The episode begins with Nick and Ken at a garage sale. Nick's hair has grown out and it's just hanging in his face in beleaguered ringlets. Ken's hair has grown too, so they're both sporting longish versions of the "white man's 'fro." Tony Geary has much to answer for. Anyway, while picking through the items for sale, they declare them to be crap. Ken thinks he should have a sale because his crap is better crap. Nick can't understand why people have so many books as he peruses a table full of them "because it's not like you're gonna read a book twice." Then he spies a tiny set of bongo drums and decides to buy them so that they'll be able to play "Evil Ways." Ken remarks that this addition will bump the Andopolis drum kit up "to an even thirty pieces." Nick corrects him and says that it'll be thirty-one, y'know, since the set consists of two actual drums joined together.
Next, they're walking down the stairs into Nick's rec room and Nick cautions Ken that they have to be quiet because his dad is "pissed off" with him. Ken wonders it is because Mr. Andopolis has seen Nick's report card. Nick replies it's because he was playing "American Band" too loudly while his dad was watching 60 Minutes. Ken is the first to notice that all that remains of Nick's drum kit is the stool and a couple of cymbals, and he asks, "Where are your drums?" Nick just glares at the spot where his drums used to be, in front of the gigantic, surface-of-the-moon wall mural.
Cut to the kickass opening credits and I get a pang in my heart because I know that no new episodes are likely to be made. ["When they started, on this episode, I actually got a little choked up and remarked, 'It's been so long.'" -- Wing Chun]
Mr. Andopolis, formerly known as paramedic Roy DeSoto from Emergency!, is sitting in a leatherette chair, explaining to Nick that he got rid of the drums because they were making Nick "go deaf" -- otherwise Nick would have heard all the times he told him to "clean up his act." Nick protests that he was trying and his dad comments that if Nick had tried a little harder he could "end up living in a cardboard box." Nick says that he paid for the drums himself and that they were his "personal property." Mr. Andopolis says that his only personal property is his future, and then declares, "End of conversation." Nick claims that his father owes him money for the drums. His dad counters with, "How much did you spend on drums and how much did you spend on drugs?" Nick is momentarily flummoxed but then he blurts out, "Give me my money!" Mr. Andopolis rises out of his chair and charges toward Nick repeating, "End of conversation." Nick backs off and says that he's "outta there" and he hopes his father enjoys his "peace and quiet." What would nurse Dixie say about DeSoto's nasty side? Nobody was surprised when Randolph Mantooth went from being paramedic John Gage to scheming Clay Alden on Loving, but we all expected more from DeSoto.