It is getting a little crowded in the Rush family's duplex row house. Sisters Jackie and Sara want to move out, but their father, Henry, doesn't like the idea of two young girls living in the big city by themselves. However, they might be headed to a win-win situation when Jackie and Sara contemplate on renting the downstairs apartment from their dad.
Henry and Muriel hire two ex-convicts to repair a damaged wall in their kitchen. Meanwhile, Jackie was tasked to deposit a large sum of money for her work at the bank. When the bank closes before she gets there, Jackie had to take the cash home. As a result, Henry tries to hide the cash, not wanting the ex-cons to spot it.
Mildred Rafkin, the sister of the former tenant of Jackie and Sara's apartment, returns to claim her late brother's belongings, including all the furniture. With an unfurnished apartment, the girls find another apartment to rent, albeit in a seedy and high-crime neighborhood.
Sara rents her apartment to a film crew for a movie, which involves live animals. Unfortunately, one of the animals, a male lion, escapes and ventures into Henry and Muriel's apartment during their dinner engagement with Arthur Wainwright.
Arthur Wainwright gives Henry an assignment that requires him to work overnight, which is a huge burden for Henry as he has jury duty. Therefore, Muriel, Jackie and Monroe take turns keeping Henry awake at night.