Microwave-Mike introduces a new microwave to the Cleary household, but Peggy rejects it as she feels like it’s intruding into her domain. Fed up with his experimenting and nudging, she secretly sabotages his happiness. Meanwhile, eager to see “everything” exposed for the first time, Joey and Timmy go to extreme lengths to see Barbara Eden’s wardrobe malfunction on a Bob Hope TV special. Elsewhere, Lawrence trie to apply lessons from a psych class at school to psychoanalyze Mike and Peggy.
Timmy’s Poem -To Peggy’s dismay, Timmy decides to enter a poetry contest to win the money he needs to repair his ventriloquist dummy. Stumped, he decides to plagiarize a poem and soon realizes he’s not the only one who passed it off as his own. Meanwhile, Mike and Lawrence continue to butt heads when Lawrence complains that there are no fresh vegetables in the family’s diet.
Set in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys, as they navigate big and small changes during one of America’s most turbulent decades. In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision. The household is turned upside down when oldest son Lawrence returns home and announces he’s quitting the seminary to go off and “save the world.” Times are changing and this family will never be the same. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves.