Rose's uncle Hingeblotter dies and leaves Baby, his 29-year-old prize-winning pig, to her. The other girls object until they learn about the cash they will receive if they take care of the animal until it dies.
Rose is concerned about nuclear war, so she writes letters to both Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev and US President Ronald Reagan expressing her fears. Thinking it to be a heartfelt letter from a little girl, a Soviet emissary is so touched by the letter that he arranges a press conference to have "little Rose" read it publicly.
Blanche sees her daughter Rebecca for the first time in three years. When she learns her daughter is engaged to a man who mistreats her, she is afraid to speak out for fear of destroying their relationship again.
Rose tries to light a fire under her newly-retired boyfriend who has become a couch potato. But she's not sure she wants to go along when he decides to sail around the world. Meanwhile, the ladies' attempt to convert the garage into a guest room faces many obstacles.