As Abner enters the Jot Em Down store and library, Lum is in a good mood. Wonderful World! The attitude isn’t contagious to the grumpy Abner, and his complaints over Mabel Melrose, who is living in his attic. Will the starving artist make good someday, and thrust even Abner into notoriety?
In preparing for the art exhibit to raise money for the next war bond drive, Lum reminds Abner it will be yet another thing to raise the level of ignorance in Pine Ridge. The surrealist style of art has Abner disgusted, and thinks it’s all nonsense.
To augment the artwork, Lum wants to give lectures on the exhibits. He gives Abner a sample of a speech on the high mental inspirations of the surrealist style of art. It’s all too deep for Abner to grasp. Do the dreamscapes Mabel paints mean she does it in her sleep? Lum tries his best to explain, but in the end he decides to become a surrealist artist himself.