In the lead story, Ray has a sinking feeling in his gut and he doesn't know what it is ó could it be his best friend Doyle's homosexuality? Could it be the return of his ex-girlfiend Maggie? Could it be that people are talking, but he doesn't know what they're talking about?
Meanwhile, in 'Down at Elmo's,' Hopey's job as a bartender in a seedy neighborhood puts her in contact with locals. On the Gilbert side of things, World War II erupts in 'Julio's Day': Julio's brother joins the fight overseas, their sister Sofia remains bedridden since the funeral for her husband and two sons... and Julio's boyfriend says goodbye. Plus some surprises!