Lum tries to tell Abner about his decision to run for mayor, and reform the town of all its vices.
Trying to spread his campaign buttons around, Lum still can’t find any vices, or leverage to clean up town. A stubborn vending machine finds Lum standing up to Luke Spears, demanding a refund.
The fight against crooked vending machines leads to Mose Moots, who reads a letter from Waldo. While Lum goes off to fight the battle of crooked venders, Abner shares the secret behind his lost nickel… er… make that a slug.
The town turns out in force to witness ‘Honest’ Lum getting Abner’s nickel back. First Lady Brillton arrives coach Lum on his use of words.
Opie enters to pick up some sardines, and talk about his musical ability, all to the confusion of Lum’s speech writing. Abner gets Opie to use his clarinet to break up the political rally. How will Lum’s big moment go down?