Georgie defends an HIV-infected teacher who is facing dismissal from Evan's school despite the fact that it makes her an outcast of the predominantly conservative neighborhood. Alex tries to stop her Guatemalan maid from being deported. Meanwhile, Frankie reluctantly helps Mitch and Teddy sort out their long overdue income tax bills from the business to the fish store from when they were married.
Both Victor and Wade vie for the attention of Alex, who is faced with going to two different events on the same with night with them. Meanwhile, Mitch tries to get the workaholic Frankie away from the office to go on a fishing trip with him. Also, Teddy has trouble deciding what car she wants to buy for herself.
Frankie finds herself in a bind when the man who helped her achieve corporate vice president (from episode 'Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back') is accused of sexual harassment of another woman at the office. After losing her window decorating job, Teddy falls under the influence of Fern Newsuranger, a cosmetics saleswoman, who Teddy decides to follow her path. Meanwhile, Beatrice gives Truman a hard time over what furniture to get rid of when they move in together.
Georgie, on advice from a campaign expert, changes her image and her personality to run for the local school board. Meanwhile, Alex and Wade try to enroll Reed in a private school, but have second thoughts when they see that the place is a snob-fest. Elsewhere, Frankie, Mitch and Cat try to sell their old loft stove to a poor man who is really a con artist looking to lower the price.
While Georgie's youngest son, Evan, writes a school report on the four elements of nature, he observes each of the four elements in four different stories around him. WATER: After Victor saves Reed from drowning in her bathtub, her hostility towards him turns to lust, and Alex feels both threatened and jealous by Reed's new found attention towards Victor. FIRE: Teddy gets help from her sisters when a fire burns down the Whitsig garage with all her new clothing designs before a major fashion show. AIR: Frankie tries to get pregnant with Mitch, who gets a flat tire on ...
Georgie stomps for some last minute votes as the election for councilperson draws near, while Frankie and Teddy quarrel over personal items that both want to keep. Meanwhile, Alex relentlessly tries to bag a wealthy new interior decorating client. The ladies, so occupied with their problems, don't realize that Beatrice suffers a heart attack and is rushed to the hospital.
Both Teddy and Mitch become upset when Cat plans her first romantic and sexual encounter with her boyfriend. Alex gets mugged and overreacts with self-defense classes, home security, and more. Meanwhile, Sinatra wannabe John is hit with stage fright while appearing on stage at a nightclub during amateur night. After losing her cosmetics job, Fern Newsuranger asks John to sing with him in his act.
Alex may have to sell her house after a deadbeat client of hers declares bankruptcy. But an anonymous benefactor offers to purchase Alex's house for her and in doing some investigating, Alex is shocked when she learns who her financial savior is. Cheering up Beatrice after her heart attack proves increasingly difficult for the sisters as she begins moping around her apartment not wanting to do anything. Meanwhile, Frankie learns that she cannot get pregnant and considers adoption.
While attending a local Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Teddy finds love with her sponsor Harry. But Teddy later learns that Harry is reluctant to quit drinking himself. Meanwhile, Georgie becomes jealous when John spends more time with his singing partner, Fern, than with her. Also, Wade takes Alex to their old apartment for a romantic getaway and asks that they reconcile.
A young woman offers her baby to Frankie and Mitch for adoption which they gladly accept. But soon after, the young teen mother has second thoughts. Meanwhile, Alex tries to tell Victor that she's returning to Wade, while Victor has something similar to tell her. Also, Beatrice gives Truman an ultimatum; marry her or else they are through.
During a late-summer heat wave, Alex wants to have the perfect wedding for her mother and Judge Trueman Ventner. But Beatrice doesn't like her daughter's plans. While Alex spends a romantic evening with her ex-husband, Wade, Reed informs them that she wants to quit college to be with her boyfriend Kirby. Later, Reed informs everyone that she has married Kirby, and Alex reacts by breaking EVERY piece of crystal in her house. Meanwhile, Frankie is concerned that Georgie, who is seven months pregnant, may be over-exerting herself, so she hires a housekeeper for Georgie. ...
Teddy finds a way to help her struggling clothing business when, after Alex invites her to a dinner party, Teddy meets Simon Bolt, a wealthy but cynical British corporate magnate who becomes interested in her work and wants to invest $10 million to help expand her business. Meanwhile, Laura, a sexy TV reporter, wants to know about Mitch and his fish store which makes Frankie jealous. Also, the very pregnant Georgie fights her sudden craving for chocolate.
Frankie decides to convert and raise a Jewish family with Mitch, much to the shock of the family, especially the conservative Beatrice. Meanwhile, Teddy and Simon fight over how to run Teddy's new clothing factory and over McKinley working for the company. Also, Alex helps Reed and Kirby with moving into their new apartment and afterward takes them into her house after they are evicted.