Ed and Carol walk down the aisle in a circus-themed wedding, while Warren documents the event on videotape; Phil begs Ed to let him perform the wedding ceremony.
Ed's brother Lloyd (Timothy Busfield) returns to Stuckeyville in need of help; Carol tries to enjoy time with her sister; Mike and Nancy use their illnesses as a catalyst for their romance.
Ed feels unmanly when he allows a mugger to take Carol's engagement ring; Eli tries to get Clay Aiken to come to the radio station; Mike's father (Burt Reynolds) shows up after his mother kicks him out.
Ex-wife Liz (Lea Thompson) reappears to disrupt life for Ed and Carol; Eli fills in as a host on local radio show; Mike tries to interest a foreign-exchange student in sports.
When Ed advises his adulterous ex-wife (Lea Thompson) in a business venture, it plants seeds of doubt in Carol's mind.
Carol is on a tight deadline to complete some chapters in time for a visiting literary agent; Mike plans the couple's engagement party; Ed represents a man who is under pressure to obtain a prenuptial agreement from his fiancee.
A curvy former classmate (Madchen Amick) distracts Ed as he prepares to join Carol in Manhattan for Christmas; Mike and Nancy hope to encourage the construction crew to finish rebuilding their house in time for Christmas.
When Ed asks Carol's father (Dan Lauria) an important question, he does not find the response encouraging; Mark seeks to recover damages in civil court after being mocked in an online video; Mike plans to build his own wood-fired pizza oven.
Ed assembles a pastiche of Carol's favorite memories for Thanksgiving; Mike shudders at the thought of entertaining his visiting parents (Burt Reynolds, Blair Brown); Stuckeybowl serves up a holiday dinner.
Ed seeks counseling when his awkward relationship with New York-based Carol begins to trouble him; Eli finds solace with his wise physical therapist (Raphael Nash Thompson).
Carol must decide whether to accept a writing job in New York, while Ed debates whether to go with her; Molly is drawn to a handsome daredevil; Mike lines up stand-by buddies in case Ed leaves town.
Carol and Ed enjoy autumn in New York while meeting with a magazine editor; Dr. Jerome urges Mike to come down hard on his granddaughter; Warren and Mark befriend a freshman schoolmate.
A man sues his dropout son for the cost of his college education; Mike and Nancy secretly test their friends to find a suitable guardian for their daughter; a senior citizen has a lively way of bowling.
Carol's old love letters to a mystery man make Ed jealous; a historian questions the role of Stuckeyville's founder in a famous battle; Mike and Nancy worry their daughter will learn of their youthful indiscretions.
Acting on a whim, Ed and Mike buy a racehorse by overpaying at an auction; Carol advises to Warren to forgo college in favor of his TV dream.
Ed's cousin arrives to make a documentary film about the lawyer's day-to-day life; Mike tries to reinvigorate his marriage to Nancy; Warren plays a trick on Molly.
Ed and Carol plan their first official date; in court, Ed challenges the pedigree of Mike and Nancy's puppy; Eli hankers after a beautiful baker's pies.
Ed must decide between his romantic interests when Frankie threatens to leave town and return to her former boyfriend.
Carol finally makes a move to win back Ed, causing tension between him and Frankie; Ed's former sixth-grade teacher returns seeking legal advice.
Frankie learns about Ed's longtime interest in Carol; Eli tries to help the new restaurant owner restore it.
Ed volunteers to watch baby Sarah, but he is soon forced to call upon Carol when he cannot quiet the baby's nonstop crying.
Ed and Frankie litigate a contract dispute between former law students who once promised to marry each other by the time they turned 35.
Employing "lucid dreaming," Ed explores his history with women, ranging from his childhood to his most recent relationships.
Frankie represents Ed in court when he is sued by an injured motorist for doing a good deed; Molly dates a student's father.
A famous artist (Tim Matheson) makes Ed despair about what kind of legacy he will leave behind; Phil and Eli try to compose a new birthday song.
Ed defends a client who accidentally killed a man during the commission of a prank; Molly falls for a handsome fireman (guest star Tom Wilson).
Carol lands in hot water after writing a scathing restaurant review, and she begs Ed to represent her in court.
Ed and Frankie (Sabrina Lloyd) represent a stable owner (Howard Spiegel) being threatened by his sister.
Ed represents a high-school football player who was injured by a rival player; Molly's attempt to win over the students backfires.
Ed defends a client against a frivolous lawsuit; Carol urges Molly to apply for the position of high-school principal.
Ed's brother (Timothy Busfield) returns at Christmastime with another get-rich-quick scheme; Mike and Warren encourage hefty Mark to lose weight.
Friends isolate Ed and Carol, forcing them to deal with their tumultuous relationship; Josh tries to entertain Nancy and Molly.
Ed debates attending Carol's wedding as the big day approaches; Carol's younger sister returns to town and strikes up an unlikely friendship with Warren.
Ed throws rival Dennis a wild bachelor party, complete with strippers; a former girlfriend (Kelly Ripa) asks Ed for legal advice; Nancy and Molly swipe embarrassing pictures of Carol for a video presentation.
Ed is hired to referee a nasty "divorce" between two morning radio deejays in a custody dispute over their comic routines.
Carol shrinks from telling her father (Dan Lauria) she is engaged to be married; Ed reluctantly agrees to participate in a jitterbug contest.
Ed hits the open road to escape his humdrum existence and to avoid hearing about Carol's wedding plans.
Frustrated at Carol's engagement to Dennis, Ed funnels his angry energy into advising Diane not to follow in Carol's footsteps.
