Clark begins to wonder why his boss Frank Shirley has not given him his yearly bonus, which he desperately needs to replace an advance payment he has made to install a swimming pool for the coming summer. After a disastrous Christmas Eve dinner, along with Bethany’s cat getting electrocuted and Uncle Lewis accidentally burning down the Christmas tree, he finally received an envelope from a company messenger, who had failed to deliver it the day before. Instead of the presumed bonus, the envelope contains a free year’s membership for the “Jelly of the Month Club”. This prompts Clark to snap and go into a tirade about Frank, and out of anger, requests that he be delivered to the house, wrapped in a bow, so Clark can insult him to his face.
Eddie takes the request literally, drives to Frank’s mansion, and kidnaps him. Frank admits to have cancelled the Christmas bonuses, and Clark chastises him for it. Frank’s wife, Helen WLife, calls the police, and a SWAT team storms the Griswold house and holds everyone at gunpoint. Frank decides not to press charges and explains the situation to his wife and the SWAT leader, who scold him for his decision to scrap the bonuses, and he decides to reinstate them (with Clark getting a bonus equal to last year’s amount, plus 20% as compensation).