Grace, mortified by her family's behavior towards some negroes who've moved into the neighborhood, invites them over for dinner. Quentin uses his father to get his head shaved, though Grace has forbidden it.
Grace becomes addicted to pills for her back pain. Russell's upset when customers jump ship for a new chain pharmacy in Victory. Libby obsesses over her birthday party, while Quentin covets a drivers license.
Grace's ex-husband Jimmy returns and she gets him a job at the refinery, but he has a hard time there since Grace's friends are trying to sabotage his job. Also, Jimmy gets into trouble when he gives Quentin some dating advice.
It's Grace to the rescue when Nadine goes into labor and Wade's undercover assignment prevents him from being there, and she's given reason to remember all the ways Jimmy let her down when their kids were born.
Still in New York City, Grace wants to do more to make the trip special for Libby, but a fireman makes the trip special for her. Meanwhile, Russell babysits Grace's kids, but mistakenly assumes Quentin's the one he needs to keep an eye on.
The sale of her rented home puts Grace in the market for a new place, and her friends urge her to buy instead of rent. Libby is bit by a squirrel, and the guys hope to catch it so it can be tested for rabies.
Grace can't put her finger on what about her seemingly perfect relationship with Travis is putting her off. Vic worries about his hair loss when he finds out his wife's old boyfriend is coming to a class reunion.
A slip on the ice at Nadine and Wade's leads to a trip to a new age massage therapist where Grace vents on dealing with their issues, but her troubles brew again when Wade's home insurance is cancelled and he can't pay her bill.
Grace finally earns her degree, but runs into problems while interviewing for jobs—all the interviews offer less than what she was making before. She tries to nudge Quentin towards gearing for college.
Grace clashes with Jean over her making a traditional Kelly family favorite for Christmas. Quentin takes advantage of the privacy he's afforded in the garage apartment. Floyd irks Russell by giving away inventory as Christmas gifts to customers.
A pending bridge that will obstruct the view of the river from Emmet's burial site has Jean upset, so Jimmy and Quentin try to move the grave. Russell takes Dot to a riverboat casino, but is vexed when she won't place a bet on anything.
Quentin is suspected in a crime spree at the country club, and Wade's partner is eager to book him. With one day to go, Grace rues promising Libby she'd buy her a dog if she kept a goldfish alive for six months. Grace takes a job at a cocktail lounge.
Quentin is upset at having to leave his father and return home to Victory—so much so that Jimmy's decided to move back to town. Wade wants to become a garbage collector, while Russell yearns to join an elitist country club.
Fed up with their dull love lives, Grace and Russell have a pretend date, where she meets a nice man. The refinery pulls a shady trick to screw Grace and her co-workers out of benefits. Wade and Nadine revisit their honeymoon spot.
D.C.'s just a tad off base when he wants Grace to flirt with a hotel developer to help him win a construction job. Russell takes Dot on a second date, where he claims to agree with her that they should move slowly.
Vic comes to the construction site looking for a job, so Grace has to choose between loyalty to a friend and what she knows is best for the company. Russell informs Grace that Nadine has decided to leave Wade.
Bill's faced with a sexual discrimination charge after a second woman get employed at the refinery, and Grace tries to mediate. Nadine decides to consult with a fertility clinic. Russell feels his life isn't exciting enough.