Melissa must come to terms with the problems she has over the age difference with Lee. Their relationship is paralleled by a new one between Russell Weller and Peter Montefiore.
While she and Michael are having problems of their own, Hope gets involved in the love life of her teenaged babysitter.
Nancy's and Elliot move closer to a reconciliation, to the disapproval of her visiting mother Eleanor.
Michael is given more responsibility at DAA, causing friction between him and Elliot. Hope also has to take some responsibility with the anti-incinerator campaign.
Just as her children's book is published, Nancy is diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Nancy pursues her relationship with Matt, but Elliot makes a concerted effort to win her back.
Nancy, family and friends deal with the aftermath of her cancer surgery.
Hope is writing an article that could affect Susannah's Race St. Project, driving a wedge between her and Gary.
Michael crosses swords with the creative director at DAA. Hope gets more involved with her environmental project.
Ellyn and Melissa try using a video dating service. Melissa is unexpectedly attracted to a younger man she meets. Ethan must kiss a girl in the school play.
Melissa has conflicts with Lee over finding him a new job and with her father over his plans to buy her building.
Elliot gets a chance to direct a public service announcement, but is he capable of doing the job?
Hope suffers a miscarriage just as Michael and Elliot begin work for Miles Drentell at DAA.
Ellyn restarts her affair with Richard, this time in earnest.
Michael's career is on the line as the hostile takeover attempt of DAA heats up.
As Elliot grows more dissatisfied with DAA, Michael finds out something that could change everything about the company.
Melissa must deal with her aging grandmother who wants her to take over her business.
Michael and Hope's relationship is deteriorating as they gather to attend her parents' anniversary celebration.
Richard leaves his wife and takes his daughter and moves in with Ellyn. This new instant family experiences some rough times right away.
Ellyn's work and personal life take a great toll on her, both physically and emotionally.
Susannah and Gary become new parents after a difficult delivery. Melissa has a hard time accepting Gary's new status.
While in Washington, DC about a possible job, Hope almost cheats on Michael with John Dunaway.
Ellyn takes steps toward starting an affair with Jeffrey Milgrom. Hope begins work on an environmental project. Ellyn and Hope's present-day relationship is compared to the one they had in high school.
Nancy finds new support from another cancer patient, but their relationship threatens her closeness with her own family.
Elliot reunites with his family, but Ethan is still full of anxiety which manifests itself as fear for his safety.
Gary's decision to quit teaching and stay at home with his new baby causes a conflict between him and his mother.
Ellyn, Nancy, Hope and Melissa go on a cathartic camping trip.
Bachelor and bachelorette parties for Billy and Ellyn provide the backdrop for a look at the various couples' relationships with each other and their fidelity.
Against the background of an examination of the characters' sex lives, Melissa and Lee break up.
To commemorate the showing of the series on the Bravo Channel, the Inside thirtysomething Seminar brought together the show's creators, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, along with actors Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Timothy Busfield, Melanie Mayron and Polly Draper for a round-table discussion of the show and its effect on the lives of themselves and the viewers, plus lots of reminiscing about favorite moments, etc. The two other principal cast members, Peter Horton and Patricia Wettig, join in via videotape. Film clips from several of the original episodes are also seen.moreless