The Angels are welcomed home from vacation by a giant stuffed gorilla standing in their bedroom. Gus gets back at the practical jokers from work by hiring a guy in a gorilla suit to surprise them when they show up to claim the supposedly phony creature.
The Murphys' boy Emmett comes home to visit after two years away in the military. Vickie and Gus are surprised because the young man is nothing like the rough-neck he-man lout that Murph always described. Emmett's an even-tempered flute player in the military band with a talent for art and Murph can't stand it. Dad is finally pleased when he learns why his son has been acting like a gentleman.
Vickie tries to find a suitable outlet for Mr. Finley, Sr.'s energy, so she enlists the help of her friend Dolly to get him a job in the local department store as one of Santa's helpers. Her plan backfires when Mr. Finley - as Santa - starts to give out free toys to all the children who meet with him, with the skinflint toy department manager on the hook for the unwitting expenditure.
Vickie and Gus quickly regret bringing along nephew Wheeler to their mountain cabin. The loudmouthed teen soon insults all the local, calling them hillbillies, hicks, and mistaking a chubby woman for a pot-bellied stove. The Angels are banished by the locals, but intend to go to the big dance anyway.
The Angels and Clemsons head to San Francisco, hoping to impress a company bigwig based there. The husbands lose their wives' cooperation after behaving like drooling schoolboys around a pair of attractive sisters aboard the train.