George Apple is hired by Frank Thomas to design a gym to aid his severely injured son in his recovery. But in the course of working with the Thomas family George learns the boy is not interested in being the star athletes his father envisions.
The Apples discover a menagerie of animals in a roadside zoo kept in abysmal conditions. Cathy is particularly upset and George impulsively decides to take the wild creatures home. But the family soon learns how unworkable that is.
The Apples intend to hire a housekeeper but due to a mixup hire George's former French teacher instead. Mrs. Perry shows up expecting to teach the family a foreign language but imparts a more valuable instead.
When high school basketball team hasn't been winning as it use to, some of school board members feel that the coach who's been there for a long time is no longer up to the task. So they decide to bring in a new coach. However Apple doesn't believe it's the coach's fault and tries to back him up.
Patricia finds out her pen pal in Greece is handicapped. After sharing the details with her family her father George organizes an fundraising effort for an operation that will help the young girl recover.
Steven is excited about his 4-H project which involves taking care of a young sheep. But when it's time to sell the animal Steven is distraught and George must help him through the realities of farm life.