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Dick reluctantly agrees to host the town's Halloween costume party, but what he doesn't know is that Michael is hoping to create an Orson Welles-style panic by scheduling The War of the Worlds on WPIV that evening.
Michael becomes enamored with a temporary assistant while producing a clip show to celebrate the station's anniversary; Larry and the Darryl's feel their "Anything for a Buck" business is threatened both by inflation and George's generosity.
Dick regrets using characters closely resembling everyone he knows in his first murder-mystery novel when officer Shifflett accuses him of murdering Joanna just after she leaves town on a stormy night.
Stephanie decides she must change her ways to win back Michael's heart; Dick is outraged that the only mention of "Vermont Today" in the station's three-hour anniversary special is a short blooper clip.
Wealthy socialite Scooter Drake drops by Vermont hoping purchase a quaint inn to fill a hole in his heart left after a bad breakup, and shocks everyone by making a $1.5 million offer for the Stratford; Michael decides to become the town's first street mime.
Unable to find desirable mates for themselves, Michael and Stephanie try to find the perfect date for each other by conducting personal interviews at the mall; Dick has a hard time believing Larry's claim that Johnny Carson pays his gas bill.
George, Jim, and Chester resurrect their buffoonish gang, "The Vermont Hooligans," after a 40-year hiatus and draft Dick to be their reluctant leader. "Brains" Louden leads them into a rumble against their longtime rivals, "The Ruffians".
Dick is conscripted by the station owner to be the permanent stooge for an abrasive comic host of the new late-night talk show, Vermont Tonight; Michael takes a series of humiliating temp jobs.
Dick's plans for the perfect Thanksgiving are thwarted first by the Inn's faulty electrical wiring, then by Stephanie's discovery that her favorite childhood toy has been discarded.
Everyone in town anticipates a new era of prosperity when George announces he has sighted the legendary Great White Buck... until Dick runs it over with his car; A guest asks Stephanie on a date and won't take 'no' for an answer.
Joanna throws Dick out of the bedroom following an argument on a night that the inn is booked full. After exhausting all other possibilities, he resorts to spending the night with Larry and the Darryls.
Joanna accuses Dick of never being spontaneous, but soon realizes that might not be such a bad thing when they become stranded at a flea bag motel in New Hampshire; Michael suffers emotional trauma when he crashes his beloved car into a mailbox.
"Richard" accompanies Stephanie to a high society charity ball, and steals her spotlight after Stephanie introduces him as a hotel tycoon; Joanna and George try to identify a mysterious guest who never crosses paths with them.
Dick reluctantly agrees to represent Larry, Darryl & Darryl at trial following Officer Shifflett's discovery of their neighbor's missing cow in the basement of their cafe; Michael and Stephanie are devastated to find out a couple more adorable than them has moved into town.
In the midst of a midlife crisis, Dick decides to move to Oklahoma after reading a book about how to be a cowboy; Stephanie secretly hires Larry and the Darryls to do her chores.
Everyone in town but Dick believes Joanna is having an affair with a classmate in her wine tasting class; Stephanie's life is upended because her hairdresser has moved away.
Dick's patience is tested as jury foreman for an open-and-shut case when a single juror holds out for inane reasons; Larry and the Darryls become dangerously obsessed with answering an age-old philosophical question; Michael and Stephanie volunteer as fashion police at the mall.
After learning a friend's marriage just ended because of "stagnation", Joanna fears that she and Dick are about to suffer the same fate; Stephanie has second thoughts about her relationship with Michael when she finds out he had large ears as a child.
The town makes the mistake of asking Michael to modernize a traditional apple festival that was founded by George's grandfather; Dick quickly regrets pledging a dollar a mile to Larry and the Darryl's walk-a-thon to save a local swamp from being developed.
Michael feels abandoned when Stephanie leaves for the weekend to host a baby shower at the Vanderkellen mansion, and he attends a Beaver Lodge dinner with George out of desperation; Dick and Joanna's traditional anniversary picnic is threatened when they are unable to find authentic blue cheese.
Michael unexpectedly grows into a well-rounded individual when he takes over production of WPIV's newscasts, but finds a downside to giving up of his life of ignorant bliss; George declares he is no longer a Red Sox fan a week before the start of spring training.
