After watching a sentimental war movie, Maynard suffers from homesickness and gets a pass to visit home. Dobie thinks Maynard has gone AWOL and tries to save him.
Maynard misses the bus on his first day in the Army, so Chatsworth fills in for him. But after they switch back, Maynard finds that thanks to Chatsworth, he has become eligible for Officer Candidate School.
Now that Dobie's enlistment papers have come through, everyone, even his father is treating him differently.