Seth Gold is sick of being ordered around by his sister, his mother, and his father. His hobby is channel-surfing, so he orders a remote from a company in a magazine. One day as Seth is riding home from school, he checks the mail and the remote came and is inside. Running inside the house to open it, Seth notices it can also be used to change the radio station. He then decides to watch TV, when his sister Jamie comes in to practice her tap-dancing. As a joke, Seth presses the Pause button while aiming the remote at his sister. His sister actually pauses! Seth now realizes this new remote can control more than just the TV.