As bedtime nears, Vic seems in a jovial and goofy mood. His conversatipon with Sade is interupted when Russel has news of a sleep over that he is to take part in at Milton’s house. The late hour is no proper time to make social calls, and Sade spouts off over the outrage of it. Russel hasn’t had a bath after a hard day of playing baseball. Not to mention the arrangements the hostess of the Welch house needs to get worked out. She even wants Russel to pack an overnight bag for his simple overnighter.
Audio is a bit weak and muffled sounding. Over breakfast, Connie complains to Mrs Davis about the way Boynton has been dating Miss Enright lately. We also learn about a barbecue pit that he built, and that the Conklins have an unusual menu planned. Mr Conklin seems to be less than thrilled by his wife’s menu, and he is overly flattering towards his lowly faculty as he invites himself to the barbecue.
Mix ups begin to emerge when Boynton explains to Connie that her date was for the following night, and tonight was his special diner for her rival, Miss Enright. But what fun is that? How about just having everybody over together for one big party?
For now at school, Miss Enright crosses paths with Miss Brooks for a few catty remarks. Sure enough, when the word of the cookout is spread, everybody ends up inviting themselves over. The cozy little dinner turns into a hectic string of catty remarks, and other mishaps. Look out for Connie’s special hot bBQ sauce.
The multitallented Doctor Hall sits on his front porch with his wife Vicky, showing off his musical ability. Sort of. He also tells about his new membership in the Chamber Music and Knockwurst Society. The distractions pile up, but will we ever get to hear Toddy play his flute? The members of the chamber society meet, and music wafts gently through the air, but nobody has phoned the halls yet to invite Toddy. He’s not getting upset is he?
His excitement at being part of the group has turned to sour grapes as Doc Hall is feeling excluded from the fun that his peers are having. To soothe his feelings, Toddy relives a few moments with Vicky from their courtship. We flashback to a time of behind the scenes moments after the audience has gone home from the theater, and our couple in love ponder Shakespeare.
The sentimental moments are interupted when Toddy finally gets his long awaited invitation. Oh, come on now! You knew he would.
Consulting an etiquette book, Lum still wants to throw a coming out party for debutante, grandpap… er… Buster V Davenport. Invitations are prepared, if they can find a good sample to use. The formal language to invite people to the engagement confuses Abner. The people in the samples get Abner thinking they are real people he knows, or at least thinks he oughtta know.
Buster V Davenport enters to ask the favor of taking a phone call that he’s expecting. Back to the invitations, what does it mean by “requesting your presence”? Do folks need to bring presents? Maybe if they changed that to “cheap presents”. Those names are still a problem that keeps the gents confused. Maybe Abner could adopt grandpap, at least until after the party.
Talk about awkward, having a son who is older than you and your wife. They way Abner and grandpap bicker, he just can’t see having a family who fight all the time. That’s no way to raise a youngun’… er… grandpap. That expected phone call comes in. What kind of milestone will Abner be dealing with his new little boy?
It’s bedtime, and Rochester reads to Jack about the new movie opening. Did Jack get an invitation to the gala Hollywood premiere? Did his pal, Ronald Coleman forget about inviting Jack? Since Mary has tickets, Jack gets ready as Phil Harris pops in.
Jack has an ongoing battle with his tight collar button, while He and Mary head inside the theater. A travellog features the Hawaiian islands, where Don and the Sportsmen sing the Hawaiian War Chant, with a sponsor flavored message, of course. Wait a minute!
After the movie, Jack spots the Coleman’s as they fail to evade their pesky neighbor. Mary tells how much she liked the film, A Double Life. Jack can’t help but offer his suggestion that might have made the drama more affective. Will Ronald and Bonita be able to shed Jack, as they look forward to a night on the town? Frank Nelson is on hand as the waiter to dish out a little frustration Jacks way. Who’s going to pick up the check at the nightclub? Jack? Really?
Gracie shows off her knitting as the show opens, and the cast tease George about his sense of fashion. Then Gracie reads a letter from her brother. Artie Shaw plays a swinging dance tune.
