Out of debt and out of trouble, a rare situation for Lum and Abner they get busy restocking the shelves in the Jot Em Down store. The phone rings, and its Lt Gussie, Mousey Gray’s wife, and officer of the Red Cross. The chat with the overbearing wife sets Abner to gripe on Mousey’s behalf about having to do all the woman’s work in that household.
Lum confuses Abner over his figure of speech about starting with a clean slate. As the two bicker over the need for a slate, Mousey enters. The mild mannered Mousey phones home to talk to the Lt. He tells her to go jump in the lake, and hangs up on her.
Has the timid man gotten brave all of a sudden? Is he going to take charge as the master of the house, and stop washing and cleaning and scrubbing? He attributes it to his bravery, his training from his blacksmith mother, and shares the news of his draft notice in the form of a poem.