Decisions have been made by the powers that be, and Mary is to travel back to the state home. Not willing to give up until it’s over, Lum and Abner are faced with desperate measures. Uncle Henry, on the other hand, enters in high spirits at the knowledge of having this chapter in Pine Ridge come to an end.
Abner does his best at dragging his feet in calling Mary to come down to the store, and ends up on a long social call with grandpap.
. How are the relatives? Readings of trivial details from the almanac, but it works to give Lum time for his own plan. Will Henry fee facing losing his job as town marshal?
Legal loopholes abound, and uncle Henry is put on the defensive to explain himself. Is the smoke screen too little, too late? Has uncle Henry been taken down a notch or two? Will it matter in the long run?