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Monroe decides he wants to be a stand up comedian and invites Mrs. Stinson and the Rushes to his debut performance. However, they are put in a difficult situation when he bombs on stage but doesn't realize it.
Everyone but Henry is upset that the city council has decided to cancel Rock n Roll Night at the upcoming music festival. Monroe thinks he can convince Henry to write a critical editorial of the decision by introducing him to a couple of touring British rockers who were scheduled to perform, without realizing Henry has already had an unpleasant run-in with them.moreless
Muriel is infuriated when Henry passes over her photograph for the front page in favor of a photograph taken by the eight year old daughter of the newspaper's biggest advertiser. In retaliation, she decides to resign from her job as the paper's photographer, forcing Henry to use Monroe as a replacement.moreless
Henry helps Mr. Forester, an elderly man who occasionally provides Henry with neighborhood gossip, compose a personal ad to find a female companion. Mr. Forester convinces Henry to write romantic correspondence to a respondent on his behalf, only to become irate at Henry when he interprets a response from her as a marriage proposal.moreless
Henry assigns Monroe to be the entertainment critic for the newspaper, and he receives a threatening phone call after writing a scathing review of a lounge singer. Monroe is consumed with fear as the calls continue to matter where he goes, but he becomes determined not to give in to the intimidation.moreless
Henry and Muriel have sold their San Francisco apartment building and purchase a home about twelve miles north in the city of Mill Valley, which is located in Marin County, and hire a full time housekeeper named Lisa Flores. Henry purchases a 49% stake in the Marin Bugler weekly newspaper and becomes its editor and publisher, but soon finds himself wanting to back out of the deal after meeting the paper's widowed majority owner, Hope Stinson.moreless