Little House on the Prairie

Season 4 Episode 2

Times Of Change

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Sep 19, 1977 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (4)

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  • When Charles is elected to represent the Grange at a Chicago convention, Mary goes along to visit her betrothed, John Jr., unaware that he has moved on...

    I love this episode because it deals beautifully with something that every young girl in history has experienced: the loss of a first love. When Charles travels to Chicago, Mary is allowed to go along to visit John Jr., who had in a previous episode asked Mary to marry him someday. Things go well until Charles discovers John kissing his new, city girlfriend at a cotillion where he supposedly brought Mary as his date. John confesses to Charles that he no longer loves Mary; flash forward to a sobbing Mary lying in her crumpled gown in the middle of her hotel-room bed, Charles gently consoling her. It's so painful to watch. You'll not be able to help reflecting back to the first time you thought your own heart would break. This episode is important, too, because it helps bridge Mary into early adulthood. A lovely, well written episode.
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