Fat Albert is taking a lot of extra responsibility with his new job at the zoo feeding the elephants. When his mother goes out of town to look after her ill sister, he has to get dinner ready for his father while she's away. When Rudy and Dumb Donald offer to help, they mess up by allowing the food they're cooking to burn, leaving Albert to order burgers for dinner. The following day, he has to keep the house in order as well as feed the elephants at the zoo. Seeing that he's gotten overwhelmed, the rest of the gang offer of help him clean up the home while Albert's at work. When his mother returns home, Albert expresses his appreciation for her for all she's done for him and figures a one small thank you goes a long way.moreless
Weird Harold is able to get a summer job at the local ice cream parlor. Rudy sees this as an opportunity for the gang to get free desserts being he's their friend. But when Harold makes them pay for their orders, Rudy and the others reject him. To get back into their good graces, Harold offers their next desserts for free when they visit the ice cream parlor again, much against Fat Albert's advice. The following day, Harold lies to his boss about the missing ice cream and feels guilty as a result. After a conversation with Fat Albert, he decides to come clean to Mr. Cooper, only to walk in on the parlor when it's being robbed by a pair of thugs. Harold and the rest of the gang are able to thwart the crooks, who are arrested by the police. Harold confesses to his boss and the gang admit their part in pressuring him for free desserts. Fortunately, Mr. Cooper is forgiving being Harold does well on his job and rewards the group as they learn a valuable lesson in friendship.moreless
Russell is on his way to the library to do research for his American history report when he encounters his classmate Greg Bowen, who helps by taking him home to do the research on his computer. Russell is impressed with Greg's hardware and does well on his history report, but later learns he's a hacker who illegally gains access to other computers to steal data that's not rightfully his. Some time later, authorities from the police computer crime task force appear at Greg's home as they've tracked his illegally accessing a hospital computer, significantly messing up their records. Greg runs off, and the gang spots him at a train bridge. He falls off when a train passes by, landing on a beam, and is in danger of plummeting to certain doom should another train pass. He's rescued in time and while recuperating at the hospital, promises his mother never to hack into other computers again.moreless
Fat Albert helps Rhonda practice for the school pep squad and suggests Weird Harold get new student Carly Wilson as his partner. Rudy thinks that would be a problem because she stutters as she speaks and may do a bad job. Harold decides to flub practice, but Carly figures out his act and runs off. When Rhonda drops out of the competition, Fat Albert takes Carly as his new partner and surprisingly, do well enough in the tryouts to be granted a spot on the pep squad. Carly then helps out Weird Harold and Rudy, warning them in the nick of time when a scoreboard light is about to drop on them. They realize they were wrong about Carly and apologize to her, then make sure to stay out of the way of falling lights.moreless
The gang's new classmate Mickey Taylor is highly interested in sports, but has a reading problem he often denies. Their teacher assigns Fat Albert to help tutor him, but Mickey opts to watch football practice instead. Later in the week, the gang invites him to play in a game across town and provide him with a map on how to get there. However, he gets lost, and not being able to read, takes a short through an active construction area. He's quickly in danger, but fortunately Mickey's football idol Buck and Fat Albert are able to assist construction workers in saving him in time. Buck admits he had a reading problem as well, but was able to work hard enough to do very well and tells Mickey reading is vital in understanding the various football plays for the sport. Mickey agrees to work with Buck in his desire to be a football player.moreless
The gang's schoolmate Red Riley has a hit record and is looking to be a big-time singer, but her grades are suffering. Despite her teacher's recommendations, she desires to make another hit record. However, her producer feels her new song isn't as great as her first. But still seeking fame, Red decides to drop out of school. Some time later, she accepts a job at a local dive bar that will allow her to sing at least once a night, but it's far from fulfilling. Fat Albert and company meet a once famous singer who's fallen on hard times and works at the same dive. She indeed regrets not staying in school and convinces Red not to make the wrong choice as well. She listens, and after Fat Albert prevents her from being mugged, Red returns to school and makes up for her missed homework assignments by carrying all her books in her guitar case.moreless
The gang takes interest in an upcoming bicycle relay race in which the winning team gets a trophy and a cash prize. Rudy is able to enter the event with his new bike, but it gets wrecked by Bobby Hanson, who backs into it with his car and refuses to take responsibility for his misdeed. Rudy is advised by a police officer to take the matter to a small claims court, which can help settle such issues without the need of expensive lawyers. With Fat Albert as his witness and the necessary evidence, Rudy has a strong case and Bobby makes things worse for himself by lying under oath. As a result, Bobby's family pays for a new bicycle just in time for the gang to enter the race. They're pitted against Bobby's gang, who seeks a victory against Rudy. But with good racing skills and the ability to overcome his opponent's cheat tactics, Rudy is able to win the last leg of the race and get the trophy for the gang.moreless
When Dumb Donald's house is robbed, Officer Gomez gathers the community together where Fat Albert and the gang learn all about the neighborhood watch. Afterward, when they go to the movies, Rudy forgets his money and decides to go back home. Fat Albert accompanies him and along the way, they see a strange van pulling up at a home which is unoccupied as the neighbors are away on vacation. The guys then go back to Fat Albert's home where his mother calls the police, who quickly arrive and apprehend the burglars. Officer Gomez commends the boys for doing everything right, including staying out of the way, making no effort to catch the criminals themselves and calling the police right away.