feed his daughter, but is found out at once. While Lou is awaiting trial, Nancy Oleson falls down a narrow well, and Lou is the only person small enough to rescue her. Harriet tearfully apologizes to Lou for her attitude, drops her charges, and allows him to take the job at the bank.

Little Lou Bates, played by Billy Barty
John Carter helping in the rescue attempt

The Wild Boy: Part I

Episode# 9.06 (187)
Written by Vince R. Gutierrez
Directed by Victor French
Broadcast November 1, 1982, NBC

Guest Stars: Jonathan Hall Kovacs (Matthew), David Hooks (Luther). Special Guest Star: Anthony Zerbe (Doctor Joshua McQueen). Featuring: Ancel Cook (Farmer #1), Steve M. de France (Farmer Tom). Jennifer Steffin (Rose Wilder)1, Michelle Steffin (Rose Wilder)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Joshua McQueen arrives in town promoting his sideshow attraction, a mute "wild boy" in a cage. One night the wild boy escapes and holes up in the Wilder barn. Subsequently, Isaiah Edwards volunteers to clean the boy up and secretly look after him. Dr. Baker diagnoses the boy's intermittent wild moments as simply morphine withdrawal, the substance used by McQueen to control the boy. Laura, Jenny and Isaiah teach the boy sign language and learn his name – Matthew.

Phoney doctor, Joshua McQueen
Wild boy, Matthew

The Wild Boy: Part II

Episode# 9.07 (188)
Written by Vince R. Gutierrez
Directed by Victor French
Broadcast November 8, 1982, NBC

Guest Stars: Jonathan Hall Kovacs (Matthew), David Hooks (Luther), Walter Brooke (Judge Simpson). Special Guest Star: Anthony Zerbe (Doctor Joshua McQueen). Jennifer Steffin (Rose Wilder)1, Michelle Steffin (Rose Wilder)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

To gain a large reward, Nancy and Harriet Oleson tip off McQueen about the location of Matthew, his "stolen" wild boy. McQueen then takes Isaiah Edwards to court to regain custody. Isaiah ultimately wins the case but nevertheless the boy is adjudged abnormal – violent – and ordered into an asylum. However, Isaiah gives an impassioned speech about the nature of normality, and the judge, impressed, decides to turn a blind eye to Matthew staying with Isaiah.

An angry Isaiah Edwards
Matthew says a redundant goodbye to Walnut Grove

The Return Of Nellie

Episode# 9.08 (189)
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Maury Dexter
Broadcast November 15, 1982, NBC

Special Guest Star: Alison Arngrim (Nellie)1. Featuring: Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster). Jack Lilley (2nd Stage Driver)2, Richard Lilley (Townsman)2, Rod McGaughy (Townsman)2, Jennifer Steffin (Rose Wilder)2, Michelle Steffin (Rose Wilder)2.

1 This is the last episode for Alison Arngrim as Nellie Oleson/Dalton.
2 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Nellie visits Walnut Grove and is fondly greeted by her parents, friends and even her old nemesis, Laura. Jealous of all the attention Nellie is getting, Nancy runs away from home. She is found by Nellie in the woods, and appears to have learned a lesson in not being so self-centered. However, once Nellie has departed Walnut Grove, Nancy is back to being Nancy again.

Nellie is disturbed by Nancy's snoring
Nellie finds Nancy safe and sound

The Empire Builders

Episode# 9.09 (190)
Written by Larry Jensen
Directed by Joseph Pevney
Broadcast November 22, 1982, NBC

Guest Stars: Stephen Elliott (Hollingsworth), James O'Sullivan (Hobson), Taylor Lacher (Wilkins). Co-Starring: Ross Elliott (Lawyer). Featuring: Hugh Warden (Ticket Agent), LeRoy Sweet (Collins), Chuck Hicks (Big Arnie), R. L. Tolbert (Hank), Bob Terhune (Herb), David Wiley (Business Man), Charles Young (1st Thug), Robert Balderson (Lester), Steve Jesse Starr (Express Messenger), James L. Kelly (Foreman), Dan McBride (1st Man), Rod McGaughy (2nd Man).

Walnut Grove is to become a key junction in a new railroad project. Everyone is initially excited by the business this will bring, but when several residents, including the Wilders and Carters, are ordered to vacate their farms, the mood changes. The armed townsfolk occupy the Carter farm and refuse to be moved. Anxious to avoid further delay and loss of money, the railroad company gives up and chooses an alternative route away from Walnut Grove.

Reverend Alden explores the railroad work camp
Armed stand-off at the Carter farm!

