Jason and Stads have a big fight over his gift to her, tickets to a concert that he is anxious to go to. Samantha advises Jason to buy another gift for Stads and the two of them set out for Beverly Hills to buy a necklace. On the way a big storm rolls in, causing a mudslide. Samantha and Jason are unable to get out of the car. Stads' intuition tells her that there is trouble and she alerts a rescue patrol. Trapped in the car, Jason and Samantha talk about their feelings for each other.
The boys throw a birthday party for their father, even though his car broke down and he's not in attendance. The party is going along just fine without him when who should show up but Michele, the boys' mother, back from Saudi Arabia. Michele lets her sons know that she doesn't care for what she's seen of Malibu. Jason and Scott are worried that she will ship them back to New York. They concoct a scheme to make her change her opinion. Michele has no intention of taking the boys away, but when she and Peter find out about the planned deception, they devise a little ...
Murray decides to run for mayor of Malibu to save a 500-year-old tree stump that's slated for removal for road construction. His opponent is Dennis Haskins, the actor who played Mr. Belding in Saved by the Bell (1989). When Scott and Jason hear that Murray's father has given him a $20,000 campaign contribution, they quickly volunteer to be his campaign managers.
After his breakup with Stads, Jason is striking out with women while Scott is having great success with girls he's met through the internet. Jason thinks the girls must all be geeks until he gets a look at a picture of Scott's intended date Jocelyn. Jason replaces Jocelyn's picture with one of a muscle woman. Scott is surprised when he sees the picture and Jason advises him to stand her up.
Murray is attracted to a sunbather on the beach named Amber. To help him out, Jason lets her know that Murray is a trust fund baby. Amber is suddenly wild about Murray. She takes his credit cards, goes on a shopping spree and within hours has maxed out his cards. To expose Amber as a phony, Scott poses as a rich nerd.
Peter promotes Scott to a position over Jason at the restaurant. In their sibling rivalry, the boys make a $200 bet over who is the better ladies' man. To do this they appear on Traycee's new cable show which is similar to "The Dating Game." Murray also is on the same panel as the boys. Both brothers try to cheat by getting inside information on the female contestants, but it doesn't work. Jason and Scott get into a fight onstage and are disqualified, as Murray wins the date and a trip to Hawaii. Also, Stads dons a "fat suit" to do an undercover article for the ...
Jason likes a girl he meets on the beach named Holly, but she has a boyfriend. Murray gets a gig doing surf reports for a radio station, but accidentally gets promoted to "The Dude of Love," who gives advice on romance. Holly thinks that the Dude has all the answers, and Jason sees this as a way to get her to break up with her boyfriend. He gets Samantha to call into the show pretending to be in the same situation as Holly.
Jason is hurt and offended when his father snaps at him at work, suggesting no one else would hire him. He leaves the Lighthouse gets a new job at a Malibu health club. Jason is looking forward to working around pretty girls all day, but his boss Bertha gives him tough, unglamorous tasks to do. Back at the Lighthouse, Peter and Scott are shorthanded while preparing for an important visit by a food critic.
Laura, a graphic designer, is hired to design new menus for the Lighthouse, and the boys notice that their father has more than a professional interest in her. Jason tutors his father on how to turn a business dinner into a romantic one. Before Peter can go out with Laura, she asks Jason for a date. To avoid this, when she arrives at the restaurant, Jason fakes a toothache. An attractive woman who happens to be a dentist is on hand, and Peter now becomes interested in her.
Stads is interning at a local TV station and everyone else seems to want to get in on the act. Traycee tries out for weather girl and Jason enters the jingle-writing contest. Scott confides to Stads that he's always wanted to be a sportscaster, so she gets him an audition. The night before the audition, Jason keeps Scott up all night listening to his jingles, resulting in Scott looking and acting like a zombie the next day. He finishes his audition by falling asleep.
The boys have forgotten to buy their mother a birthday present, so they decide to make her a videotape all about their lives in Malibu. Told in flashback, Murray, Samantha and Stads come up with plenty of memories, but all of them are bad. It's up to Peter to point out some of the positive things that have happened in Malibu.
Peter gives Jason and Scott the responsibility of hiring a new cook while he's away, and they choose a beautiful, statuesque blonde, whose cooking is awful. Murray's old surfing buddy Webfoot Wilson shows up in Malibu and Murray is glad to see him. However, Stads and Samantha witness Webfoot stealing money from the till of Murray's Surf Shack and they wonder how they should tell him.
