Phil Harris – Volunteer Fire Chief. 490130. Last week, the Harris family was in Washington DC for the inaugural festivities, and are now returning home. Alice, the girls and Phil share a few secrets about the monuments and sights they have seen. Willie arrives and tells how sad he is over a lost love interest, after teasing Phil about his reputation as a heavy drinker.
Phil learns that he has been nominated as Fire Chief, but Alice tries to convince Phil to back off and leave the fire chief job offer alone, She then sings, Clancey Lowers the Boom.
Phil has been on the phone with city hall, and announces that the mayor still wants him, and he starts the next day. Alice is trying to keep Phil from doing it, but will Remley be impressed with the new job as chief? Frankie is skeptical of Phil’s ability to do this serious job. After quizzing Phil on issues surrounding fire prevention, they try their hand at putting out a fire. In the living room? Alice puts her foot down on the whole fire chief issue. Good for her.
The conversation turns to other areas of a fire fighters job, particularly doing rescue work, which transitions to Phil singing, Thank the Man Upstairs.
On the topic of rescuing, Phil tries to get Frankie to jump out of a windo so he can catch him. When he won’t do it, Julius happens along. He won’t do it either, and though he may be a coward, he’s a smart, and living coward. At least until he is grabbed and forced to help. Don’t worry Julius, and stop that coughing fit. Phil will rescue you from that smoky room.
When Phil and Remley find their efforts have trapped them in the room, Julius gets to turn the tables on them and rescue Phil.