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.
Elliot gets a chance to direct a public service announcement, but is he capable of doing the job?
Michael and Hope's relationship is deteriorating as they gather to attend her parents' anniversary celebration.
While in Washington, DC about a possible job, Hope almost cheats on Michael with John Dunaway.
Nancy finds new support from another cancer patient, but their relationship threatens her closeness with her own family.
Against the background of an examination of the characters' sex lives, Melissa and Lee break up.
Richard leaves his wife and takes his daughter and moves in with Ellyn. This new instant family experiences some rough times right away.
Melissa has conflicts with Lee over finding him a new job and with her father over his plans to buy her building.
Ellyn restarts her affair with Richard, this time in earnest.
Nancy, family and friends deal with the aftermath of her cancer surgery.
Just as her children's book is published, Nancy is diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
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.
Michael crosses swords with the creative director at DAA. Hope gets more involved with her environmental project.
Gary's decision to quit teaching and stay at home with his new baby causes a conflict between him and his mother.
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.
Elliot reunites with his family, but Ethan is still full of anxiety which manifests itself as fear for his safety.
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.
Susannah and Gary become new parents after a difficult delivery. Melissa has a hard time accepting Gary's new status.
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.
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.