Anchor Chuck is now convinced Kelly Carr's daughter Gracey is his and wants to step up as her father, but Kelly refuses him any access. failing to care properly for the goldfish bowl the station gave 'big fish in a small pond' Chuck makes him look irresponsible, so he demands it discretely replaced by servile 'boss' Ryan. Meanwhile the professional bumbling and 'collegial' abuse continues, in Gary's case extremely painful in every sense.
Gracie's class visits the TV station. Ryan sees a younger version of himself in chubby nerd Brian, but gravely underestimates that kid. When classmate Xander Tucker seems to bully Gracie, Kelly first forbids Cuck to intervene 'too macho', then grossly abuses the knave herself, which causes well-deserved trouble, while the kids' story proves quite innocent. Gary wins a bet and learns about Marsh's soft spot, a poet reminding him of his dad. Stutterer Montana is professionally outclassed by a schoolgirl.
Kelly is asked to deliver the eulogy for an old colleague, but she doesn't know that it's because people thought they were sleeping together. During the funeral, Chuck babysits Gracie with mixed results.
An attractive young anchor from a rival station asks Kelly out on a date. Chuck immediately jumps to the conclusion that he is only trying to steal her from the station and that he couldn't possibly be serious about her.
Chuck acts pretty jealous when Kelly accepts to date his handsome professional rival Craig St. Claire. Worse, he's accidentally forced to take ghastly make-up girl Margaret, an avid fan, to the same restaurant. Yet once there, Chuck proves charming company, while Craig walks out because Kelly can't keep her eyes off Chuck.
Chuck attempts to buy his first house in order to impress the attractive real estate agent, Colette, and to prove to Kelly that he was growing up and taking responsibility for his life. However, the technology-advanced house seems to have other ideas about Chuck moving in!
On a very slow news day Ryan decides to pad the broadcast with human interest stories much to chuck's annoyance. During the argument Ryan receives a call about a bank robbery in progress and that the robber has taken hostages and wants Chuck to negotiate. Kelly reminds Chuck that he is a father now and doesn't want him to go but Chuck reminds her that he is a news man and will be OK. Gary covers the scene from the outside and Chuck goes inside the bank to talk to the hostage taker and eventually hits upon a very novel solution to the crisis.