Grant and his band audition; Bill and his lawyer consider Pat's alimony; Bill and Pat ponder a future without each other.
Lance returns to New York, then travels to California for Pat's birthday.
Bill sets up his new apartment; Kevin and Grant prepare a school presentation with their friends; Pat phones Bill to talk about Lance.
Pat tells Bill about the divorce and asks him to leave; Bill makes motel reservations; Pat and the children relax.
Pat discusses marital problems with her brother and sister-in-law; the children support Pat's decision to file for divorce.
A quarrel spoils Bill and Pat's evening out; Grant tells his friends about his car accident.
Bill and Pat discuss financial and family matters; they tell Delilah about Lance, who is making a movie in Paris.
Pat and the girls leave for a vacation in New Mexico; Kevin travels to Australia.
Lance expresses a need for independence; Pat visits her mother in Oregon, and visits spots where she and Bill grew up.
Bill meets Pat at the airport; they discuss their children over lunch and attend Delilah's dance recital.
Pat visits her son Lance in New York City, stays at the Chelsea Hotel and meets his new friends.
Filmmaker Craig Gilbert's cinema verite series chronicles the Loud family of California; in 1971 Bill and Pat Loud separate.