Hallie asks Rita for permission to go to a concert with Brody and his friends - and says it's better if Kip doesn't know, because he might get the wrong idea. However, asking Rita to keep her mouth shut has the predictable results.
Patty has decided not to see the guy she went out on a date with, and does not want any fix-ups, so naturally Rita schedules their "girls-go-to-see-a-movie" event exactly when Jay's single friends are gathered in their living room.
Owen is depressed over having no job, and can't concentrate on playing. Rita and Patty give him a confidence-boosting makeover. Hallie wants Kip out of Rita's band and decides to accomplish that through manipulation.
The band is auditioning bassists after Owen's departure. Rita's new neighbor's playing music loud is keeping her and Jay up all night. Because Jay is aggressive, Rita goes to make friends with the neighbor, but creates a problem.
Hallie has an announcement: She's going to be a famous fashion designer. Her parents, however, are not so supportive of her difficult goal. Then Rita decides to help put up a fashion show. Jay coaches Shannon for a cup stashing contest.
Rita and Jay try to get Hallie interested in going to college, so when Patty's son Mitchell comes to visit her mom, he is tasked to talk to Hallie. However, Hallie and Mitchell start to like "talking about college" a lot.
Rita and Jay meet Shannon's classmate Briana's parents at a parents' night and start hanging together. But their blossoming friendship becomes threatened when the girls stop getting along. Hallie wants to be friends with Kip again.
Hallie tries to get permission to go travel around Europe. Rita wants the girls to behave because her mother is coming for a visit. And nobody is to talk about the band, because Rita's mom is so judgmental. Is there any hope for a change?
Rita takes pity on her old acquaintance and arranges a job for her in the store. But is once a bitch always a bitch? Meanwhile, Kip persuades Jay to hire him for the remodeling job. And Jay can't help but offer Kip some marriage advice...
Rita is jealous of Jay's new co-worker because she is pretty but then because Jay confides in her. Hallie and Kip go on a double date with their new dates (Mitchell and Allison) and discover they have more in common with each other.
Kip has received a recommendation to a good music school, but he's afraid of an audition. Rita decides to help. In secret. Meanwhile, Hallie gets back together with Kip. These developments cannot possibly collide, can they?