A frightened Peter hides at the Huxtable house in the hopes of avoiding a trip to the dentist. The family tries to reassure him by vouching for the dentist, Dr. Burns. Rudy offers to accompany him to his appointment to help put him at ease. Dr. Burns still has a difficult time getting Peter to submit to the examination, but manages to get him to cooperate through a series of jokes and tricks. He drops by the Huxtable house to return something that Rudy left at the office, and convinces a reluctant Cliff to set up his next appointment. Meanwhile, Clair gets worked up about a newspaper article about water meters and forces Cliff to listen to her rant instead of sleeping. He tries to keep her from reading subsequent articles by cutting up the paper.