Summerfield is on the eve of an election, and all the buzz is on the race for mayor. In fact, Gildersleeve and the Judge make a bet on the outcome. Gildy is home early, which concerns Marjorie that he got fired again. He left because all the political discussion got to be too much. Now he’s hearing it all at home.
At Floyd’s barber shop, Gildy hears the political analysis. How will the climate be down at Peavey’s drugstore? Even Peavey has his opinions about the race. Will Gildy get the wishy washy Peavey to take a stand for his own candidate? The atmosphere with Eve Goodwin is more pleasant, but will his advances be so welcome if they aren’t engaged any more?
Feeling the stress of the ordeal of voting, Gildy contemplates staying home, but the kids, and even Birdie admonish him on not shirking his civic duty. The rainy day seems just the excuse to stay home, but the encouragement to vote keeps coming, and reminds him of the high privilege it is to get out and vote. Gildy has his enthusiasm up, and gives a lift to all his friends, even if they plan to vote against his preferred man.
Note: Didn’t Summerfield just have an election at the end of last season? That’s why Gildy and Eve didn’t get married, and he lost his job as Water Commissioner in the first place. Although, 1944 was the actual election year, and Election Day would be this week, this makes sense for a political themed show.