Gildersleeve is called for jury duty in the trial of a bank robber. The gangster's pals pick Gildersleeve as someone they might be able to bribe to influence the other jurors in favor of the defendant.
It's the first show of the season, and Bob Crosby tells how he spent his vacation, and Dennis Day plans to quit the show. Jack gets bad news from Rochester that his show isn't being broadcast over the air.
Tallulah Bankhead trades jokes with Bob Hope and joins him in song. Van Johnson performs in a war time play from the film, "Go For Broke." Van sings "Pennies from Heaven", with Bob Hope butting in. Ezio Pinza sings an aria from "The Marriage Of Figaro." Ethel Barrymore performs a dramatic reading, accompanied by music composed by Lionel Barrymore, then Ethel jokes with Tallulah. Joan Davis sings a calypso song with Ezio Pinza, Groucho Marx, Bob Hope, and Van Johnson. Tallulah calls Judy Holiday so that the cast can congratulate her on winning the Academy Award.
Jack helps Rochester fill out his income tax. Jack congratulates Phil on his new movie. Dennis is joining the French Foreign Legion. Jack's real life daughter Joan plays a high school student on a scavenger hunt. Jack wins a trip from a radio contest.
When Phil finds out that Dennis does a great imitation of Ronald Colman, he and Dennis pull a prank on Jack by making him think he is invited to the Colmans for a party. Jack shows up with his girlfriend at the Colmans, but guests Ronald and Benita have just gone to bed.
Fred and Portland talk about the Easter Parade. Fred goes to Allen's Alley with the question, "Do you think the American woman works too hard?" James and Pamela Mason are preparing for a trip to California and after warning them to stay clear of that cheap Jack Benny, Fred gives them his idea for a British radio show for the couple.
Fred and Portland joke about Daylight Savings Time. The question for Allen's Alley is "How do you feel about superstitions?" Fred meets Leo Durocher who gives him a couple of tickets for a game, but Fred gets arrested for ticket scalping.
Rip Van Winkle, the "Laziest Man in the Village", travels to the mountains to find mulberries from which to brew a special tea, when he meets some strangers who offer him a brew that puts him to sleep.