Abner has his doubts whether the folks of Pine Ridge will actually get uplifted by the surrealist art exhibition. Lum is sure it’ll be a hit, and scoffs at the old time notion of still life such as fruit in a bowl.
Plans are made to sell war bonds at the exhibit in the schoolhouse. Lum reminds Abner to pass the word for the young scholars to tidy up the place, and not leave their crayon drawings out. Abner tries to bring the topic to Lum proposing to Mabel Melrose, but he manages to evade the matter for now.
Lum tries to tell Abner about the new style in clothes that artists wear. It’s important to look the part. Abner just doesn’t understand the concept of the sleeveless artists smock, or mismatched color scheme. Embracing the starving artist look, Lum shows off the rumpled clothes.