In the opera house: Heinz-Georg, aide in the Department of Arts and Culture, enters his box with his wife. During the overture she discovers a kettledrum in the back of the box. She demands that he proves he still cares for her and dares him hit the drum during the performance. Scene 2: Later the mayor is sitting in his box with his wife. He tells her he plans to fire Heinz-Georg in the wake of the drum incident. But she is impressed by Heinz-Georg's courage and demands that he keep his job - or SHE will interrupt the opera performance by singing.
Berta, wife of bricklayer Gustl, is jealous because his small income is divided between her and their sister-in-law, Irmgard. Irmgard's husband, Gustl's brother, has died and made him promise to support Irmgard and her two children. When Irmgard appears she repays Gustl the sum total of the support she got from him throughout the years. But how did she suddenly get such a large amount of money?
Lawyer Felix and his wife Irene return from a party promoting the opening of a jewelry store. A phone call informs Felix that an expensive necklace has been stolen. Searching for cigarettes Felix finds the necklace in Irene's handbag.
A famous actor returns to the town of his early stage successes, appearing as Schiller's Wallenstein. The mayor's wife still fancies the charming idol of her youth, arousing the jealousy of her husband.
A successful fashion designer has recently remarried but has to spend much time away from home. Her grown daughter has not met her new stepfather, and when she returns to Austria after attending college in the USA the mother makes her stake out the husband and test his fidelity.