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Ann suggests that her mother take a class at the local community college to cure her boredom. Instead, Katherine takes Tarot Card reading lessons and uses her new skills to convince Schneider that a mobster is coming after him to collect on a 25-year-old debt.
Schneider's been doing strange things lately, and after a lot of poking and prodding, Grandma Romano figures out that he's suffering from hearing loss. Despite everyone's encouragement, he's unwilling to do anything about it, even when a doctor tells him he's going deaf and surgery may be his only option.
Ann is floored when Barbara calls from Vegas with news hat she and Mark are going to get married at a 4 AM ceremony at the Lucky Seven Chapel. After getting hung up on by her irate grandmother, Barbara decides to cancel her quickie wedding, but not before the rest of the family has already arrived in Las Vegas.moreless
Mark wins a trip for two to a dentistry convention in Las Vegas, which comes just in time for Barbara, who is being hounded by Ann to make decisions on every minute detail about her wedding day. But it also presents a problem for the couple, as they desperately try to fight their urge to consummate their relationship with over seven weeks to go before the ceremony.moreless
As Ann approaches her 40th birthday, she tries to prove to herself she's still got it by battling Francine for the affections of a prospective client.
An argument erupts between Mark and Barbara when he decides to go ice fishing with Schneider and Alex instead of waiting around the apartment to meet Grandma Romano, resulting in the conversations of the separate threesomes to be dominated by the topic of marriage.
While poking around in Schneider's camper, Alex and his friend try smoking some of his cigarettes and accidentally set the camper on fire, causing severe smoke damage to the ground floor of the apartment building and killing a pet canary. Alex only compounds his trouble by withholding the truth until after he's hailed a hero for helping evacuate the residents.moreless
Francine's father is in town, and immediately hits it off with Ann's mother while Francine is busy with work. However, Francine fails to mention that her father is a professional con artist until after she finds out about the relationship, by which time it may already be too late.
Barbara and Mark's engagement announcement is spoiled by Ann, who is feeling depressed and doesn't want to talk about it. Pressed by Barbara for an explanation, she angrily contends that Barbara is unfit for marriage because of her failings as a mother.
Ann and Francine are on the verge of securing a million dollar account, but the bank turns down the $10,000 loan they need to do the preparation work. Schneider talks them into letting him loan them the money, only to become an obnoxious and meddling presence around their office.
Alex eagerly anticipates his first date with a girl named Joanne who has asked him to go to the movies. But Ann fears he may be getting himself into a situation he's not ready for when Joanne turns out to be very physically mature and aggressive for her age.
A week after her disastrous date with Mark, Barbara is still letting the experience negatively impact every aspect of her life. Inspired by Francine Webster's advice, Barbara uses Alex's ratty baseball uniform in a plot to get Mark to come to dinner at the apartment, naively thinking it's the only way she can get him off her mind.moreless
Barbara schedules a dinner date with a dental school student named Mark, but also makes a date for later that night with another guy she's been seeing on weekends, who's come to town a day early. However, Barbara becomes enraged when Mark takes her for a "quick cup of coffee" after dinner - in Kokomo - for the sole purpose of causing her to miss her next date.moreless
Julie ponders the fate of her marriage after revealing her affair to Max just as he's walking out the door to embark on a week-long work assignment. The situation becomes even more complicated when she finds out she's pregnant on the day that Max is to return to Indianapolis.
Barbara and Ann return home one evening to discover Julie has become their unannounced houseguest, having left Max because he's hardly ever home and she suspects he's having an affair with one of his many attractive female coworkers. While Ann tries to convince Max to come back and work things out with his wife, Julie lets slip that the only certain transgression in her marriage is that she has had an affair herself.moreless
With Ann's agency in financial straits after Nick's death, her old nemesis Francine Webster steps in and offers to become her partner. Rightfully expecting an uphill battle to convince Ann to bring her aboard, Francine's planned a scheme to prove her worth.
Nick has been killed in a car accident with a drunk driver, forcing Alex to move to Chicago with his mother, who has recently remarried. Unhappy with the situation, Alex runs away, back to Indianapolis to be with Ann and Barbara. Despite travelling to Indianapolis to bring her son back, Alex's mother and Ann agree he would be better off spending the rest of the semester with Ann to give him some much needed stability. However, Ann feels she's made a mistake when he immediately begins causing trouble in the apartment building and at school.moreless