Lum is still gone, and a postcard arrives with a word on his travels. Mary is sure the trip is about her, and fears she’ll be sent back to the state home. Abner assures her that isn’t the case, knowing what she doesn’t, that Lum is trying to win custody of her.
Meanwhile, Mary tells that she needs to study up on Wisconsin. Her cover story is that she is Lum’s niece from Wisconsin, and friends in town keep asking her about her home. A phone call from a tired Cedric interrupts the study of the almanac. Will Abner have tips on curing insomnia? It’s one thing to know statistics, but there’s more to know to answer questions about where a girl has lived.
Squire Skimp arrives. Can a girl con the accomplished con man? Cedric is still having trouble sleeping, so Abner phones him with a home remedy for curing… hiccups? His insomnia seems to have returned after Abner disturbed his sleep with the remedy, but a new problem has befallen Cedric.