A pro-fisherman visits the store and talks of his travels. Mike wants to travel the world for work, but Vanessa is against it. Mike invites Chad to dinner to convince Vanessa how wonderful it is. But Chad realizes family life is better.
Vanessa discovers that she and Mike are no longer invited to their neighbor's parties because of something Mike said. Mike tries to make amends after Vanessa gets upset. Meanwhile, the girls try to fix Mandy's car after Eve puts a large dent in it.
When Vanessa gives Mike a history of their house for his birthday, they discover that a woman who once lived there over 100 years ago died upstairs. Now the family, especially Vanessa, suspects the mysterious things going on in the house are linked to the woman's ghost. Meanwhile, Ed claims to never have cash on him and keeps borrowing from the money-strapped Kyle.
When the overzealous Mandy gets the chance to meet her idol, Kim Kardashian, things don't go exactly as planned, but the outcome is better than she could have ever imagined. Meanwhile, Mike doesn't want "The Man" ordering him to cut down a damaged tree on his own property and rallies the family to protest down at City Hall.
Mike's father Bud, and his brother Jim, arrive in town with thoughts of building an Outdoor Man store in a new location. Jim tries to get a loan at a bank, but end up arguing more than requesting the loan.
The Baxters are constantly awakened by an early morning prankster who rings their doorbell and then runs away. When Mike catches the teen-aged boy, the kid injures himself and now his litigious father expects Mike to pay the doctor bill. Also, single working mom Kristin starts college.
Mandy's new boyfriend is an animal rights activist. Mike does not like him because he is against all that Mike believes. Ed and Kyle start a disagreement when they learn their ancestors used to be on competing families.
For the annual Ted's Tacklebox competition between Outdoor Man and another local sports store, Mike and Ed ask Kyle to join them. They soon find Kyle is not much of a sportsman. Mike misses Mandy's school play because of the competition.
It's election day and first time voter Mandy has a choice to make in who she votes for President. Conservative Mike pushes Mitt Romney and Liberal Kristen adores Barrack Obama. Her mother remains totally neutral and cheers both candidates so that nobody will know who she favors. Who will be the recipient of Mandy's first vote.
Boyd says dodgeball is not allowed at school. His father had the game banned. Mike decides to have the kids play dodgeball in his backyard, but the kids are terrible. Ed and Kyle volunteer in a rescue team & try to keep up with each other.
Mike does not want Eve to skip a soccer practice because everyone counts on her. She rebels by going to a party and getting drunk. A neighbor's car is egged, and Vanessa invites them over to show not everyone is un-neighborly.
Ed's ex-wife is back in town, and he thinks she wants to get together again. He starts to fall in love with her again. Kristen helps Mandy get a job at the restaurant where she works. It does not go well.
Vanessa gives a talk at Eve's school for career day. When Eve finds out what her mother does at an oil company, she accuses her mother of destroying the land. Mike tells her to apologize to Vanessa. She refuses and camps outside the house.
Mike brings home a duck for dinner. Kristen wants him to hide the bird so Boyd does not learn where meat comes from. Ryan wants Boyd to be a vegetarian. Kyle is in danger of losing his job because Mandy takes things when he is working.
Vanessa is tired of holiday preparations. Mike decides to give her a stress-free Christmas by arranging for their children and grandson to take a holiday trip. While hunting for a turkey, Ed accidentally shoots a bald eagle.