After giving their formula to a stranger, Lum has verified with the chemical company that it was indeed not a real representative. Now what can they do? They gave away the only copy of the formula they had.
Dick Huddleston phones in, and Abner gets himself a little confused. Whyn is Dick in Mexico… or is he? Langley, the real agent from the chemical company is at Dick’s, but rather than coming over, Lum stalls the man. Can they save face with the chemical company over losing the formula? Lum ponders over how the crossed wires led to giving the formula to a crook, while Abner thinks of places for Lum to hide.
Ben Withers enters with news that Miss Evaline isn’t coming back to teach the kids in the Fall. It leads to a mini showcase of the needs the education system has for more teachers. Then the light goes on, and Lum figures the crook was in cahoots with Squire Skimp. Is there a chance the formula can be regained, and the day saved for Lum and Abner?