Rob and Laura learn from their accountant that they'll have to cut some corners and penny-pinch for the next little while until their financial situation improves. Despite Rob making a half-decent living, he is dismayed, feeling he should be able to provide a more comfortable standard of living for Laura and Ritchie. Rob's dismay changes to paranoia, persecution, insecurity, fear and envy when he runs into Jim Darling, the show's new wealthy and good-looking sponsor, who also happens to be Laura's old beau. Rob fears that if Laura sees Jim again she may decide she made the wrong choice in who she married; so, Rob does whatever he can to hide the fact of Jim reentering his life, especially when Jim wants to host a cocktail party for the show's staff and their spouses while he's in town and especially wants to see Laura. Laura eventually finds out but may regret the party after seeing Rob and Jim together.
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Feeling very inferior to Jim Darling, Rob tells his guests that he's going to take Laura on a long trip beginning in White Plains, New York and ending at Grossinger's. Rob is probably referring to Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel in Liberty, NY. The resort founded by Asher Selig Grossinger at the turn of the last century and was still going strong in 1961; the year of this episode. Grossinger made worldwide history for being the first resort to use artificial snow for his ski slopes back in 1952. By 1986 descendant's of Grossinger sold off everything but the golf course which is still in active use at the time of this 2018 writing. See more
Well, Jim, the first leg of the trip I'm gonna take her to White Plains, and Mt. Kisco, Peekskill, Wurtsboro, and that will get us to Grossinger's in time for Hanukkah.