It’s a droopy and gray afternoon in Summerfield that finds the Great Gildersleeves arriving home, if he can survive the slippery sidewalk. Leroy gets a little chewing out when he has left his toys out again. Gildersleeves fury quickly changes to sympathy when Leroy has a toothache.
When Leroy is squeamish about going to the dentist, he trusts Gildersleeves to pull his sore tooth. Wow, what a trusting soul.
It’s actually Leroys last baby tooth, and not a huge problem, but even Birdie gets sentimental over the passing of an era, and Leroy’s growing up. Gildy does all he can to calm Leroy’s fears over seeing a dentist, and an appointment is made.
Next day, in the Water department, Gildy finds a note from his secretary Bessy, who stepped out for a malted milk. The judge arrives and Gildy is a little sarcastic with him as he tells about Leroy’s tooth. Gildy is surprised to learn that the dentist also scheduled him for an appointment, since it’s been so long since his last check up. Now who’s nervous and afraid over his dentist appointment?
As Gildy drops in at Peavey’s drugstore, and he begins to do some serious worrying of his own over his dentist visit. The fortunes on the back of the weighing machine cards don’t help his spirits. After sharing a few ideas with Peavey, Gildy heads home. His imagination begins to run wild as he day dreams about what horrors the dentist might reveal.
Leroy’s dentist visit goes well, but Gildy is still nervous about his. Can he get out of it? Can he find a distraction, or an excuse to avoid it?
In the end Gildersleeves learns that he isn’t the only person with fears at going to a dentist.