When Miles befriends the new kid next door, Kate and John find themselves at rock concerts and staying up late trying to make friends with the boy's young parents.
John and Kate, determined to find something Miles can excel at, sign him up for a number of different activities.
Marge tells John that Art seems depressed since retiring, so John makes up a story to get Art to work with him, but the lies do not stop there.
Lily refuses to go on a date with her new boyfriend, Ted, unless John and Kate come along.
Kate finds it devastating that John wanted to date her roommate instead of her when they met.
Art's health problems are exposed when Miles asks to stop seeing his grandfather for brunch, and the entire family must convince him to seek medical attention.
John tells his sister that her daughter is too cozy with her boyfriend, only to find out she already knew and resents his interference.
Tommy distinguishes himself at work by volunteering to check on a wealthy and needy divorcee, Sharon (Marilu Henner), a job no one else wants.
Lily's ex-husband, Gary, invites the Barnetts to a party intended to show off his new girlfriend, offending everyone except Tommy, who decides to accept the invitation.
John and Kate are planning a family party to renew their wedding vows, but John's needy family demands his attention.