Ma is heading into town with Floral and she tells Pa to keep an eye on the turnip patch since the turnip are about ready to be picked.
No sooner than Ma has left and the gopher shows up and the mayhem ensues. Pa tries several times to stop the gopher and every time the gopher winds up getting the best of Pa. Pa tries blasting the gopher with his rifle, digging after the gopher, and even uses dynamite. All these attempts fail and none of the turnips are left when Ma gets home.
Ma tells Pa that if you can't beat them, invite them for dinner since she brought home some turnips to fix for supper. The gopher is invited to dinner where he eats his fill of turnips.