Thalia persuades Dobie to run against Milton Armitage in the election for junior class president. With Thalia serving as campaign manager and Maynard running a dirty tricks operation, how can Dobie lose?
Thalia will give her love only to an athlete, so Dobie schemes to set himself up as a fearless fighter, Top Fist. But Milton Armitage, Dobie's rival for Thalia's fickle heart, calls Dobie's bluff and challenges him to a bout.
Dobie falls in love with the beautiful and brainy Aphrodite, whose robust family of health-food-eating acrobats begin putting Dobie through rigorous training in anticipation of the day he'll join their family and their act.
Thalia wants Dobie to go to Willoughby Hall, an exclusive eastern school, and befriend the sons of wealthy bankers (an idea that also captures Mr. Gillis' fancy in a dream sequence). All Dobie wants is Thalia's love, but to win her heart he must get a 100 on his math test. To what depth will he sink for love?
As hard as he tries, Dobie just can't seem to get rid of Zelda Gilroy, the one girl he doesn't want but wants him. Zelda is aware of Dobie's failings, such as not being a very bright student and thus not having any future career prospects. Zelda compensates for that by mapping out their future: they will live on a farm after they get married so that Dobie will at least be able to provide food. In being a farmer, Dobie has to take biology class, with which Zelda will help him. Dobie agrees to take biology only because he knows that brainy Zelda has his academic best ...
Mr & Mrs. Gillis are persuaded to help with the Central High Student-Parent Betterment League's Capers, an amateur revue featuring acts of questionable talent. This episode turns the spotlight on Frank Faylen.
Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. agrees to assist the under-dressed Dobie and Maynard gain entry to his cousin Sabrina Armitage's black-tie soirée by having each fellow take a turn wearing his tux. Will their jig be up and their pants down?
Maynard is smitten with Francoise, and to compete with the similarly smitten Chatsworth Maynard trades in his sweatshirt and jazz sides for a sport coat and tie, but will he agree to shave off his beatnik beard?
Aiming high to win the affections of Esme Lauterbach (a 6'2"-tall beauty), Dobie allows Zelda to compose his entry in Mr. Pomfritt's music class contest. Dobie performs the song "I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter" from Dwayne Hickman's 1960 Capitol LP.
Maynard discovers in the park one day both an abandoned baby and his paternal instinct. But keeping little, crying Katrina a secret proves to be a herculean task for Maynard, Dobie and Zelda, especially with a suspicious Chatsworth nosing around.
Maynard G. Krebs somehow acquires the ability to predict the future. With the Kennedy-Nixon presidential election only one week away, Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. persuades Maynard to appear on his mother's television station, KASH, to tell the world which candidate will win the election. In the end, Dobie convinces Maynard not to appear because it could taint the election. Instead, Maynard writes down his prediction and seals it inside an envelope. In the episode's epilogue, Dobie opens the sealed envelope, presumably the day after the election, to reveal Maynard's ...
Maynard attempts to overcome his aversion to w-o-r-k by taking a job at the Army, Navy & Civilian Surplus Store where he is assigned the impossible task of selling the overstock on grotesque Confucius statues with clocks in their bellies.
Dobie has eyes for the cute new girl in school, Charlotte Lamarr, and gets a hot rod to impress her. He has competition from the rich and snooty Chatsworth Osborne Jr., so Zelda gives him a hand in thwarting Chatsworth's plans.
Maynard throws a Christmas party for his friends, but status seeker Zelda persuades Dobie it would be better to attend Chatsworth's posh party. Troubled, Dobie is haunted by ghosts in this spoof of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
Hungry for culture and sophistication, Mrs. Gillis befriends a French modern artist and encourages Dobie to date his existentialist poet daughter, but Yvette has her eyes set on the elder Mr. Gillis. The episode is highlighted by Danielle De Metz's inspired performance as Yvette.