Harold is running to his friend's wedding, for which he is best man,
swearing that he would never succumb to "a pair of soft-boiled
eyes." Running, he knocks into Jobyna, she of such eyes, is
instantly hooked, and is married by the next scene.
He has a long list of groceries, and struggles with the packages
(including a live turkey he has just won in a store
raffle). He manages to get kicked off a crowded trolley, and
makes it home, just in time to find out that his in-laws are coming
for dinner. The extended family arrives: mother-in-law
("with the nerve of a book agent, the disposition of a dyspeptic
landlord, and the heart of a traffic cop"); older brother Charley
("so lazy he gets up at four o'clock every morning so he'll have a
longer day to loaf'); and little brother Bobby ("a child with a skin
you love to touch—with a strap").
Hubby is temporarily distracted by the arrival of his new car, a
Butterfly Six. But, before he can propose that just he and
Wifey take an inaugural spin around the block, the in-laws are in
the car. They get into one mishap after another and, within
minutes, the new car is totaled.
Later, at home, a neighbor tells Harold how to handle a
mother-in-law: with a huge swig of whiskey. Mother is a
stern prohibitionist; she suspects Harold of drinking. To
quiet her down, an inebriated Harold drowns her napkin in
chloroform. She fades, slowly but surely, from the scent.
Harold, however, thinks he's killed her.
Charley, in the meantime, is on the phone trying to square the
numerous traffic tickets Harold got on the joy ride from heck
earlier in the day. Harold overhears, "It can't be done, eh?
Well, he'll have to take the consequences," and feels he is
doomed as a murderer. Police are outside (complaining about
the wreckage of the Butterfly Six in the street), and Harold is sure
they're after him!
To add to his horror, Mother is sleepwalking, from the "dead"—she's
after him, too! After a melee induced by Harold's hysteria,
the in-laws run (don't walk) home, and peace returns to Hubby and
Wifey's "Home Sweet Home."