This episode of Silver Theatre is a fictional depiction of the production of an episode of -- Silver Theatre. Real-life producer-director Frank Telford is portrayed attempting to get the first show of the year rehearsed and produced despite the fact that his cast and crew are all either drunk or hung over from their New Year's Eve celebrations.
Chaos erupts in the Romani apartment when Papa has a telephone installed. Superstitious Mama hates the idea because it means people will call with bad news of people dying. Neighbors invading to use the new device include a bookie; his illegal enterprise results in Papa being arrested.
A cash-strapped husband is desperate to send his sick daughter out West for her health, but can't get anyone to loan him the money for train fare. He literally bumps into a stranger who drops his wallet, and the father uses it to buy a one-way ticket. The owner of the lost wallet is frantic because it contained a letter from his estranged wife telling him where to meet her if he wanted to reconcile.