Later, Greg and Rowley have a sleepover together, and watch a horror movie obtained from Greg's older brother, Rodrick. After the movie,Greg and Rowley become scared of a muddy hand that might strangle them, which was in the movie. Unfortunately for Greg, his mother finds out about the movie after Greg's father toldher when he found them sleeping in the bathroom, and starts a reading club in which he is the only participant after two days. The reading program, however, is put to a stop when Mr.Jefferson arrives with a huge $83 bill that Greg and Rowley spent on fruit smoothies at the country club, and he forces the boys to pay it off.
Greg and Rowley decide to do a lawn careservice to pay the debt, but Mr. Jefferson only makes them one flyer for their business, after he tells them they can't use his computer. Their first customer is Mrs. Canfield, wholives on Greg's grandmother's street. Unfortunately, the job does not go well, as the boys never used a lawn mower before, all the gas leaks out of the mower, and the instructions are inSpanish. When Greg tells Rowley he needs to do all the work while Greg counts the money, that made Rowley angry enough to quit. Greg mows Mrs. Canfield's lawn by himself, but sherefuses to pay him because he didn't mow all of her lawn because of the dog poop on there.
Greg’s birthday soon arrives, but the gifts he receives are all gifts he hates, including a useless