Joanna becomes the host of a new real estate showcase program, which quickly develops into a great lead-in for a floundering Vermont Today due to the sexual tension fostered by her amorous male co-host; One of the Darryls receives a British manservant as a birthday present from his aunt.
Dick's pity for an overbearing guest's misfortune is mistaken as a sign of friendship, causing the lonely man to buy the house next door and making the townsfolk think they've all lost Dick as their best friend; Stephanie returns from her six-week maternity leave even lazier than before.
After interviewing for a coveted network job, Michael comes to the realization that the only way he can advance his career is to do something he has never tried to do before: produce quality programming; George becomes obsessed with naming a large rock that he, but no one else, thinks looks like a duck.moreless
George tells Stephanie they are no longer friends after she goes shopping instead of fulfilling a promise to help him pick out clothes for a dance. Joanna reveals she has an intense fear of eye doctors.
Dick is besieged by the sadistic but emotionally fragile television critic of the town's new newspaper, who has made it his life's mission to take Vermont Today off the air. Larry and the Darryls become cult figures after making a pancake with Paul Anka's face on it.
Stephanie is rushed to the hospital after experiencing her first contractions, but forbids Michael to witness to the birth of their child when he shows up with a 15-member production crew to tape the event.
Following his idol Edwin Newman's last minute "Vermont Today" cancellation, Dick takes out his frustrations on an inept guest, which in turn gives Michael a new, confrontational vision for the show; Stephanie goes to great lengths to get the word "cupcake" for her personalized license plates.
George takes matters into his own hands when the town board rejects his bid to repair a storm-damaged bell tower constructed by his grandfather; Michael rents The Wizard of Oz to overcome his fear of wind.
Facing a deadline to create a quality new show, Michael inadvertently steals an idea from a student in the television production class he is teaching; George regrets telling a potential guest months in advance that he could guarantee when the fall colors would occur.
Stephanie is plunged into a deep depression on her birthday when she realizes she has reached the peak of her beauty and Michael runs out on her; George finds his life becoming too complicated after buying his very first pair of regular blue jeans.
The Stratford becomes a ghost town when a Victorian house down the street is converted into an upscale inn and becomes an overnight sensation. Larry and the Darryl's consider reselling customer discards at a discount as a way to promote their cafe.
Dick, the former advertising executive, finds it a hard pill to swallow when his idea for a library fundraiser is rejected and Joanna's is unanimously applauded; A guest claims to have stayed in the inn many times since 1775 as various reincarnated lifeforms.
Michael suddenly finds himself unemployed after badmouthing his new boss's daughter, and discovers the only job in town he's qualified for is as an apprentice stock-boy at the discount shoe store; George regrets donating his favorite hammer to Larry's time capsule.
Joanna sets George up on a blind date with an antique dealer from a nearby town, not knowing she's being hounded a violently jealous ex; The Inn is graced by an overly generous guest with a fistful of cash.
Dick and Michael attend a conference in New Orleans with hopes of getting Vermont Today nationally syndicated, but Michael faces an unexpected moral dilemma when he's offered a lucrative deal by an attractive television executive; Larry and the Darryls move their business to the Inn after a grease fire destroys the kitchen of the cafe.moreless
Stephanie is horrified to discover that a blood transfusion following an emergency appendectomy came from Darryl; George finds out he has high cholesterol.
Stephanie becomes a menace to everyone she crosses paths with due to her raging prenatal hormones, and winds up in jail after slapping a mall security guard for being refused her demand to try on a much-too-small dress.
Dick considers dropping out of a typing class being taught by his tyrannical sixth-grade teacher when the man refuses to acknowledge Dick is no longer an unruly eleven-year-old without a future; Michael develops an even more cocky persona after attending a Tom Cruise film festival.
After finding her lost wallet, George meets the girl who is perfect for him in every way, except for her exceptionally large rear end; Michael and Stephanie consult with a baby naming guru.
Dick is chosen to judge the annual Poetry and Pastry contest, but controversy erupts when Miss Goddard uses her feminine wiles to try to influence the judging, and the townspeople question the authorship of Joanna's entry; Dick and Joanna agree to host an all-male baby shower for Michael.
