When Victor needs a temp urgently to man the phone at his security firm's reception, Matt volunteers. Although not amused he must hide his identity to avoid nepotism suspicions, 'Vince' soon proves himself a model worker and popular colleague, to Victor's surprise. Matt's self-confidence is dented however by meeting the perfect man for Akex in Victor's eyes, as he can't think of any flaw himself.
The Pellet and Landis couples each book a double room in the same hotel for a trip to Dixieland. An argument over the girls being spoiled rotten gets so bad that the men end up bunking uncomfortably in one room, bickering but becoming closers, their wives in the others. Marlena refuses to have her holiday spoiled and drags Alex to a nocturnal Confederate victory reenactment participants party, enjoying Dixie flirtation and booze, until drunkenness renders her melancholic.
Matt's Jewish mother Rochelle Landis visits. As if a revolutionary tree-hugger weren't bad enough in Victor's book, the seasoned activist opposes his pet project, a faster car service chain, on environmental grounds, all the way into the municipal council. Yet when Matt bitterly turns away because she repeats a bright guy like him should do law rather then 'just' cooking, Victor pleads filial piety.