Jack, Janet and Chrissy plot to escape a boring Christmas party alone with the Ropers because the three roommates are invited to big bash the same night.
- The trio decides to celebrate Christmas at home because they haven't been invited to any parties, even their neighbors' the Stevens. The Ropers invite them downstairs for a party, and they accept, but moments afterwards the Stevens call to reconfirm their invitation to the party, which must have gotten lost in the mail. Jack and Janet want to go, but Chrissy makes them go to the Ropers. The evening is spent listening to Roper sing silly songs, till finally the kids are able to excuse themselves. They go off to the Stevens' where they run into the Ropers, who also found out too late that they had been invited. Roper had spent the evening trying to bore them into leaving so he and Helen could go to the party.