Love

Episode# 9.10 (191)
Written by Paul W. Cooper
Directed by Victor Lobl
Broadcast November 29, 1982, NBC

Guest Star: Jill Schoelen (Jane Canfield). Co-Starring: Walker Edmiston (Dr. Vanderan), M. E. Loree (Woman), Elmore Vincent (Floyd). Featuring: Lorrie Blower (Nurse), Fred Downs (Storekeeper), Justin Bayly (Boy). Jennifer Steffin (Rose Wilder)1, Michelle Steffin (Rose Wilder)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Laura is visited by Jane Canfield, a blind girl who is an old friend of hers. Isaiah Edwards falls in love with Jane despite the age gap between them. Jane takes the opportunity of an experimental eye operation in Chicago which restores her sight. On her return to Walnut Grove, Isaiah tells her that he is too old for her, despite her genuine love for him, and leaves her free to find a younger man.

Blind Jane Canfield with Isaiah Edwards
Jane Canfield after her eye operation

Alden’s Dilemma

Episode# 9.11 (192)
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Maury Dexter
Broadcast December 6, 1982, NBC

Guest Star: David Huffman (Reverend Addison Hale). Co-Starring: Margaret Wheeler (Old Woman), Professor Toru Tanaka (Japanese Sumo), Rodney Kageyama (Agishi), Tom Spratley (Hotel Clerk), Ken Scott (Guard). Featuring: Richard Kennedy (Policeman), Thomas Murphy (Customer), Kellye Nakahara (Japanese Woman), Chikae Ishikawa (1st Japanese Girl), Saachiko (2nd Japanese Girl), R. L. Tolbert (Stage Driver). Jennifer Steffin (Rose Wilder)1, Michelle Steffin (Rose Wilder)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Reverend Hale, from the diocese headquarters, visits Walnut Grove and begins to secretly restore a property as a long-service present for Reverend Alden. Laura Wilder and Sarah Carter help out, but a misunderstanding Isaiah Edwards begins to surmise there is something improper with their relationship with Hale – and lands a punch on the man! Meanwhile, Almanzo Wilder and John Carter travel to San Francisco for a Grange meeting. There, Almanzo's wallet is stolen together with all the pair's money, their entrance tickets and their train tickets. The hungry pair are forced to return to Walnut Grove hidden inside a cattle wagon.

Reverend Alden and Reverend Hale in the Walnut Grove church
Almanzo and John in a Japanese hotel in San Francisco

Marvin’s Garden

Episode# 9.12 (193)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Rhodes
Broadcast January 3, 1983, NBC

Guest Star: Helen Kleeb (Miss Conley). Special Guest Star: Ralph Bellamy (Marvin Haynes). Co-Starring: Jon Lormer (Mr. Thoms), Victor Izay (Dr. Jenkins).

Local doctor, and keen gardener, Marvin Haynes, has failing eyesight and realizes his license to practice medicine will not be renewed. Elsewhere, while diving for a lost necklace, Jenny Wilder becomes entangled in underwater vegetation and has to be rescued. Even though she escapes death, her time without oxygen means she now has coordination and speech problems. While off school recuperating, she helps Doctor Haynes daily in his beloved garden and this helps her along the road to recovery.

Jenny dives for her lost necklace
Jenny helps Dr. Haynes treat a dove

Sins Of The Fathers

Episode# 9.13 (194)
Written by E. F. Wallengren
Directed by Victor French
Broadcast January 10, 1983, NBC

Guest Stars: John McLiam (Elliott Reed), Sheila Larken (Linda McAndrews). Featuring: R. L. Tolbert (Stage Driver).

Sarah Carter's father, newspaper owner Elliott Reed, visits from New York. He is keen for the Carters to move back with him and has presumptively found the family jobs and school positions in the city. While in Walnut Grove, Reed hijacks Sarah's newspaper and prints some of Harriet Oleson's vicious gossip; this upsets a local woman who is desperately trying to leave an unhappy past behind her. The Carters tell Reed that they have no wish to leave Walnut Grove and that they find his ways too high-handed. An argument develops which results in Reed preparing to leave town. However, the Carters turn up to see him off and they part ways in a reasonably friendly manner.

