After a failed Black Friday shopping spree, Marge is determined to fix Christmas; Homer and the kids surprise Marge with a vacation to a Florida resort.
This episode contains examples of:
- All for Nothing: Marge gives up the TV to Gil out of sympathy, only for him to sell it moments later.
- Retail Riot: As soon as the doors open, everyone rushes in and goes berserk.
- Right on Queue: Marge stays overnight at the line to the store to be first in line when it opens on Black Friday. Homer was supposed to join her later, but the car was snowed in, and poor Marge was left to deal with the mayhem alone.
- Sanity Ball: Homer is more competent than usual here, actually preparing to take an early shift at the line and organizing a vacation for Marge. Both fail due to external circumstances, not his typical carelessness or self-centeredness.
- Shout-Out: The horse head on the bed scene from The Godfather is spoofed, with Bart leaving the animatronic heads from the Hall of Vice-Presidents in the manager's bed.
- Slipping a Mickey: Homer and the kids get Marge to go along with their vacation by slipping sleeping pills into her tea.