NBC (ended 1983)
Charles and Albert return in "Home Again" That's the only appearance by the rest of the family in season 9 proper. Three made-for-tv movies were made in which Charles and Albert returned again. In "The Last Farewell", Charles and Caroline return.
References are made to the other children, but we never see them again.
I'm glad they didn't send her to a leper colony, people would have screamed WALTONS! They doing that to Livie was a bad move and John Boy 2, how desperate.
I thought it was strange to write Harriet out as being in the hospital. I always wished they had written her out differently, at least, like maybe going away on business to buy things for the store. She was a tough character to have out of the picture, that's for sure. It's too bad she couldn't be in at least one of the movies.
I'm totally with you on that one, laurawilder! It's hard for me to pick a favorite season, but Season 9 is definitely one that I seem to enjoy the most - and it's hard to find fans who feel the same way. It was definitely a different tone, but I liked how it had more of a community "feel" to it, and it became more of an ensemble cast. Laura and Almanzo were portrayed as the top stars that year, but screen time was shared pretty equally with a lot of different characters. Plus, one of my all-time favorite episodes, "Little Lou," came from Season 9.
I also loved, loved, LOVED the Carter family--especially John and little Jason. There was just something about their family that I enjoyed watching, and I often wish that they had been brought in at about the same time the Garveys were, just so we could get to know them better. I also liked Shannen Doherty's performance as Jenny, even though she and Melissa Gilbert had some kind of "falling out" several years later! (If you read MG's memoir, "Prairie Tale," then you know what I mean, haha!)
I just purchased the entire series in July at Walnut Grove museum and my husband and I have been watching them in order ever since. While watching season 9, episode "Aldens Dilemma" I noticed a plane flying in the sunset scene. Did anyone else notice this?
Season 9 is far from my favorite, but it does have some redeeming qualities. One of the things I like best about it is seeing how Willie has grown and matured into a fine, respectable and responsible young man.