Mother's Day is approaching, and as usual, Maxwell is trying to preoccupy the children so that they won't think about their mother, Sara.
Fran, on the other hand, thinks it a good idea to talk to the kids about their mother. This year just prior to Mother's Day, Maxwell and the family have joined a new country club.
Scoping out the club, Maxwell, Fran and Grace learn that the club is having Mother's Day festivities, including a mother-daughter pageant. Grace wants to enter the pageant with Fran, which Maxwell thinks not a good idea since he believes Grace will be upset by the fact that all of the other girls have mothers and she doesn't.