Ricky is disgusted by Lucy’s obsession with gossiping about other people. According to Ricky, Lucy acts as if it is her “”life’s blood.”” Fred, too, is disturbed by Ethel’s love of gossiping. The two girls then point out that both Ricky and Fred have been known to gossip, also. The boys then challenge the girls to a bet: They will see who can go without gossiping the longest, and the winners will receive breakfast in bed for a month. The bet commences, and everything is going fine until Ricky comes up with a plan to cheat so that he and Fred can win.