Elliott Reed reorganizes things at daughter Sarah's newspaper
Elliott and his daughter, Sarah, do not see eye to eye

The Older Brothers

Episode# 9.14 (195)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Victor French
Broadcast January 17, 1983, NBC

Guest Stars: Geoffrey Lewis (Cole Younger), Robert Donner (Bart Younger), Timothy Scott (Lonnie Younger), Stan Ivar (John Carter). Co-Starring: Sunshine Parker (Sheriff), Sam Edwards (Mr. Anderson), Ray Guth (Stage Guard), Owen Bush (Hotel Manager). Featuring: Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster), Carl Pitti (Stage Driver), Harry Middlebrooks (Frank James), Ross Sherman (Man).

Three inept outlaws – the Younger brothers – rob a stagecoach but only get away with a sack of mail. Isaiah Edwards, staying in the town of Barton, is mistaken for one of the Youngers and is jailed. Tipped off by some of the stolen mail, the Youngers spring Isaiah from jail and send a ransom note to John Carter and Almanzo Wilder back in Walnut Grove. John and Almanzo ride to Barton to alert the sheriff there, but they are taken for accomplices of Isaiah and jailed. Meanwhile, the Youngers have another idea – of turning themselves in to the sheriff for the reward for their own arrest. Inevitably, the plan backfires and they are captured, with Isaiah, John and Almanzo receiving the reward.

Bart Younger, played by Robert Donner, and Cole Younger, played by Geoffrey Lewis
John and Almanzo in jail

Once Upon A Time

Episode# 9.15 (196)
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Maury Dexter
Broadcast January 24, 1983, NBC

Guest Star: John Bennett Perry (Russell Matthews). Special Guest Star: William Prince (Mr. Broxton). Co-Starring: Kay Howell (Secretary), Ralph Manza (Hugo). Featuring: Ron Doyle (Bellman), Patrick Waddell (Holmes), Albert Lord (Waiter), Casey Erickson (Young Man), Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster). Michael Landon (Narrator/Voice)1.2

1 Uncredited on episode's titles.
2 Shawna Landon (Young Girl In The Library) appears in footage from The Little House Years.

Laura writes a novel about her childhood experiences and enters it in a competition. She wins, and travels to Minneapolis with Jenny to liaise with the publishers. The publishers insist the novel be jazzed up – changes which, reluctantly, Laura agrees to. However, Jenny manages to convince Laura that her original version is better and Laura withdraws the book saying she doesn't want her name on something that "isn't mine any more". Forty years later, the novel is finally published (without changes) as the first book in the famous "Little House" series.

Laura Ingalls Wilder disagrees with her publisher
Jenny makes her ma see that original is best

Home Again

Episode# 9.16 (197) – 2 hours
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast February 7, 1983, NBC

Guest Stars: Claude Earl Jones (Mr. Gibson), Charles Tyner (Mr. Janes). Special Guest Stars: Michael Landon (Charles Ingalls), Matthew Laborteaux (Albert Ingalls). Co-Starring: Georgia Schmidt (Adel Colie), Hugo Stanger (Zeb Colie), Jonathan Hall Kovacs (Matthew). Featuring: Gavin Mooney (Officer Coogan), Michael Griswold (Sergeant Bates), Colin Drake (Mr. Hawkins), Jon M. Benson (Officer), Shonda Whipple (Tami), Jason Tucker (Stuart Bayless). Jennifer Steffin (Rose Wilder)1, Michelle Steffin (Rose Wilder)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

In Burr Oak, Albert gets in repeated trouble for theft without there being any apparent explanation. Charles takes him away from the town's bad influences and returns to Walnut Grove, but still Albert's mood remains erratic. The reason behind Albert's behavior is revealed when he is caught stealing morphine from Dr. Baker to feed a secret addiction. Holed up in Mr. Edwards' house, Charles sees the boy through the agonizing days of cold turkey. Once Albert is "clean", he addresses the rest of the Walnut Grove kids about the danger of drugs, then he and Charles return home. Away from Albert's troubles, Jason Carter fakes eyesight problems in order to get himself prescribed a pair of glasses, but the reason is simply to appear smarter to the rest of his schoolmates.

A graying Charles Ingalls, sales assistant
Charles with his trouble-attracting son, Albert
Albert gets the drugs out of his system
Jason Carter with his placebo glasses

A Child With No Name

Episode# 9.17 (198)1
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Victor French
Broadcast February 14, 1983, NBC

Co-Starring: Elmore Vincent (Floyd). Featuring: R. L. Tolbert (Stage Driver). Jennifer Steffin (Rose Wilder)2, Michelle Steffin (Rose Wilder)2.

