Peggy forces Al to sacrifice a basketball game and spend a torturous evening in conversation with new neighbors, idealistic newlyweds Steve and Marcy Rhoades.
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At the suggestion of her next door neighbour Marcy, Peggy goes on a "thinergy" diet in hopes of rekindling the flame in Al.
Unbeknownst to Al, Peggy runs his credit card up to the limit and Al is forced to show up for his sixteenth wedding anniversary empty-handed.
Like any red-blooded American, when Al hears a strange sound in the night, he springs to the defense of his home and family and accidentally shoots the neighbor's dog.
After Al and Steve restore a '65 Mustang to its former glory, Marcy and Steve can't resist giving it a test run - from the back seat.
When Steve and Marcy decide to add on to their house, Al and Peggy have them squabbling over an exercise salon for the girls or a poolroom for the guys.
When Peggy insists that Al attend her cousin's wedding, he protests and spends the evening in the bachelor pad of his swinging single co-worker, Luke Ventura.
When Al refuses to buy Peggy a VCR, Marcy convinces her to get a job and buy one for herself.
When Al and Peggy go away for a romantic weekend, Marcy and Steve volunteer to baby-sit for Kelly and Bud and discover that the Bundy children are unlike anything in the childrearing manuals.
Against his better judgement, Steve sits in on a Friday night poker game with Al and ends up losing his entire paycheck.
When Gary, the jetset owner of the shoe store where Al works is in a near-fatal plane crash, Al decides that it's time to get some recognition from his boss or quit his job.
Marcy turns into a nervous wreck when an extremely seductive Al keeps popping up in her dreams.
Al has to make the difficult choice between honoring his commitments to his children or doing what he really wants to do - namely, attending the final bash at his favorite hamburger joint.