Believing Ricky has forgotten their anniversary, Lucy concludes that his attentions are wandering. Her suspicions are further aroused when she sees him clasping a pearl necklace around the neck of one of their neighbors.
Inspired by a magic trick she saw, Lucy handcuffs herself to her sleeping husband. To their mutual horror, they discover that the handcuffs are of Civil War vintage and a key cannot be found to unlock them.
Ricky plans a surprise party for Lucy's birthday, but Lucy thinks that everyone has forgotten it. She marches off with a rescue mission band called "Friends of the Friendless" while the party guests are waiting for her.
Lucy and Ricky primp themselves and their apartment for a visit from a magazine writer who is doing a series on happily married couples, but their frayed nerves and a family quarrel make it a touch-and-go situation.
When Debra gets a part-time job in the big city, an unhappy Ray is left to fend for himself -- and Marie is left wondering whats to become of the children, the house and her beloved son now that they will all be neglected.