Homer tries to get football tickets to the big game between Springfield and Shelbyville in a radio contest, but Ned gets them instead. Ned invites Homer, and eventually Homer accepts. After the game, Ned gets the winning game ball, and gives it to Homer. Overwhelmed by his generosity, Homer and Ned become friends.
Homer invites the two families on a trip together to the lake, but they do not get on, and Ned starts to find Homer annoying. While trying to escape Homer in the car, he is arrested for speeding, just as a bus full of townspeople passes by.
In church, he shouts at Homer for breathing loudly, and the townspeople advance on him. Homer sticks up for Ned, pointing out that he is a better man than himself. The townspeople apologize, and Homer and Ned are good friends again... for a few days at least.