Marcia wants to nominate Mike for "Father of the Year," but to keep it secret, she'll have to break family rules.
Making his other meeting attendees wait for a few minutes while he helps her with her homework is just the latest reason why Marcia believes her dad is such a special father, despite his not being her biological father. So when Marcia learns that the Daily Chronicle newspaper is holding a Father of the Year essay-writing contest, Marcia has no hesitation in preparing an entry, but she doesn't want to let anyone know, especially Mike.
Marcia writes her essay, but keeping it a secret results in several misunderstandings. Even when she is punished by him she understands, because it was her own fault. First, as she is asked to do a few extra chores for being caught in Mike's den past bedtime because that's where she is writing her essay in secret. Second, after not doing them to continue writing the secret entry, she is grounded for a week. Then when she sees the deadline for entry for the contest is the next day, she sneaks out to mail the letter. When she is caught outside well past her bedtime she is grounded from going with the family on a ski trip which was being planned. Things are resolved when Mike is presented with the "Father of the Year" plaque and informed of how he won.