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Danny's Uncle Tonoose and Kathy's father, Mr. Daly, meet for the first time at the Williams household and are immediately at odds. Danny and Kathy plot ways to make the two get along.
Terry has a crush on Dean Martin, so Danny invites Dean over hoping Dean can bring her out of it.
A shoemaker, an Italian immigrant who speaks poor English, is too embarrassed to accept a school award his son has won for elocution. When Danny and Kathy find Rusty's room a mess, they are shocked to learn that he too has won an award- for neatness.
Danny agrees to put on a show to benefit St. Vincent's Hospital, but becomes frustrated at the hospital board, and Kathy, telling him how to run the show.
After a bully gives Rusty a black eye, Danny takes Rusty to see Max Baer for boxing lessons. Then Rusty turns into a bully himself, so Danny takes him once again to see Max Baer, hoping he can talk some sense into Rusty.
Rusty wins a contest selling the most raffle tickets from Kathy's ladies' club, but only after a big sales pitch from Danny at the nightclub, thus making Rusty's win appear tainted.
Oscar Schultz, a waiter at Lindy's restaurant, tells Danny he's getting married to a woman with children. When Oscar says he plans to take the children along on their honeymoon, Danny advises him against it by recounting his own family honeymoon, told in flashback.
A waiter at Lindy's restaraurant, known as Evil Eye Schultz because of his reputation for causing bad luck to show business personalities on their opening night after he waits on them, is assigned to serve Danny and Kathy. Danny is terrified of being served by him before his own opening night, but he and Kathy help Schultz by showing him and everyone else that he is only a victim of circumstance.moreless
Danny is scheduled to host a televised benefit show for the Heart Fund. When Liz tells him she booked Bob Hope as a guest star, Danny's afraid Bob will steal the show and threatens to quit, forgetting the lecture he had given Rusty about teamwork.
Kathy's Uncle Sean, who has been carrying on a chess game by mail with Paddy McCormack in Ireland, visits the Williamses. He is on the verge of losing the game, which would solidify his feelings of inferiority to Paddy, so Danny tries to help him out by writing to Paddy to tell him that Uncle Sean has died, thus ending the game. Trouble ensues when Paddy announces his plans to attend the funeral.moreless
Bob Carter, who does an act with his dog, is retiring, and gives his dog, Willie, to Rusty to take care of. Rusty, however, sees that Bob and Willie miss each other, so he schemes to get Bob to take Willie back.
Danny and Mr. Daly try to one-up each other by each building the best car for Rusty to enter into the Soap Box Derby, until they learn the rules say that the contestant must build the car himself. It turns out Rusty has already built his own car.
Terry is refused membership by the Alpha high school sorority because of Danny's profession, but, unbeknownst to her, her best friend Peggy was accepted, but declined out of loyalty to Terry. Later, Terry is accepted and Peggy is refused. Will Terry show the same loyalty to Peggy?
Terry gets a job as a salesgirl at a department store. Despite her objections, Danny shows up to try to steer more business her way.
Rusty finds a wallet containing 25 dollars, which he turns in at Danny's insistence. When the owner fails to offer a reward, Danny tries to show Rusty the importance of doing the right thing for its own sake, and almost loses his own wallet in the process.
Danny meets Kathy's father, Mr. Daly, for the first time when Mr. Daly comes to visit. Danny tries to impress his fussy father-in-law by learning all about fly fishing, but Mr. Daly sees right through the charade, setting the stage for a showdown.