When the best friend of an elderly widow dies, she, at aged almost 80, is left alone to contemplate life and the fact that she never sees her children or grandchildren. She is not even sure if her beloved son survived the war or not.
In order to gather her family around her, she enlists Charles's help in informing her children that she has died and that a wake is to be held. Everyone in Walnut Grove believes that she is died and an elaborate wake is planned. When her children arrive, as she knew they would she sets about putting her plan in motion and letting them know exactly what she thinks of them.
They certainly got the dressing down that they deserved and Charles clearly had a good time as well!