After spending months at the Betty Ford Center, TV reporter Murphy Brown tries to re-enter her life. The task is complicated by the addition to her show of a former Miss America as co-reporter, and a new Executive Producer who's half her age.
Murphy's having a rotten day, complicated by a gunman who interrupts the show and demands they read his statement on the air and it gets capped off by the painter she hired to do her kitchen sticking around to finish "extending myself." During this whole ordeal, she is craving cigarettes and a drink, and definitely a soft number 2 pencil.
Frank & Murphy fix each others blind dates, while Miles has to deal with his break up with Jackie and Jim wonders what to do with an attractive lady that wants him. We learn more than what we would have wanted to for Phil's marriage life.
When the FYI show goes lower onto the ratings - the network suggests to it's journalists to make the news more pleasant and easy to the public. Though the FYI team wouldn't like to be less professional - they struggle with the reality of having to face a tough decision and compromise for the sakes of Frank's touching story for the homeless being seen by a larger sum of people.
Murphy is excited to meet "the nowadays's Einstein" Victor Rudman. She tries to challenge herself on a date with him, since "You can't judge a book by it's cover", but discovers that geniuses can also be unpleasant people.
Murphy tries to deliver a joke, but her insulting comment is aired on Tv. She is faced with the consequences the next day as a cartoonist, named Pat O'Shea started a column in the newspaper, named "The adventures of Mouthy Brown".
Miles needs a story for FYI and Corky suggests covering Phil's 70th anniversary. The celebration causes flashbacks to 1977 when Frank and Murphy auditioned for the show with Murphy's primary competition being Linda Ellerbee.
Murphy is involved in a fender bender with a seemingly sweet old couple who bring her home made cookies. She changes her opinion when they sue her for $1.5 million dollars. Frank's fear of the dentist causes him to accidentally break Jim's coffee cup which turns out to be a big deal.
Murphy and Corky are asked to fill in on a morning show. They quickly discover that Corky is perfect for the time and format, while Murphy berates a children's author and turns a cooking segment into a disaster.