Bud's new girlfriend, Georgia, is jealous of his family since her mom has died and lives with her father in a small apartment. To prove he is not a mommas boy, Georgia wants Bud to skip his mom's birthday celebration and go out with her instead.
Betty becomes heartbroken after falling in love with cowboy while visiting a dude ranch, a relationship which could never last.
Jim and Margaret have been planning Betty's college experience for a long time now, but may be discouraged when she announces she wants to stay home and attend a junior college with her friends.
Bud gives his homing pigeon a test by taking him 500 miles away to see if he will return. At the same time, Jim and Margaret worry that if Betty goes away to stay with her friends, she too may not return. It's a long weekend when both are late in arriving home.
When an old pal of Jim's, Harper Emes, comes for a visit, Margaret worries that his stories will influence Kathy. Harper was once a school teacher who quit to follow his dream of being a published writer. Since he quit he has had little success, but makes his life seem glamorous to Kathy.
Betty believes that she has outgrown birthday celebrations and has announced she no longer wants a party or gifts.
Jim has decided to teach Bud a lesson about finances by giving him a $10 a week allowance, with the only stipulation being that he can only spend this money on himself.
The PTA fund raising dance has been decided to hold a costume ball this year. The family have chosen their outfits as Jim and Margaret will wear modern clothes that the kids are wearing today and Bud and Betty will wear the clothing their parents were wearing when they met.
Bud and Kippy get jobs at a publishing firm. Problem is, they cannot stand their boss and would like to quit. But how can they and not lose face with Jim?
Jim and Margaret are horrified when they see Betty and a young man they don't know listed in a New York gossip column as the newest couple. It all started when Betty attended a wedding for her rich friend as a bridesmaid, and is shown around by Tony, the brother of the groom.
Bud has an adviser try to help Betty understand that there is more to life than being a rich, social climber. He tries to show her that she has given away her free thought by siding with a group. He will need to be convincing since none of the Anderson's have been able to get through to her.
Aldus Lydum, a smooth talking old man has convinced each of the Anderson's that he is a successful businessman who can help them with their financial ventures. Jim is interested in making stock investments, Bud needs sponsors for a bowling team and Kathy wants to bake and sell donuts. But is this guy for real or just a sham?
The vice president of Jim's company asks him to help teach his son how to become a good insurance salesman. The problem is the kid would rather be an entertainer.
A problem arises when Margaret hires a gardener to work in the lawn and the final bill is more than Jim had agreed upon.
Bored and tired of housework, Margaret takes a day off to shop and eat lunch at a restaurant. On her way home she comes by an artist who sketches her portrait. When Jim discovers the picture, he believes that she maybe having an affair with the artist.
Bud wants to throw a lawn party at his home, but failed to inform his parents until one day before the party is scheduled. Now it's a rush to get the party going on time.
Bud's new hobby of listening to a short waved radio causes excitement when he overhears a distress signal from a boater.
Bud is given money to pick up some items from a tailor. While on his way he stops at a carnival and loses the money. He takes up a job at the carnival in hopes of earning some cash.
Bud is allowed by Jim and Margaret to take a trip into Hillsborough as long as he goes with Kippy. But when Kippy tells Bud he can't go, he decides to go on with the trip as planned, without telling his parents.
Actor Cornell WIlde makes a stop at Jim's insurance company after having a car accident in Springfield, believe he will be targeted for a lawsuit because of his fame.
Bud is made a crossing guard as a punishment after being given a ticket.
Bud becomes a hero after inadvertently stopping a bank robbery.
It's a big day for Betty when she wins a running event at a track meet and later that night is named the 'Flower Queen.'
Kathy is terrified when she qualifies for the county spelling bee contest. In hopes of calming her fears, Betty gives her a lucky penny. But when the day of the contest arrives, the penny has disappeared.
Jim and Margaret get a knock on the door from a salesman, Henry Pruett, a guy they knew in their college days who was preparing to be a doctor. Not only is he not a doctor, but he is also not a great salesman.
Bud asks Jim for advice on how to gain the attention of a new girl in town, Judy. Meanwhile, Judy decides that Margaret would be the best person to help her get noticed by Bud.
Margaret attempts to help a young woman who is afraid of what life would be with a baby around.
Margaret's father feels his health is in jeopardy because of his printing press company and that it is time he quits the business. But when Jim and Margaret help him get his retirement in order, they discover what is really causing his bad health.
The Anderson's are each given a boost of confidence with the help of Sageman.