The boys' favorite uncle, Charlie, is coming to visit, but he isn't as happy about it as they are. The Marine Corps is pushing him to retire and take a teaching position at a military school. Concerned with his depression, Jason and Scott convince him to stay in town a while longer, ostensibly to help their dad, who they say has been drinking and gambling. But Charlie ends up whipping the boys into shape instead, turning their Malibu lives into a Marine boot camp. Later Charlie meets Murray, who tells him about the glories of surfing. Charlie tries it and soon becomes...
Scott and Jason accidentally destroy their father's $2000 watch. To raise money to replace it, they convince Murray to hold a "Casino Night" on his father's yacht while he's out of town. The event is a moneymaking success but when Murray hears that Mr. Updyke is returning sooner than expected, he panics and runs the boat into a reef, sinking it.
Scott and Stads are training together for a triathlon. Murray asks Jason if he will be jealous of their closeness during this time. Jason says no but he soon is jealous anyway. He enters the triathlon himself to keep an eye on the two, but can't keep up the rigorous training. Jason and Stads spend some time together and old feelings are reignited as they kiss. Also, Traycee slips on the Lighthouse's wet floor (ignoring a "Wet Floor" sign) in order to get on a commercial for a lawyer who specializes in personal injury lawsuits.
Medical student Lisa Jones is hired by Peter as a waitress at the Lighthouse despite insulting his two sons during the interview. Scott is attracted to her right away, but she's doesn't think much of him. Jason tries to build up his brother, telling Lisa that Scott is training for the Olympics. Scott isn't happy with the lie until he see that it impresses Lisa. She introduces him to Gary of the UCLA swim team and a race is arranged.
Jesse, a member of Peter's 1970s band the Disco Dudes, shows up at the Lighthouse. He's still in the music business and Jason, recently promoted to night manager at the restaurant, wants to play his songs for him. Jason begins skipping work to hang out with Jesse and Peter is concerned about his son following Jesse's irresponsible example. Jason sells his laptop to buy a new guitar for Stads' lifeguard benefit concert.
The Lighthouse is losing business to another restaurant, the Aloha, and Peter can't figure out why, since their food is terrible. He takes his sons to the restaurant to see what the attraction is. They quickly find out: it's the floor show featuring the sexy "Coconut-a-Go-Go Girls." They also find out that Murray has been there 21 nights in a row. Business is so bad for the Lighthouse that Peter may default on a loan. Murray offers to use some of his trust fund money to help out.
Things are going good for Jason, but not so good for Stads. He auditions for a coffeehouse gig and gets it; she is passed over for a promotion and is fired when she complains about it. To make her feel even worse, her hair dryer was responsible for an apartment fire. Stads comes by the Collins house feeling much better because she's decided to go to work in Europe for a year. Jason is jolted by this news.
Peter has been ignoring Scott's swim meets and now only three are left before the Olympic trials. Fearing that he's doing the same thing to Scott now that he did to him when he was younger, Peter now tries to get as involved as possible. He's taking care of Scott's diet, hiring a masseuse, and making Jason do all the chores.
Lisa receives a gift (a human skeleton!) from a secret admirer. Scott finds out that Murray is the one who sent it to her. Lisa needs an additional $1800 for tuition. Jason tells her about the swing dance contest at the Malibu Country Club with a prize of $2000. When she finds out Murray and family are all members, she gets him to be her partner for the contest.
After a successful audition before Alex's uncle the producer, Jason gets the go-ahead to make a demo recording. He's surprised to see that the producer sent to work with him is a woman: a young, attractive one. Jason works with Kendall and there seems to be a spark between them. Stads calls from Europe. Jason tells her about the demo but not that the producer is female.
Peter is thrilled to be named businessman of the year by the Malibu Business Association. Murray is excited that his favorite actor Josh Denmark is in Malibu shooting a film. Jason recalls that he knew Josh a few years back in music camp. Together they sneak onto the set to see Josh and disrupt the shoot. Josh remembers Jason, the two reminisce and plan to meet again. Later Josh comes by the Lighthouse with female fans following him. Jason offers to let Josh stay at the Collins house to escape the crush of fans. Jason asks his dad after the fact if Josh can stay and ...
Jason has been having a great time with Alex and he admits to Murray that he'd like to date her. However, his film star friend Josh Denmark tells him that he too would like to date Alex. The two have competed for the same girls in the past and both agree not to date Alex. Murray, though, encourages Jason to ask Alex out, and he takes his advice. But it seems that Josh has already asked Alex out and she accepted.
Scott is excited about working with a new therapist, Ted from California University, and he believes against all odds that he will be in shape for the Olympic swim team trials. Trying to rush along his rehabilitation, he persuades Ted to let him get back in the water. Scott says he feels great and his comeback is progressing very rapidly, but he's been taking medication to ease the pain his shoulder is causing him.