The officials at the state home have put Mary on probation, until a decision is made on whether to make Lum her guardian.
In the store, the gents discuss whether they should clue her in on the probation. Uncle Henry, as town constable, has been made parole officer. Will he help keep Mary’s secret? He already has expressed to Lum that he wants her finger prints.
Mary enters, after a day of picking berries. She complains about being followed all over by a man with false whiskers. Even now uncle Henry is seen peeking in the windows.
Lum explains the terms of the probation to her, and why uncle Henry has been acting so strange. Mary doesn’t like him much, or being followed, but she says that she’ll be on her best behavior. Squire phones, and is still suspicious, but Lum fends him off. Examining Mary’s flowers, Abner identifies poison oak. The flowers that Henry had been hiding from Mary in. He won’t be mad enough to send her back… will he?