Ed is approached by Frankie, a newly minted attorney, who hopes Ed will hire her. Molly tries to be the principal everyone likes but it backfires. Warren, Diane, and Eli decide to make Mark's last meal before surgery memorable.
Carol is sued for a negative restaurant review by Rich Keenan, a bully when they were young. Ed and Frankie take her case. Molly tries to help awkward Ryan and has a connection with his dad Sean. Phil promotes extreme bowling.
Ed and Frankie end up with a murder case when they defend Danny Martin, whose best friend died while they reenacted a school prank. Molly grows closer with firefighter Sean but errors when trying to help him with his son Ryan.
Ed becomes concerned about how he will be remembered. Carol's sister Stella returns followed by her much older boyfriend Evan. Warren makes an unusual Valentine's Day gesture to Stella. Phil and Eli compete to create a Happy Birthday song.
Ed acts the good samaritan during a car accident but is sued by when an injury incurs so Frankie becomes his lawyer. Warren rushes things with Stella after their night together. Molly and Sean grow even closer.
Ed is trying to decide whether it would be a good idea to date Frankie. He enters a dream state with Mike as his companion where he revisits moments of his oast and some possible futures. Versions of Taye Diggs even appear.
Ed and Frankie take the next step by sleeping together with Carol perplexed with her feelings when she finds out. Toby Gibbons tries to mediate between Mike and Dr. Jerome. Mark feels guilty when Jimmy's gastric goes wrong.
Ed and Carol move out of friend zone into dating but discover they don't inspire each other in the bedroom. Mike and Nancy buy a purebred dog but must sue the breeder for fraud. Eli finds a source for terrific pies that sell really well.
Ed's cousin Benny arrives in Stuckeyville to shoot a documentary on the only bowling alley owning attorney he knows. His friends either reveal their quirks like Mike and Nancy or do elaborate skits for the film as does Phil and Eli.
Ed and Mike fulfill a long time dream by purchasing a race horse. Warren puts off college following Carol's advice which angers his parents. Eli has a disagreement with Jennifer, his pie supplier, and is mistaken for a faith healer.
A historian discredits Stuckeyville's founder and his Revolutionary War hero status so Ed takes it to court. Nancy wants Mike to list everything he doesn't want their daughter to know. Ed becomes obsessed with a man from Carol's past.
Ed represents Doug who is being sued by his father for school tuition after he quits school. Molly becomes intrigued by a new guy Ted but is still seeing Sean. Mike and Nancy devise a test to pick Sarah's guardian among their friends.
Carol is offered a writing job in New York leaving Ed with a decision to make. When he decides he will move with her it causes ripple effects. Mike feels the need to audition for a new best friend and Stuckey Bowl's employees are worried.