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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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