Darren has his orthodontic head gear removed and the cool kids seem to see him for the first time. Miranda starts paying attention to him and it's not long before Ginger feels left out and forgotten. This seems to drive a wedge between Miranda and Courtney also. Once Darren starts dating Miranda he starts to realize what Ginger really meant to him. Carl and Hoodsey help Brandon find his missing monkey.
Longing to change her "nice girl" reputation, Ginger crashes a High School party. But when false rumors spread about her and a boy at the party, Ginger realizes it's better to be content with who she is.
Looking for extra money during the nurses' strike, Lois decides to start a house-cleaning business. Ginger is mortified, but when she has to help clean to keep her allowance, she gains a newfound respect for her mom.
When Courtney and Miranda have a falling out, Miranda takes Ginger as her new best friend. Ginger, Dodie, and Macie see it as an opportunity to call the shots, but soon find that it's the other way around.
Ginger is elected to the Student Council on a platform of 'Persuasion not Punishment'...this is a new reform program to do away with the old school way of punishing kids. It gains popularity and even spreads to the elementary school where Carl, who explodes the school's plumbing system, becomes the first to try it. He is assigned a 'Big Brother' named George who makes Carl's life miserable. He even goes so far as to want to disassemble the Dog House, which he sees as the source of Carl's troubles.
When Dodie's grandmother passes away, Ginger tries to console her but realizes she has difficulty relating. This inspires her to learn more about the grandmother she never knew, and to have a greater appreciation for her family.
Ginger and Macie reluctantly join Dodie on her family vacation, dreading the company of Dodie's hypercritical mother. She proves to be even more unbearable than expected, and Ginger is reminded that there's no place like her own dysfunctional home.
Ginger sends a fake love letter to Dodie from oddball student Dustin as part of their long-standing April Fool's tradition. But when Dodie responds favorably, and Dustin admits a secret crush on Macie, it's Ginger who feels like the fool.
Ginger is worried about her mom's single status and has been listening to the advice of Dr. Fondfeelings on TV. She warns that being alone makes you miserable and you are alone because you are miserable. Actually though Lois has a new man in her life. His name is Buzz and he is a Jack-of-all-trades/handyman at the hospital. He is also loud, obnoxious, a slob and has three boys who are just like him. Ginger puts up with him for her mother's sake. Lois puts up with him for Ginger's. Carl has new products to market--fabric softener that doubles as after shave and drier ...
Dodie and Ginger are both attracted to a new transfer student, Joaquin. All three audition for the school play and Ginger and Dodie both want the female lead opposite Joaquin. Meanwhile Carl is working on inventing a love potion.
Macie and Mipsy both turn 13 on the same day. Mipsy is having a huge blowout to celebrate and Macie's will be a quieter party. Unfortunately for Macie her parents seem to have forgotten her birthday entirely. Ginger intervenes on Macie's behalf and confronts her parents. Carl and Hoodsey must confront their fears regarding a Naked Mole Rat that escaped from the science lab.
Dodie is made an official member of the pep squad after she exaggerates a minor injury sustained in her role as mascot. Ginger sees through the ruse, though, and convinces Dodie to try to earn the position honorably.
When the schools cuts the music program funding in order to finance new uniforms for the football team, Ginger plans a protest, only to be outdone by Carl and Hoodsey's hijacking of Courtney's private Port-o-Potty, and her humiliation during a game.
A new girl arrives at Lucky Junior High and her arrival sparks a flurry of negative gossip. Ginger feels bad for her and starts making friends. It seems the new girl's father is a mortician and they live over the mortuary. When Ginger decides Laetitia should throw a party to introduce herself properly she finds it difficult to interest anyone in attending. Carl and Hoodsey suffer through Brandon's birthday party.
Courtney's mom is in the hospital after a botched face lift has caused an infection at the Same Day Nip 'n' Tuck. With her dad out of the country and Blake spending so much of his time with Winston she feels sad and lonely. Ginger invites her to stay at her house and Courtney eagerly accepts. Ginger soon has second thoughts about this arrangement as Courtney and Ginger's mom have started bonding. Carl feels the need for a chin implant as he thinks the chin makes the man.
Ginger enters a creative writing contest and Ms. Zorski is concerned over the dark subject matter that Ginger has written about. The emotions are very deep, troubling and sad and cause her to recommend Ginger to the school psychologist Dr. Leventhal. Ginger doesn't think this is necessary as it is just a work of fiction and not a reflection of herself. Carl and Hoodsey use vanishing powder on Noelle Sussman and Carl is horrified when it appears to work.
Ginger realizes that she has a crush on her debate team teacher, and Dodie convinces her that the feelings are mutual. But when Ginger decides to take it to the next step, she may end up embarrassing herself.
Ginger shocks friends and family by accepting a semester-long scholarship to an arts academy in the mountains. While Ginger makes new friends and enjoys the "being away from home" experience, Dodie, Macie and Courtney bond over missing Ginger