Little House on the Prairie

Season 9 Episode 4

Rage

2
Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Oct 18, 1982 on NBC
6.6
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A man named Mr. Stark learns that because of his family's debt, they will be evicted from their home. Personal issues with his wife and daughter push him over the edge, so he shoots them both and takes off. The men of Walnut Grove frantically try to track him down, but they don't realize that he hasn't even left town, and his emotionally unstable condition puts Laura's family in great danger.moreless

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  • Almanzo tries his hand at hostage negotiation and concludes he's better suited to be a farmer.

    5.1
    This episode has more holes in it than Thomas does at the end of it. First of all, Thomas Stark shoots both his wife and daughter and at point-blank range, they both somehow survive. Now either he's a horrible shot or those ladies were wearing bullet-proof vests under their petticoats. He then proceeds to wander to a couple different farms before ending up the Wilders, where he mistakes Laura and Jennie for his wife and daughter. Okay, what is with characters in this series suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and not being able to tell the difference between their own family members and someone else who doesn't look remotely like them? (My Ellen, anyone?)



    When baby Rose cries in the next room, Thomas assumes it is his daughter's bastard baby with "that Page boy." Laura goes along with it, which is just totally unbelievable for a mother. If Thomas Stark couldn't even tolerate an innocent glance in church exchanged between his daughter and the kid, wouldn't he have blown their illegitimate baby to bits as well in his state of mind? There were numerous other problems with this episode as well. For example, when Thomas fell asleep, wouldn't Laura signal Jennie to go for help immediately, rather than later have her hide in the storm cellar? When Laura hits Thomas over the head with a 2x4 in the barn, she runs out to find she's just missed Doc Baker's carriage, with Randall Page driving it. The horse is only trotting, but instead of running after it, she stands there and just kind of cries helplessly. Wouldn't she be tearing after it with all her energy?



    Finally, when Thomas comes out of the hosue with a gun at the end and is shot by the men, Laura just stands there on the other side of the door. Wouldn't she have dropped to the floor or fled to the other side of the room to avoid being so close to rifle fire? You can clearly hear three booms of gunfire, which must have been deafening at that close range, yet Baby Rose doesn't so much as utter a cry.



    This was just tough to watch, even for entertainment value.moreless
  • Why was Laura taking a doll {presumably Rose} out of the gunman's hands? My point is, did you see the doll leg {dimpled} and the shock of blonde hair emanating from the blanket when he took her from the guys arms?moreless

    6.1
    Why was Laura taking a doll {presumably Rose} out of the gunman's hands? My point is, did you see the doll leg {dimpled} and the shock of blonde hair emanating from the blanket when he took her from the guys arms? Very poor editing and choice of usage of a real baby. Why was Laura taking a doll {presumably Rose} out of the gunman's hands? My point is, did you see the doll leg {dimpled} and the shock of blonde hair emanating from the blanket when he took her from the guys arms? Very poor editing and choice of usage of a fake baby. I hate when tv shows do that.moreless
Dean Butler

Dean Butler

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

Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Dabbs Greer

Dabbs Greer

Reverend Alden

Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen

Dr. Hiram Baker

Richard Bull

Richard Bull

Nels Oleson

Ketty Lester

Ketty Lester

Hester-Sue Terhune (1982-1983) (co-star 1978 - 1981)

Tammy Lauren

Tammy Lauren

Elizabeth Stark

Guest Star

Ronnie Scribner

Ronnie Scribner

Randall Page

Guest Star

Robert Loggia

Robert Loggia

Thomas Stark

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • It makes no sense that when Thomas falls asleep, Laura wouldn't immediately make Jenny run for help.

    • Laura doesn't make much effort to go after Doc Baker's retreating carriage, even though the horse is only trotting. Considering the trouble she's in, one would think she'd tear after him.

    • Baby Rose doesn't even blink when the three shots of gunfire go off.

    • Goof: In the scene where Laura takes Rose from Thomas to put her back in her crib, you can clearly see a plastic doll leg and very blonde, fake looking doll hair sticking out of the blanket. When it cuts to Laura putting Rose in the crib a few seconds later, Rose is back to being a real baby.

    • In the thunderstorm scene where Jeb and Jason are in their beds in the loft, watch closely when Jeb says, "Pa must be back!" and gets out of bed to look out the window. Underneath his nightgown, you can see that he is clearly wearing a pair of black and blue shorts that look like they could be basketball shorts. Surely those weren't around in this time period.

    • In one scene of this episode, Jason Carter scurries into bed with Jeb when the storm scares him. When he does this, you can clearly see his underwear underneath his nightgown. It is very visible, and a bit surprising that this shot wasn't edited out.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Elizabeth: Mrs. Wilder, is it all right if Jenny and I go wading in the creek?
      Laura: I don't know--
      Almanzo: That sounds like a great idea to me. I'd go with you myself if I didn't have my Sunday clothes on.
      Laura: Almanzo.
      Almanzo: Well, I would. Doesn't sound like such a bad idea for the two of us.....

    • Jason: Jeb, can I sleep with you tonight?
      Jeb: What for?
      Jason: Because I'm cold.
      Jeb: You've got a blanket.
      Jason: Come on, Jeb, I'm scared.
      Jeb: Of what?
      Jason: Of him. Mr. Stark.
      Jeb: He's probably miles away from here by now. That's why Pa and the other men went after him.
      Jason: You don't know that for sure.
      Jeb: Go to bed, Jason. (Jason doesn't go) I said go to bed.
      Jason: Fine, but if I get murdered in my sleep, you'll be sorry.
      Jeb: Go to bed, Jason.

    • Elizabeth: I was wondering if you'd like to go wading in the creek with me.
      Jenny: I should help Aunt Laura with dinner.
      Elizabeth: Please, Jenny? Pa will let me go if you ask him.
      Jenny: If your Pa catches you with Randall Page, he'll skin us both!
      Elizabeth: Not you. He likes you, because you make good grades and all. Besides, he won't catch us.
      Jenny: Just remember, that's what the old catfish said. (smiles) But right now, I can't think of anything that would feel better than a wade in the creek!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Actress Michele Marsh, who plays Tom Stark's wife Constance in this episode, went on to appear in Choices, a Season 5 episode from Michael Landon's hit series Highway to Heaven, about 6 years after this episode aired.

    • This is the second time in the series that Laura is held hostage by a delusional person who mistakes her for a member of their family. It happened first in Season 4's My Ellen, when a grieving mother--in the wake of her child's death--believed that Laura was her daughter.

    • Featured characters: Laura and Jenny

    • If actor Ronnie Scribner (Randall Page) looks familiar to you, it's probably because he appeared four years ago in Season 5's Blind Man's Bluff, where he played Jordan, a friend of Laura's and a daredevil who hatched a diabolical plan to get his parents back together.

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