When Joan learns that the snooty Helen Cavanaugh will be attending the charity ball, she insists that Brad give her money to buy a new gown. After arguing over the household budget, Brad agrees to give her $412 if Joan agrees to buy all her clothing for the next year from that allotment. Disaster ensues when the delivery man goes to the wrong closet at the Stevens home and takes Joan's entire wardrobe, rather than the clothes she set aside for the local rummage sale.
A local mobster threatens Judge Stevens over the parole of an incarcerated gang leader. Joan tries to head off the threat by getting a gangster-movie actor to pose as a torpedo from the Eastern Syndicate.
Joan decides that her friends Wally and Sally would be perfect for each other, so she plans to get them together. Unfortunately, her plans include a scheme to make Wally jealous by having another man pay attention to Sally. As usual, her plan backfires.
Joan has $600 she doesn't want Brad to know about, so she's looking for a place to hide it. Since she knows he hardly ever goes hunting, she stuffs the money into the barrel of his shotgun. Unfortunately, he goes along on a duck-hunting trip before she can get the money out. Complications ensue.
It's election time. Bradley is campaigning and wants to show the voters how happily married he is. Unfortunately, Joan starts sneezing whenever he comes within ten feet of her and thinks she's become allergic to him.
Shortly after Joan adopts an injured crow, her neighborhood is beset by a jewel thief and all the stolen items are discovered in the Stephens' home. Joan's friends fear she has developed an acute case of kleptomania, but the investigating detectives believe she's just a garden-variety thief.