Abner complains that Lum isn’t working at improving on complaints from the restaurant customers. The book that Lum is reading is one from Duncan Hines, a well known food critic from Kentucky who travels and writes about the places he visits, and the food he eats.
Just by recommending a restaurant, Duncan Hines can make a place famous. Abner is confused over the concept of what a food critic does. What kind of food tips does Abner offer? His lifetime of eating experience provides a few nuggets that Lum sarcastically responds to.
In showing that he has manners, Abner gets on a roll, and pours forth a littany of good etiquette, and proper behavior to follow while at the dinner table. The frustrated Lum storms out, as grandpap enters. Will he understand Abner’s sage advice? Feeling like he finally got Lum’s hint, Abner decides to write a letter to Duncan Hines, and get him to give the restaurant a good review.