It's Doris' birthday and the boys want to treat her to a dinner out. What's more they insist on paying for it themselves. Doris has some backup money just in case. When they arrive at the restaurant it's not quite what Doris was expecting...it's a smoke filled Road House. When the check comes the boys are short and her backup money didn't quite pan out.
Billy's made pitcher of the baseball team and has a brand new uniform to prove it. Everyone is proud and Toby wants to show he can get a uniform too. He tries out for the school choir but isn't chosen to join. Toby can't let his mom and grandfather down by telling them he failed and he is desperate for a uniform that he constructs a web of lies to conceal the truth.
Mr. Digby's been appointed faculty advisor for the school's milk fund drive and has arranged for Pritchart's dairy to donate 200 pints of milk a day for the school, but there's one condition.Pritchart wants to photograph the typical American farm family and use it in his advertising, and Doris is chosen.
The annual father/son picnic leaves grandpa sore and tired and the boys disappointed in coming in last in all events. They think that if they help their mom meet someone new who's younger and faster they will do better next year. They try to fix their mom up with Deputy Sheriff Ubbie Puckum. Ubbie is quite conceited though and comes on way too strong. Doris, Buck and Aggie conspire together to scare Ubbie off.
Leroy is convince there's fast & big money to be made writing lyrics to country songs. He writes a song and submits it to a record company and it is accepted. He is sent a letter asking for 4 or 5 more similar songs. Doris and Buck are perplexed because to them the song is not very good but it all becomes clear when they find out Leroy pays them $50 to put his lyrics to music.
The boys sell an old table they thought no one wanted to two unscrupulous antique dealers. The table is an antique that Buck's grandmother brought with her when she came out west. Doris is upset with the boys for not respecting other people's property but when the ladies come back for an old stove they want she must come up with a plan to outsmart them and get the table back.
Aggie and Doris are making fresh bread which causes them to reminisce about their first meeting with Leroy. Leroy's hiding in the barn while the boys are sneaking him food. He's alone and has no place to go. The boys think if Leroy can prove his worth around the farm Buck will ask him to stay on. But Buck isn't easy to impress especially when things begin to disappear around the house.
Billy receives a letter and won't let anyone else know who sent it or what it says. The mystery deepens when he comes home from school with a black eye and won't tell who gave it to him. The only thing he does say is that he didn't fight back. Buck and Doris disagree on how to handle this...Buck wants Billy to fight back and Doris wants him to handle it his own way without resorting to violence.
A con man arrives in Cortina with a scheme to swindle the residents out of their money by promising to build them a community center. When Doris discovers what he's up to, she sets out to expose his scheme.
A tame tiger escapes from its owner and winds up in Doris' house. Doris plans to take it back to its owner, but the tiger escapes again and Doris and LeRoy set out to find it before it's tracked down and shot by hunters.