Present: Rene Jackson returns to Birmingham for her father's funeral and gets reacquainted with her childhood friend, Mary Elizabeth Sims, who is married with two kids. Past: Rene and M.E. meet for the first time.
Birmingham Daily writes an article about Rene. M.E. and Colliar's neighbor sues them. They counter sue for chasing Kelly and Davis with a rake. Past: M.E. is worried about the Cuban Missile Crisis and Rene question their friendship.
Present: Approaching their 26th wedding anniversary, M.E. and Colliar are at odds; Rene tries to build on a relationship with a man who only wants sex. Past: M.E. forced to attend charm school; Colliar and M.E. share their first kiss.
Rene helps plan a ceremony honoring her father. She asks M.E. to help. M.E. discovers something that could be emotionally scarring for Rene. Past: "Project C" is going on in Birmingham. Also, Rene develops her first crush.
Present: Rene defends an old family friend, then realizes he lied and is guilty. M.E. and Rene decide that they won't discuss politics. Past: March on Birmingham coming,M.E. gives Rene her St. Christopher medal for protection.
Present: When M.E.'s Grandma Otis is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, she fights her parents to keep her at home instead of putting her away, but the fight ends in tragedy. Past: Grandma Otis teaches M.E. the meaning of courage after she ridicules Colliar for crying at a funeral.
In the present, Renee tries to get a license for a same sex couple to get married as the city lets it's negative opinion of homosexual relationships be known. In the past M.E. tries to learn what sex is.
In the present, Renee represents a client who is suing for land that was taken from her grandmother. M.E. has her first story published and learns Colliar lost his job. In the past M.E. enters a talent contest at school.
In the present, Renee gets set up on a blind date with a man named Michael, whom she finds strange and doesn't understand how to take her rejection. M.E.'s sister Theresa (Delta Burke) comes to visit and M.E. and Colliar continue to have relationship problems. In the past, M.E. and Renee pull a prank on Theresa that results in Renee being injured and M.E.'s mom taking her to the hospital.
In the present, Rene tries to move on with her life after breaking up with Michael, but he begins stalking her and forces his way into her home. In the past, Rene and M.E. sneak out to go to the carnival but stumble upon a Klan meeting and find out M.E.'s uncle Jimmy is in the Klan.