Watching the fireflies over the lawn, a dreamy Gildersleeve becomes lost in thought. Memories recount the day a moving van pulled up in front of the house next door. Leroy and Marjorie join the game of watching, but trying to not appear rude as they watch. Standing outside is too conspicuous, so Gildy rushes the kids inside.
From inside, the commentary on the items going into the house continue, with even Birdie joining the nosy fun. Dresses, parasols, and more go inside. Under the guise of Air Raid Warden, Gildy dons his armband, and helmet to visit the neighbor. The fickle Mrs Leila Ransom is thrilled at the idea of being in a blackout with the great man. Being a widow, and all alone, in her big old house, she’s glad to have the attention. His first helpful deed is to arrange, and rearrange all her furniture.
In his memories, Gildy thinks of other suitors for the hand of the lovely widow Ransom. As Marjorie grows up, he has trouble guiding her in the kind of respectable path he would like for her. Is she being as fickle as her neighbor when Ben arrives in his jalopy for a date? Will Gildy just sit and brood over Leila while the youngsters are out dancing?
Judge Hooker stops in to check on his friend, as does Peavy the druggist. At least the store keeper is married, but will his advice on females help?As Gildy mopes, all alone, even the house cat Aesop goes out to cat around. Will a minor emergency next door be what it takes to thrust Leila into his arms? At least she’s glad to have him and the judge fighting over her.