Needing a new washing machine and not having the money and refusing to put anything on credit, MacGillis moonlights with Holowachuk at a rest stop station, where Gene is the manager and John is the assistant manager.
Problems arise when a Marine pen pal Robin has been communicating with via mail for a while, shows up thinking Polly is Robin, since Robin sent him Polly's picture instead. After Craig and Holowachuk overhear the two at the officer's club, they think Polly and the pen pal are running away together, and set about trying to stop it.
Camp Hollister Marines must do double duty after the civilian workforce strikes over lay offs and budget cuts. After Polly finds a 900 number on the phone bill and the number is no longer in service, she tries to find out whom did it and why.
Depressed over a failed bill in congress that would have allowed women to serve in combat -- a life-long dream of her's, Gunny makes some drastic changes in her life, including dying her hair bright blonde.
Holowachuk wins the officer's tournament and gloats until he finds out Gunny won it so often she stopped playing to give other people a chance at winning, and it promptly drives him mad at who is a better pool player.
The Major, Gunny and Holowachuk are on a court martial-panel who are suppose to decide whether the marine on trial is guilty or not. It seems the man deserted his post when he learned that something happened to someone in his family. And the Major and Gunny are on opposite sides, so it's Holowahcuk who's the decider. So he spends countless time looking at both sides.
In order to research for an article on group therapy she is doing, Polly takes along MacGillis to a group therapy weekend where in order to write the article, they are required to participate. Elizabeth holds a small party while the two are out of the house, which gets out of control.
After being unknowingly entered into the Outstanding Armed Services Family of the Year competition and getting picked, the Major refuses to do it, but the family wants to. Things get heated as a rude family is competing against them.
Polly and Robin are sick and the Major and kids must take care of them. On top of that he must also try to write her new article, which is riddled with errors from her being sick and tired when written. Holowachuk accidentally crumples up and ruins General Craig's photo of the Rat Pack, signed by all the members.
Polly is out of town for a writing conference and the Major must pull double parenting duty. Holowachuk, out of loneliness, joins the Adopt-a-Marine program, but the woman whom adopts him turns out to be possessive.
Polly makes a video documentary of the staff in lieu of the decision to close Camp Hollsiter. Everybody is mourning the closure until Polly thinks she may have discovered something that may keep it open, and it's not a turtle.