Ida has a feeling something is wrong between Rhoda and Joe, and keeps asking about the problem. Rhoda finally tells her about Joe's business having financial problems. Ida says she and Martin will give him the money.
Ida tells Rhoda and Brenda that she is having chest pains, but not to worry, it is something that mothers have to endure. Of course, Rhoda and Brenda drag Ida to the doctor's office to find out what is wrong.
Ida thinks Rhoda does not pay enough attention to Joe, and that she does not take care of his needs as she should. Ida decides to fill in the gaps by being the "shoemaker's elf" and doing the things she thinks should be done.
Joe hosts a farewell party for a worker who is retiring, and Brenda and Nick attend with Rhoda. Nick tells them he plans to leave New York because he is not getting jobs. Brenda asks Joe to hire him at his demolition company.
Rhoda has invited a couple of gal pals over, but when Myrna shows up, she is canceling to go out with a man she just met. Rhoda decides the gals should go out by themselves one night to prove they do not need men to have a good time.
Brenda's friend Sandy asks to move in with her because the commute to work would be shorter. Brenda agrees and they work things out. But then Sandy asks a co-worker to move in as well, and then there are three in the small apartment.