When Buddy gets a part-time job at a bakery, Willie is smitten with the owner, Big Al. Meanwhile, Nancy finds herself in a romantic triangle between Peter, her former college professor, and ex-husband Jeff, anxious for a reconciliation.
Kate confronts fear and prejudice when she's selected for jury duty in the trial of a young Latino man accused of the rape and murder of a girl the same age as Buddy. Buddy tries to win T.J. Latimer and a skateboarding competition.
Doug and his father are at odds when James introduces the family to his younger fiancée Constance, a woman with a lurid past. Jeff angers Nancy by insisting that Timmy accompany him on a Christmas cruise.
Willie's old friend Sam Trask, wanted by the FBI, seeks Willie's help in visiting his dying father. Buddy learns about responsible journalism when she publishes a story for the school newspaper without verifying the facts.
Buddy's relationship with T.J. complicates her friendship with Audrey. At her class reunion, Nancy becomes reacquainted with Brian Slater, the high school sweetheart she dumped for Jeff, but Brian's hiding a terrible secret.