As we’ve come to learn, Mike Heck is brutally honest. He doesn’t sugarcoat things. Ever! So it’s usually up to Frankie to pick up the pieces whenever reality hits hard. She’s like the family cheerleader.
As Frankie sorts through the daily mail, it suddenly dawns on her that it’s 2009. It seems the Heck family purchased a wide variety of household items that didn’t require payment until 2009. And like we said, it’s 2009! Frankie is optimistic though. She feels they’ll be fine as long as the dryer holds out and she finally sells a car. Too bad the dryer dies and Frankie is currently “minus one” in the car sales department.
The family must cut corners, which means a trip to the Frugal Hoosier, Indiana’s best “expired food” store. When it comes to the meat sold at this place, everything must go—today! But the grocery shopping is cut short when Bob calls to tell Frankie she has to come into work early for an emergency meeting.
The kids have their own issues. Sue is psyched to try out for the swim team and needs someone to take her to the pool. Brick desperately wants to check out a book from the library. Unfortunately, Frankie’s library card shows a fine of $189 and, as we know, the funds are low. So Brick is bookless for now. Axl is being punished for lying to his folks. For two weeks, he must stay within five feet of a parent at all times.
At the emergency meeting, Frankie’s boss asks for ideas to help the car dealership. While shopping at the Frugal Hoosier, Frankie noticed the Ronald Reagan inaugural jellybeans were on sale. She suggests to her boss that they fill a car with jellybeans as part of a “guess how many are in there” contest. The boss likes the idea and decides not to fire Frankie until at least next week.
Mike takes all the kids to the pool. Axl is still doing the five-foot thing by sitting next to his dad and Brick doesn’t want to go in the water because “swimming’s no fun without a book.” Sue, however, is jazzed to do her laps. Too bad her sense of direction is so lousy that she keeps hitting her head on the wall.