During an economic slump, advertising budgets are cut drastically, so Angela's firm is in trouble. Brooklyn poverty veteran Tony is put in charge of domestic economizing. He pulls it off brilliantly, even a cheap yet classy home dinner to major client Reed Hamilton, but the account remains frozen. Tony is shocked to find Angela still practices comfort shopping.
Tony's Brooklyn friend Al needs a new apartment, but finds bachelor tenants aren't wanted. Sam volunteers to play Al's wife, but Tony, who was asked for credentials, finds out and thus spills the beans to landlord Chomsky. Thus still homeless Al stays on the Bower couch, but proves a stentorian nightmare-screamer.
Tony was looking forward to his weekly poker night with Al and their Brooklyn gang, but grudgingly acknowledges an old promise to accompany Angela to the ballet if it ever passed in town. The boys even make fun of Tony apparently being whipped. So he jumps at the chance to stay home when she overestimates a minor head bruise Tony suffers. Al drops by and invites the rest. When Angela returns with unwilling stand-in Mona, she wrongly scolds the 'trickery'. The aggravation leads to a battle of stubbornness, with Tony storming out and spending the night at Sam's, thus ...
When a old teammate of Tony's who's now a star player hires Angela to handle his P.R. he comes for a visit and they talk about the moment when Tony's playing baseball ended, when the third base coach signaled him to steal and he got injured. Later while the cleaning he couldn't help but wonder what would have happened if he wasn't injured. Later when he mistakenly mixes bleach and ammonia, he passes out from the fumes. When he wakes up he meets the coach who shows him that how his life could have been if he wasn't injured. And he is now a big star and has a stunning ...
While Tony handles dinner for business guests and the whole household his wedding invitations, he gets a swollen lip. Dr. Wormser orders lab tests to determine the cause. Angela fears it's wedding stress, combined with his unfortunate phrasing cause to doubt her groom's marital commitment. So Tony desperately tries to prove it's just an allergy, but despite help from the kids that looks ever more desperate.
Hank and Sam want to get married soon, but Sam keeps postponing telling Tony. Suddenly Hank's parents turn up, who knew about the marriage plan, but are shocked when Tony tells them Hank has abandoned his med studies. Now the parental couples become allies opposing a wedding while each blaming the other spouse to be for ruining their darling's future.
Tired of the parent pairs' bickering, Hank and Samantha elope. Tony sets chase, but car trouble would have prevented them catching up. However in front of the minister, Sama couldn't go trough with a wedding without Tony. When his party arrives, Angela convinces him to give his blessing and hopefully retain some influence.
While they wait for a married students dorm room, honeymooners Hank and Sam reluctantly move in with Tony. After a bad start, with the men working on each other's intolerant nerves all night, Tony learns to like his son in law, even his comical puppetry, which comes to include a Tony-like houseman. Hank likes Tony's domestic treats no less, so they become buddies. Sam starts feeling left out, especially when Hank accepts Tony's objections to homes th couple might move to.
Perfectionist Tony and socialite Angela bicker constantly and bitterly as their wedding approaches, whether they play double tennis or test a restaurant. Hank can't get any urgent study done with temptress Sam around, so Mona takes her along on a luxury weekend with Angela, to give he happy couple to be a breathing period. Angela is attracted to gentleman guest Tom Saratelli, who looks like Tony but has an inverse, passive character.
When a window in the master bedroom needs repairs, Hank's dad Joe is hired, although he's reluctant to work for family. Tony however, bragging his construction experience, keeps coming up with ideas for a far more ambitious remodeling and exactly how to do it. After driving Joe's crew insane, Tony fires him and promises to do it all himself with klutzes Hank, Al and Jonathan, a recipe for disaster.
Tony graduates as teacher, like Hank as his college's first puppeteer. Tony however finds he started applying for a job dangerously late, and starts panicking. After an nightmare job as school program driving instructor, coach and associate professor in an Iowa junior college seems a dream, alas too far to commute. Angela convinces him he owes it to himself to check it out, so the whole family flies there. It's even better then he could imagine.
Tony has accepted the Iowa coach and teacher job. The apartment is great and comes with a janitor and secretary, albeit it also immense pressure to keep the baseball team winning. However commuting proves hell, worsened by Angela failing to clear her schedule when Tony is free, topped off by influenza. Both spouses plan a surprise visit, but they thus pass by each-other at the airport.
Coach Tony feels he has it all when for the duration of his contract, a year, Angela takes a sabbatical from her firm to live with him as Iowa housewife, hiding how uncomfortable such role-reversal is, as Mona soon realizes. Her subdues reaction when he's offered a three year contract sets Tony thinking. Considering their priorities incompatible, they agree to live separately, but neither is happy that way either.