When the O'Neils' guard dog lands with the gay couple, Simon finds the beast just doesn't respond to his friendly efforts. The dog just barks meanly at him, while Philip, who even faked an allergy to avoid getting pet hairs all over his precious design-home, is mysteriously showered with its undesired affection. When Bobby agrees with Mace that dogs need discipline and boundaries, like kids, Liz and her dads disagree. This starts a discussion on educational doctrine. The O'Neil men favor an old-fashioned firm hand, which brave boy Bobby 'took like a man' including spankings, for which he obediently fetched Mace's paddle without questions, while the liberal gay family advocates loving understanding. Audrey takes a middle road, and Bobby discovers his parents also lied to him shamelessly to scare the kid into blind obedience.