Andy starts his first day at preschool. Andy's favorite time is Sharing Time. Alex feels he should learn how to deal with a dog-eat-dog world and tells Andy he does not have to share. This does not go over well at preschool.
Alex's girlfriend Ellen left for Paris and Alex is heartbroken. He finally decides to ask someone out. Mallory & Jennifer help him to change his appearance for the date, and he tries to have Sharon change her appearance to look like Ellen.
Mallory has to work with a partner for a college paper and is teamed with a senior citizen. The experience gives her a different outlook on college classes and life. Alex tries to find out what his parents have written in his will.
A college friend of Steven & Elyse's visits. Matt wants to restart their college magazine. Steven agrees. As the staff talks about holding demonstrations and getting arrested, he realizes he has changed from the radical years of college.
Mallory feels the pressure of college life and home life. She feels it is too much to handle. As she talks to Nick, she starts to dream more of a married life with a family than going to college. Mallory and Nick decide to get married.
Mallory's determined to marry Nick so she decides to elope. Alex follows her to stop them but only after they left for some time. And when Steven and Elysse learns of this they freak and Steven hopes Alex stops them. But while waiting for the justice of the peace to be available, Nick has second thoughts about what they're doing.
When ma Elyse invites Terry Bridgeman, her former architecture collaborator before her Andy-pregnancy, for dinner, she learns his girl-friend left him and succumbs to match-making. Alas Elyse picks neighbor woman Liz Obeck, who gave even Alex sleepless nights and tells pa Steven men fall for her only to be dumped by bunches too and she has a steady friend. By the time Steven passes the message, Terry is smitten with vamp Liz... Nick helps Alex to a free gift for Andy's fellow toddler friend Cindy, a doll the orphanage refused, but the boys must dress it...
Skippy is disappointed when he cannot get into a fraternity, so he asks Alex to help him. Alex talks to the fraternity brothers, and Skippy gets accepted. Turns out, the fraternity wants to use him as The Big Stooge on campus.
Nick wants a job at the YMCA, but is turned down because he does not have a high school diploma. Mallory helps her study for an equivalency test. Jennifer is upset with her father for his conversations during car pool.
Alex works with a professor on an economics paper. Alex reviews the final content and finds the hypothesis is incorrect. The professor wants to submit it as is. Alex and Mallory have a difference of opinion when it comes to Andy's wardrobe.
Mallory brings a friend home from college who immediately becomes pals with Elyse. Mallory's friend Allison is studying architecture, so she and Elyse spend a lot of time together. The "B" plot is just as interesting and provides much fun as Alex and Steven play many games of Scrabble. Of course Alex gets money involved. They both invent words and the episode ends with the stakes very high.
Steven's brother Rob visits the Keaton family. He announces he has left his wife and they are filing for a divorce. He is dating a woman he just met on the plane that day. Mallory and Jennifer find ways to see a cute paramedic at the mall.
Steven's work has approved Elyse for remodeling the lobby of the WKS building. Also, they want a contest for sculptures submitted by local artists and will pick a winner. Against Steven's wishes, Nick is included. He has great ideas.
Alex attends a banking conference with his boss, but when his hotel reservation is lost, he shares a hotel room with his boss. The room is quit small. Elyse and the girls want to remodel the kitchen. Steven is reluctant.
While Alex and Rebecca attend a banking convention, Rebecca is nervous about meeting her boss. She has some drinks to relax, but ends up getting drunk and ruins the meeting. Steven wallpapers the kitchen but makes a mess of the job.
At a restaurant, Alex orders food for Elyse, Mallory, and Jennifer. They are upset that he was being chauvinistic. Alex and Steven disagree, so the women recall all the times they tried to be overly manly and all the disastrous results.
Jennifer is in a musical band and auditions to play at Leland College Dance. Their band is chosen, and Alex sees it as a money making proposition. He attempt to be the band manager causes problems for the band.
Steven's station offers a scholarship open to employees' college-aged children. Alex and Mallory apply. Alex is certain he will beat Mallory as well as all other applicants. Alex is privately told he won, but he withdraws so Mallory wins.
Jennifer helps tutor a star athlete who is having problem with science class. She pretends to be dumb in other subjects so he does not think she is just a brain. He invites her out, and she continues her dumb act.
Steven wants to throw a surprise birthday party for Elyse, but everyone knows he never throws a good surprise party. Also, Skippy meets one of Mallory's friends and is attracted to her. He asks her out and she agrees. Then he is nervous.
Elyse's sister Michele and family are visiting. Everyone looks forward to Michele, but not the husband and children. Michele is friendly and helpful whereas the others are loud, rude, and obnoxious. This visit, they also bring a large dog.
Seeing Mallory is a wreck after her break-up with Nick and six failed dates, Alex decides to match her with a fellow Leland student. His theoretically ideal choice is Roger Sloate, an engineering major. Alas Alex's chaperoning isn't rewarded, his dumb sister dumps Roger like the rest- but accepts a last double-date, where Roger spontaneously falls for Alex's date Tracy; something smart Alex can't understand is that love is irrational chemistry... Dad Steven is deadly against 'dehumanising' computer games, but while one is rented 'for the kids' he gets hooked worse ...
On Jen's birthday, she is unusually un-eager for the usual party ingredients, clearly only pretends to appreciate the hand-puppet show dad revels in, and actually gets completely obsessed with imitating the fashion-obsessed herd of 'cool kids' at school, even if that means abandoning all her rather tomcat habits. Stacie's gang and chasing boys seem to overtake her whole personality, she even takes lessons in 'cool' signals and talk from airhead Mallory...
Since her birthday party, Jennifer is spending all her spare time with her new 'cool' airhead friends, doing atypical things such as mall-shopping -spending all her babysitting savings- and scorning her own habits and family traditions, and no longer dares to sit with true fiend Beth. She even lets Chrissy convince her to ditch a maths class for a sale. Ellen and Mallory assure Alex that's how 13-year old girls become aware of their sexuality. A call from vice-principal Ross about Jen's truancy makes the parents ground her indefinitely. She refuses to join the family ...