Back home, Mike wants the kids to think about what caused their mom to flee. He also wants them to ponder what changes can be made as they all adjust to life without Frankie, who doesn't look to be heading home anytime soon. That's fine. Mike will just go up and get her while the kids stay home bickering about which one of them actually drove their mom away.
The kids ultimately decide they do need to make major changes—like cleaning up the house. But if cleaning isn't the major change their mom wanted, then they'd being doing lots of work for no reason. So it's probably best to do nothing.
A heart-to-heart chat with Pat has Frankie seeing that every mom has that moment where they just want to skip out to a Holiday Inn where they can watch all three Smokey and the Bandit flicks in one night. At least, that's what happened to Pat. She tells Frankie that she'll end up having more good moments than toenail moments.
A short time later, Mike pulls up to the house to bring Frankie home. Too bad he just honks instead of actually getting out of the car. Hey, it was a long drive! Mike tells Frankie that you power through the problems and that Pam Staggs has nothing on her. He says, "You're a thousand times prettier than she is." Just like that, Frankie is ready to come home.
When the kids find out their folks are on their way, they do a super-quick cleanup of the house. And by cleanup, we mean they toss anything and everything into the backyard. In the end, the family does manage to engage in some "minor" changes. For example, Axl no longer leaves his dirty shoes on the kitchen counter. Now he keeps them on the stove. That's progress.