Little House on the Prairie

Season 6 Episode 12

The King Is Dead

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Nov 12, 1979 on NBC
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The King Is Dead
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Jonathan Garvey is tricked into believing that he is a good wrestler in order to scam the local residents of Walnut Grove, who stand to lose a lot of money on the rigged match. Mrs. Oleson is betting heavily too - with the church funds - for which she is treasurer. An aging former legend has to prove to Jonathan that he has been set up before all his friends lose their bets.moreless

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  • Jonathan Garvey is one of my very favourite characters so a Jonathan-centric episode was just what the doctor ordered.

    8.5
    An unscrupulous promoter convinces Jonathan that he is a fine wrestler in order to get him into the ring and, of course, lose, so that the promoter can make plenty of money while the townsfolk of Walnut Grove lose theirs on what will be a rigged match.



    Naturally, the town is behind Jonathan and many place bets on him to win in the hope of increasing their stake, even Harriet Oleson, although I don't imagine that she was supposed to use church funds in order to do it!



    There are others who can see that Jonathan is being used and a former wrestler takes him on to prove just how bad poor Jonathan actually is, which is just as well, becuse he would most certainly have lost and a lot of money from the town would have gone down the drain with him.



    A lovely episode with some very likeable characters.moreless
  • Knock-out Episode!

    9.0
    This is one of my favorite episodes because of the stoyline, action, and humor with Harriet and Nels Oleson.

    Plus, how can you help but love Milo? Besides the fact that he's the veteran and the underdog, you just can't help but route for him because of how loving towards and focused on his wife he is until the end, when he is reunited with her through death. What a man! It's great to see both Jimmy Hart and brutish Hans Mueller get their come-uppance, too.



    Note: love the scene when Harriet gets so uncontrollably excited (due to the fact that she has wagered all her money on this fight) that she accidentally knocks out Nels!moreless
Patrick Labyorteaux

Patrick Labyorteaux

Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (1977 - 1981) (as Patrick Laborteaux)

Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen

Dr. Hiram Baker

Richard Bull

Richard Bull

Nels Oleson

Matthew Laborteaux

Matthew Laborteaux

Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978 -1982)

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Karen Grassle

Karen Grassle

Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Lee Generaux

Lee Generaux

N.D. Man

Guest Star

Ray Walston

Ray Walston

Jimmy Hart

Guest Star

Nora Meerbaum

Nora Meerbaum

Anna Stavroupolis

Guest Star

Jack Lilley

Jack Lilley

Jack

Recurring Role

Carl Pitti

Carl Pitti

Carl

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Harriet: (laughing loudly after betting all the church's money on the wrestling match) I feel like Joan of Arc, carrying the cross into battle!
      Nels: Well, if Jonathan loses, you're really going to feel like Joan of Arc...when Walnut Grove burns you at the stake!

    • Milo: (quietly in the ring to Hans) This time, I not wrestle like clown.

    • Milo: You did not win fight tonight.
      Jonathan: I have a hundred dollars that says otherwise.
      Milo: I let you win.

    • Anna: (in her letter to Milo) Always remember, Milo. Living is a temporary state. Loving is forever.

    • Nels: (appalled at his wife's hollering at the match) It's bad enough you're gambling with the Lord's money! You don't have to scream for blood!

    • Harriet: (to Nels, as she's counting the church's money, which she's going to gamble on the wrestling match) Will you get out of here, and let me do the Lord's work!

  • NOTES (1)

    • A bit of irony: Years later, there would be a man by the name of Jimmy Hart who became famous in the 1980s as a rulebreaking professional wrestling manager in the World Wrestling Federation. And yes, Jimmy Hart was his real name (he was a member of the 1960s rock group The Gentrys and has composed much of the soundtrack for the WWF's (now World Wrestling Entertainment) programs).

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