Lum seems to be the only hold out in town about being comfortable in sending Squire to court. Being Justice of the Peace only makes him feel all the more uncomfortable. Bailiff grandpap calls the court to order. Charges are read. All the usual courtroom gags are gone, no squeaky shoes, farm animal sounds, or other distractions. This is serious business.
Squire airs his complaints about the indignity of the arrest. He claims he would gladly have closed his doors as long as his theater was deemed unsafe, but also claims the charges were actively pursued by his rival to completely ruin him.
Painting himself and his wife in dire financial straights if the charges were left to run their course, Squire plays to the sympathy of the court. Will he also be tugging on the heart strings of Lum and Abner themselves