After the explosive ending of the previous episode, Abner is safe, but Squire is facing the consequences of selling phony stock. Lum has to explain why stock in the Mars corporation was illegal. Also in setting himself up as the owner of the company, Squire took the full burden of responsibility when trying to sell stock to the detective.
With the rocket blasted to pieces across the town, is there still a way for the gents to make money on Mars? They realize the enormity of the distance to Mars, and how long it would take to get there and back.. Cedric visits, and tells about a trip he wants to make.
He wants to leave the small town life of Pine Ridge behind for the big city life. It turns into a pitch to support ration books for gasoline. How does it affect the war effort? Abner scoffs at the idea of a gas shortage, but Lum explains its the way the government has to control rubber usage, which is in short supply. Abner gets confused over Lum’s explanation. Does it explain to Cedric why he shouldn’t move to the big city?