David’s TV dad Bernie visits, but the reunion sours when he runs off and leaves his new baby. David must convince Bernie that being a real dad will be his best role. Parenting a fake baby for class is more than Emily can handle.
David decides to take the family on an impromptu trip, but with Amy meeting them at the airport, he’s got six hours to pack the bags and get the kids there without incident. What could possibly go wrong?
When a girl gives Emily a hard time about not having a date to the school dance, David sends her flowers but the note gets lost and she thinks she has a secret admirer forcing David to come up with a plan.
David hopes to get the kids in the Halloween spirit, so he takes them with him to exorcise the Ghost of Stage 19. The kids aren't impressed until crazy things start happening at home, and the whole family is freaked out.
David picks Janie up from dance and sees that she's awful but enthusiastic! So he does what any dad would: tells her how to make it to the top - nearly causing a classmate injury. Amy's job is a bad influence on Emily's friends.