Peggy’s talent for reusing wax from old birthday candles to create new ones leads her to pursue candle-making work; Timmy is determined to get audience tickets for a taping of “Boxcar Billy’s Hobo Jamboree.”
Mike and Peggy are stunned when they learn that Father Dunne has a girlfriend; Frank loses the church keys entrusted to him and must find them before anyone else does.
Peggy tries to trick Timmy into taking better care of his personal hygiene; Mike fears that Peggy’s meddling is causing Timmy to develop insecurities; Timmy receives a Valentine’s Day card from a secret admirer and becomes unnerved.
The Clearys are conflicted when Lawrence and Eddie are drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. Although Eddie and Lawrence try to avoid going, they come to terms with their fate. Though they are both proud, Mike and Peggy take matters into their own hands and try to derail Lawrence and Eddie’s decision to serve their country.
Against Peggy's wishes, Frank secretly helps design a set for a musical in which Timmy is performing. Feeling jealous of all the positive attention Frank is getting for his work, Timmy devises a plan which forces Frank to admit his involvement on set, but Timmy's scheming backfires. Meanwhile, Mike grows increasingly concerned that Joey is heading down a shady moral path with all his wheeling and dealing, and decides to teach him a lesson.
The Cleary boys beg Peggy to tell them she loves them, so Peggy posts a ranked list of their names on the fridge in the hopes that someone will divulge who broke the dining room light fixture. Timmy incriminates his brother but feels so guilty that he gets a horrible stomachache and heads to the hospital. Back at home, Mike invites Grover, a co-worker, disguised as an amateur detective to their home to help compel a confession out of the guilty Cleary child.
Mike and Peggy think they might be expecting again, but later Peggy is diagnosed with having a cyst instead. Meanwhile, the kids spy on Mike and Peggy to try to figure out what their unusual behavior is about. When Pat overhears that they are going to have a little sister, the Cleary kids decide to dig deeper.
To hide a mess Eddie made, his girlfriend, Wendi, tries to distract Peggy by insisting she take a day off with a fun day out while they take care of the housework. To everyone's surprise, Peggy accepts the offer and requests Wendi tag along, with the ulterior motive of teaching her a lesson. Meanwhile, Eddie enlists the help of his brothers to clean up and keep Mike out of the house while Wendi and Peggy are out.