As we eavesdrop in on the family in Summerfield, we get a look at wartime sentiments as Leroy fantasizes at being a bombadeer. Aunt Hattie has come for a visit, and encourages that a household schedule be developed. Gildersleeves is all for the idea, and quite agreeable to it, until he learns that he is expected to lead by example. Further intrusions arise when Gildy is about to administer a spanking to Leroy, when aunt Hattie intervenes with a kinder, gentler discipline.
What’s a man to do? It sounds like it’s time for a trip to Peavey’s for some advice about his sister Hattie. Based on a scene from the book Little Men, Gildy takes Peavey’s advice to apply some 19th century sentiment to the 20th century. Will the child psychology work?
Aunt Hatties rules are enough to keep even Judge Hooker away. During the family quiet time, Leroy is encouraged to show off his piano expertise. The new schedule has put a damper on Gildy’s social life, and makes Leila mad when she can’t be taken on a date. As the quiet evening comes to an end, can Gildersleevers make his get away, or will aunt Hattie have even more obligations for him? Will Hattie come between Gildersleeves and Leila?