Working at the school radio station Alex sets himself up a blind date with a fellow music enthusiast. This date ends up being the 39-year-old Lorraine. The two enjoy themselves as their relationship blossoms, but Alex's parents have problems with the age difference between the two.
When the pitcher drops out of Jennifer's softball team, Jennifer asks Arlene to be on the team. Arlene is not a sports person, and is unaware that she is only needed to fill the team with another player so as to not forfeit.
With Christmas just around the corner. Alex finds himself lacking holiday spirit as the rest of the Keaton clan prepares for the celebration. On Christmas Eve Alex is visited in a dream by ghostly messengers who give him a view of his past and future Christmases along with a different perception of the holiday.
Steven & Elyse play mediator between a friend and his ex-wife. Steven & Elyse argue each others sides and begin their own arguments. The mediation does not work, but Steven & Elyse realize they need to always keep their marriage fresh.
Because dad Steven has to be in Washington for PBS on the day of Alex's 18th birthday, ma throws him a surprise party a few days early. On his big day, Alex fails to 'pass on putting out the trash to the younger generation' and declines a restaurant dinner because he planned with his mates Neil and Doug to attend Camelot Inn in West Virginia, where 18 is legal majority. Elyse blatantly forbids it, and when Alex's mates' taunting lures him along anyway -pretending to be pilots, about to invade Canada- she goes get him back right there, publicly. Alex is beyond furious ...
Alex decides to apply at the college where Mallory's ex Jeff is. So when he goes for his interview she decides to go with him so that she could see Jeff. When she sees him she finds him with another girl. After seeing him she goes looking for Alex so that they could leave but Alex is having his interview with the Dean which she can't help but disrupt.
Alex is placed in charge of his high school's class souvenirs for graduation. He wants to turn it into a millionaire making project. Elyse is upset when her not-yet-divorced mother starts enjoying the prospect of being single.
Uncle Ned pays the Keatons a visit. However, it becomes quickly evident to Alex that Ned has developed a drinking problem. Alex tries to convince his reluctant family of Ned's addiction before it's too late.
Alex is upset his girlfriend is class valedictorian instead of him. He thinks the man should be the superior one in the relationship. His attitude affects his relationship. His father helps him realize relationships are not competition.
Elyse gets a new job as an architecture. Nervous with her first project, not knowing how to use a computer, she over-plans and ends up quitting. Her boss reviews her plans she left behind, finds the right plan, and rehires Elyse.