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When Bob's new automatic helicopter unexpectedly breaks up, he and Gene engage the manufacturer in a battle to get a refund. Meanwhile, Louise and Linda prep Tina for an oral book report.
The children, willing to do practically anything to get out of the house after being grounded, compete in an essay contest, with the winner serving as Aunt Gayle's "date" for an evening at the theater.
In order to keep Millie from becoming class president and destroying the school, Tina and Louise volunteer to run Jimmy Junior's campaign. Meanwhile, Bob talks himself into buying an expensive knife and becomes obsessed with using it.
Tina partners with Darryl to win a contest at the school Valentine's dance, while Linda schedules an adventurous week of copious holiday activities with Bob.
To gain membership in the Community Garden, Bob makes a deal that requires him to give Louise's enemy a job at the restaurant, putting father and daughter at odds.
Tina, Gene and Louise sign up for a go-kart league, while Bob and Teddy begin pouring Teddy's home-brewed beer on the sly at the restaurant.
Tina will do whatever it takes, including enlisting Gene and Louise, in her campaign to secure a much-coveted and powerful hall-monitor promotion. Meanwhile, Linda decorates the restaurant walls with napkin artwork drawn by customers.
When someone in her former Thundergirls troop starts giving away cookie secrets, Tina goes undercover to investigate. Meanwhile, Linda wonders if blondes really do have more fun and dyes her hair.
At a family Christmas party, Bob and his father, "Big Bob," revisit an old argument, which leads to a can-you-top-this competition in the kitchen. Meanwhile, the kids compete to come up with the perfect gift for their dad.
Bob enters a burger contest but discovers he's missing his secret ingredient, so the kids scramble to find the special spice.
Bob boycotting Thanksgiving doesn't keep Linda and the kids from attending a Fischoeder-sponsored holiday festival, where a wild bird runs a-fowl and causes pandemonium among the attendees.
When Bob learns that his burgers have contributed to Teddy's health issues, he decides to become his workout buddy and the two sign up for stuntman boot camp, which puts a strain on their friendship. Meanwhile, the kids put down an ice rink in the freezer, and Linda takes charge of their underground ice-wrestling league.moreless
Tina becomes romantically involved with a spirit who is believed to reside in the Belcher's basement.
On the Season 5 premiere, Gene's musical based on "Die Hard" isn't selected as the school's fall play, so he, with help from Louise, stages a production to run on the same night as Wagstaff Middle School's performance of a "Working Girl"-inspired musical that features Tina.