Little House on the Prairie

Season 9 Episode 14

The Older Brothers

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Jan 17, 1983 on NBC
1.6
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The Older Brothers is a gang that used to have a notorious reputation. First they hold up Mr. Edwards but end up losing the money. Then they try to get ransom money for Mr. Edwards, but that doesn't go very well, because when Almanzo and John Carter try to pay the ransom, the sheriff mistakes or rather accuses them of being the Older Brothers, so he puts them in jail. When they realize that there is a reward being offered for their capture, they turn themselves in for the money, but they are in for a surprise.moreless

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  • Certainly not normal LHOP fare.

    6.2
    Although I will be the first to admit this was not the usual thought-provoking, heartwarming episode we normally get with LHOTP, I didn't think it was terrible either. It was slapstick comedy, for sure. However, I thought given that's what it was supposed to be, it was rather cute. I thought everyone did a good job playing their particular role, esp. the three Younger brothers. No, it didn't leave you any real life lessons, but it was a funny change of pace. I enjoyed watching it (though I certainly wouldn't want too many episodes like that one.) Basically the episode was about three outlaws that, in their younger days, were feared. However, after serving 20 years is jail and aging, they've gotten a tad rusty. Anxious to rebuild their reputation as a force to be reckoned with, they have one mishap after another after another. The bottom line was they were either too old now, or perhaps they were simply a legend in their own minds only and never were all that great, it's hard to say. Whatever the case, they certainly weren't having any luck being outlaws now. Nothing went right. It was very "Three Stooges" set in the old west type of atmosphere. I think the actors did well playing their parts. Had they not, it would have been a pretty dull episode. Given they were good, it made it fun (for me anyway) to watch.moreless
Dean Butler

Dean Butler

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

Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Stan Ivar

Stan Ivar

John Carter (1982 - 1983)

Victor French

Victor French

Isaiah Edwards (1982-1983)

Sunshine Parker

Sunshine Parker

Sheriff

Guest Star

Owen Bush

Owen Bush

Hotel Manager

Guest Star

Harry Middlebrooks

Harry Middlebrooks

Frank James

Guest Star

Ruth Foster

Ruth Foster

Mrs. Foster

Recurring Role

Carl Pitti

Carl Pitti

Stage Driver

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The stick of dynamite used to get out of the padlocked bank would have blown the building half apart and most definitely killed the biggest "younger" brother standing on the other side of it. The concussion throwing him into the street would have done the trick, as a human body could not stand that much pressure. Not to mention the fact that the doorframe remains intact! If it were a grenade-type weapon, I could at least give it some license, but that is ridiculous.

    • In the beginning, when the Older brother (Cole) puts his foot through the door of the Ghost Town bank, the hole is perfect (pre-cut) and what happened to the spur cut? There wasn't even a scratch on the door and we see the boot he uses with the spur on.

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