After Rose's boyfriend Al dies of a heart attack in her bed, Rose fears that she is a death jinx in the bedroom because her beloved husband Charlie died of a heart attack in her bed as well. To make matters worse, after Rose tracks down Al's sister to notify her of his death, she comes to find that his "sister" is really in fact his wife!
Blanche's father, "Big Daddy" Hollingsworth, visits with the news that he's sold his house and wants to become a singer. Meanwhile, a boundary dispute over a fallen tree leads Sophia to put a curse on the rude neighbor who refuses to move it.
Rose's petition to save a very old tree attracts the ire of Freida Claxton, a misanthropic old woman, on whose property the tree stands. At a public hearing, Rose gets angry at Mrs. Claxton and tells her to "drop dead," which she does. Rose blames herself for Mrs. Claxton's death, so the girls decide to pay her one final act of kindness.