The date is unknown, but this seems the most reasonable place that it fits in. Abner handles an order over the phone, mostly items the store is out of. Squire pops in to hear about the sorry state of the expenses that have zapped all the profits from the chemical sales to battle the bowl weevil.
In particular, Abner tells about owing $900 for all the sauerkraut that he inadvertantly ordered. With only $400 of profits, it’s going to be tough to do.
Abner also goes over all the details of how the formula was mistakenly given to a crook who heard about their formula. Selling off antique furniture, and raiding all their secret stashes of cash, means that all the gents is $23 to make up their debt.
After Lum makes a desperate deal with Cedric, Abner hears how Cedric has more business sense than Lum. Is there any more that could happen to frustrate the situation?