Bridget needs one of her parents' signatures for a permission slip that will allow her to drop her college prep courses. She gets Kerry to distract Paul so he won't read the permission slip, and he signs it quickly. Later the school calls Cate notifying her that Bridget has dropped all of her college prep classes. Paul finds Kerry's sketchbook and thinks she is really talented. He decides that he will take her drawings to show the principal what a great artist Kerry is. Paul, Cate and Bridget have a meeting with the principal, Mrs. Connelly. Bridget announces that she...
Cate comforts Kerry because she has just broken up with her boyfriend, Jason. Paul comes down to talk to Kerry after Cate is done and ends up making her feel worse. While Bridget tells Paul about the party she is going to that night, Kerry enters with her friend, Christina. Christina is just as cynical and moody as Kerry, and Kerry has renewed their friendship because she is depressed over her breakup with Jason. Paul doesn't like it that they are friends again. He talks to Cate about it, and she tells him not to get involved. Paul also wants to find out what is in ...
Paul is trying to get Kerry and Bridget to talk to each other after they both date Kyle. Kyle tries to get Bridget back and has his brother's apartment for the weekend. Paul, frustrated by the whole thing, dozes off and dream Kyle is Jack Tripper, his daughters are Janet and Chrissy, He and Cate are the Ropers with Rory is Larry from Three's Company.
Bridget comes home, past curfew, after a night out at a music concert and finds her parents asleep on the couch. Rory sneaks downstairs and wakes up his parents to reveal that his sister is late again. An upset Paul questions Bridget who acts as if she has done nothing wrong. Paul and Cate decide to handle this situation differently and together. Cate proposes that Bridget pick up a hobby, like playing music. Paul suggests taking her down to the music store so they can pick out an instrument for her to play. Later that day in the garage, Bridget plays the drums wildly...
Paul and Cate force Rory to read "To Kill a Mockingbird" for a book report instead of watching the movie. Bridget pretends to pine over Ben going off to college, while Kerry covers for her. In reality, Bridget is in a great mood and has been calling and messaging Ben at college in Ohio and thinks she's in love with him. Paul had discouraged any further relations with Ben because he was too old for Bridget. Kerry covers for her sister because Bridget keeps throwing a guilt trip on her for kissing Kyle.
Paul drives Rory to school, who begs his dad not to leave the car - ever - after dropping him off. Paul decides to investigate Rory's behavior and confronts the boys in the school that have been calling Rory names. During this conversation, the boys realize that Paul is wearing slippers and they laugh and call him Slipper-Dad. Paul's actions and slippers mortify Rory. That night, Bridget and Kerry tell Paul that they heard about his slippers at Rory's school through the grapevine. The girls insist that they have been scarred for life - again - because of this.
Bridget is taking psychology at school and is annoying Kerry by psycho-analyzing her actions and words. An excited Rory and Paul come home from Rory's basketball game, talking about meeting famous racecar driver Carter Tibbits. Rory spoils his father's good news by announcing to Cate that Carter wants Paul to write his biography. Paul also tells Cate that Carter has invited their whole family to dinner at his mansion. Paul is thrilled with the idea of writing a book on Carter, but his hero worship and subsequent attempts to impress the driver lead to some very awkward...
Bridget has taped over Kerry's video project for school. Kerry is enraged because Bridget taped herself dancing in her new leather pants over Kerry's footage of a meteor shower, which comes only once every 60 years. Paul jokingly suggests she do her project on Bridget, and Kerry decides she make a film about how beautiful people have a much easier life.
Kerry and Bridget are caught partying on the evening news while the family is vacationing at Cate's parents home in Florida. The news also runs an archived video that features a young Cate, who is very drunk at a bar.
Rory wants a monkey, so Paul gives him baseball cards instead. But Rory won't give up so easily... Cate is about to get a promotion, which means more work and less time for Bridget, of which she is not happy, so Paul tries to help Bridget.
Cate brings Kerry home after giving her a tour of the hospital. Kerry tells Paul about the starving twins she saw and how disappointed she is in the state of the world. Cate suggests that Kerry become involved with the Great American Bake Sale, an event Cate's hospital is participating in where people volunteer to bake goods to give to the hungry and homeless. Kyle and Bridget come home carrying a sack of flour bundled in a baby blanket. They have been paired up in heath class with an assignment to take care of the sack like it is a real baby. Kerry and Rory spend an ...
Everyone in the neighborhood uses every possible excuse to distance themselves from the religious weirdos, The Doyles. However, despite their best efforts, the Hennessys end up in central roles in the wedding of one of the Doyle girls.
Donny takes Bridget out on a date, then invites her to a formal. Kyle just keeps spending time at the Hennessys' and then... with Kerry. Cate's sister, bitter after her husband left her, comes for a visit.
Cate awaits the results of her pregnancy test while Bridget struggles with her long distance relationship with Donny Doyle. A new student at school catches Bridget's wandering eye. Meanwhile, Cate is stunned by Paul's insensitivity and selfishness when he reveals to her that he's not sure he's ready for another child in the house.
Paul and Kerry go for a father-and-daughter's night out at the movies but it soon turns into an awkward situation when the movie gets a little graphic. Cate starts teaching Sex Ed at Bridget's high school and upon receiving a letter from a "new" girl who is contemplating having sex with her long-distance boyfriend, Cate goes on the defensive.
Fred and Mary Ellen Doyle are shocked beyond words when Bridget decides to break up with their son Donny on a videotape, leading to a fight between the Hennesseys and the Doyles. The situation gets more complicated as Donny decides to leave the Naval Academy for Bridget and dash his future hopes and dreams of being in the Navy. Bridget faces a moral dilemma as she has to choose between having a relationship with Donny that would benefit her but which he might later regret or helping him realize his home is in Annapolis.
Goodbye Part 1: Unexpectdedly, Cate Henessy gets a call telling her that her husband has passed away in an accident. She suddenly, gives a dramatic reaction. When the kids don't know whats going on or why, things really turn belly up.
Cate is unprepared for the diverse reactions exhibited by Bridget and Kerry on their first day back to school since their father's death. Meanwhile, Jim tries his best to be helpful by making some questionable home improvements to the Hennessy home.
Paul used to be in the school basketball team and since his dad would have really liked it Rory decides to get into the team. Granpa gets the girls to agree not to fight each other because it burdens Cate. But it's hard to maintain peace.
Cate's determined to have the traditional Thanksgiving with the family even without Paul. When the girls say they want to go to a party, she tells them to bring their dates to dinner instead. Rory is told that he's the man in the house now.
Bridget needs extra-curricular activities to boost her college applications. So she joins the drama club - and gets the lead, upsetting Lacey, who expected to get it, and Kerry, who only gets to be one of the crew. Rory tries ventriloquism.