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John Boy Returns
Grandma Comes Home
John Boy and Daisy get together one evening after her performing at the theatre, and John Boy asks Daisy then to marry him. Although hesitant at first, she accepts. John Boy rings home to tell the family, but instead has to leave the message with Erin...John Boy and his fiancee are heading for Waltons Mountain. Just before he leaves though, Mr Johnson suggests that John Boy might consider going to London as a reporter for the Stars and Stripes newspaper. Very bad timing for John Boy, given that he has just proposed to Daisy and she would not be able to go with him.
Whilst planning her wedding at the Walton home, Daisy reveals that she and her mother had a falling out some time ago and will probably not attend the wedding. John's man to man talk with John Boy about marriage reveals that there are no secrets to a happy marriage but that John Boy should show Daisy he loves her, keep the marriage fresh and find ways to surprise her.
John Boy takes steps to get Daisy and her mother back together again and goes to introduce himself to Daisy's mother. She agrees to meet with Daisy, suspecting that Daisy hasn't told John Boy the whole story behind their argument. Daisy does go to talk with her mother, but becomes tearful when she sees a small girl on the doorstep. Daisy had given birth to the little girl, Melissa, three years ago, and had put her up for adoption. Daisy and her mother had argued because Daisy had refused to marry the man she did not love. Melissa, however, had been raised by Daisy's mother.
Daisy admits the story to John Boy and decides to return home to become mother to Melissa. She tells John Boy that they can no longer be married, and with that, John Boy takes the job in London.
In the meantime Elizabeth and her friend George Simmons are trying to set up a lemonade stand outside Ike's store, selling each glass for 5 cents. The two are a bit disappointed that business is not better, and Grandpa suggests advertising a special on the pink lemonade of 4 cents. Grandpa takes off to the Baldwin home to ask for some recipe. Secretly he puts some of it into the plain lemonade and tells the children to sell it only to the men and to charge a higher price, while the pink lemonade with more sugar, is better for women and children. Business suddenly takes a turn for the better, but when the Baldwin sisters taste the regular lemonade, and comment that it reminds them of Papa, Corabeth also samples it and vents her anger at Grandpa and Ike.
- Richard Thomas as John Jr.Walton
- Joe Conley as Ike Godsey
- Ronnie Claire Edwards as Corabeth Walton Godsey
- Helen Kleeb as Miss Mamie Baldwin
- Mary Jackson as Miss Emily Baldwin
- Deirdre Lenihan as Daisy Garner
- Steve Shaw as George Simmons
- This would be the last time during the series that Richard Thomas would appear as John Boy Walton.