A talking manatee makes Gene's pants tight.
It's Linda's birthday and Bob needs more time to plan her birthday surprise. But when he sends her out of the house as a distraction, she goes missing! Mayhem ensues as the Belchers must work together to find Linda.
In true Belcher fashion, the family gets stuck in a terrible storm while taking care of a beach house in Craggy Neck. The storm is the least of their worries, however, when they are forced to take shelter with the mysterious owner of the home.
Bob worries he's depriving his children of their summer vacation by making them work at the restaurant, so he fires them. However, the kids become so bored with their newfound freedom that they secretly get hired by a pair of married hippie farmers, who hire the Belcher kids as "weed pickers." Meanwhile, Bob hires Mickey the bank robber to help out at the restaurant, but soon regrets his decision.
When Bob is invited to be a private chef on a docked cruise ship, he brings the family along to witness his skills outside of the restaurant. However, Bob's big day goes awry when the ship departs with the Belchers on board, and there is no one tending to the restaurant.
Bob's favorite holiday of all time, and this year he is determined to make it the most memorable Thanksgiving ever. However, the plans change when Mr. Fischoeder needs to hire Bob as his chef, and Linda and the kids as his family to stage the perfect Thanksgiving dinner and make a former flame jealous.
In an homage to Jaws, Bob's landlord and pier proprietor Mr. Fischoeder buys a mechanical shark as a pier attraction, but when it turns wild and starts terrorizing the town, it's up to Bob and the family to stop it.
After Tina accidentally wrecks the car, and gets the whole family involved with a slimy insurance agent, she worries that she's a "jinx."
After Gene gets suckered into dating Courtney, his first girlfriend ever, the entire family wants him to break up with her when they decide she's totally annoying. But when Gene finally musters up the courage to end things, he falters after discovering that Courtney's father writes jingles and could possibly launch his music career.
Bob inherits a storage unit, and the whole family imagines it's filled with treasures. Instead, they find a man named Chet living inside. Linda, feeling the holiday spirit, persuades Bob to invite Chet to stay at the restaurant. It's discovered that this stranger, who claims he was once a mannequin, has a gift for intricate and living window displays. With the restaurant decked out in holiday cheer, the Christmas spirit is in the air.
Linda frets that Louise doesn't like her and, to Louise's chagrin, forces her to attend a Mother-Daughter seminar to beef up their relationship. Meanwhile, with Linda gone, Tina asks Bob to indulge in his feminine side and teach her to shave her legs.
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