Maude dreads the arrival of her Aunt Tinkie who is flying in to visit. The last thing Tinkie said was she got a $50,000 flight insurance policy naming Maude as beneficiary. News reports that the plane crashed. Maude plans a trip to Rome.
Victoria is unhappy because she is away from her family for the first time during a holiday, and Maude thinks it will be a sad one because everyone has other plans. Maude then finds a baby left on her doorstep and everyone's outlook changes.
When Maude, Walter, and Vivian are out for dinner, the restaurant catches on fire. Walter moves Maude out of the way so he can save another restaurant customer. Maude is none too pleased when Walter is declared a hero.
Vivian considers leaving Arthur after attending a college reunion and finding out that many of her former classmates and current college students are working and making a difference in the world. She tells Arthur she wants things to change.
Carol's ex husband has started seeing Phillip more, and is sending flowers to Carol. Carol starts wondering if he is interested in her again. However, Vernon is getting remarried to someone else and wants custody of Phillip.
Victoria is on a camping trip for the weekend with her boyfriend at the time her father show up to visit her. He is not happy to learn that his daughter is sleeping with someone, and he says he is going to take her back to the West Indies.
Maude's friend Irene returns from China; Maude has a party to welcome her back. But the party is not joyous. Walter is closing his business, planning to retire. The Harmon's and Carol & Phillip are planning to move. Worse, Irene collapses.
Maude's friend Irene, a US Congresswoman, has died, Maude feels bereft. She's also sad, knowing Arthur, Vivian, Carol & Phillip are moving. Maude decides to run for the open position caused by Irene's death, and ends up appointed instead.