Ben uses and hurts the vacuum cleaner Maggie's supposed to test for her column. She doesn't know what he did, so when it runs poorly, she prepares to blast the company for misleading advertising. Meanwhile, Luke lies about his life to a girl he wants to impress.
Ben wants to take a college entrance exam, and gets mad when he hears his dad make a disparaging remark about his intelligence. Carol's feelings for Dwight take a blow when she meets the young girl living at his place.
Kate wants to go skiing, and Mike doesn't have the money. He finds a bargain - if twenty rooms are booked, the twenty-first is free. He gets Ben, Carol, Dwight, and Luke to go, and the others are supposed to be Ben's chess club. But, Ben takes the school rowdies instead.
Ben has his eye on a girl who is constantly rebuffing. He's planning to ask her out. At the same time, he treats a girl who worships him like dirt. Luke makes a connection with her. He's hesitant to make a move because of Ben but Mike convinces to. When the girl Ben was planning to ask out shoots him down, he decides to ask out the one who follows him, but she's already with Luke and Ben doesn't take it well.
Leonardo DiCaprio was excused from the last three episodes of Growing Pains to star in the movie This Boy's Life. He would appear briefly in the next episode Maggie's Brilliant Career one last time in the series.
Mike proposes to Kate, realizing he wants someone to cook and clean when his mom moves, but she furiously turns him down. Maggie wants to refuse the job since Ben is against moving, but Mike talks to his little brother and they strike a deal.