The cost of hiring granpap and his piano means all his relatives will get in free. Today Lum is smitten over the stranger in town. So much so, he gave her a free pass to the movies.
Abner is upset at a stranger being given a pass. Who else has one? Lum had promised no free passes for anybody. Abner lists all the folks who now have a pass, or have been promised passes. Lum figures the folks with passes will be good advertisement for the theater.
People will see the crowd, and want to get in line too. Or as Abner sees it, they’ll see the line, an just want to stay home. The topic of who makes a good man to be in charge of the theater comes up. Abner is sure of who Lum has in mind… or has Lum just pulled a fast one on Abner? A phone call from uncle Henry Lunsford may reveal a problem for Lum, and his free hand with the passes.