The nation is engaged in celebrating the birthday of George Washington, and in the Anderson home that includes the birthday of Jim. Though generosity reigns as the cake is passed out, Cathy seems in a timid mood. Gifts with well wishes are enjoyed, but Betty’s binoculars may come with her own motives attached. Even Bud’s gift has strings attached, but what happened to Cathy’s gift? Her tall tale about thieves doesn’t hold water.
Confronted about her lies, Jim lets her off the hook and she promises to never tell a lie again.
Now she’s on a mission to tell the truth, all truth, and any truth she knows… but nobody is asking her to say anything. Will her enthusiasm wear off? Or will it build until she’s going out of her way to be a tattletale on everyone she knows a secret about? I think someone needs to let her know that telling truth doesn’t always mean saying hurtful secrets, just because you know one, but then where would the comedy element be?
Cathy is on a rampage of truth telling, and now Bud and Betty’s friends have their feelings hurt, and won’t speak to them. Jim’s friend Hector now has marital trouble, thanks to Cathy. Jim’s boss, and his circle of poker playing friends will soon face the truth telling Cathy. How can he hope to get rid of the wet blanket of a boss, so the poker friends can enjoy their evening? How can he do it without having Cathy complicate matters? Awkward moments are in store, but telling the truth at least wins the day.
In epilog, Robert Young shares it’s his birthday as well, and extends a message of racial harmony.