Little House on the Prairie

Season 9 Episode 9

The Empire Builders

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Nov 22, 1982 on NBC

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  • Walnut Grove is excited for the railroad to come, but soon find they will have to make some sacrifices of their own.

    Without a doubt, this episode is redone in "The Last Farewell" (except there its not the railroad that takes over). Not an original plot. But its still very enjoyable. This is how it would happen -- excitement, then a few sacrifices, only to come into complete problems. By the scene where Laura stands up to the railroad with her gun and says they'll have to take it, you are inspired to go and save your town from an evil company. In many cases in this world, the railroad is what made the towns prosper. Still, there are personal sacrifices that must be made, and that's what this episode revolves around. And when John punches the guy at the end and gives his speech, you are just ready to stand up next to him and say, "yeah! We beat you!" for lack of a better phrase. An exciting episode that you don't forget.