Bob Hartley resists his therapy group booting out a caustic patient, when he doesn't show up with the brain cake at their birthday party for Bob. That's only part of Dr. Bob's bad day, but it gets worse when Emily isn't sufficiently sympathetic. To unload his anger, Bob uses reverse psychology on the often-missing Mr. Gianelli by calling him, shouting that he's out of the group, plus fired as a client. Bob expects the contrary Mr. Gianelli to return to group, contrite for his disruptive behavior. But before he can, Mr. Gianelli, a fruit vendor, is crushed to death by ...
Bob's therapy group for overweight people has one negative member, saying it is thin people who have the problem against their weight. Bob asks Carol to sit in on the meeting since she used to be heavy. Carol is asked out by a heavy man.
Emily has a penchant for setting up couples and Carol is her next target. However, when Carol's sudden romance with Larry leads to marriage, no one seems to believe that Carol will actually go through with it.
Bob wonders why a colleague has more free time than he. Frank says it is because his patients control his time instead of Bob setting specific office hours. Bob and Frank form a partnership, but Bob is uncomfortable about the setup.
Ed and Janet are a married couple who also teach at the same school as Emily. They all assume Ed will be named the new vice-principal and Emily suggests they have a party at the apartment to celebrate, which doesn't go as planned.
While everyone else is making plans for Christmas, Bob learns he needs to be hospitalized right away to have his tonsils removed. Not only is he embarrassed by having the operation at his age but his nurse was once his patient as well.
Carol wants more from her work and job, so she goes to night school for classes. She decides to study psychology and do what Bob does. Within one or two classes, she starts analyzing everyone's every behavior - whether they want it or not.
One of Bob's patients is a shy, uncertain, non-assertive salesman. Bob tells him to be a bit more assertive to do his job. When Mr Heard tries to follow his advice, he gets injured by a home owner and decides to sue Bob.