Lum’s motion picture business was virtually wiped out by a fire. Today we find grandpap and Abner talking about the hard luck. Will it appear as arson to the insurance company? Abner recounts to Mousey Gray how it was grandpap’s negligence that started the fire. He layed his lit pipe down on music for his piano.
The gents discuss the state of Lum’s unbuilt empire of movie houses, and that he totally sold out his partnership in the store. Will Lum’s pride keep him from coming back, to ask for his place back in the store? Grandpap isn’t without his own losses, he had his best pipe burnt up in the fire.
When Lum enters, the mood puts on a cheerful face, and Lum seems to be bouncing back well. Will he have to pack up to move to Hollywood? He drops hints that he would sure like a good home cooked meal, but the gents are oblivious to his intentions. Will his pal Abner pick up on his signals? Is Lum hinting that he’ll spring for a dinner for his friends in the restaurant?