Aiming high to win the affections of Esme Lauterbach (a 6'2"-tall beauty), Dobie allows Zelda to compose his entry in Mr. Pomfritt's music class contest. Dobie performs the song "I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter" from Dwayne Hickman's 1960 Capitol LP.
Maynard discovers in the park one day both an abandoned baby and his paternal instinct. But keeping little, crying Katrina a secret proves to be a herculean task for Maynard, Dobie and Zelda, especially with a suspicious Chatsworth nosing around.
Maynard G. Krebs somehow acquires the ability to predict the future. With the Kennedy-Nixon presidential election only one week away, Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. persuades Maynard to appear on his mother's television station, KASH, to tell the world which candidate will win the election. In the end, Dobie convinces Maynard not to appear because it could taint the election. Instead, Maynard writes down his prediction and seals it inside an envelope. In the episode's epilogue, Dobie opens the sealed envelope, presumably the day after the election, to reveal Maynard's ...
Maynard attempts to overcome his aversion to w-o-r-k by taking a job at the Army, Navy & Civilian Surplus Store where he is assigned the impossible task of selling the overstock on grotesque Confucius statues with clocks in their bellies.
Dobie has eyes for the cute new girl in school, Charlotte Lamarr, and gets a hot rod to impress her. He has competition from the rich and snooty Chatsworth Osborne Jr., so Zelda gives him a hand in thwarting Chatsworth's plans.
Maynard throws a Christmas party for his friends, but status seeker Zelda persuades Dobie it would be better to attend Chatsworth's posh party. Troubled, Dobie is haunted by ghosts in this spoof of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
Hungry for culture and sophistication, Mrs. Gillis befriends a French modern artist and encourages Dobie to date his existentialist poet daughter, but Yvette has her eyes set on the elder Mr. Gillis. The episode is highlighted by Danielle De Metz's inspired performance as Yvette.
Mr. Pomfritt assigns an essay addressing a big question: "Whither are we drifting?" Dobie and Maynard mull the question and their uncertain futures in an atypical episode that is more thoughtful than humorous.
Dobie encourages Zelda to go and be wined and dined while tutoring the Yale-aspiring Chatsworth (thus freeing Dobie to date other girls). Will it be "out of sight, out of mind" or will Zelda's absence make his heart grow fonder?
Central High's yearbook editor Zelda assigns Dobie and Maynard to write a "where are they now" feature on the school's former star football player and 1911 graduate Walter "show 'em no mercy" Appleby, whom the boys discover has seemingly fallen on hard times.
Mrs. Gillis writes the winning entry in a contest and Dobie eagerly anticipates the prize: a date with glamorous movie starlet Merilee Maribou. Seeing the date as a stepping stone to success, Dobie performs "Don't Shoot The Man on the Moon" from Dwayne Hickman's 1960 Capitol LP, "Dobie."
Dobie's upcoming graduation brings to light the embarrassing fact that Herbert T. Gillis never graduated high school, but thanks to evening classes for adults Dobie's Dad is determined to finally finish what he started long ago.
Dobie receives a friendly letter from his Uncle Sam: "Greetings. Your enlistment in the United States Army has been processed." As the Gillises prepare to send their boy into the service, Dobie's baby shoes spark a flashback to the 1940s when Mr. and Mrs. Gillis were eagerly expecting their baby.
After getting his beard caught in his rifle's bolt release, Maynard is ordered to shave off the offending fuzz. When the protest cat protests the order, Dobie defends his friend before a military tribunal.
Dobie, Maynard and Corporal Kilroy (a chimpanzee) are selected to participate in Operation Moonshot, which experiment requires them to spend 30 days in a simulated space capsule. Will Maynard and Kilroy's antics bring them from the frying pan to the launching pad?
Dobie and Maynard land the lead roles playing officers in Lt. Merriwether's play. Following a rehearsal and still dressed as his character Major Gates, Dobie meets and woos with war stories a beautiful young lady who's father happens to be the base's gruff new colonel. Will it be Herbie "Snow Job" Gillis to the rescue or 20 years in the brig for impersonating an officer?
After watching a sentimental war movie, Maynard is stricken with acute homesickness and secures a pass home. Dobie fears his buddy has gone AWOL and returns home to bring him back, securing his own pass home by claiming that his father is deathly ill.
Zelda tells the snooty Rochelle that she and Dobie are secretly engaged, weaving a web of deception that threatens to ensnare her at the big society party. This time the spotlight shines on Sheila James in what appears to be a set up for a spin-off.