Emma learns that her former assistant in China has been given credit for a project she was responsible for and she begins to pine for her business days. When Mark shares that the Chief of Police has asked him to organize this year’s spaghetti dinner fundraiser, Emma sees an opportunity to put her skills to work. She and Emma volunteer to help Mark out and he begrudgingly accepts.
Head Detective Lassiter is in charge of the annual Civil War reenactment. Shawn knows watching the meltdowns at the rehearsals is more fun than the actual show, and so he and Gus, a history buff, show up to watch. This year they are reenacting the Battle of Piper's Cove, in which a nurse, played by Sally Reynolds, kills Confederate Captain Quantrill, played by Nelson Poe. Sally ends up missing her cue, so Lassiter stops rehearsal only to find Nelson dead for real.
The whole family comes out to support Manny’s newfound interest – fencing. It turns out he’s quite masterful in the sport, but Jay’s proud enthusiasm triggers an old childhood wound for Mitchell. Meanwhile Phil is determined to find where Luke’s hidden talents lie.