While Suzanne tries out for the evening news, she shows the other ladies her $4,500 pearl necklace and mocks Mary Jo's costume necklace. To get even, Mary Jo switches the two. This backfires when she and Charlene are at a salad bar and she loses the necklace. Meanwhile, Anthony has weird dreams about him and Julia.
While Suzanne starts smoking to lose weight, Mary Jo wants to have another baby while she still can. When J.D. returns to town on business, she wants him to father the baby instead of going to a sperm bank.
When Julia goes to an art show held by a curator friend of hers, she places her purse on an empty stand where two art connoisseurs mistake it for a work of art. Meanwhile, Mary Jo tries to make it up to Charlene after denting her car while Suzanne accidentally glues her mouth shut.
When the women go to New Orleans, they are unable to get another room for Anthony and must share a room so that he can have one of the two rooms they had already booked. Meanwhile, Mary Jo goes to bed with a man she has been dating before she finds out that he is already married.
The Beaumont Driving Club has changed their admission policies after being disqualified from the PGA Tour for racial discrimination. Suzanne tries to learn golf to get accepted into Beaumont, but the membership committee chooses Anthony instead. Julia suspects they only want him in as a token and urges him not to go, but Anthony decides to take advantage of the opportunity and become an active member of the club.
Mary Jo coaches her son's little league baseball team; they have lost six games in a row. When Julia becomes the co-coach, the team's performance starts to turn around, but Mary Jo feels that they have gotten too competitive.
After Suzanne moves to Japan to live with her mother and take advantage of their economic boom, her and Julia's cousin Allison, who tried to make it in New York but failed, purchases her share of Sugarbaker & Associates. As Charlene goes to England to be with Bill, her recently divorced younger sister, Carlene Dobber, who had come to take care of Olivia, takes her place. Meanwhile, Mary Jo hires a male stripper for Julia's birthday.
As the others get sick of Allison's constant criticism and demands, including an oversized antique desk, Julia tries to buy her out, while the other women propose voting on whether she can stay. Meanwhile, Allison reveals what she was really doing in New York.
Julia has not felt comfortable dating since Reese's death, but she has gotten close to a man named Mark. While Allison assumes he is gay based on his personality and tastes, she proves to be way off when he makes a move on Julia. Meanwhile, Allison's therapist has diagnosed her with Obnoxious Personality Disorder, while Anthony is fed up with sharing Suzanne's house with her.
Carlene's ex-husband, Dwayne Dobber, comes to Atlanta to give her permission to see other men. Mary Jo says Carlene already has a boyfriend, named Dr. Sanders. When Dwayne comes back and asks to meet him, Anthony is forced to impersonate the man.
Barry Binsford, Allison's ex-employer and lover, is released from jail after doing time for insider trading; it was her testimony that helped convict him. Though Anthony convinces her the man may seek retribution, he actually wants to marry her.
Mary Jo wants to have another baby, so she goes to the sperm bank to conceive via in-vitro fertilization. Meanwhile, after Julia confronts a deadbeat client, Allison tries another method to get him to pay the money he owes.
Anthony gives a speech to a prison outreach program and brings the women with him. During his speech, his former cell mate T. Tommy Reed interrupts and demands a song. While Julia sings, a riot breaks out, trapping everyone inside.
Mary Jo and Julia are starring in a stage production of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane," but the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings distract them as everyone takes sides regarding Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment against him.
Allison advocates for Carlene at college. Rusty is turning 40 and asks Julia for a date. Julia accepts and finds him to be erudite in his knowledge is about opera when they see La Boheme. The others tease her about the date.
Allison and Julia argue about what to do for The Yuletide Homes tour. Believing they are being ripped off, Rusty lets them in to check. Mary Jo and Julia look under the bed to check Chuck Tremaine's reputation as a ladies man. When they hear him with the weather girl, they are stuck under the bed. The other ladies go home without them, leaving them worried.
The women go antiquing in the Georgia mountains. Due to the torrential rain, their car breaks down at a cabin where they find a men's primitive movement. Anthony gets blamed for ruining its men-only sanctity by bringing the women, for which the men intend to punish him.