Hank and Joan both work for Mr. Bascombe. They marry secretly because Bascombe has a rule against his employees fraternizing. Joan feels she must stay at the company until a big merger goes through, feeling it’d be disloyal to leave. After two months, Hank can’t keep up the pretense and decides to quit, but Joan confesses the truth. Bascombe says he doesn’t mind if they’re married, and urges Joan to leave her job because “a secretary can always be replaced…and being a wife’s a full-time job!”
Kathy does against her mother’s wishes and wears a flashy red dress to a dance to impress Danny. Danny and Kathy get along well and he advises her to wear something “besides that awful red dress” on their next date.
Carrie writes to her family, claiming she’s the girlfriend of her neighbor Tom, even though this is only a fantasy to hide her loneliness. When her brother Ted arrives for a visit, he assumes the letters are true and Tom plays along. Carrie and Tom discover they really do love each other.
Tess was raised by the Platt family, and is happy to leave the “thieving, corrupt” male members of the clan behind when she moves to the city and gets a job. She meets Richie at church and they fall in love. Bud Platt escapes from jail and demands money from Tess, but Richie arrests him: he’s a police detective who has been waiting for Bud to show up. However, Richie’s love for Tess is real.
Nancy falls in love with Hank, the globetrotting troubleshooter of the company she works for. She wants him to quit his dangerous job and take a position in the home office. For her sake he agrees. However, when Nancy sees Hank rescue a man from a flaming truck wreck, she realizes he isn’t trying to be a “hero,” he just does what has to be done. She tells Hank he should do what makes him happy and “I’ll be a good wife!”