This episodes (see below for ordering information) opens with Henry making out a massive pile of bills for the months including two-months to Quigley’s Grocery store. Alice also reveals that she lost her engagement ring. In his frustration Henry cracks a joke about a jokey loan offer, and then asks Dennis to help out around the house by turning off lights, etc. Dennis decides to sell bottles to help out. He also sets up an “all you can drink for a penny root beer stand.” Dennis makes this a profitable enterprise by telling people that “this much” is all you can drink for a penny. Margaret comes by and buys some root beer before prancing away after learning the truth of the gimmick. Then, Mrs. Elkins comes by and buys a nickels worth of root beer.
Next, Alice and Henry drop off their car at the shop and borrow an old jalopy from the mechanic to take Alice to her hair appointment. Henry manages to tear his suit jacket on sharp point on the door when entering the car.
This episode is the first time we see Mr. Quigley and visit the grocery store. A Mrs. Burns (Clara from Andy Griffith in her only appearance on the program) offers to let Dennis carry out her groceries for a nickel which leads Dennis to say his father could use the money to keep them from loosing their house and car and TV.
Mrs. Elkins then comes to the store and again hears about Dennis’ family being broke and that they need money. He also says that his mom “Lost” her engagement ring. When Quigley reveals that the Mitchell’s haven’t paid their bill in two months, she begins to think about it. When she sees the Mitchells drive by in the jalopy she calls Mrs. Holland who walks over to see what is going on. When she walks in the TV repairman is wheeling out the set to take it into the shop for a repair. Inside Alice is repairing Henry’s torn jacket and Henry walks in with a pipe wrench he borrowed from Mr. Wilson to try and find Alice’s ring if it happened to fall in the drain pipe. Alice then says the cupboard is bare after she offers Mrs. Holland a root beer only to find it was all gone.
Mrs. Holland then asks Alice and Henry if a couple with a child should set aside their pride and accept help from their neighbors during bad times. Mrs. Holland says “Yes” and when Tommy and Dennis enter she says their child just entered the house. Naturally the Mitchells think she is referring to Tommy’s family and that the neighbors should help and then volunteer their home as a collection center. Dennis even bursts in and says “I’m starving” which accelerates the effort.
Pretty soon boxes are stacked up and a man is shown bringing one in. He becomes livid when Alice says that Henry is out playing golf. Then Dennis and Henry come in from the golf course and Henry has a black eye from Tommy’s father having decked him for playing golf when his family was going hungry. Of course, Henry was ready to deck him because he thought Mr. Anderson was doing the same thing – golfing while his family is going hungry. Mrs. Holland then storms over with an attitude and tells Henry he deserved his black eye.
Then the Mitchells finally find out that Dennis has been telling everyone they are poor and that he even took up a cash collection for the family in the locker room of the golf club house and made him promise to give it to his mom. The actual misunderstanding isn’t resolved – the show fades out here.