Season 1 | Episode 109 | Aired 12/01/2009
Frankie wants the family to eat dinner together. But wait, there’s more! She wants the family to eat dinner together...at the table. But wait, there’s more! She wants them to eat dinner together...at the table...without watching TV! It’s been awhile since they did that, as evidenced by the fact that Brick doesn’t have a chair.
Frankie’s attempt to engage everyone in some pleasant dinner conversation tanks big time. Utterly defeated, she tells her kids to throw out their plates and go watch TV. Frankie feels that maybe her kids aren’t close because they slacked off on a lot of the family stuff. Mike’s solution to the problem can be summed up in one word: Sports!
]Mike drags the family outside for a game of touch football. Things get off to a slow start but turn around once teams are chosen. It’s Kids vs. Adults! Axl, Sue and Brick totally gel as a team. Soon they’re doing trick plays and touchdown dances. Then they head inside to have dessert together...at the table...with the TV off!
[breakAunt Edie comes down to the quarry to help Mike close out the books for the year. When she accidentally doles out huge bonus checks to all the workers, Mike realizes that he has to fire her. So, he does. But it doesn’t take. See, Edie is losing it a little and she doesn’t quite understand the concept of mandatory retirement.
How do you fire someone who won’t stop working? Well, you don’t. You simply give them a new assignment. Mike takes the ledger away from Edie and replaces it with a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle. That should keep her busy for awhile. Then again, Aunt Edie does find a corner piece right off the bat. She’s very good at her job.