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Al is inspired by an episode of Eight Is Enough to spend more time with his family by taking them to the beach, but the experience doesn't turn out as ideally as he envisioned it. Meanwhile, Steve attempts to evade responsibilityafter causing a traffic accident.
Tired of having to push his broken down car to and from work, Al decides it's finally time to buy a new car. He sets off to the dealership with $5,000 he's been saving for the past ten years in a shoe box for just this occasion, but he's in for a shock when he finally opens it.moreless
Interested only in getting a $500 check every month, The Bundys host a foreign exchange student from France, and force her to sleep in the unheated garage. She quickly becomes the most popular girl at school with the boys, ruining Kelly's social life in the process.
Al and Kelly avoid having to join Peg and Bud on a week long trip to Wanker County by pretending to be sick. However, Al's plan to spend the week alone with his fantasies is jeopardized when Kelly comes down with an actual cold.
When Kelly gets in trouble at school for vandalizing the tap dancing club's bus, the only way she can get out of punishment is if she joins the tap dancing class and performs in the club's show at school.
Kelly decides to move out with her $246 in life savings when Al beats up one of her boyfriends. While Al is perfectly fine with her decision, Peg is devastated and reacts by smothering Bud with unwanted affection.
Al's life is turned into a nightmare when Peg becomes obsessed about being the only woman in the neighborhoodyet to bevictimized by an at-large serial peeper. Meanwhile, Bud is Kelly's last hope to avoid being held back in school.
While his disappointed family goes to Denny's for Christmas dinner, Al is electrocuted attempting to fix the outdoor lights. He's visited by a guardian angel who shows him how Peg and the kids would have turned out if he was never born.
Al's grand vision to spend the Labor Day holiday on a road trip with his family hits a snag when they encounter a massive traffic jam on a Chicago expressway.
Al reluctantly agrees to take Steve, Bud, and a group of neighborhood children camping to avoid spending time with Peg, but instead gets everyone stranded in the middle of the woods without any supplies or shelter. Meanwhile, Kelly joins Peg and her friends in a poker game.
Al proudly announces he's saved up $280 in his Christmas Club account for presents, but his hard work is put in jeopardy when he is unable to get to the bank before it closes on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, Steve leaves Marcy to spend Christmas with his mother in Cincinnati.
Al ridicules the D'arcys when they happily announce that Marcy is pregnant. However, his world is turned upside down when Peg breaks the news that she is five months pregnant herself.
Unable to put up with their wives' unrelenting demands, Al and Jefferson flee to the bus station and dream about starting new lives on the west coast.
Al's low-brow friend Charlie Verducci is alarmed when his son Vinnie takes a job as a bus boy, and fears he is about to lose his last chance to achieve fame and fortune. Charlie decides to crash a formal dinner party in an attempt to set Vinnie up with a rich woman.moreless