Synopsis by Josh Ralske
It's time for the Peterson family reunion, and Fred (Bob Elliott) is stuck hosting the event this year. Fred and Gladys (Elinor Donahue) don't want to be there because Fred's relatives are mostly obnoxious buffoons like Uncle Sid (Bill Cort), who shows up with a bullhorn every year. Chris dreads the event even more than his parents, because he'll have to listen to all the accolades of his more successful cousin, Donald (former child star Jackie Earle Haley of The Bad News Bears and Breaking Away) who owns a thriving melon stand and a late model used car. Chris is distraught about Donald's impending arrival. He flashes back to the 1968 Peterson reunion, when Fred gave Donald a trophy and savings bond for being "the Peterson with the most wit, charisma, and intelligence." Fred also presented Chris with a stick he found lying on the ground, and said of his own son, "He'll make a great rodeo clown someday." When Donald finally arrives, he and Chris engage in some verbal sparring, before Donald silences Chris by whipping out his bankbook, showing a 900 dollar balance. Chris flies into a jealous rage and decides to vandalize Donald's car. After hiding a few tuna balls in the glove compartment, Chris has a temper tantrum, and accidentally uncovers an incriminating document that he thinks will show the Peterson clan that their "precious little Donald" is not so impressive after all.