Little House on the Prairie

10 Best Episodes of Little House on the Prairie - Season 9

Little House on the Prairie is an American Western drama television series, starring Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, and Karen Grassle, about a family living on a farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in the 1870s and 1880s.

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Little House on the Prairie - S9E5

#15 - Little Lou (Season 9 - Episode 5)

A tiny circus performer, Lou, decides to look for work in Walnut Grove after his wife dies while giving birth to his baby girl. A prejudice Mrs. Oleson uses her power to make sure that the dwarf doesn't find work. She even threatens Mr. Anderson that she would close her account at the bank if he hired Lou. To keep the infant alive, the dwarf must steal food. Mrs. Oleson decides to press charges when she finds out who stole the food. When Nancy falls in a well, Lou risks his life to save the girl. That's when Mrs. Oleson decides that being small has its advantages and decides to drop all charges.

The episode was rated 7.35 from 26 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S9E15

#14 - Once Upon A Time (Season 9 - Episode 15)

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Laura writes a book for a book writing contest. Her book is chosen. She travels to Minneapolis to work out a deal with the publisher. However, when the publisher wants her to change some parts in her book, she withdraws from the contest and goes back home.

The episode was rated 7.36 from 22 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S9E11

#13 - Alden's Dilemma (Season 9 - Episode 11)

A minister that is passing through Walnut Grove arouses the suspicions of Reverend Alden and Mr. Edwards. Reverend Alden believes that he will lose his congregation to the other reverend. Mr. Edwards notices that this minister spends a lot of time with Mrs. Carter and Laura, which causes him to suspect the worse.

The episode was rated 7.39 from 23 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S9E22

#12 - Hello and Goodbye (Season 9 - Episode 22)

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Mr. Montague stays at the Wilder boarding house while he is at Walnut Grove researching for a book that he is writing. Matthew Roger has a hard decision to make when his biological father shows up. Matthew decides to leave Mr. Edwards and go with his father. Mr. Edwards moves into the boarding house so he wouldn't be lonely anymore.

The episode was rated 7.42 from 31 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S9E4

#11 - Rage (Season 9 - Episode 4)

Mr. Stark has gotten himself so far in debt that he has lost his mind. He goes home and shoots his wife and daughter. Then he goes off and ends up at Laura's house. He mistakes Laura and Jenny for his wife and daughter, but when he sees Rose, he thinks that his daughter has had a baby.

The episode was rated 7.43 from 30 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S9E3

#10 - Welcome To Olesonville (Season 9 - Episode 3)

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Harriet finds a bearer bond from Walnut Grove. She uses this to try to get people to follow her suggestions. She tells the town council that if she doesn't get her way, she will cash in the bond which would force the town to pay Mrs. Oleson over $10,000.

The episode was rated 7.46 from 41 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S9E18

#9 - A Child With No Name (Season 9 - Episode 18)

Laura gives birth to a baby boy. The baby is fine and healthy for a while. Then for no apparent reason the baby dies. To ease her mind of the death, she blames Doc Baker for what happened to her baby. Doc's reputation declines so much that he must leave town to find work. Just before Doc Baker leaves, Rose comes down with small pox. Doc must stay quarantined with the Wilders for two weeks. Watching the Doc save Rose's life causes Laura to rethink her attitude about Doc Baker. Laura and the rest of the town convince him to stay on.

The episode was rated 7.47 from 30 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S9E2

#8 - Times Are Changing (2) (Season 9 - Episode 2)

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Royal has a very bad heart and asks Laura and Almanzo to take care of his daughter since he was going to die soon. Jenny is devastated by her father's death. After talking to Reverend Alden about heaven, she tries to commit suicide by drowning so that she could be with her father again. Jeb Carter is able to save Jenny although he can't swim. Laura convinces Jenny that she should do what would make her parents proud.

The episode was rated 7.47 from 30 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S9E14

#7 - The Older Brothers (Season 9 - Episode 14)

The Older Brothers is a gang that used to have a notorious reputation. First they hold up Mr. Edwards but end up losing the money. Then they try to get ransom money for Mr. Edwards but that doesn't go very well.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 23 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S9E6

#6 - The Wild Boy (1) (Season 9 - Episode 6)

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A traveling side-show comes to Walnut Grove. The main attraction is a wild boy. The wild boy escapes and becomes friends with the Wilders. The boy turns out to be Matthew Roger and the reason he acts wild is become he is given morphine.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 33 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S9E7

#5 - The Wild Boy (2) (Season 9 - Episode 7)

Mr. Edwards keeps Matthew at his place, but Nancy Oleson tells on him. A judge comes and rules that Matthew be placed in an institution. Then Mr. Edwards makes a statement that everyone is crazy sometime. He convinces the judge to allow the boy to stay with Mr. Edwards.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 29 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S9E9

#4 - The Empire Builders (Season 9 - Episode 9)

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The people of Walnut Grove are at first excited when the railroad wants to build through the town. This excitement doesn't last long. The railroad tells several people that they must leave their houses. The people make a stand at the Carter's place. This delay in building convinces the railroad to find a different route.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 30 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S9E1

#3 - Times Are Changing (1) (Season 9 - Episode 1)

The Ingalls are forced to sell their house to the Carters and leave Walnut Grove to find a more promising life. Mrs. Carter begins printing a newspaper for Walnut Grove. Etta Plum becomes the teacher in Walnut Grove when Laura decides she wants to spend more time with Rose. Almanzo's brother, Royal, comes to Walnut Grove with his daughter, Jenny.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 38 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S9E21

#2 - May I Have This Dance? (Season 9 - Episode 21)

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No longer a mama's boy, Willie announces his engagement and plans to marry his sweetheart. All this upsets his mother greatly, who makes several attempts to get her way.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 25 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S9E8

#1 - The Return Of Nellie (Season 9 - Episode 8)

Nellie returns to Walnut Grove and discovers that Nancy is a lot worse than she ever was. When Nancy isn't the center of attention, she runs away. Nels and Nellie search until they find her. Just when they think Nancy has learned a valuable lesson, she proves that she really hasn't.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 34 votes.

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