Brick needs $34.95 to buy a pair of night vision goggles. Frankie encourages her boy to earn the money himself, so Brick picks up a paper route. He vows to approach this job with the same sense of responsibility that he always does. That's what's making Frankie so nervous. Mike, however, thinks this new gig may be good for their son. Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Brick is Orson's newest paperboy!
Dispensing the daily news proves to be a time-consuming task. Brick skips school in order to fulfill his delivery duties. Mike offers to help him shave a little time off his route. Eventually, life on the newsbeat speeds up. That's because Frankie and Mike end up delivering all the papers once Brick gets sick. Hey, it's better than cleaning up his barf.
While driving around on the route, Frankie learns that Mike has been hoarding batteries. They are part of his private stash. He's been keeping a secret battery supply for a decade. Frankie is upset that her hubby won't share, but Mike brings up the fact that his wife has her own hidden supply of frosting in the garage. She keeps it tucked away behind the paint brushes.
Frankie and Mike eventually realize it's time for Brick to ditch this particular job. Their attempt to quit is met with scorn from the newspaper's head honcho (guest star Ed Asner). The guy forces Frankie and Mike to reconsider their resignation. On the bright side, Brick gets those night vision goggles. On the dark side, they don't work without power. So, Frankie heads out to buy a bunch of batteries. She hides the extras in the garage next to her frosting.