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.
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 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 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.