Mary Jo has to take her mother, who drives her crazy, back to South Carolina, so Julia goes with her. While they are gone, Anthony and Allison argue over who will be in charge; they and Carlene end up trapped in the store room with an improperly installed doorknob that is only accessible from the outside.
Carlene moves into a new apartment and invites everyone to a housewarming party to which no one is looking forward, as it is located in a one-room apartment in a bad neighborhood. Things go from bad to worse when Bernice joins the party acting uncharacteristically abrasive.
Anthony directs a Little Theater production of "Mame" and is forced to deal with a temperamental ex-Broadway star, Ivy McBride, who is producing. Mary Jo plays Gooch, Carlene is in the chorus, and Julia is Mame, while Ivy is Vera. They hate each other; Ivy walks out, leaving Julia as the producer. As the strain causes her mood to degenerate, she loses it before opening night. When Ivy shows up drunk during a performance, Anthony must take desperate measures to ensure the show goes on.
Anthony gets accused of being a robber. He believes it is a racial issue, prompting Julia to confront the security, whose symbolic language drives her to stage a sit-in. Anthony, who wished to handle the matter himself, thought she went too far, especially after the TV news refers to him as an "ex-con."
Carlene writes a theme song to be played at the Olympics in 1996 and Mary Jo tries to get Julia to sing it with them. Their first groupie, Heather McPhaul, designs their costumes. Allison is suspicious of her motives and spies on her, but Carlene refuses to believe anything bad about her.
Allison invests on a film and gets the women to come with her on the set in LA. The film stars soap star Brad Connor of "The Young and the Beautiful" and is being directed by Charles Nelson Reilly. They'll be staying in Charles' house, but when he gets there he threatens to call the cops. He later explains why he's directing the film: the producers are swindlers. He relents and lets them stay. When Allison confronts the producers, he makes them actors in the film.
A woman runs into Anthony's vehicle and they start dating. She is the rich daughter of man who owns a hotel chain. Julia and the others hope they will be hired to be the hotel decorators. Anthony announces he has asked Vanessa to marry him.
Allison has pulled out of Sugarbaker & Associates to invest in a Victoria's Secret franchise, leaving the firm's future in doubt. Their newest client, Bonnie Jean "B.J." Poteet, a multimillionaire widow from Houston, Texas, forms a friendship with them as she promises an unlimited budget. During a party in the bondage room, which the house's former owners set up, Julia loses her share in a game of Five Card Stud, but B.J. offers her a chance to win it back.
Julia plans to participate in another fashion show, despite the enduring legacy of "Full Moon Friday." Mary Jo writes a letter to protest the school board's cuts to AIDS education program under pressure, then gets angry when Julia rewrites it. The tension explodes behind the scenes at the fashion show.
Quinton wants to live with his father, which breaks Mary Jo's heart. Tired of being the "bad guy," she asks B.J. to show her how to be more spontaneous. She suggests going on a road trip, which leads Mary Jo, Julia and Bernice to a truck stop in Tennessee where Bernice makes eyes at a trucker.
Anthony is frustrated with his fiancée Vanessa. After she calls off the engagement, B.J. takes everyone to Las Vegas in her jet. While Julia and Mary Jo hit a hot streak at the craps table, Anthony watches the showgirls at the Folies Bergere and falls for the lead singer, Etienne Toussaint. After the women hit it big, they find Anthony and Etienne in bed. When Anthony wakes up, he learns they got married while drunk on champagne.
While Mary Jo becomes addicted to the thrill of victory after winning $20,000 at the craps table, Bernice suspects Etienne's motives. Anthony tries to get out of the marriage, but Etienne insists on staying together, while promising to be a good wife. B.J. suggests a monetary incentive to buy her off.
Mary Jo's next door neighbor, Anita Foley, sues her over a freezer. Carlene suggests that Anthony help Mary Jo in court. After his extensive research costs her the case and causes him to break down, Anthony doubts he is fit to become a lawyer.