The girls are doing their community service at Golden Gates Convalescent Home for stealing the sign at the bank. Ginger brings Carl along who develops a friendship with Maude, a mischievous prankster who lives there. Hoodsey is jealous of Maude and Carl's relationship. Courtney invites herself over to Ginger's house for dinner and Ginger accepts. She is nervous and everything has to be perfect...it could but Carl has also invited Maude over for dinner.
The Annual Lucky Junior High Ski Trip is coming up and Ginger is avoiding getting her mother's permission to attend. Pressured by Dodie, Ginger agrees to go...despite the fact that she can't ski. Soon she has something else to be nervous about because Courtney and Miranda have a bet going that Ginger and the exchange student Jean Pierre will get to first base on the chair lift. Carl and Hoodsey want to set a world record by being stranded on the chair lift for over sixteen hours.
Miranda tries to convince Ginger that she and Darren should be more than just friends, thus clearing her way to Ian. Carl and Hoodsey strive to become world famous and need to borrow Blake's new telescope while he is recuperating in the hospital after a tonsillectomy.
When Ginger receives a belated graduation card from her father, she calls his answering machine and invites him to hear her poem. She hopes for a family reunion and writes a touching poem about her father being a stranger to her.