Synopsis by Hal Erickson
John Jr. (Radames Pera), the adopted son of Mr. Edwards (Victor French), astonishes 13-year-old Mary Ingalls (Melissa Sue Anderson) by proposing marriage. Naturally, John expects Mary to wait for him until she comes of age -- but then he is offered a colleague scholarship that will keep him away from Walnut Grove for four long years. Will the lovestruck Laura force John to forsake his education and remain in town until she is old enough to wed? This episode was originally scheduled to air on October 4, 1976.