Frank Steinberg, MD is practically caught in bed with a state trooper by his fiancee Emily van Garden, who cancels the wedding which her confused parents were throwing, already fearing another failed 'true love. Instead she w-swears off men and plans a 'platonic wedding' with her best friend, considerably older "Seaside Hotel" owner Paula Atkinson, whose spoiled pre-teen brat Lucy they already practically raise together since her father Thomas Mitchell started another family and wants nothing to do with them. Paula feels they need more security after a recent aneurysm diagnosis by Frank, which may well kill her with or without surgery. Frank refuses to give up Emily, whose parents Douglas and Linda still encourage potential ideal son in law Frank. Paula admits only after the wedding that she sent Lucy present in Thomas's name, and has a lesbian crush on Emily, who storms off back into Frank's arms all the way.