Mrs. Stone belongs to a play group putting on the play "A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen. She has the lead role, Nora Helmer, and isn't doing well. Mrs. Stone is relying upon a director who, based upon her past performances of the role. feels she should be Nora and not Mrs. Stone. Thus while saying she is helping Mrs. Stone, she isn't helping as much as if she was happy being the director.
Meanwhile their Sons are having their own private discussions about their Mothers and the play. This lands Jeff both with two black eyes and in hot water with his Mother that is until Mrs. Stone learns what Jeff won't tell her.
Tune in and find out how Mrs. Stone deals not only with her own issues, but helps her Son take another step towards being a young man (of the 1950's).moreless
Donna uses "Girl Scout ingenuity" to prove that women are just as capable as men out in the wilderness when she takes Jeff and his friends on a camping trip.
Someone abandons a child at the Stones' place. Attached to the baby is a note, that upsets the entire household, including their Irish maid:
His name is Willie. He's a good boy and hardly ever cries.
When the local police are informed, Donna can't part from the baby. She wants to keep him until his mother is found. Alex caves in to Donna and allows the baby to stay for the time being. Jeff, meanwhile, doesn't like the thought of a person who might become a sibling, but he soon warms up to it.
Meanwhile, Donna does some investigation on her own. She realizes that a baby name Guillermo might be called Willy. And who has a son named Willy? The milkman!
Donna goes to his house to investigate. She finds out that the milkman is upset due to his young wife dying while having little Willy. But why did he choose Donna Stone to look after it? Because he knows Donna has a happy and loving home, and that she'd look after the child.
The milkman says he realizes he did the wrong thing. He gives her a piece of cheese for helping. Donna then hooks the milkman and her maid together and all is well again in Hilldale.
This episode is a single day in the life of Mrs. Stone. The story begins with her waking up, as well as waking everyone else up and ends with checking on / tucking everyone into bed before turning in herself. In between, we learn how much the family depends upon her, when each member of the family has an important event in their life during the same evening.
Dr. Stone is giving a speech to the local medical society. He would like her to show up, but as he puts it, "mothers belong to their children." On the other hand, though, a doctor with the medical society tells her it is very important to Dr. Stone's future in the community for her to show up. One of the main purposes of tonight is to allow the members and their wives to check her out, especially given they recently moved to Hilldale.
Jeff is a member of the basketball team and Mrs. Stone has been at the last four games, even though Jeff has been warming the bench. Tonight, he is not just going to play (for the very first time), he is starting! It would mean so much for him to have his Mother there watching him play (actually anyone from the family).
Mary has been waiting to hear from a school girl's club about her membership. Upon returning home from school, we discover she is in and during their first meeting, the new members introduce their Mothers. Her first meeting is tonight.
Tune-in to see how Mrs. Stone juggles her responsibilities as a doctor's wife, and Mother to two children. Is she able to cover all three event or does someone end up with the short straw and if so, who?moreless
The Hilldale hospital needs a children's playroom and the Hilldale women are working to raise $2500. Meanwhile, the Jeff's neighborhood football team, The Bobcats, needs a tackling dummy ($33). Mrs. Lydia Langley returns reprising her role from episode 2, "Pardon My Gloves," as a rival with her own idea on how to raise the money. Mrs. Stone wants to hold a concert to raise the $2,500 in one event, while Lydia feels a play raising $250 is realistic. Mrs. Stone is using every trick she can to meet and ask a world renowned concert pianist who is vacationing in Hilldale (after a 34 country world tour) for his help. It is Jeff, though, who meets him and develops a close friendship with his daughter.
Tune in to see how all of these people and needs converge. Will Mrs. Stone have her concert or have to act in another play directed by Mrs. Langley. Will Jeff and the Bobcats get their tackling dummy? Could Jeff ever talk a tired world class pianist into doing a concert, when doing one benefit would open the flood gates to each and every other charity in Hilldale and even Chicago!moreless