Little House on the Prairie

Times are Changing (2)

Season 9, Ep 2, Aired 10/4/82
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  • Episode Description
  • As Royal attempts to cling to the final days of his life, he asks Almanzo and Laura to keep his illness a secret from Jenny. The 10-year-old is distraught when the inevitable occurs, and she resents her aunt and uncle for hiding the truth from her. Jenny slips into a silent depression, and while Laura and Almanzo decide that it's best to give her space, that proves to be a grave mistake. Meanwhile, young Jeb Carter harbors a secret that is increasingly difficult to hide from his family and friends.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dean Butler

    Almanzo James Wilder (co-star prior to season 7)

  • Melissa Gilbert

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

  • Dabbs Greer

    Reverend Alden

  • Kevin Hagen

    Dr. Hiram Baker

  • Richard Bull

    Nels Oleson

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Drastic changes in the Little House tradition are met with new characters, some classic old favorites, and a (surprisingly) solid start to Season 9.

    By ecgirl08, Jan 02, 2009

  • Jenny wallows in self-pity, only to be smacked out of it by the Queen of Self-Pity, Laura!

    By millerem99, Jun 26, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Almanzo: (about Royal) He seems a whole lot better lately. Laura: Yeah. Almanzo: Maybe all the doctors are wrong. Laura: No false hopes, Almanzo. You'll only make it harder. Almanzo: (sighs) I know.

    • John: Sit down, son. Jeb: Did I do something wrong? John: No. I was talking to your brother today. You both argue a lot, but you know he loves you. Anyway, he told me about the swimming. Jeb: He promised he wouldn't! John: He's worried about you. I would have done the same thing in his place. Jeb: But he lied to me! John: And you've been lying to me. Jeb: I didn't. I never said I could swim! John: You pretended you could. That's the same thing.

    • Jenny: (about Nancy) She's just like her mother. I've never seen two people more alike! Royal: I have. You and your Ma. Jenny: Really? Royal: So much alike in so many ways. Something about your mother.......people just took to her, right off. You're like that. Look at how many friends you have in the short time you've been here. You like it here, don't you? Jenny: Yes. It was scary at first, but I'm glad we settled here. Royal: Your aunt and uncle are fine people. They care a great deal for you. Jenny: And I for them. Royal: I want you to be happy here. Jenny: I'd be happy anywhere with you, Father. (gives him a big hug)

    • Willie: Jenny, you want to come swimming with us? Jenny: No, thanks, I'm going to stay here. Willie: You sure? It's hot. The water will feel good. Jenny: Some other time. Willie: Suit yourself. (all the kids leave) Royal: Why won't you go with them? Jenny: I want to stay with you today. Royal And do what? Watch me read a book? Go on. Jenny: Are you sure? Royal: Go, before I take a belt to you! Jenny: Thanks, Papa! (hugs him and runs off) Royal: (to Laura) Do you see why I can't tell her? Laura: (pause) I do.

    • John: How's Jenny feeling? Jeb: She's not good, Pa. I don't know how to explain it. She's real distant, real sad. John: Well, it's nice that you tried to help her. Jeb: I don't think it did much good. John: But the important thing is, you tried.

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    Notes (1)

    • Shannen Doherty (Jenny Wilder) once said that when she was 9 years old (2 years before this episode aired), her mother suffered a brain aneurysm, and her father had a massive stroke the following year. Nearly losing both her parents in such a short time period prompted her to close herself off from her classmates, so in that sense, Doherty connected with her character's plight in this episode.

    Trivia (15)

    • At the end of the episode, when Nancy is standing outside the schoolhouse and taunting Jeb about his swimming abilities, Jeb shoots back at her, "Nancy, go jump in the lake!" Given that Jenny's recent suicide attempt involved her jumping in the lake and trying to drown herself, this probably wasn't the smartest piece of dialogue to use.

    • Jenny alternates between Pa and Papa in addressing her father throughout this two-part episode, but notice how strangely she says "Papa," especially when she is yelling out for him in the rain, and when she's sitting on the bed with him as he's dying. She pronounces it "Pop-eh," which sounds very awkward every time she says it. For that matter, Jenny seems to have a slight speech impediment, pronouncing "him" like "heem" and "told" like "towd."

    • Notice how wet Jason is when he gets out of the water, just as Jeb goes to climb up the tree. Jason remains wet for most of the remainder of that scene, but after Jeb falls, can see that Jason is completely dry. That isn't possible after being out of the water for less than three minutes.

    • In this episode, we hear Almanzo call his baby daughter "Rosie Posie" for the first time, and it quickly becomes his own special nickname for her. However, in the autobiographical books that were written by Roger Lea McBride about Rose Wilder's life, Almanzo called her his little "Prairie Rose."

    • In the first scene of the episode, when John Carter goes out to the barn to talk with Jeb, John is wearing a light blue shirt. However, when the two of them are in Doc Baker's office after Jeb breaks his arm (which takes place on the same day), John has on a much darker blue shirt.

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