Vanessa sneaks into a scary movie despite her parents' forbidding it because she can't handle scary things. Cliff and Claire then have to deal with Vanessa sleeping between them in bed when she has nightmares from the movie.
Vanessa is in the school's orchestra and plays the clarinet. Unfortunately, she is not good at it. While practicing at home, the family members put up with the noise she makes. At school, during a show, she has a solo performance.
Clair is having too many mothering days with everyone wanting her attention and to do things for them. Cliff decides it is time for a mother's day off. He takes her for a romantic day and night at a hotel.
Rudy is sick and has to stay home from school. Since Clair is being considered for a partner at her law firm, she has to go to work for the interview. Cliff takes care of Rudy while keeping office hours and seeing his patients.
It's Father's Day and Cliff dreads the presents the children will give him as they are always ill-fitting or unusable. This year he asks them to think about him and get meaningful gifts; they come up with some unique thoughts and gifts.