Bob's therapy group pressures him to hold a session on Public TV. This show sure won't be rerun during pledge week. By turning down the station's offer, Dr. Bob Hartley was trying to protect the members' privacy, but the patients worry that he's ashamed of them. Everyone agrees to be as open as usual. Opposite Gunsmoke plus the Bears on Monday Night Football with Dandy Don and Cosell, few Chicagoans will be glued to Psychology in Action anyway.
Bob & Emily have vacation plans to visit Mexico. Bob seems hesitant, but he says he is excited to go. At work, a patient thanks Bob for the session and whacks him on the back - throwing his back out of whack and in pain.
A minister goes to Bob professionally. While the minister loves what he is doing, people treat him differently outside the church when they know he is a minister. After some therapy, the minister announces to the parishioners his new plans.
Emily's recently divorced friend moves into the same apartment complex as Bob & Emily. Marilyn meets Howard and Emily takes Marilyn to Bob's work where she meets Jerry. Jerry and Howard compete for her affection.
Emily becomes certified to give IQ tests and has Bob take one. The results of his test show Emily's IQ is a lot higher than his. They attend a banquet for geniuses and Bob feels out of place because everyone acts superior.
When Bob finds out how much the plumber charges him for a repair, he realizes he is undercharging his therapy group. He raises the price, but the members think it is too much. They hold meetings without Bob until they realize they need him.
Howard's son Howie is visiting. Howard tells Bob that he and his ex-wife are getting along really well lately and he thinks she wants to get together again. Howard is upset to find out she is getting married and wants Howard's approval.
Emily's parents pay an unexpected visit to Bob & Emily. They are the opposite in personality from Bob - exuberant, joking, and over the top. Bob feels left out of the comradely with Emily and her parents.
Bob has to go to work for one appointment on Christmas Eve and then go home for a small Christmas celebration with Emily. Events conspire against him as his patient has a break down, the weather turns hazardous, and he has to walk home.
As Bob & Emily grocery shop, she runs into a former student of hers who is now grown and has a job. Then Bob gives Emily a blender for an anniversary gift. Emily is upset with the non-personal gift. She feels old and unattractive.
Bob learns that Jerry has certain luxuries like a yacht. Jerry attributes it to his business manager, Jeff. Jerry arranges for Bob to meet him. Part of his program is for him to be in complete control of their finances which means Bob won't have access to any of it. And he gives Bob $50 a week for pocket money. But when Bob uses it right away and asks Jeff to give him a little more. Jeff tells him that to give him the receipt for what he used it on but because he doesn't get a receipt, Jeff gives him a lecture.
Carol has a new boyfriend and is in love. Her new romances takes up all her time and she cannot keep her mind on work. Bob & Emily meet the boyfriend and find him to be condescending. Carol hears everything he says as brilliant.
Dr. Walburn's a therapist from the 9th floor, is seeing Bob professionally but doesn't want it known publicly. When he's called out of town, he asks Bob to fill in for him. Bob's first patient - of Dr. Walburn's is Jerry, and that's when he reveals to Bob a secret reason he's been seeing Dr. Walburn.
One of Emily's students wrote an great report for class, but she knows it was written by the father who wants the boy to be moved to an advanced class. The principal of the school tries to convince Emily to skip the child.