Ed represents a con artist (Danny DeVito) who scammed Mike in a betting scheme; a new employee (Daryl Chill Mitchell) offers ideas for improving the bowling alley.
Ed tries to stop Dennis and Carol from getting engaged; Warren feels betrayed after catching Diane and Mark (Ginnifer Goodwin, Michael R. Genadry) in a tender moment.
Ed despairs when Carol's boyfriend buys her an engagement ring; Ed represents an elderly woman suing a photo-processing plant that destroyed her captured memories.
Ed agrees to coach a "Quizbowl" team of outstanding students, but he butts heads with Principal Dennis when the latter prevents a promising but disadvantaged student from taking part.
To get a chance to redeem himself, Ed tries to gather the teammates, opponents and referee (Paul Shaffer) of a basketball game that he blames himself for losing 15 years earlier.
Mike is sued for sexual harassment, straining his friendship with Ed; Carol gives journalism a try; Phil vows to unionize the bowling alley employees.
Ed's ne'er-do-well brother (Timothy Busfield) wants to transform Stuckeybowl into a glossy nightclub; Warren infiltrates a fraternity to meet wild women, but he is unprepared for the forwardness of a coed.
Ed eases Carol's anxiety about contesting a speeding ticket when he learns who the judge will be -- but the judge surprises him.
Ed helps a pushover attorney battle a trucking firm that has been sending its rigs through Stuckeyville.
Ed becomes intrigued after a mysterious stranger (guest star Kelly Ripa) plants a flirtatious kiss on him -- until he realizes she's kissing all of the men in Stuckeyville.
Ed tries to reunite the remaining members of his high school band to play at the funeral of a recently deceased member.
Ed begins dating an attractive, free-spirited claims adjuster who is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars.
A woman (Andrea Martin) hires Ed to monitor and report on her husband's (Vincent Pastore) wild birthday.
A renowned lawyer (Jay Thomas) asks to partner with Ed in representing a man (Shuler Hensley) being sued by a woman for breach of privacy.
Ed realizes that a multi-millionaire has depleted his charitable foundation in order to give money away to the townspeople at Christmastime.
Ed represents a veteran teacher who refused to cast a black student in a play; Warren enlists the help of a publicist to transform his image.
The school principal asks Ed to represent him after a car accident; Nancy wages war on the "cookie moms.".
Ed loses clients to the "best bowling-alley lawyer in town" who's fashioned himself in Ed's image; Warren joins the wrestling team for a girl.
A complicated divorce case has Ed thinking about a reconciliation with his own ex-wife; Molly reconsiders a budding romance.
Ed is hired to sue a famous children's TV entertainer after the man encourages a trusting child to run away from home.
Ed represents a clothing-store owner being sued by a former employee for sexual harassment; Carol resents the new principal's means of trying to change her teaching methods.
Ed adopts a new image as a result of the friction between Carol and the new principal (John Slattery).
Ed must represent Warren in court when the teen is arrested for supplying the beer at a party where a fellow student is injured.
Ed helps Carol chaperon a high-school prom; a former law-associate visits and urges Ed to return to the firm.
Carol disagrees with Ed's advice that geeky student Warren should ask his dream girl to the prom; Ed represents a golfer who may have lost a match due to a heckler.
Ed seeks landmark status for Stuckeybowl and represents a man who accuses a doctor of selling fraudulent drugs.
Ed tries to stop a carefree couple from marrying because he believes they don't really know each other.
Ed hires a beautiful decoy to test the faithfulness of a client's husband; Carol campaigns to regain funding for the school's music program.
Carol asks Ed to represent a brilliant student whose failing gym grade could jeopardize a scholarship.
Ed's zest for life is revitalized by a middle-aged client who has a near-death experience; Warren tries to impress Jessica with his knowledge of Henry David Thoreau.
The former owner of Stuckeybowl tries to buy back the place from Ed and can't seem to take no for an answer.
Ed represents a minister (Charles Dutton) when a church president wants to fire him for outdated preaching methods.
Ed complicates matters for the two women in his life when he asks Bonnie to get involved in the search for Carol's music box.
The assistant district attorney shocks Ed when she first drops the charges in his appeal case, then asks him out on a date.
Sparks fly when Ed goes head-to-head with a pretty district attorney over the fate of a good Samaritan guilty of putting quarters into others' expired parking meters.
Ed's visiting parents make no secret of the fact they disapprove of his new life in Stuckeyville; Carol coaches the struggling girl's JV basketball team.
Carol turns to Ed when her former high-school sweetheart, who also happened to be Ed's tormentor, shows up for the holidays.
Ed is torn between Molly and her grandfather Charlie after Charlie discloses a confidential secret while retaining Ed as his lawyer.
Ed discovers holding a Stuckeyville Thanksgiving celebration may be more difficult than he first thought; Ed defends a teenager who was injured during a break-in.
In an attempt to impress a leisure critic touring Stuckeyville, Ed concocts an event called "Festival of Ducks"; Nancy must chose between a promotion and her family.
Ed is advised to remain friends with newly single Carol, but he attempts to win her heart anyway; Ed agrees to let Phil direct a first-ever commercial for Stuckeybowl.
Carol decides to give her current beau the boot; Ed defends a woman whose employer is suing her; Mike is humiliated when Dr. Jerome second guesses him.
Ed gets a crack at the law firm that fired him when he represents three men suing a rich friend over a contract they signed on a napkin.
When the reputation of beloved town magician Stuckeyville Sam is threatened, Ed is hired to defend him; Phil orchestrates the Stuckeybowl reopening.
A New York attorney (Tom Cavanagh) returns to his Midwestern hometown and pursues a romance with a former high-school classmate (Julie Bowen).