Just as Ann and Nick are about commence a romantic evening, Ann's old boyfriend David Kane shows up after a five year absence, claiming to be passing through on his way to New York. However, he confides in Schneider that he's not going to leave without her.
An elderly resident of the apartment complex dies, giving Nick the opportunity to move into the building. Although this works out great for Ann and Nick, it pushes an emotionally fragile Alex over the edge, causing him to lash out at Ann and attempt to break up her relationship with his father.moreless
Fourteen-Year-Old prodigy Ted Loomis visits the apartment, discouraged that no one will take him seriously despite the fact he is now a college graduate with a business degree. Barbara and Schneider hatch a plan to persuade the executives of a large corporation to consider his reorganization plan, which works so well Ted is put it charge of one of their stores - the one that Barbara works at.moreless
Ann and Nick land an account with a large appliance chain that will net them a $75,000 commission, but they face a moral dilemma when it becomes evident their ads are facilitating a bait and switch.
Nick, convinced his son is a goof-off, tyrannically demands Alex put more effort into his science project. As it becomes apparent this approach isn't working, Ann and Schneider struggle to withhold their criticism of Nick's parenting skills.
Ann is bedridden with the flu, and reluctantly let's her mother do what she does best - baby her. But Ann regrets this the next morning when Katherine decides to turn off her alarm clock and take the phone off the hook, causing Ann to miss a critical meeting with a potential client.moreless
Beerbelly's wife, dissatisfied with her marriage, makes a play for Schneider.
While preparing for a business trip with Nick to Chicago, Ann convinces herself that their constant bickering is caused by his frustration that she hasn't made a move on him. However, she's the one who gets upset when she finds him spending the night with a woman.
Barbara joins a committee to assist a young man who is about to be deported to a country that has vowed to make him a political prisoner. When she suggests that he could avoid deportation if he got married, she ends up also drawing the short straw to become his wife.moreless
While out shopping with Barbara, Grandma Romano is accused of shoplifting a blouse but avoids prosecution by convincing store security she simply got distracted. However, when Barbara later finds out her grandma gave a set of expensive stereo headphones to Schneider, she realizes that the incident was no mistake and feels compelled to tell Ann.moreless
A month into their relationship, Schneider finds himself falling in love with Jeannie and is unable to go on a fishing trip knowing she's alone in his apartment with her male high school friend. After eavesdropping on a conversation she has with Ann and Barbara, he's convinced the solution to his jealousy is to propose to her.moreless
Schneider begins seeing a 22-year-old freelance photographer he assisted when her car broke down on the side of the highway. His reservations about a cross-generational relationship seem to vanish when she asks to move in with him.
Alex confides in Barbara that he would rather go to a Pacers' game with his friends rather than spend the weekend skiiing with his recently divorced father. Barbara encourages Alex to let his feeling known, but this only results in a heated exchange and Alex running away.
Katherine is chronically depressed six months after the death of her husband, and Schneider volunteers to take her to a White Elephant sale to cheer her up. However, his efforts work so well that she proposes to him and he has to find a way to let her down easy without plunging her back into depression.moreless
Ann's infuriated when Nick takes it upon himself to use their payment for a successful collaborative ad campaign to lease an office to start a permanent partnership; Barbara's conscripted to babysit Nick's son, Alex.