Leroy is put out of his room, as Marjorie prepares the house for a visiting friend from her finishing school days. That’s well and good, but where will Leroy’s pet frog stay… in the bath tub? Dorabelle, the Southern belle seems to have all the wrong things to say to her hosts to make them all irritated with her. She must not have learned about tact in that boarding school.
Leroy is all for a little sabotage to get rid of the visitor. What? Say it ain’t so! Gildy holds the party line of extending good manners, but in the same breth he caves in to listen to the pranks that Leroy has planned. Despite the friction and cattiness from Dorabelle, Gildy’s scheme brings Marjorie to tears.
Will Gildersleeve be shed of the annoying girl? Will Marjorie make amends with her own boyfriend? Will a misunderstanding find some one in line to elope? Assumptions and secrets come out at the big dance. The truth may hurt, but it’s better to get it all out in the open, and even Gildy is surprised at the outcome.
Note: The show opens with a mention of Gildersleeve, Connecticut. The town is celebrating it’s 100th birthday. In an old forum on OTR, I read that Jim Jordan is the one who came up with the name Throckmorton. There was a Senator Throckmorton, who was well known in the 1930’s, and it apparently suited as a stodgy name for the big, blustery neighbor on the show.
From comments made by Dorabelle, she and Marjorie graduated school 3 years earlier. Dorabelle also seems to be voiced by Shirley Mitchell, the future Leila Ransom, neighbor, widow, and recurring love interest for Gildy.