The local theater is producing a radical play that Steven wrote in the 1960s. Steven wants Elyse to play the lead. At the first performance, things go wrong and it ends up with two leading men. The audience is underwhelmed.
Nick is ecstatic when one of his art works sells for $200. Alex sees a money making venture. He convinces Nick to mass produce his "one of a kind" artwork. As Nick works, he loses his interest in art because it is no longer fun.
Alex is DJ for a radio show for his college. He plays a jazz track and announces the singer/player is dead. The jazz artist calls the station and says news of his death is premature. He agrees to visit the radio station for a talk.
Mallory finds a box of old love letters between Steven & Elyse. Andy copies them to send to a school girl he likes. Lauren stresses from working on senior thesis. Alex tells her to take a break. She does, and starts watching soap operas.
A former neighbor, Evelyn, visits the Keatons. Her daughter was Mallory's friend, but recently committed suicide. Evelyn begins to think Mallory is her own daughter. Steven finds a box of magic items and tries all the tricks with the family.
Andy becomes the official School Buddy for a new child starting at the school. Josh is deaf. He and Andy become good friends. When the other classmates tease Jose, Andy refuses to talk anymore until the teasing stops.
Nick's art class at the community center has ended, and he wants to open his own art school to continue working with children and art. Nick is refused a loan, and he asks his father to lend him money. His father is hesitant.
Steven & Elyse wants to take the entire family on a camping trip, but the three oldest do not want to go. After Steven & Elyse leave, the children feel guilty and head out to the campsite. Unfortunately, they get lost.
Mallory gets an internship at a fashion company and is ecstatic. Mallory is happy to share her ideas with her co-worker, but then finds out the co-worker is stealing her ideas. Mallory confronts her, but nothing seems like it will change.
Steven is upset at the size of the electricity bill, and tries to reduce costs around the house. Andy finds a friend with Nick's nephew. Alex feels left out when Andy prefers to play with the nephew rather than him.
After jogging with Elyse, Steven feels pains in his chest. He is taken to the hospital and they find out he had a heart attack. While in the hospital, everyone starts to meet other family members and patients who suffered a heart attack.
Steven has an operation to clear a valve from his heart attack. As they wait and worry, Elyse and the others remember events with Steven. They take comfort talking and sharing with other people waiting for their spouses.
Family and friends continue their vigil while Steven has his operation. The operation is a success and home they go. Steven has to adjust to restrictions in food and activity, while the family treat him as an elderly invalid.