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"Times Are Changing (Part 1)"
Season 9, Episode 1
#184 overall in Series
Series: Little House on the Prairie
Network/Country: NBC
Original air date September 27, 1982
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Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Maury Dexter
Guest starring: Nicholas Pryor, Michael Landon
Episode Chronology
Previous episode:
"He Was Only Twelve (Part 2)"
(Season 8 finale)
Next episode:
"Times Are Changing (Part 2)"

To find a better life for his family, the Ingalls move to Iowa, selling their homestead to the Carter family, who are moving from New York City to find a simpler life. Laura announces her resignation from the Walnut Grove School to raise Rose, while Almanzo's brother, Royal arrives with his daughter, Jenny and a devastating secret: he is terminally ill, and the true reason he came back to Walnut Grove is to give her a chance to know the couple who would become her adoptive parents.



Guest Stars



  • This is the first appearance of the Carter family.
  • Laura hands her teaching position over to Miss Plum after being there for 2 years. This means that Laura was the second longest-reigning teacher Walnut Grove ever had in the series (aside from Miss Beadle, who was there for 4 years).
  • Little House casting director Susan McCray has hailed actress Shannen Doherty (Jenny Wilder) one of the very best child stars she has ever worked with, coming second only to Melissa Gilbert.
  • Etta Plum is the fifth long-term teacher to come to Walnut Grove, succeeding Eva Beadle, Alice Garvey, Eliza Jane Wilder and Laura. Willie Oleson is the only child on the show to be in school long enough to be taught by every single one of these teachers.
  • Caroline Ingalls (Karen Grassle) not appears in this Episode.


Almanzo (to Laura): What's for supper?
Laura: Is that all you ever think about?
Almanzo: No, but it's a little early to be thinking about what's for breakfast tomorrow morning.

Willie (to Laura): Mrs. Wilder, we didn't know what to get you on your last day with us, so we decided to give you this. It has all our names on it, so you won't forget us. (pauses) I know I've been a lot of trouble to you and at first, I didn't like the idea of you teaching me and telling me what to do. But I know you did it because you care about me. And I just wanted you to know that we all care about you.

Laura (voice-over): It was the spring of 1887. It had been a hard winter for everyone, especially for Pa. He had to sell the farm and move to where he could find the work. He settled the family in Burr Oak, Iowa. Pa came back to get the last of the family's things. He pretended that moving on would be a great thing for the family, but I knew how much he loved his little house on Plum Creek, and I could see how he was hurting inside.

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