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Things get crazy for Mom around Thanksgiving time, because Mom manages a clothing store downtown. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. It's the beginning of the biggest shopping season of the year, the Christmas season.
While preparing for the holiday season, Mom sets "totally unrealistic" (28.2) sales goals for the store. Plus, she chain smokes and coffee binges.
Mom plans on cooking Thanksgiving dinner, even though Dad and Melinda try everything they can to stop her.
On Thanksgiving morning, Mom realizes she's forgotten to thaw the turkey. She tries to cut up the frozen bird with a knife. Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is very important to Mom.
After Dad buys doughnuts, Mom starts getting calls from her store (which seems to be open on Thanksgiving day).
She gives Melinda some orange juice to drink, but it burns Melinda's bitten, chapped lips.
After Melinda showers, cleans her room, and gets dressed, she finds Mom trying to thaw the turkey by boiling it.
While Melinda is reading magazines in her room, she hears her parents fighting.
Mom has to go into the store, and Dad begins chopping the frozen turkey with a knife. Dad tries to salvage the meal, to prove how much better he is at Thanksgiving than Mom. He makes some kind of gross turkey soup thing.
In the end, though, he gives Melinda some money to order pizza.
Meanwhile, he buries the turkey in their pet cemetery, next to Melinda's deceased dog, Ariel.