Though Mary is quite safe in the current living conditions in Pine Ridge, Lum is sure things can’t stay they are for long. We join him and Abner making plans to contact the state home to come clean on what they did to hide hthe run away girl, clear her name, and become her guardian. While he’s gone, Abner asks if Lum will send him a post card from Hot Springs.
Mary enters with news of playing with her new friends. Will she believe Lum’s reason for having to leave town? Mary may believe the fishing story, until she tidies up Lum’s messy looking satchel. Why does he need such high class clothes? To catch high class fish?
Even though Mary has never been fishing, she at least knows that Lum needs poles, bait, and tackle. The excuses grow, as Abner makes up stories on how a person can catch fish without the usual fishing tackle. She doesn’t really believe the crazy story… does she?