In an alternate reality, Fleishman is married to Shelly, Maggie is his nanny, Ruth Ann is a prominent physician whom he seeks partnership with, Chris tries to jump off a building and Maurice walks into their dinner party gun in hand.
Maggie regrets her auction donation and attempts to buy the item back from Chris, Shelly wakes up in Miranda's doll house to find Ruth Ann portraying the original owner, and Ed, turned P.I., films Hayden committing insurance fraud.
Marilyn walks out on her job; Maurice tries to impress an aristocratic English dame but Ruth Ann rescues the fox he intends to hunt; Holling's daughter has stood him up and Dr. Fleishman meets the ghosts of Yom Kippur past, present and future.
Maggie's 15 year old self haunts her; Shelly regrets throwing away a chain letter; cantankerous new barber Angelo is at odds with Chris; Joel finds out his head bump is malignant so he borrows Chris' bike & goes for a reckless joy ride.
Ed mixes Dr Fleischman's trial prescriptions with placebos; Maurice bullies him to find out what's in the pills; Chris becomes jealous of his ventriloquist dummy & Shelly sees her casino dreams come true when the Devil comes into town.
Through the magic of Ed's film reels, thanks to Marilyn's storytelling, the main characters go back in time to star as Cicely's residents back when Anastasia Romanov, Duchess of Russia, came to town, in the early 1900s.
Ed tracks Dr. Fleischman up river living a primitive life after Maggie asked him to move out; Chris' inept contractor botches up his trailer renovations & love-struck Ruth-Anne pines over Walt who is out checking traps.
A new doctor moves into town with his wife; Holling yearns to join Maurice's exclusive stag club "Sons of the Tundra", and Ed eats a spirit trout that gives him the power to live future events before they happen.
House-sitting for Maurice, Ed assumes his personality & throws lavish parties; Holling throws Maggie non-stop curves to buying Barbara's house and Joel feels the need to defend his lifestyle to a placid Marilyn.
Dr. Capra fights Maurice over an additive in his Cicely water which is making women lustful & aggressive and causing men to act like women. Joel, officially freed from his AK contract fights Shelly for his tapes that she has usurped.
Maggie is afraid to tell her mother her wedding to Joel is off; her mother's boyfriend dies at the Brick; Ruth-Anne hires Walt and Holling ditches a miffed Maurice to build Dr. Capra's boat so Maurice invites Ed to a sauna.
Dr Fleischman enlists Maggie to accompany him in a quest for the Lost Jewelled City where they will encounter classic fairy tale myths; Chris sues Dr Capra for malpractice and Michelle has to review The Brick for a restaurant guide.
Dr Capra buys land then gets agoraphobia & tries to get his money back from Maurice; Michelle resents an anonymous gift of clothes; Maurice thinks the Vincoeurs' daughter is his uncle reincarnated & the town celebrates Founders' Day.
Chris attempts to get his Master's degree in Comparative Literature in spite of two quarreling professors. Maggie buys the town theater and goes into business. Holling has a surprise show up in town and reveals an even bigger secret.
Dr Capra befriends an Italian restaurateur feuding with his neighbor, one of his patients who extends the vendetta onto him. Ruth-Anne becomes a popular radio storyteller & the Vincoeurs enlist mayor Maggie to settle a domestic dispute.
Cicely is in a mixed-doubles bowling tournament and Michelle is their star bowler. Chris finally realizes he's romantically interested in Maggie and she seems to reciprocate the feeling. Michelle leaves Phil and moves into the Brick.
Michelle decides to put on the play, Bus Stop, but is running into problems: Ron bribes her to cast Erick in a role; Holling gets drunk during rehearsals; Chris cannot kiss Maggie and Shelly is jealous of not getting the lead female role.
Cal turns himself in, serenades Maurice & Barbara who falls for him; Dr Capra has offended Marilyn's mother; Hayden tells him his apology made things worse & Holling suggests he takes Cotillion; Marilyn teaches Chris how to waltz.
Maurice is planning on asking Barbara to marry him but reconsiders when she punches him. Holling is acting like a caribou in rut; Michelle gets lost in the woods and meets Rabbi Schulman; Chris acknowledges his love for Maggie.