Synopsis by Hal Erickson
In the first episode of a two-part story, Almanzo (Dean Butler) asks Charles' permission to marry Laura (Melissa Gilbert), but Charles insists that she cannot wed until she is 18 -- two years from now. Upset that Laura concedes to her father's wishes, Almanzo leaves town. Meanwhile, Mrs. Oleson (Katherine MacGregor) hires a new restaurant worker named Percival Dalton (Steve Tracy) -- who promptly falls in love with Mrs. Oleson's daughter, Nellie (Alison Arngrim). And outside of Walnut Grove, Adam Kendall (Linwood Boomer), the husband of Laura's sister Mary (Melissa Sue Anderson), receives some discouraging news.