The topic turns to famous works of art, but it’s a topic that gets Gracie confused. Senor Lee continues to butcher the English language, and the cast all poke fun at George to get him frustrated. The Harvard sound man pitches in his thoughts on art, particularly on the Mona Lisa.
Gracie keeps on telling about her crazy brother and family, while the artistic talk leads back to their previous guest, Cubina Wright. She’s back with a problem in accepting a gift from George. To his credit, the cast stick up for George when Cubina criticizes him. Will he be able to make right, and go to her party? Maybe he can bribe her with a fur coat? Gracie sings, Accidentally on Purpose.
With the announcement of Sara and Sidney’s wedding, mama is on the phone to spread the word. Yeta is a little jealous, and embarrassed at mama’s bragging, and hinting for wedding presents.
Is Jake doing any spreading of happy news? After taking Sidney into the business of making boys knee pants, he’s already driving Jake nuts.
What changes does he want to make? Changing the line up and variety of the products for one thing. Sidney is an enthusiastic salesman, but his sales of products that Jake doesn’t make is pushing him to the edge. Where will the improvements end?
The guest list grows long, and Sara is growing tired of writing. Who are all these people, and why do they need to come? Mama is willing to overlook difficult relatives, if it’ll get more attention, and wedding gifts for her daughter. Not to mention trying to keep from having hurt feelings in the family for not being invited.
Get a little insight to the distant relatives as mama gossips about them as they make the list. What does she have to say about marriage? Especially when 1 in 3 marriages end in divorce in these trying days in the 1930’s.
Mama tells her thoughts on in laws. They aren’t family, they aren’t friends, they’re peculiar animals. As practical as mama is, might she be superstitious about a few things?
Rolling back the clock to Jack’s birthday on Februrary 14, we join Jack and mary as they get ready for his formal party. Mary reads out telegrams of top name celebrities as they all decline their invitations. Rochhester jokes about the fine cuzine that Jack has planned, When a salesman visits, rather than sending him way, jack takes advantage of their demonstration to provide services to the party. Will his top name guests be in the market to the sales pitch for pots and pans?
Are the Coleman’s as thrilled as Jack is over his party? Ronald looks through a medical dictionary to find a good disease that he can claim, and bow ut gracefully. As Bonita grills him, RRonald offers his opions of Jack and his cast. Back at Jack’s, the cast arrives
His cheapness shows as more party preparations are revealed. Phil shares in the jokes about lieing about aging, and the cast share jokes about their zodiac signs. Guests arrive including the Colemans and Isaac Stern. As compliments are layed out about Isaac Stern’s musical tallent, Jack tries to chime in, only to be stoppped short with a, “Shuttup!” from Mary.
Isaac is talked into playing his violin for a special treat of what a real concert violinist sounds like. Will Jack also be tempted to play a tune on his fiddle? Will the dinner go well? How will the guests react to the sales presentation they’re expected to sit through?
PS: Not the only time the “Shut up” joke was done. It happened at least 2 other times, with the first time getting the longest laugh for the show. An episode featuring Dorothy Kirsten. Not sure if I have it posted on the site. Do a search for it and see.
Audio resolution sounds like it’s comeing over a telephone line, but is OK.
It’s lunchtime, but Vic can’t stay. He tells how he has a last minute business lunch at the Little Tiny Petite Feather Tea Shoppe. Out of town businessmen invite Vic to mingle with the top brass and dignitaries of Kitchenware Consolodated.
The eatery has fine quisine but it’s a small place. It’s so small that Vic tells a funny story about exactly how small it is. Only 3 tables, and an event where a party of 11 claimed two of the tables. With the crowd, the third table could only seat 3 people.
To have enough room to eat, Vics table was shoved up against a wall, a wall with a window, and he sat on a stepladder outside to eat while the other 3 people in his party ate inside. Sade is a little offended to learn her husband faced such an embarrassing situation. Will he have to repeat the performance again today? The rainy weather would be a good reason for him to bow out, and nobody would blame him for doing so.