Linda Gray; Doug Randolph; Mrs. Gray; Mr. Randolph; Mrs. Randolph; Bill Parker
Bill is engaged to Linda but borrows $500 and leaves town with another woman. Linda vows never to trust a man again. She becomes friendly with her new boss Doug but rejects his marriage offer. Doug takes her home to meet his parents, who have been happily married for 30 years, and Linda decides to take a chance herself...with Doug.
Cynthia dates Larry but soon realises she can’t compete with his widowed mother, who lives with and keeps house for him. Larry’s mother visits Cynthia and says she wouldn’t expect them to live with her if they got married, and she only wants Larry to be happy. Cynthia marries Larry and they have a good relationship with his mother, who now babysits their child.
Gail is a popular high school girl but her family moves to a new town and she knows no one. Her new neighbour Vicky invites her to a party, but Gail is uncomfortable with the smoking and drinking that goes on. Vicky says “guys don’t want old-fashioned gals these days!” However, Gail meets college football player Randy and he likes her because she’s a “little, homespun gal.” They fall in love.
Leila works in a factory to support her mother and brothers, but promises fellow worker and boyfriend Johnny that she’ll stop “running a greasy machine” when her brothers finish school and can contribute to the family budget. Johnny starts dating new nurse Muriel and Leila breaks up with him. However, when Leila collapses from exhaustion and Muriel refuses to help because she’s off-duty, Johnny realises Muriel is no good and that he loves Leila.