Riley visits the company doctor after swallowing a small fish bone. The doctor finds he's suffering from tonsillitis and needs an operation immediately. Riley over reacts and turns the situation into a life and death struggle despite the reassurance of family and friends. Riley goes to the extreme of even preparing a will and testament. The surgery is canceled at the last second and he is returned to his room. He then has to go through the emotional trauma of the operation again when the surgeon arrives to complete the treatment
Riley's insistence that Babs has nothing to do with Simon comes between him and Babs. He forbids her to see him, then when she sneaks around behind his back, he chases Simon off. Both his wife and daughter are very upset with him.
Riley and his neighbor Gillis debate which of their sons has the most talent after learning of a special father-son meeting at the local high school. To compete against Gillis' boastful claims, Riley needs to find Junior's talent so he can aid the boy in becoming successful. At the meeting Gillis give an impassioned speech about the abilities of his boy. Riley senses he is going to be made to look a fool, till an unlikely accident shows his son not only to be talented but also a hero.
Riley discovers a letter written to his daughter in French, investigating he discovers it is from her teacher who Bab's has a huge crush on. Riley is outraged at the thought of such a relationship, and the situation spirals down further when he is told Babs has invited the man for dinner. Riley begins to feel threatened by the teacher's French charm till Riley discovers something that turns the man from a rival to bonded friend
Peg becomes angry when she hears Riley has bought a divers helmet to go with a colony of bees he has also purchased. A friend suggest Peg may be suffering a nervous condition and Riley has to finds ways to help her relax. Peg sees Riley's behavior in a similar light. Both begin to display increasingly erratic behavior. Finally a doctor is called and has decide who really needs the help
Bab's is complaining she needs a new coat. This causes Riley to begin wonder about his lack of progress at the plant and his abilities to provide for his family . At the plant Riley miss understands a message from the management and thinks he's been given a big promotion. When he realizes the mistake he doesn't know how to tell his family
Riley takes a long distance call from his mother in Brooklyn, and is reminded it is his birthday. He gets into a complete funk when he thinks his son had forgotten to buy him a gift. A complex series of plans are hatched to help fix the situation, however it becomes apparent that Junior might have a surprise for everyone
Riley discovers his daughter is dating Simon Vanderhopper a boy with big ideas and ambitions. Through a misunderstanding Riley thinks the boy is rich, and cooks up a business proposition to take advantage of the situation. After Riley sends a letter of resignation to his boss, the real situation is revealed and the outcome is one nobody expected
Peg is concerned by Junior's behavior. The boy is picking at his food and seems completely distracted. Riley discovers Junior is in love with his teacher, meeting the woman he begins to fear he is having the same reaction. Fearful of the ramifications he confronts Peg with his concerns, both are pleasantly surprised to discover the truth
Riley is helping Junior with his homework, while he is working on his own night school assignments. Later during a test Riley is accused of cheating and expelled from school. It is discovered a fellow student, Tony has written a confession admitting he was the real cheat. Everyone is puzzled by Riley's behavior, why did he remain silent to save Tony. The answer surprises them all and changes Tony's life forever
Babs is upset that she has not been invited to a high school dance. Peg blames Riley, accusing him of chasing any boy off who take an interest in their daughter. Riley finds her a suitable date in Jeff, as well as a dress. Helene, Babs long time social climbing rival reveals the truth about the dress then steals Babs' date. Riley's daughter is inconsolable till learns something about Jeff that makes the night a success
Riley is concerned about a lack of money and considers taking in a boarder. A suitable applicant is found, but suspicion falls on the man, Mr. Ferguson after it is thought he resembles the chief suspect in a bank robbery. Riley sets out on a course of action to keep his family safe and remove the mysterious man from the house. Who Ferguson is surprises everybody, and makes Riley even more nervous
Even though Peg's friend and children fear Riley forgot Peg's birthday, she is sure Riley would never forget the special day. She's very happy when he comes home with a present, but what she doesn't know is that he didn't exactly buy the gift.
The Rileys are concerned that the icebox has broken down and the landlord is refusing to replace it. Junior announces he wants to quit school. Riley allows it thinking the boy will be sick of work pretty fast want to return to school. Babs discovers the real reason for Junior's changing opinion, can Riley uses the information to get the boy back to school.
Riley invites a fellow worker from the plant, Hal, who has been absent- minded at work to his home. Hal admits he is nervous about becoming a father. He is impressed by Riley's confidence and attitude to children till Peg tells him how Riley reacted to the news and what happened when Riley tried to get a raise from his boss.
Babs and her boyfriend have foolishly spent their money on an acting school con. Riley and Gillis are determined to go to the phony school and demand the kids' money be returned, but they didn't expect the teacher to be a gorgeous blonde.
Jim Gillis' wife announces she is leaving him. Without anywhere to live she asks the Rileys if she could stay with them. After they agree, she reveals her mother is coming into town and will need somewhere to stay with them as well. Riley realizes he needs to fix the issue and very quickly.
After Junior runs away from a fight at school, Riley decides he needs to teach the boy self defense. His mother is outraged and Junior is caught with a decision no matter what he does, he will disobey one of his parents.
Money goes missing and Riley thinks Junior is somehow involved despite the boy's protests he knows nothing. Riley agonizes over what to do for punishment. He does not want to loose the boy's love but sees the imperative to maintain discipline. A visit from a neighbor adds further information and Riley is not so sure about his course of action.