Now living in Abner’s attic, Mable Melrose is living the life of a starving artist. In the Jot Em Down store, Abner hangs a new door, and explains to Cedric that it’s for keeping the flies out. Reckon… why would he want to keep them out? How do they know enough to come in? These, and more questions plague Abner.
Questions turn to Mable, and how things are going. Sleeping in late, eating meals in bed, and more habits that annoy Abner to no end. Her demands for quiet, so she can be inspired, include keeping the livestock quiet. Abner hopes that though she won the contest to marry Lum, he hopes she doesn’t go through with it. She’s not good enough for Lum in his opinion.
As Cedric wonders how to let the flies out the open door, and not let the others in, Lum returns. Will he notice the door? He calls for a staff meeting of war bond chairmen to plan the next drive. How about a big art exhibit? Buy a bond to get in, and auction off paintings for bonds. But where will they get the famous artwork? Lum thinks Mable will do.