Revelling in the latest use of the formula, Abner tells grandpap about his new title as doctor. Grandpap isn’t impressed, but we learn how the formula has been a hit in killing potato bugs. They can hardly keep making it to meet the demand. The success won’t go to Abner’s head, and change him, will it?
To get all spiffed up for an upcoming party, Abner wants to borrow some of grandpap’s old duds. The two talk about thwe party preparations, and who’ll be there. What other high society fads have become popular lately in Pine Ridge? Abner tells how Lizabeth won’t be able to make it, since she’s so busy tending to woman’s work.
Lum enters just ahead of Ben Withers. Word comes in that the Bowl Weevil is particularly bad this year for cotton farmers. Will the formula win the battle for the cotton crop?
Note: Abner’s idea of woman’s work is just about all the hard chores of keeping a farm. Chopping firewood, working the fields, tending the animals, Laundry, ironing, and so forth. Keep in mind, the fireood is for a kitchen stove, and the iron would be the kind that was heated over the stove.