Joan is going over her account with her husband who finds out she spent $600 on a pullover. He asks how she could spend so much on a sweater. She didn't. "I was stopped by a cop who told me to pull over!" Husband is stopping Joan's account. After husband leaves for work, Joan and her aunt find a calender with a marking for a birthday so Joan plans to surprise her husband with a party. She goes to the court where her husband is judging to try to get some money from him. No dice. She then goes to a cheap dress shop where she sells a dress, after buying it, to another customer at half price before her husband calls to cut Joan's account there! At home, Joan and aunt decorate house thinking husband won't be home until 9:30 because Joan called a friend of his for racquetball. Husband comes home early. Joan and aunt take decorations down. She convinces husband to go to a hockey game thinking he doesn't really like hockey, he'll want to go home when she tells him to. Turns out he's enjoying the game so they stay past 9:30. At home, Joan finds everyone has left so she explains about the calender which husband says was a plan for her surprise birthday party as guests file in with her cake! This is a silly sitcom premise make palatable by Joan Davis' performance of milking whatever humor she can out of the contrivances whether arguing with her husband about money while in court with his client doing the same thing, talking a customer into taking her dress at half price, or convincing her husband to take her out by stomping and flinging her arms! Jim Backus provides good support as her husband. This is the first episode I've seen on Family Net so I hope to see better ones down the road. It wasn't bad as a start, however.
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