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Playwright Alan Tanner is unable to finish the third act of his new play, so his agent, Arthur Leyton, begs Alan's ex-wife, Alice Merritt, to help Alan with the play. Because she is still in love with him, she agrees. When Alice knocks at the door of Alan's country home, he is delighted to see her. She pretends that she has come to borrow money, but soon she is reading Alan's play. While she is reading, Orlando Rowe, the sheriff, arrives to serve Alan with a warrent for the back alimony he owes to his second wife, Daisy Lowell. Alice invites Orlando and Daisy's lawyer, McBride, inside and offers them a glass of applejack. She says that if Alan doesn't finish the play, there will be no money to pay Daisy and suggests that they wait until the next day to arrest him. When Alice goes upstairs to prepare a room for them, she is startled to find Pat Quinn curled up in one of the beds. Pat, who is a good deal younger than Alan, tells Alice that she is his financee. Then, to everyone's surprise, Daisy, who has been waiting in the car, walks into the house. Later everyone goes to bed except Alice and Alan,who are working on the play, but as the night progresses, the three women end up arguing about Alan. To get away from the noise, Alan runs away to the maid's nearby house, where he completes his play. The next morning, Alan realizes that he still loves Alice and while he is kissing her, Pat walks in on them. Furious, she ends her engagement and McBride, who has fallen in love with her, takes advantage of the moment to make his own play for her. Arthur arrives by dog sled, loves the new act, and Daisy offers to drop her complaint against Alan in return for a part. Alan proposes to Alice, Pat and McBride get together, and Daisy settles for Orlando.