Archie can only complain when the height of the 1979 energy crisis prompts Murray to take severe conservation measures. Surely, Archie would find some peace and warmth at home, right? Not with Edith minding the thermostat!
Mike and Gloria (don't forget little Joey) come back to New York to celebrate Thanksgiving with the Bunkers. But Mike's got some devastating secrets to hide: He's been fired from his professor's job in Santa Barbara for participating in a nude protest of a nuclear power plant. This has put a further strain on the Stivics' already faltering marriage.
The Stivics wonder how they will cope with Mike being jobless. Mike goes to Archie to air his grievances, and in a show of sympathy and support, he decides to loan him some money until he can find another job.
When Murray's daughter comes to town to take possession of a family inheritance, Archie gets the two to make peace after years of estrangement. Murray's daughter in this episode is played by Martin Balsam's real-life daughter, Talia.
One of Archie's lodge brothers pays a visit to the restaurant and berates Fred the waiter. Archie then tries to "convert" Fred by fixing him up with Linda from the local laundry service. His plan backfires, but they are even more shocked when Fred confesses to them exactly what the lodge brother had against him.
Stephanie needs a father for a talent show. When Archie is unwilling Murray steps in. Archie becomes jealous of Murray and Stephanie. Archie and Murray decide they will both perform with Stephanie. They louse the contest but the gang at the bar convinces the trio to give them a personal performance.
Murray's childhood friend, Vinnie Mulvaney, drops by the bar for a visit. The two share old times, but Murray is unaware that Vinnie (now a mob boss) is setting him up to initiate a gangland-style murder of a rival mobster.