I think this was a good episode to start off a new season. As you could tell the family has been struggling. Like Ariel wanting to buy makeup and asking her parents is they could give her some money, and they didn't have much. Knowing that not only Allison didn't have a job, but Joe didn't really either because he had to give it up to be with Allison.
mikeverdon pretty much covered everything there is to say. But I have to add that I thought it was a good ending when Ariel sees that Allison is eating with her right hand :)