The show opens with something rarely seen since the days of Horlick’s malted milk. A short drama to pitch the need for the sponsor is presented.
With Lum out of town, Mary has been helping around the store. Today, Mousey Gray enters to tell how his new job at the defense plant is just like a mother to him. Abner takes phone calls from grandpap, and fills Mousey in on how Mary is doing in making new friends.
More phone calls are from Lum, but the connection is a little rough in getting through. Lum reports his progress in convincing the state home, a girl’s reformatory, in paroling Ellie, now known in town as Mary, so he can be her guardian.
Squire pops in to ask questions about Mary. He knows people from Wisconsin, and has been asking into who she is related to, and who she may know. Will her guise as Lum’s niece from Wisconsin hold up under Squire’s scrutiny? Lum is to return on Monday, let’s hope all goes well for Mary.