Murphy tries to get Avery a spot in an elite school and invites the school's board to a party to secure it. When FYI kills a story about one of members, Murphy is concerned her ethics will be questioned.
While pitching stories for the show Murphy learns a famous astronaut's brother is murdered. After debating the value of the news they discover the astronaut is the chief suspect and FYI goes over the top in it's coverage.
Corky gets her chance at a hard news story and interviews one of America's most successful businessman. She impresses her colleagues but is distressed that her popularity among viewers takes a nosedive.
Jim is head of the Humboldt judging and persuades his co-workers to serve except Frank who missed out on getting nominated. Conflict arises when Murphy and Corky serve on the same panel but have different standards.
Eldin's mother Reena comes for a visit and Eldin learns he has an opportunity to study with a famous muralist in Spain. He's ready to pass on the chance of a lifetime to remain Avery's nanny so Murphy fires him.
Jim's wife Doris is away and a misunderstanding lands Jim in tabloid headlines. Despite his protestations, his co-workers doubt his explanation and head honcho Lansing is excited that the scandal increased ratings.
Murphy wants to give Avery a memorable Christmas but she becomes desperate when an impossible to find toy is at the top of his wish list. Murphy is not above pleading, cajoling, and making threats to make Avery happy.
Much to the surprise of the FYI staff their former co-worker Stuart Best is elected to Congress. Murphy decides it would be a good interview to let him air his political views but the segment takes an unfortunate turn.
Frank is organizing a Valentine's Day bowling benefit in January and needs his co-workers to show up. He also needs a date so Peter sets Frank up with his ex Linda while Miles and Corky take their relationship to the next level.
Murphy's indifference to the crew has become too much so her friends help stage a practical joke to teach her a lesson. Informed a staffer has died, Murphy claims to have known him, even agreeing to host his funeral.
Murphy, Miles, and Frank visit Stan in the hospital who's had a revelation after watching so much TV. He wants all network shows to go younger or add a dog so FYI hires McGovern who eventually clashes with Murphy.
Corky goes to see exec Tony Lucchesi about hosting a special and he sexually propositions her. When she declines to file a complaint Murphy decides to visit Tony but then finds she is the one accused of harassment.
Miles is asked to help on another program leaving Corky neglected and giving a returning Miller an opportunity with her. The absence of Miles from FYI also gives Murphy free to try out some ideas that create havoc on the show.
McGovern's photo shoot for Rolling Stone is unsupervised after Miles is called away. The issue features a nude McGovern and Murphy uses it as a reason for firing her. Talking to Stan she has second thoughts after hearing the exec's objections.
Stan decides the perfect secretary for Murphy is his nephew Andrew and in the beginning he is right. Everything starts going Murphy's way while her co-workers have a series of mishaps. Andrew's ambitions begin to be questioned.
With a major storm approaching Florida, Miles sends Miller to cover it to disrupt his dating of Corky. But then the entire FYI crew also has to go, with Murphy suspecting she's pregnant when she's nauseas. Peter has a surprise reaction.
As Murphy and Peter's wedding approaches Peter leaves on a short assignment. Frank goes ahead with bachelor party at a strip club without him but Murphy shows up to quiz everyone about marriage. Miles and Corky reconcile.