Richard decides to get a 'day job' and Sharon is thrilled to hear of this, as it means no more traveling all the time for her father! But when he starts to date Lauren, a TV3 executive, Sharon feels threatened anew. Except Lauren is terrific and Sharon can't find a reason not to like her…until she finds out about Lauren's pet parrot Thorndike. The problem is that Sharon feels strongly about people taking exotic animals from their natural habitat and keeping them caged as pets. Therefore, should she keep quiet? She doesn't want to endanger her relationship with her dad and, as an added pressure, Maria is trying to get her to use Lauren's connections to help with Mangled Metal's career. But Sharon feels strongly about people taking exotic animals from their natural habitat and keeping them caged as pets. So in the end Sharon must settle for an imperfect solution and live with her conflicted feelings about a potential new stepmother.
Adam (handing large bucket of popcorn to Sharon): Don't eat it all.
Sharon (eating popcorn): I promise nothing.
Maria: Okay, try this
Maria does pirouette, Alden and Brock try to copy it and fall over
Alden: I don't see how twirling's gonna help when we're playing.
Maria: It won't, I just wanted to see you do it.