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Riley swears he gave Peg $20 which she hid in the creamer. Since there's only $15 in it now, that can only mean one thing: their son stole a five dollar bill. Junior declares he's innocent, but Riley, always happy to overreact, will hear none of it.
Riley learns that Babs is reading a raunchy book that's being banned. He snags The Lady Jezebel from her room, reads it himself, and finds the story perfectly harmless. That's because Babs had switched its book jacket with that of the kids' novelLucy Lawrence, Camp Fire Girl.
After Junior gets a black eye from a neighborhood bully, Riley is determined to make the boy fight. He breaks out the boxing gloves and brings in a punch-drunk ex-fighter to teach him the ropes. Riley can't understand that Junior has a good reason for not decking the boy.
Riley hits the roof when Gillis is promoted to his supervisor. He storms to his boss' office and is given a raise and named supervisor of paving for the company's new plant. Not paying attention, he thinks they're all going to San Diego for the job. In actuality, he's being sent to Santiago, Chile by himself for six months.moreless
Babs gets the acting bug and pays to attend Professor Van Plantan's acting classes. Nerdy Simon has even written a play for her to star in. Once Riley hears about all this, he hits the roof and storms down to see the Professor and get Babs' $25 bucks back. Instead, Chester falls for the sales pitch and returns home believing he's the next Olivier.moreless
Junior shocks the family when he announces he wants to quit school and go to work. Know-it-all Riley lets the boy drop out, figuring he'll want to go back once he finds out how awful the world of work is. Riley throws a tantrum when Junior loves working and starts paying household bills that dear old Dad's been avoiding.moreless
After Waldo convinces Riley he could go to jail for stealing, he agrees to return the fox stole he found on a bus. He brings it home for safe keeping, but Peg thinks its a gift her her--after all, it is her birthday. Not knowing how to get it back without hurting Peg's feelings, Riley and Binny decide pose as thieves to "steal" it back.moreless
Over everyone's objections, Riley decides the family will take in a boarder to bring in some extra income. Naturally, he rents the room to an imposing, secretive man he's never even met. After reading about an escaped killer in the newspaper, the Rileys are convinced their new resident must be the bloodthirsty fugitive.moreless
Riley gets it in his head that Junior doesn't love him, so to bring them closer, Chester plans a surprise birthday party for his boy. He doesn't realize until the last minute that none of Junior's friends are coming; they're going to another party that day--even Junior's girlfriend.
Riley is sulking around because he thinks Junior isn't buying him a birthday present. His bellyaching about his "ungrate" son prompts everyone to secretly buy Riley a gift and sign Junior's name to it. When things are finally sorted out, Riley has five bathrobes--all supposedly from his son.
Riley misunderstands a phone call from his boss and thinks he's being promoted to assistant manager. Once he realizes his mistake, he's to embarrassed to tell his family the truth. Peg finds a way to let him save face and "quit" the new position.
Chester's pals convince him Peg's on the verge of a nervous breakdown because she hit the roof when he squandered his pay on a diving helmet and bees. He starts behaving so oddly in an effort to stop "acting like a husband" that she thinks he's having a breakdown.
Egged on by Gillis' non-stop bragging about Egbert, his chemistry genius son, Riley goes overboard trying to uncover Junior's "hidden talent." Even after stretching the boy out on the couch and analyzing him, Chester comes up with nothing. This makes for an awkward father-son meeting at Junior's school.
The doctor decides Riley's tonsils have to come out, so naturally he reacts as if he's about to die. Launching into a state of panic, Chester composes his last will and testament, then drives the hospital nurse crazy with his whimpering.