Larry is devastated when his brothers begin spending all their time with a new friend they met at a hollering contest; Tired of all the bad parties in town, Michael and Stephanie plan to host their own.
Dick is roped into co-hosting a low-budget home shopping show with Stephanie, but becomes jealous when her performance turns her into a local celebrity; Joanna tries to recreate the recipe for George's favorite childhood pudding.
Stephanie's devastated when she's stood up by her new-found friend, Dick's air-headed former co-host Buffy Denver. Larry and the Darryls try to learn dangerous magic tricks to entertain their customers.
Larry must deal with being a subordinate brother after he finds documents showing he is not the oldest of the three; George becomes a nuisance after he buys a portable sing-a-long machine.
George becomes a nonstop pest at the Stratford after convincing himself a recurring nightmare will kill him if he ever sleeps again; Michael and Stephanie purchase 'wombphones' to teach their unborn child to become a business tycoon.
Larry and the Darryls make an impassioned plea to adopt a child from a local agency, and their wishes are fulfilled when they are blessed with a child who is three weeks away from his 18th birthday. George takes offense to Michael placing misleading news teasers during the airing of his favorite show, Barnaby Jones.moreless
Feeling guilty because the town just approved spending money on a new stoplight he requested, Dick urges Officer Shifflet to escalate his demands for a raise to the point he goes on strike. Stephanie and Michael are inspired by Dick to impose their vision of urbanization on the town.
The townsfolk organize a book burning after a homicidal maniac proclaims he's a big fan of Dick's and admits he used one of Dick's how-to manuals to break out of prison.
Dick's old college sweetheart Diane visits the inn for a weekend of skiing, and causes sparks to fly when she reveals Dick had proposed to her; George fears he has made himself obsolete when he runs out of things to do.
Stephanie finds herself lusting for the crude yet virile young stonemason working at the Inn; Joanna sets out to redesign the Inn's promotional brochure, much to Dick's chagrin.
Michael and Stephanie decide the only way to save their relationship is to get married at the Vanderkellen mansion, but Dick and Joanna are troubled that the young couple refuses to consider the realities of married life beyond the actual ceremony.
In an effort to get Larry to leave her alone, Stephanie orders Michael to help Larry introduce himself to a young woman who works at the bakery; Dick finds himself having to apologize for actions he took in Joanna's dreams.
Michael and a pregnant Stephanie return from a six-month honeymoon cruise totally unprepared for parenthood; Larry and the Darryls claim to have created cold fusion in a ketchup bottle.
Everyone tells Joanna that her beauty is overshadowing her real estate TV show, and she gets proof when she visits a hard-to-please client's house; Michael and Stephanie invite everyone in town to the Stratford for the official viewing of their baby.
Joanna's dumbfounded and jealous when she's turned down for a spot on the town's glee club, but Dick is accepted even though his audition ended in disaster; Michael and Stephanie argue about what should be in their dream house.
Stephanie's refusal to change her extravagant lifestyle leaves Michael in desperate financial straits and puts their relationship in jeopardy; Dick is blamed when an incident at a poker game causes a rift between Chester and Jim.
Michael develops a cult following of townsfolk, inspiring them to abandon their responsibilities and life ambitions, when he appears as a last minute guest on Vermont Today to talk about his experience in the sanitarium and new perspective on life.
Michael talks Dick into hosting a 48-hour long telethon as a last ditch effort to save WPIV, and his delirium allows him to soldier on alone when the unpaid staff walks out half way through. Larry and the Darryls invent a new spoon they call "Doctor Dribble".
A special episode of Vermont Today focusing on "Hidden Shame" turns George into the town pariah after he admits to accidentally driving a car into Johnnycake Swamp during a teenage gang initiation prank.
A family friend whom George called Aunt Bess visits for the first time in 45 years, shattering his fond childhood memories when she admits to being his father's mistress; Darryl employs an unusual strategy against Dick in a game of chess; Michael becomes a bag-boy at the grocery store.
While visiting Michael, Ridge Valley Sanitarium's newest resident, Dick runs into illustrator Corinne Denby and invites her to collaborate with him again on his next book. Unfortunately, it takes a visit from Officer Shifflet to make Dick realize he's made a big mistake.
George invents a mindless board game based on his handyman duties, and, with the help of Michael, gets the entire town hooked on it.
