After racking up tickets, Mom finds it more relaxing to perform community service than being at home.
On a typical day, Rita is hard at work doing her morning routine around the house, and getting her kids ready for school. Eventually, she becomes so overworked, when she drops Lincoln, Lucy, Lana, Lola and Lisa at the elementary school, she doesn't realize that she parked Vanzilla right on the bus parking zone. Soon enough, an officer named Schoffner comes by and gives Rita a ticket. Rita assures that it's not a big deal, but when she discovers the car's glove box housing numerous tickets, Schoffner tells her that she now owes $2,000 for parking tickets. However, she tells Rita that there's an alternative solution: community service.
At first glance, Rita appears to not find any enjoyment out of it, but realizes that it's rather relaxing. When the day ends, Rita, wanting to experience the relaxation once more, deliberately crashes Vanzilla into a fire hydrant, making Schoffner give her more community service. The next day, Rita reminds her kids that she's off to do community service again, much to their dismay since they need her help with some tasks. However, Rita reassures them that they're more than capable to take care of things on their own. With that settled, Rita heads off. Rita giddily spends her day picking up trash at the park, and eating ice cream with a common squirrel. After spending her whole day doing work, Rita heads back home, only to discover that the house has become a wreck because of her absence. Realizing the chaos she can't possibly contain, Rita sneakily heads off, and while driving away, she witnesses one of Lisa's experiments blowing the whole roof off, making Rita affirm that she "made the right choice".
Rita attempts to grab Schoffner's attention by parking in two parking spaces, but when a couple people begin arguing with her, Rita decides to head off to Flip's Food & Fuel, since there's a "no loitering" sign. Schoffner sees Rita loitering, and gives Rita another ticket. Before long, Rita begins doing unlawful things around town just to do more community service, like not picking up Charles' poop at the park, running over a mailbox, and destroying an old radio in public (the latter is confirmed to be an old law, as stated in a book). After many days of relaxation, Rita is finally ready to head back home. Upon arriving home, Rita sees that the house is still a wreck, but, staying true to what she stated, greets her family. Suddenly, Schoffner arrives and explains to Rita and her family that the series of small crimes she's committed over the span of one week officially qualifies as a crime spree, evidenced by the many tickets she was given. As a result, Rita is required to spend time in jail. All loud kids look at her in shocked horror, just as they realize that she was violating. When Schoffner leaves, Rita tells her family that she was so overwhelmed, that she just wanted some relaxation. The family, feeling bad for Rita, tell her that she could've just told them.
At the jail, Rita is using the visiting telephone to keep in touch with her family. Each of the family members ask Rita for help, show her something, etc., and Schoffner, realizing why Rita wanted some relaxation in the first place, decides to let her free.
The next day, Rita wakes up later than usual, and discovers a note left behind. She reads the note, and sees that Lynn Sr. and the kids have woken up earlier than usual, and took care of things on their own so they can give her some much needed relaxation time, making Rita happy.
This episode is available on the "Road Tripped" DVD.
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