When Frank starts showing a keen interest in Ray’s work, walking around in a jovial mood and not being his usual cheap self, everyone questions the radical change in behavior. Debra suggests that it may be because he’s getting older, and Marie is convinced he has a “chippy” on the side -- that is, until Ray uncovers the real reason behind Frank’s transformation.
Ray and Debra are discouraged when they realize that their sex life isn’t what it used to be. Ray and Debra shrug it off by assuring each other that it’s not an unusual occurrence for older couples to experience since the kids are always underfoot, they’re sleep deprived, etc. Trying to make themselves feel better, they approach Frank and Marie about what constitutes a “normal” sex life for an older couple, but are left feeling more inadequate when they discover the bedroom secrets of the elder Barones.
Debra is upset when her hippie, free spirit sister decides to become...a sister. It’s a good indication that something is up when Debra’s sister, Jennifer, shows up for a visit with rosary beads and prayer cards as gifts for the kids. Unable to share the real reason why she is so upset with Jennifer’s decision to become a nun, Debra reacts by accusing her sister of going through yet another phase and not being truly worthy of the calling to the religious life.
Ray is bewildered, but not altogether displeased when Debra starts initiating sex on a more than regular basis. He can’t believe his luck -- and good fortune when as a result of Debra’s new behavior it’s as if he and she were newlyweds again. Ray is even willing to give up his golf game to satiate Debra’s desires. But, never able to leave well enough alone, Ray looks for a reason behind her sudden burst of energy and gets a crushing blow to his ego.
While discussing the possibility of having to hold Michael back for another year of pre- school, Ray is shocked to discover that he too was left back when he was that age. Once Ray learns of his scholastic past, he is convinced that of all the traits a parent could pass on to a child, his legacy is to pass his stupidity on to Michael. Meanwhile, Frank heads over to the school to sweet talk the kindergarten teacher into letting Michael advance with the other kids.