Linda wants to fix up her divorced friend, Barb, with one of the guys. Barb likes Vince, who barely notices her; but it's Herb that likes Barb although she doesn't reciprocate prompting Linda to throw a party to give the matchmaking another chance.
Matt is accepted to art school and Herb, who has no children of his own, offers to help Vince with the tuition since he doesn't qualify for financial aid. Linda has lunch with Doris and meets her new boyfriend.
Tom feels he's losing his ability to communicate with Phoebe, so they go to the movies together but things don't go as planned when some of Phoebe's friends are there. Meanwhile, Linda catches up with Doris' news and the unattached members of the team do poetry reading at a coffeehouse.
Although Tom and his mentor, Ernie, work together on a successful city planning job, Tom gets a promotion at Ernie's expense which doesn't sit well with Tom. Marty makes friends with Doris' new boyfriend and Hugh puts Coach on a strict diet because of high cholesterol.