Mary is going away to a new college in the fall. As part of her leaving, she is putting on a "large" outdoor formal party that will be in their backyard. At the same time, Jeff is flirting (again) with car ownership and ends up buying an "Hilldale Bus Lines" bus, which he hopes to use in various money making ventures. While Jeff was able to drive the bus home, unfortunately, it will no longer start. Tune in to see how Mary and Mrs. Stone deal with the bus, while attempting to save Mary's party.moreless
At the annual unclaimed freight auction, a mysterious woman asks Mrs. Stone to buy a wooden Chinese horse statue and gives her $100 cash. She explains she has to meet her husband out front and doesn't wait for Mrs. Stone to reply. After a lively bidding war, Mrs. Stone wins it for $50, but she has no idea where or to whom she should deliver the horse. Thus begins an interesting adventure for the Stone family, especially when Jeff proposes an International spy ring shipped the horse from China (a Communist country during the cold war). Later in the episode some of what Jeff suggested seems to be coming true, but also more, too. Tune in to see how the Stones react and how it turns out. Do the Stones end up behind bars for helping spies destroy the United States of America, is there a harmless explanation, or something in between?
Another of Mary's college friends is getting married and this time, we're seeing the events leading up to the wedding (instead of the aftermath).
While Mary's friend, Marcia, is from England, she is attending the college from which her late Father graduated. Her Mother has been traveling (the continent), since her husband died and has been out of communications. The couple to be has been trying to reach her in Rome, Paris, London, etc without success, but finally one of the cables reaches her and off to America she goes with her dog in tow. Meanwhile Mrs. Stone is putting together the wedding Marcia and her soon to be husband desire, which is a small (20 or so) friends and at the Stone's home.
Once Marcia's Mother arrives in Hilldale, it is up to Mrs. Stone not only to save the wedding, but any relationship Mrs. Haversham hopes to have with the happy couple. Tune in to see how Mrs. Stone moves Mrs. Haversham from not accepting the bride's decision to marry to saving the day. Also you'll want to see how Mrs. Stone replies when asked, "how will you respond when it is Mary's turn?"moreless
When Jeff finds the winning raffle ticket for a new sports car, he faces some adult sized responsibilities. Jeff sees a woman from behind drop a raffle ticket and before he can return it to her, she disappears. The only possible clue is her child's droopy drawers, but as Dr. and Mrs. Stone agree there are lots of children with droopy-drawers.
Jeff begins to learn the cost of owning and operating an expensive sports car (such as insurance). He also discovers how people now treat him differently from his boy and girls friends to prospective employers (he needs to pay for the car). When Jeff thinks he sees the child and woman again, he reaches a crossroad in his life. Tune in to see the path Jeff takes as he deals with this moral dilemma.moreless
The Stone family is having growing pains, now that Mary is 18 and going to college. After several riffs, Mary decides it's time to leave home for the college dormitory for women. Mrs. Stone agrees, as she lived in the dorms and found it a benefit in growing up and learning. Tune in to see how each member of the Stone family reacts to Mary moving out.