Feeling unloved by her family, especially Homer, Marge phones a radio shrink, who tells her to leave Homer. At work, Homer hears this, and so buys her flowers and chocolates and books himself and Marge into the Offramp Inn hotel.
They eventually manage to get a babysitter, called Ms. Botz, and Homer and Marge leave. When the babysitter is out of the room, Bart and Lisa tune in to America's Most Armed and Dangerous, where they see the Babysitter Bandit - Ms. Botzucowski. Realizing that it is their babysitter, the kids run, but are caught and tied up. While the bandit rummages through the Simpsons' possesions, Maggie escapes from her crib and unties the kids.
They knock out and tie up Ms. Botzucowski, and run to the nearest phone booth. Meanwhile, Homer and Marge return. Homer thinks the kids have played a prank on the babysitter and he frees her. Just then, the police and several TV crews turn up, and Homer realizes that he has made a stupid mistake.