During the Orson Centennial parade, Mike and Frankie volunteer to drive a float, Sue tries to make Darrin jealous, Axl tries to make some money, and Brick is upset over his town slogan not being chosen.
Sue has a Halloween sleepover, and during a game, she thinks she sees the ghost ship of Christopher Columbus. Axl finds he is low-man on the totem pole as a freshman in college. Brick is interested in a girl at school.
Frankie finds comfort from a lost dog after feeling like her family doesn't appreciate her, Axl discovers that he is hopelessly failing 3 classes, and Sue makes the volleyball team so the school can avoid a lawsuit.
It's Thanksgiving, and Axl looks for the right time to say he dropped three classes, Frankie's dad looks for the right time to say he gambled away their vacation money, and many surprise visitors arrive at the last minute.
Mike is ecstatic knowing his in-laws are not visiting for Christmas. Frankie looks forward to Axl being home, but he has plans to spend all the time with friends. Brick has to sell fund-raiser items. Sue is allergic to the Christmas tree.
Sue goes to war with Axl after she discovers he stole her mascot head, Frankie spends time after work with her boss, Mike tries to bond with the dog, and Brick reads an autobiography by Debbie Reynolds for his book club.
Frankie joins a carpool for Brick when the bus drivers are on strike, Axl pretends to be in an astronomy class to impress a girl, and Mike gets in trouble after blowing off Sue's offer to spend time with him.
Frankie discovers via a local blog that the quarry is presenting Mike with an award during a dinner for his 20 years of dedicated service. But Mike, not thinking it's that big of a deal, doesn't want to attend. Meanwhile, after being sat on in class by a guy who didn't know she was even in the chair, Sue attempts to put together a plan to get the students more connected with each other; having imbibed a bit too much at a party the night before, Axl tries to track down the mystery girl who left a message on his phone; and Brick thinks he's totally styling in a purple ...