The Bradfords are surprised when the Vice-President accepts Nicholas' invitation to Thanksgiving dinner with the Bradfords. Apparently, the VP has picked the Bradfords as a typical American family. To make matters more interesting, Abby's parents arrive from Pasadena to join in the holiday with the family.
Both Elizabeth and Tommy learn that there is no easy way to success. Elizabeth wants to go to an expensive college in Vermont with a good dance program but Tom can't afford the tuition. Nancy takes a correspondence course in hair styling. Abby discovers a dance scholarship. Elizabeth can compete for Elizabeth starts studying dance with a professional dance company. Tommy tries to earn some extra money.
Tired of Tom's strict rules, Nancy, Susan, and Joannie look for an apartment of their own because Tom has trouble accepting that his daughters are growing up. David buys a new truck and agrees to sell Tommy his van. Tom is upset when Abby loans the girls the money to get their own apartment.