Peggy's talent for reusing wax from old birthday candles to create new ones lures her into exploring an identity outside the home for the first time. Her newfound candle-making work takes up more time, prompting Mike to get angry that her focus is straying from the family and the domestic duties. Meanwhile, Timmy is determined to get audience tickets on his birthday for a taping of "Boxcar Billy's Hobo Jamboree" in the hopes of making it on TV.
In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys during the 1970s. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves.