Today we have a triple feature from the later days of the program. In these three episodes, Lum and Abner try to figure out what Abner has bought at an auction. Then they try to figure out what to do with it, if it even works.
Show 1: Abner’s Mystery Machine. Dick Huddleston opens with a quick recap of how Abner came to have his mystery device. Lum can’t unerstand why Abner could buy something that he didn’t know what it was, but it seems to be an honest mistake. Abner refuses to just get rid of it before he knows what it is, and what it does. It seems to be a war surplus item. Is it some kind of weapon? The guys try to put it together, but the directions are lost. Abner thinks it may be some type of vending machine, or pinball machine, but Lum might be on the right track when he reads some of the writing on the machine. When Squire pops in, he has a contract to buy out the store, but will he recognize the mystery machine?
Show 2: The Shortwave Tranciever. Dick introduces the latest development behind the shortwave tranciever. Despite knowing what it is, the guys still don’t know what it does. Grandpap joins the fun as they marvel over the contraption. Lum has been studying up on the gaget, and has a vision of being in the radio broadcasting business. As a side track, Grandpap tells about a watch dog that Luke is giving to him. Among his valuables he needs watching is a dinosaur bone that looks suspiciously like a cow bone. Hey, that sounds familiar. Meanwhile Lum is troubled over the technological termonology and acronyms in the instructions he found. The show ends up with troubles enough to go all around when grandpap is back with some bad news.
Show 3: Trying to Operate the Transceiver. Dick Huddleston tells that the guys have figured out their transceiver, and Abner is laboring at the generator to work up enough power to operate it. Lum is al set to test the rig out, but how can he go about it, and know it’s working? With a little help from Cedric, Lum gives a few radio checks. Grandpap returns to complain about his new watchdog. With no luck with the transceiver, Cedric comes over, and it looks like at least part of the mystery is solved.
Sorry, none today. Enjoy the longer show.