Dr Hennesey not only has to prescribe diet and exercise for an Admiral, he has to deal with a Mess Chief, who has served with the Admiral for years, and who takes the change in his skipper's diet personally.
Chick's friend Harvey returns to San Diego and is up to his usual hijinks. But his stunts drive Captain Shafer to distraction and he decides Blair should be stationed in Guam. Chick works to keep it from happening.
The base is busy with a lady magazine writer who proceeds to interview many of the personnel including Max and Martha, using loaded questions and hostile psychoanalyzing. She tries to corner the Captain, who keeps dodging her, but really wants to get to the Admiral. Hennesey confronts her about her bitter attitude toward the Navy.
Hennesey doesn't get holiday leave and to avoid feeling homesick decides to organize a musical program. But Commander Wilkes finds out and refuses to approve any performances. Chick must persuade him to change his mind.
Seaman Peabody's mother's letters to her Congressman mean trouble for Chick. Max convinces Hennesey to best way to combat the treatment aimed at the Seaman is to teach him self confidence by having Fuji instruct him in Judo.
Seaman Davies arrives very angry over his fate after being burned extensively. Dr. King performs successful plastic surgery on the young man but his attitude remains unpleasant so Chick acts to remedy the situation.