When Bridget announces that she has got a job as a lifeguard at a swimming pool, Jim is afraid that the girls don't need him anymore. Meanwhile, Kerry befriends a girl who is constantly ignored because she is not blonde. Rory is troubled by constant erections.
Cate's sister's son, the family black sheep C.J., arrives. He didn't come to the funeral because Paul was the only one who believed in him - and C.J. failed. But maybe he can help Paul's children. Or mess up again.
C.J.'s having a bad influence on Rory: inspired by C.J. he steals a drug dog. Then Bridget "borrows" Cate's credit card. And Finally, even Kerry is caught acting irresponsibly. Has Cate failed in raising her children?
Bridget gets assigned as a geek's lab partner, hires him as a tutor and finds herself oddly attracted to this Jeremy when Dylan gets sick. It's Kerry and Kyle's first Valentine's Day together. Rory has trouble figuring out a gift for Missy.
C.J.'s van burns down so he has to share a room with Gramps. Bridget needs no more tutoring, but wants to "win" Jeremy, so she enlists Kerry to take her go to the ge-- academic party Jeremy is going to. But does Bridget interest Jeremy?
Rory has started a blog centering on school rumors and C.J. starts helping him. Bridget tries to get Jeremy to go to the dance. The PTA, of which Cate belongs to, outlaws "suggestive" dancing, and Kerry decides to rebel. And Damian returns.
Gramps Jim gets a letter from his ex-wife, who tells that she's seeing someone else. Cate tells CJ that after hearing that Jim needs a man to talk to - and CJ has to be that man. In grief counseling, Cate is told to treat herself.
Rory has resorted to selling his stuff on the net to pay his dating expenses. C.J. becomes a "security consultant" at the mall. And he takes it seriously. Kerry wants to go to a summer art program in Europe, so she has to take a McJob.
The girls want to break the family Spring Break tradition and go to the Maeve Festival instead. Cate can't take a break from work, so she orders them to visit grandma. Rory has a crush on Kerry's friend Rachel. Naturally Kerry tells Rachel.
Having seen Cate in the arms of a man, the girls run away, leaving Kyle behind. The only one arriving the Maeve Festival is C.J., unfortunate for him. Soon the family starts worrying about the girls - except for Rory, who has other worries.
Bridget is going to a sleepover - or is she? Kerry's driving license test is approaching and she needs lessons. Turns out Gramps has to take the test too. C.J. holds a party at the campus, which leads to complications.
Mother's Day is approaching and the girls are acting suspiciously considerate towards Cate. Are they up to something no good? Rory starts a business: car wash. Then Gramps gets nostalgic over a car just like his first one.
C.J. has started taking massaging lessons. Gramps insists he can be the repairman of the house. Bridget gets a note from the principal because she supposedly dressed inappropriately. But when Cate meets the principal, she recognizes him.
Kerry gets in the art program in Europe in the summer, but Cate forgot to submit her medical records in time. Together they appeal to principal Gibb. C.J. falls for Missy's big sister Sissy and Gramps for a woman he has a car accident with.
Bridget gets suspended from school but she's covering for Kerry so she can go to her summer program in Europe. C.J. is waiting a call from Aerosmith, Gramps from Cate's mom. Cate goes to talk to Gibb about the girls, with surprising result.
The summer is over and Kerry has "grown" in Europe and wants to break up with Kyle. Bridget is the student body president and revels in her power. Rory starts high school with trepidation. Gibbs offers Cate a job.
Rory is being bullied in school - (un)fortunately Gramps and C.J. offer him advice. The girls are not happy to hear that Cate will become their school nurse since they both have a secret mom won't like.
C.J. decides to try speed dating. Kerry's winning art project about the objectification of women will be displayed at the mall. Will this be the *one* time she gets the people's attention instead of Bridget?
Rory is enamored with Marnie the Slurpie Girl and knows she'd like to see OutKast live. But he hasn't got a driver. Nor tickets like her sisters. *Then* he gets left with the keys and wrecks the mini-van. Surely he is doomed? Right?
The Halloween Dance is near. Since Bridget is the president, it's her duty to organize it - and since she's no good at it, the vice president seeks to replace her. C.J. has bad 1979 Dance memories but will be the 2004 head of security.
Bridget falls for the tennis coach, Scott, and so does Cate, whom Scott asks out. Cate declines because they work at the same place, but can she resist her urges? Rory finds out a secret while making a school project about Gramps.
Rory won't reveal who beat him up. CJ fails to get him painkillers. The girls get fake IDs; and Bridget gives their number to a cop. They fear Cate answers his call. CJ fears the pharmacy calls. Cate fears Scott calls. Who answers whose call?
Bridget gets an audition for a car commercial, but gets rejected. This causes Bridget to lose her confidence in herself. Jim goes to reprimand the project leader who, to Cate's shock, turns out to be the love of his life.
C.J. doesn't wan't to share the room with Jim anymore, so Jim agrees to move to the "scary" attic if C.J. manages to spend one night alone there. A scout from Princetown is coming to see Bridget play tennis and Kerry becomes very upset at the very thought of Bridget possibly getting a scholarship to Princeton. But Bridget is about to flunk maths which would mean she won't get to play when the scout arrives...
C.J. plans to leave for Las Vegas to spend Christmas there because his parents always spent their holiday at some exotic location while he was "dumped" to some nanny. Cate shows C.J. a Christmas photo from when she was 10 years old and succeeds in changing his mind. Cate makes the mistake of promising that the family celebrates this Christmas exactly like in the photo - and C.J. wants all the details duplicated... Rory surprises everyone with the revelation that he has a rich girlfriend. But what kind of Christmas present can he give to a girl who has everything?