After Mousey’s battle scar has been explained, it’s time to put some closure to the saga of Mable Melrose, Abner enters to report she’s packing her bags, and getting ready to leave town. Lum is worried that it’s due to him breaking her heart. Huh? Abner shares that folks in town think she might be a little touched in the head.
Lum still can’t stand the thought of her leaving in tears. But that’s not the way Abner seen it. Lum figures her happy front is just a disguise for the broken heart Lum gave her, and secretly wants him to race over to propose.
Grandpap enters to tell about Virgil Breckenridge, and the hazards of eloping using a rope ladder. A phone call from Lizabeth seems to confirm Lum’s ego when he is requested to bring a ladder over. Does Mable want to elope… or suicide herself? Lum feels its his gentlemanly duty to do the right thing and elope. Abner bursts his bubble when its only to rescue a cat from the barn roof.