Mark and Max fall in love with the idea of pooling their resources to rent a house, and impulsively sign a lease without consulting their wives to prevent another couple from beating them to it. Luckily for them, the girls end up loving the place, but Ann has well-founded concerns that the living arrangement will be putting the sisters' relationship at risk.moreless
Schneider couldn't be happier as he and Alex rehearse a corny comedy routine from Schneider's youth for a contest at father-son night at the lodge, but Alex is disturbingly quick to betray his commitment to Schneider when his dream girl invites him to her cabin the same weekend.
Bob Morton shows up with his new wife Molly, who he just married that morning, while on their way to San Francisco for their honeymoon. Seeing Barbara again rekindles old feelings for her, and causes him to feel he has ruined both his and Barbara's marriage after kissing her in a moment of passion.moreless
Ann receives a letter in the mail postmarked four years earlier, addressed to her mother, mailed by her father while on a trip to Chicago the day before he died. Ann agonizes over whether to open it, fearing it concerns an affair she and the girls have always suspected he was having.moreless
Approaching his 15th birthday, Alex is felling peer pressure to have his first sexual encounter. But when he strikes out with the school's "girl most likely to," he follows Schneider's advice and makes a play for an older woman - Francine.
Ann worries when Grandma Romano refuses to tell her the reason she hasn't been able to have dinner at the apartment for the past two weeks. After Schneider subtly lets on that he knows why, he takes Ann to the bowling alley - where Grandma Romano is working as a bartender.moreless
Sam decides on a whim to spend a month with Ann on a remote South Pacific island, but her obligations prevent her from joining him for a couple of weeks. When she finally does arrive, she finds Sam has had a dramatic change of plans.
While at the apartment conducting business with Ann, a client chokes on food and has to be saved by Schneider performing the Heimlich Maneuver. He rewards Schneider handsomely with a job as an executive maintenance engineer - complete with a secretary, a plush office, and a rent-free apartment.
Ann is outraged to learn Alex is facing corporal punishment at school for skipping class nine days in a row to feed his Pac-Man addiction. She meets with his principal to demand a different form of punishment, only to realize Alex's issues are much more serious when presented with her forged signature on school correspondence and a paid impostor shows up to take Alex's paddling.moreless
Grandma Romano returns from a vacation cruise with news that she's marrying the ship's piano player, who is much younger than her. Ann and Schneider are convinced the man has an ulterior motive and shadow him in the hopes of finding out what it is.
Just after agreeing to let Mark and Barbara move in until they find a new place, Julie, Max, and the baby show up looking for a place to live because Julie's sublet their Houston apartment to force Max to give up his dead end career and pursue his dream of being a writer. Ann has little choice but to let everyone move back in, at the expense of her own sanity.moreless
Barbara and Mark are forced to spend the night with Ann after their roommate's homemade distillery explodes in the basement of their rooming house. When they later learn the house is being condemned, they scramble to find a new place that will fit into their minuscule budget.
Feeling like a nobody, Barbara applies to become a buyer for the sporting goods store she works for, only to lose out to another woman who has a college degree. She takes this a wake up call to return to school, but soon finds it may be putting her marriage at risk.moreless
After Julie's attempt to "clear the family conscience" only results in her going into labor nine days before her due date, she insists on giving birth in Ann's bathtub.
Julie's arrived in town on short notice with news that she's fallen under the influence of a Yogi who's convinced her and Max to live a life of meditative peace and to have a natural birth. Ann's leery of this new lifestyle, and Max doesn't help matters when he announces the birth will be taking place under water.moreless
Francine agrees to let Alex tag along with her for the weekend, allowing Ann to concentrate on a new ad campaign. But Ann fears she's made a big mistake when Alex calls with news that he's accompanied Francine to New Orleans on a private jet.
Francine talks Ann into accompanying her on a weekend trip to Paris to research the French market for a potential client. But Ann's hopes for a dream vacation vanish when Francine comes down with the 24-hour flu right after arriving at the hotel.
Returning from their honeymoon, Barbara is eager to begin her life with Mark in his rooming house. But she quickly finds life there more challenging than she could have ever imagined, having to give up all of her privacy and finding out one of her new roomies is a naked piano player who once dated Mark.moreless
Mark sneaks out in the early morning hours of his wedding day to finish his golf tournament, and his best man lets slip to Ann that he might be gone a half hour longer than he promised. With Barbara still a nervous wreck, Ann decides to withhold this information from her as everyone makes their way to the church.moreless
On the eve of her wedding, Barbara is a bundle of nerves when the wrong wedding cake is delivered, Schneider begins videotaping every moment, and Julie appears ready to go into labor. But the complete opposite can be said of Mark, who heads off to take part in a golf tournament.moreless