Sick bay claims Maya and Kenneth, forcing Jimmy to take the reins of the DiMeo household as Dylan looks after JJ, who returns the favor by running interference between her and a boy she likes, but not even illness can keep the family from helping Ray with a school project.
Dylan makes a sacrifice at a track meet to butter up an insurance agent in an effort to meet JJ’s needs. Meanwhile, JJ balks at Ray’s idea to use him as an inspiration for an essay contest until another student tries to dishonestly poach the same notion.
An impromptu road trip is interrupted by an emergency involving Ray’s appendix, while Jimmy pursues his usual goal of being a thrifty vacationer, and Dylan is unnerved by a visit to a fortune teller. Back at school, Kenneth’s daily routine just isn’t the same without JJ.