While minding his rascal adoptive sons and trying to teach him flag respect, Trevor badly hurts his knee, disqualifying him for a tour of duty during six months. Mother-in-law Marda Brooks, an (ex?)alcoholic, makes her first-ever visits, unannounced, actually having lost her home and business. Jeremy's dad major Frank Sherwood, merely bruised, gets a hero's welcome and accepts his boy's failure to enroll at West Point in favor of architecture, until Jeremy owes up he lost his self-control with ma and is completely disowned. Amanda's sister betrays her affair with Jeremy to pa Michael Holden, who bans Jeremy from seeing her. The desperate knave enlists in the army.