Chip collects items for the school's annual rag drive. One neighbor notices all the strange happenings at the Douglas home. Bub appears drunk, Robbie carries a dummy in the house, and Chip talks to the dummy and drops it out the window.
Bub tries to fit into family life, but the boys find things difficult when Bub speaks against a PTA mother, shows up at school with a forgotten lunch, and seems to interfere with girlfriends. Turns out, all the help was needed.
A telecast of a countdown to a 1957 satellite launch provides the backdrop for a Monday morning in the Douglas household. Everyone seems to be unusually tired and for good reason: Bub accidentally set the clocks an hour ahead instead of turning them back one hour with the end of Daylight Savings Time.
Robbie finds out that a popular girl in school likes him, except she confuses Robbie with Mike. Unaware of this, Robbie ambushes Mike and pounces on him outside their front door after seeing them together, thinking Mike has moved in on her.
After Steve visits the office of a potential client, a Major General with a motto of "Adjust or bust," he experiences a series of transportation inconveniences and missed connections while trying to get home in time to greet the General, who is also coming to his house for dinner.
The Douglas's stove breaks down on Thanksgiving Day. There's no way to get it fixed that same day and every restaurant in town is booked. Meanwhile Chip befriends a Native American and invites him to dinner. He in turn shows how to roast a turkey outdoors without a grill.
The boys want a raise in their allowance, but Steve tells them that they are spending money recklessly and not doing their chores. Bub has been picking up the slack and doing their work for them. Everyone has bad dreams that night.
When Bub has to go out of town for a few days, Steve asks Mike to call an agency and hire a maid. Mike asks Robbie to make the call, and Robbie asks Chip to make the call. Chip calls an agency but it is a marriage agency who matches people.
Steve's cousin Selena comes to visit and is only too happy to help around the house. When everyone is grateful for her help, Bub thinks he is being replaced and decides to take a job at a movie theater.
Robbie learns "the grass is always greener on the other side" when he is envious of his friend Hank's home, which seems perfect for a teenager. But Hank is envious of Robbie's life in a happy home and great family.
To earn extra money, Mike and Robbie get a job painting a fence for a neighbor who's fence and yard are in a state of disrepair. The better the fence looks, the more that other neighbors help to restore the yard.
Robbie tries to get a date with a classmate who does not seem to be interested. Robbie tries the approach his teacher, Mr Wiley, uses in history class to get the students interested in what he is saying.
Chip quits the baseball team after a few games where he did not play well. When his father is asked to be an umpire for the next game, Chip gets back into baseball thinking his father will call his hits favorably.
Mike plans an easy summer with a job with the forestry service. He plans on watching the trees and enjoying himself. He finds it is not an easy job when a fire starts and his boss is stranded and not able to help.