The kid's Aunt Fran invites them and Uncle Bill to Terre Haute for a family reunion. Once there, it is clear Aunt Fran wants the kids to live with her. She tells them Uncle Bill does not have time for kids and they should stay with her.
Bill entertains friends who are Japanese. The twins are interested by their culture. At the Japanese New Year celebration, the twins meet the grandfather and they tell him how fascinating he is. The grandfather gets a new lease on life.
Cissy is taking an art class and has been drawing caricature images of the family members, but does not mention one for Mr French. He is hurt at being left out, however, Cissy has his picture and wants to surprise him with it.
Uncle Bill & Mr French attend Buffy & Jody's open night at school to view their latest art and work. At school, Bill meets another single parent with two young children and one teenager. Bill starts dating her and thinking of family merger.
A boy at school likes Buffy but does not talk to her. Cissy thinks the boys do not like her because there is something wrong with her, so Uncle Bill pays to have different people coach her in dress, makeup, talking, walking, and more.
Mr French takes a two-week vacation to the west with the others staying home. When Bill is called away to South America for work, the children end up flying out west to be with Mr French. It makes his vacation more enjoyable.
When French and Bill both have to be out at the same time, Cissy agrees to babysit. Cissy gets a chance to go a concert, so she has a friend take her place. She gets sick, so her mother watches the kids, who then calls her husband ...
When Bill returns home from a business trip, he finds that Cissy's hair style is different, Buffy has a new tooth, and he does not know who Jody's best friend is. Bill decides to stop traveling for his work, and become a full-time dad.
A teenager from a royal family in Vienna wants to marry Cissy, and she wants to marry him. She thinks she is a grown up who can make her own decisions, but Uncle Bill knows she is just in love with love and in love with something different.
A friend of Bill's confides that he is worried about his son growing up in a home with mostly females. That makes Bill wonder about Jody not having enough time with boys. Bill sends him off to camp. Jody pretends to like it.
Uncle Bill allows Buffy & Jody to have a friend stay over for a few days while the parents are out of town. But then Uncle Bill finds out the friend is actually a dog, and pets are not allowed in the apartment building.
Buffy makes friends with another girl in the apartment building, and finds out the girl is very sick and may not live too much longer. Buffy asks Uncle Bill if they can have a Christmas holiday because Eve might not be alive in December.
Cissy befriends a girl who uses her to disobey her parents. Uncle Bill feels that Buffy and Jody would benefit from listening to fairy tales than watching war-based programs on TV, but the fairy tales end up giving them nightmares.
Bill breaks his leg skiing and Buffy, Jody and Cissy give up all their free time to take care of him. Bill's girlfriend also wants to help him, which he thinks he wants, but realizes the children care much more than she does.