The Water War is approaching and it seems that Cory is the only kid without a fancy water gun. He thinks it's unfair when his parents won't buy one for him. He tries to find a job but Alan tells Cory that he shouldn't worry about a job, because childhood is too short. Cory's mind is set, however; and desperate for the $49.99 (plus tax) he agrees to paint Mr. Feeny's shutters. To everyone's suprise, Cory does a good job. What he failed to notice, however, was that the paint went through the slats and on to the fence, creating a "zebra motif". Now, having to paint the fence, Cory begins to wonder if it was worth it.
Not wanting Cory to miss out on being a kid, Alan finishes the fence so Cory can make the Water War. In the end Cory realizes just how much his dad actually does for him.