Mary Jo and J.D.'s romantic evening is interrupted when her ex-husband Ted brings home the children on a flimsy excuse. Meanwhile, Anthony is required to attend a $5,000 poker game after a run-in with a corrupt businessman, and Charlene looks for a new doctor when her old one says to "wait and see" after finding a lump in her breast.
J.D. brings his ex-wife and Mary Jo's ex-husband Ted together to lay down some ground rules; Charlene goes in for a biopsy while Julia confronts her old doctor; Anthony tries to hide from two of Mr. BB's bodyguards.
Charlene's old friend Monette, now calling herself "Monica," asks Sugarbaker & Associates to re-design her house. She can afford a budget of $100,000 to $150,000 because of her profession: the oldest profession; she is the owner of a brothel.
Suzanne becomes the foster mother to a Vietnamese boat girl for a month while the papers for her adoption by a Birmingham couple are being cleared. However, they become so attached that they don't want to split up.
After Suzanne is in a car accident, she decides to become more charitable. However, her idea of charity is helping Anthony make himself look more well-off than he is to impress his girlfriend's wealthy parents. She lets him use her house. But no one is prepared for the shock when a woman comes to the house claiming that he's the father of her baby.
Charlene meets and falls in love with Bill Stillfield, a recently widowed Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. That night, she dreams of herself in a World War II era bar. There she meets him, accepts his proposal of marriage, and believes he'll be back even though his plane is shot down in Europe.
The ladies are off to St. Louis for Design Expo, where Julia, Mary Jo and Charlene come down with the flu. Back in Atlanta, the airport closes due to snow before Suzanne, who is judging a beauty pageant, can leave, so she must ride in the van with Anthony. They stay in a small motel in Tennessee and end up in the same bed.
It's Christmas, and Mary Jo is upset because her son Quinton doesn't believe in Santa Claus and sets up a trap to prove it. Charlene, who plays Santa at her church, stops by to give him a surprise (with Anthony as an elf). Suzanne decides to surprise them and send a department store Santa over there. Anthony gets caught and breaks his ankle, while the department store Santa steals the tree and all of the presents.