Ed decides to hire a manager for the bowling alley and must choose between Shirley, Phil, and Kenny. Ed goes to court representing 3 old friends from high school over a contract written on a cocktail napkin. Ed's opposition is the NYC law firm that fired him. Mike and Nancy disagree over who should feed the baby overnight.
Ed takes the case of an attractive woman who kept unearned wages in her paycheck. Molly differs with Bob on how to cast the high school musical. Carol ends things with Nick. Dr. Jerome requires Mike to give him a medical exam.
Carol tries to figure out how to avoid Nick since their breakup. Ed takes the case of a distraught bride to be who is suing her hair stylist for ruining her hair. Ed tries to win Carol's affection but it leads to a misunderstanding.
Ed is given an assignment by Mayor Wally to impress tourism writer Callie with Stuckeyville's charms. He decides what's needed is an impromptu festival. Carol thinks she needs to leave town to be a better writer.
Ed looks forward to celebrating Thanksgiving, deciding to host everyone at the bowling alley. He defends his client Gavin, injured by a cantaloupe while continuing down memory lane by firing the cannon at the football game.
Ed is told by Charley Hudson, while writing his will, that he is gay and wants to reveal his relationship to his family. Mike feels threatened by a hotshot Dr. Benson at work. Phil holds auditions for an open mike night at the bowling alley.
Troy McCallum, star QB in high school, returns for the holidays causing Ed and Carol reflect on their past with him. Ed, with Phil's help, pranks Tucker's Appliance as revenge. Ed helps Warren impress a girl by pretending to die.