Dick reluctantly allows George to accompany him to a high-class literary party in New York, and is stunned and jealous when George becomes the life of the party; Joanna stays home to host is visit from a friend who never shows up.
Unable to pay his $800 bill, a visiting British dignitary instead makes Dick the Lord of Stumpworth on Thames. The title makes Dick the most popular guy in town, but leaves Mayor Chester feeling in the dumps when Dick's selected to preside over a ribbon cutting at the new bait store.moreless
Joanna's foray into real estate gets off to a rough start when she lets a young hillbilly couple stay at the Inn until she finds them a new home; Stephanie takes issue with Dick and Joanna's decision to bequeath the Inn to George.
Dick blames Joanna's delivery when she bombs giving a tour group the humorous historical presentation he prepared. George babysits the Darryls while Larry goes on a miniature golf vacation.
After changing his 10,000th light bulb, George reflects on his life and decides he'd rather be a used car salesman; Michael and Stephanie panic when their "Snow-Stephanie" begins to melt; Dick tries to guide a hopelessly lost guest over the phone.
Dick accidentally burns down the Maison Hubert restaurant while enjoying an after-dinner cigar, and despite taking in Hubert while he recuperates, Hubert vows he will "get Monsieur Loudon"; One of the Darryl's considers collagen injections for his lips to impress the women at the DMV.
Desperate to forget Michael, Stephanie instructs George to destroy her old wardrobe and goes on an uncontrollable shopping binge; Michael's doctor proclaims romantic feelings for him just as he is about to be discharged from the sanitarium.
Dick makes big plans for his father's first visit to Vermont, only to discover he'd rather spend the whole time on the lobby sofa.
Michael accompanies Joanna to a dinner party full of surprises hosted by Larry and the Darryls; George helps Stephanie endure her first Saturday night without Michael; Dick accepts an invitation to deliver a commencement speech at an exclusive school he knows nothing about.
Madelyn Stone, a former maid at the Inn, returns to answer George's marriage proposal from 25 years ago; Stephanie develops a work ethic when she fears Madelyn wants to take her job back.
George eagerly awaits his high school reunion so he can finally confess his feelings to the girl who wrote "Have a Great Summer" in his yearbook 40 years ago; Stephanie fears her entire winter wardrobe has suddenly gone out of style.
Society bluebloods Scooter Drake and his new wife, Libby, drop by with a child of their own, apparently superior to baby Steph in every way. Michael and Stephanie blame this on Michael's peasant heritage and decide to divorce.
After feeling he's been unjustly admonished by Dick for spoiling his baby with countless shopping sprees, Michael has a haunting dream of what his future may hold; Dick and Joanna regret complaining that Stephanie didn't invite them to a dinner party.
Dick is thrilled that his favorite illustrator has been assigned to collaborate with him on his latest book, but soon discovers the feeling is far from mutual; Everyone eagerly awaits the Stratford's 5,000th guest.
While suffering from the winter blahs, George goes fishing with a group of priests who are on a retreat at the Stratford and decides he wants to join the priesthood.
Joanna's visiting Aunt Louise tries to atone for her decades of terrible treatment of Dick by giving them a unique wedding portrait, only to later witness Dick selling it to George for $5; Larry and the Darryls sell all their worldly possessions to buy a Rolls Royce, while Michael and Stephanie struggle with the concept of living on a budget.moreless
Dick ruins Michael and George's weekly poker game with penny-pinching Tim Conway when he blindsides everyone by raising his bet a whole quarter; Joanna and Stephanie are guilted into an uncomfortable night of girl talk with Miss Goddard on her 25th birthday.
After a string of bad dates, Stephanie and Michael seek professional counselling to save their incredibly superficial relationship; George neglects his duties while trying to figure out how to keep squirrels out of the bird feeder.
Desperate to bring in a higher income, Michael quits his job at the grocery store to become a lounge singer; The Stratford hosts a weary couple whose cross country vacation has fallen far short of expectations.
Stephanie's parents buy WPIV for baby Stephanie, who nearly gets Dick fired by making a dirty diaper at the conclusion of his Vermont Today interview with the inventor of lawn furniture. In a last ditch effort to save Dick's job, Darryl lines up an interview with his good friend, Senator George McGovern.moreless