In the office of the Water Commissioner, we find Gildy trying to get caught up on work. Interuptions arise when Bessie introduces a chemist.
The jargon flies as the gents talk shop. The chemist seems more like a snake oil salesman, especially when he starts pitching his special formula to get rid of hard water.
Before heading to talk to the Controller to seal the deal, interuptions from Leila Ransom, and wedding plans, add to Gildy’s distractions. Will he be able to secure the funds in time? Hurt feelings could lead to resignations.
The resignation is in the mail, but Gildy has had second thoughts. The mayor won’t take him seriously… will he? Though Gildy agonizes, Leroy is in a good mood. Will the judge have any advice on dealing with the resignation, and its acceptance?
Seeking solace elsewhere, Gildy goes to ask Peavey for advice on how to handle the situation of the hard water, chemist, an the controller. Will Gildy stand a chance to raise community support for his cause? What might uncle Charlie out at the pumphouse have to say about the hard water?
What makes Gildy think that Birdie can help his case with the mayor? Why doesn’t he do his research before jumping to conclusions? Why doesn’t he just ask Leroy about that resignation letter?