Obnoxious radio host Marty Crane has singled out Murphy for derisive commentsfor which she has little recourse. When Marty submits the winning bid for a charity dinner date with Murphy, she doesn't know what to expect.
The FYI gang are comparing finances and investments when Jim reveals he is owner of a bar that is making money. Remodeled to resemble one he liked in his youth, Jim is uncomfortable with the fact it has a gay clientele.
Miles decides to bring back Stuart, an original anchor, for the 17th anniversary show unaware Murphy, Frank, and Jim had him fired. Once Stuart arrives his annoying habits resurface, leading Murphy to make a startling on air announcement.
Frank is told by his psychologist that after 17 years of therapy he no longer needs treatment. He then erroneously informs Murphy she is responsible for his problems leading her to confront Frank's therapist.
Murphy insists on taking Miles shopping when the sameness of his wardrobe is the topic of a staff meeting. After barging into his dressing area she sees more of her boss then anticipated. The jokes begin after they return to work.
Murphy accepts a part in a Louis Malle film and Frank desperately tries to get himself included. Stan Lansing, a top network network executive, tells them they can't appear in movies contractually and Murphy must extricate herself from the situation.
Murphy recieves an offer to leave FYI, creating conflict with her co-anchors. As they prepare for an anniversary party their friendships seem fragile and Murphy imagines a future where they have all moved on.
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.