1 This is the last episode for Ketty Lester as Hester-Sue Terhune.
2 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Laura Wilder gives birth to a baby boy whom Dr. Baker declares healthy. However, soon after, the baby suddenly dies. Laura blames Dr. Baker, and the townsfolk stop using his services. The doctor is forced to start making plans to leave Walnut Grove. Then, baby Rose Wilder develops a fever. Against Laura's wishes, Almanzo fetches Dr. Baker, who diagnoses smallpox. The doctor quarantines himself with the Wilders and treats Rose until the crisis has passed. Now regretting her distrust of him, Laura leads a town deputation which asks Dr. Baker to stay on.

Laura blames Dr. Baker for her baby's death
Dr. Baker about to leave Walnut Grove

The Last Summer

Episode# 9.18 (199)
Written by Duke Sandefur
Directed by Maury Dexter
Broadcast February 21, 1983, NBC

Guest Stars: Vera Miles (Ruthy Leland), Eric Christmas (Dewey). Jennifer Steffin (Rose Wilder)1, Michelle Steffin (Rose Wilder)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles.

Little Jason Carter begins doing odd jobs for a summer visitor to Walnut Grove, Ruthy Leland, and a close bond develops between the pair. Jealous, Jason's mother, Sarah, forbids the boy from spending time with Ruthy. It transpires that Ruthy is terminally ill and is living her last summer. Sarah apologizes to her for acting insensitively. At the end of the season, Jason bids a tearful farewell to Ruthy, who dies a couple of months later.

Sarah Carter and son Jason and the present from Ruthy
Ruthy comforts Jason

For The Love Of Blanche

Episode# 9.19 (200)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast March 7, 1983, NBC

Guest Stars: Eddie Quillan (Buffalo Bill), Don Collier (Sheriff) And Strawberry (Blanche). Featuring: Elmore Vincent (Old Man), Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster), Don Michaelson (Mr. Paine). Angella Kaye (School Girl)1, Jennifer Steffin (Rose Wilder)1, Michelle Steffin (Rose Wilder)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Mr. Edwards is bequeathed an orang-utan named Blanche. Jenny takes Blanche to school where she attacks Nancy. The sheriff is called to shoot the animal, but Mr. Edwards and Blanche outwit him. The monkey is then secretly hidden at the Wilder place. Nancy finds out and the sheriff is again summoned. But, just as Blanche is about to be shot, a man from Chicago zoo arrives to give her a new home.

Blanche the orang-utan
Mr. Edwards (on the left) holding Blanche

May I Have This Dance?

Episode# 9.20 (201)
Written by Chris Abbott
Directed by Victor French
Broadcast March 14, 1983, NBC

Guest Stars: Sherri Stoner (Rachel Brown), Jack Ging (Mr. Brown). Co-Starring: Barbara Townsend (Mrs. Flannery), Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster). Jennifer Steffin (Rose Wilder)1, Michelle Steffin (Rose Wilder)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Laura is bequeathed a mansion and decides to open it as a boarding house. Meanwhile, Willie Oleson has fallen in love with a girl called Rachel. He deliberately fails his university entrance exams so he can stay in Walnut Grove and marry her. His angry mother, Harriet, refuses to have anything to do with his plans. Although, eventually realizing she can do nothing about the situation, Harriet creeps into the wedding ceremony hidden under a veil.

Willie Oleson's pretty fiancée, Rachel Brown
Willie and Rachel get married; Nancy is a bridesmaid

Hello And Goodbye

Episode# 9.21 (202)1,2
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast March 21, 1983, NBC

Guest Stars: Robert Casper (Sherwood Montague), Jonathan Hall Kovacs (Matthew Rogers), Robert Darnell (Philip Rogers), Sherri Stoner (Rachel Brown). Co-Starring: Jim Lau (Proprietor), Peter Kwong (Employee). Featuring: Jack Lilley (Stage Driver), Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster), Robert Ulrich (Customer). Angella Kaye (School Girl)3, Jennifer Steffin (Rose Wilder)3, Michelle Steffin (Rose Wilder)3.

1 This is the last appearance for Katherine MacGregor as Harriet Oleson. The actress was on a pilgrimage during the shooting of the subsequent three telemovies.
2 This is the last episode for Shannen Doherty as Jenny Wilder.
3 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Sherwood Montague, a famous but rather haughty writer, comes to stay in Walnut Grove to research pioneer medicine. Meanwhile, the birth father of Matthew, Mr. Edwards' adopted "wild boy" son, turns up. At first, Matthew angrily rejects him, but gradually the boy changes his mind and eventually decides to leave the downhearted Mr. Edwards for a new life with his real father.

The precise Sherwood Montague
Matthew Rogers, ex-wild boy
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