After working hard, Gildersleeves takes the day off and sleeps in. When rudely awakened by a loud noise from his neighbor, he surprises everybody by announcing his new years resolution to be a good neighbor to the Bullards.
The new policy is put to the test, but for the first day of it, Gildy manages to maintain a forgiving attitude. Leroy is annoyed to have to play with Craig, but Marjorie is impressed by Gildies efforts.
Later though, Gildy nearly caves into pressure when Craig nails Leroy with a snowball. He goes to talk to Peavey about his troubles. Peavey talks about his terrible temper and a childhood prank he once pulled. What? Peavey with a terrible temper? Say it ain’t so.
Back home, the good neighbor policy comes crashing down when Gildy butts heads with Mr Bullard. Can peace be restored?
After Birdie helps out with the mid show commercial, the winds of war blow throughthe Gildersleeves home, and the feuding is back on. After the Judge pops in, Leroy comes in, depressed, over not being allowed to go on the sleigh ride that the Bullards are putting on. The Judge tries to mediate, but will Gildy cave in, and return to his friendship policy?
To his credit, Gildersleeves does try to make up with the Bullards, but is shunned, right down to their kids. As the sleigh takes off with all Leroys friends, Mr Bullard is big enough to come over and invite him along. Has the rivalry ended? Don’t push your luck on that one Gildy.