Riley receives a letter from the president of the airplane plant in which he works, Cyrus P. Cunningham, announcing that the company will honor Riley's ten years of service with a luncheon in the boardroom the following day. Excited, Riley dragoons his pal Gillis into checking out the boardroom during their lunch hour, and Riley comes across a piece of paper that says "Riley -- Gift -- CAR." The entire Riley family rejoices at the prospect of receiving a car from the boss. The next day, Riley is deflated when he learns that his gift is considerably less grand than an ...
Riley sets up as Scoutmaster when Junior's regular scoutmaster must take a leave of absence for the troop. Also, Riley sets out to show his wife that a man can do all the household duties in half the time a woman can.
Riley's family is selected to appear in a radio program that brings parents and a child together for a family reunion - and plants hidden microphones throughout the house to capture their unrehearsed reactions to the event.
Feeling that their families don't sufficiently appreciate them, Riley and Gillis decide to spend their vacation camping at a remote mountain cabin - and come to appreciate their lives back in the suburbs.