The Surprise: Bobby and April are planning a special surprise for Alice the Great's birthday: a photo album filled with pictures of her all through her life. Little Bill points that they don't have any up to date photos of her, and volunteers to be the "secret picture taker." He tries to take photographs of Alice around the house, and even gets the rest of the family to pose with her, but when she catches on, he accidentally lets the news about the gift slip out. Upset at ruining the surprise, Little Bill doesn't even want to attend the birthday party; trying to cheer him up, Brenda tells him she developed his photos, and Alice the Great doesn't know about these pictures. Bill decides to take the photos and make a special collage to add to the last page in the photo album.
Good Ol' Lightnin': While looking in the photo album, Little Bill spots a photo of Alice when she was his age, riding in a wagon. Alice remarks that the wagon was nicknamed "Ol' Lightnin'" and that she used to ride it all the time when she was little. Getting help from Big Bill, Little Bill manages to find the old wagon in the garage and they decide to refinish it as a gift to Alice. Little Bill invites Alice to ride the wagon with him; she explains that now she is too big and old to ride in it, but she would be just as happy to watch him ride it while she cheered, "Go, Lightnin', Go!"
The Early Bill: Little Bill wakes up very early one morning, and find that everyone else, except Alice the Great, is still sleeping. Alice invites him to come along with her on her morning walk. They walk to the park, and on the way, they meet Uncle Al taking a jog, Mr. Rojas walking Lito, and Miss Murray practicing Tai Chi. When they get to the park, Alice takes Bill to the pond, where he spots a goose and her goslings. When they get back home, Bill tells Bobby about all the things he missed by sleeping late.
Going Camping: Bobby and April are going on a school camping trip for the weekend, and Little Bill is disappointed that he's too young to go. To cheer him up, Big Bill suggests they have their own campout in the backyard. They set up a tent and cook their dinner on a portable stove. Big Bill starts to tell a story, but gets spooked by the neighbor's cat. He then suggests counting fireflies, but Little Bill has nodded off.
The New Babysitter: Brenda and Bill Bill are going to a meeting at April's school, while Alice the Great has a doctor's appointment, so Little Bill will be getting a new babysitter: Mr. Rojas' niece, Isabel. Little Bill still misses his old babysitter, Mrs. Shapiro, so when Isabel arrives and asks what he wants to play, he skulks and says,"Nothing." Deciding to take the initiative, Isabel invents "The Nothing Game," saying he has to keep perfectly still, doing nothing, and the first one to move loses. This makes him laugh, so she offers to make dinner while he plays in his room. He finally warms up to her when he learns Isabel loves his favorite TV show, Space Explorers, and makes up a funny game playing "the friendly alien from the 4th galaxy meets Captain Brainstorm."
My Friend Isabel: Alice the Great has a dentist appointment after school, so Little Bill asks if Isabel can pick him up instead. She agrees, but explains that she can't stay long because she has to study for a test the next day. Little Bill gets upset that Isabel can't play with him, so she agrees to stay a little while. When Alice the Great returns, Isabel leaves, but Little Bill doesn't want to say goodbye; Alice explains that Isabel will always be his friend, but she has other responsibilities because she is older and can't always play with him. Little Bill understands and waves goodbye to Isabel as she walks home.