After returning from California, Michael faces decisions that will affect his personal and professional lives.
In Hollywood to photograph a TV star (Brooke Adams), Melissa gets caught in the bizarre machinations of television.
Michael and Miles clash when long hours and a demanding client threaten to push Michael over the edge.
Hope finds a new purpose when she volunteers to work at a homeless shelter, where she befriends a woman and her daughter.
Michael and Elliot's friendship is tested when Michael sides with Miles in rejecting Elliot's ad proposal.
Michael is torn between professional demands at the ad agency and his personal responsibility to help Susannah settle Gary's estate.
Everyone is ready for Ellyn and Billy's long-awaited wedding, with a few important exceptions: the couple's families.
When the men plan a bachelor party for Billy, the women are hard pressed to plan something different for Ellyn.
The unexpected results of Nancy's second operation for cancer cause her friends and family to re-evaluate their own lives.
Nancy is ready for her second bout with cancer surgery, but uncertainty over the outcome puts a strain on her family and friends.
Nancy prepares for her last round of chemotherapy; Elliot visits his mother (Eileen Brennan) during a business trip.
Billy's former girlfriend (Liberty Godshall) arrives and complicates his and Ellyn's decision to live together. With Erich Anderson, Polly Draper.
Melissa is upset when she discovers that the art gallery's exhibition of her photographs forms a montage of her failed relationships.
Michael and Hope's (Ken Olin, Mel Harris) New Year's Eve party turns nostalgic until Hope receives a mysterious phone call. With Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper.
Nancy's problems with cancer therapy affect her relationships with her children; Elliot is jealous of award-nominee Michael.
Loneliness brings Gary and Ellyn together in an unlikely friendship; Ellyn is attracted to a man she hasn't dated in years.
Melissa must decide whether to nab the photo opportunity of a lifetime or care for her mother, who has suffered a broken leg.
Hope throws a surprise party for Michael to ease her guilt over attention to the baby; guest Renee Taylor.
Michael (Ken Olin) is haunted by one of the agency's founders when he works to cut down on the DAA staff.
Susannah's New York job offer threatens her relationship with Gary; Ellyn ponders her relationship with Jeffrey.
Miles (David Clennon) dates Melissa (Melanie Mayron) when she begins working for Michael (Ken Olin); Ellyn and Jeffrey (Polly Draper, Richard Gilliland) move in together.
Nancy's constantly changing sexual feelings affect her marriage; Hope feels overwhelmed by two children.
When Hope gives birth to a son, Michael is forced to decide whether they should follow Jewish tradition.
Michael and Elliot (Ken Olin, Timothy Busfield) help Minnesota Brands take over DAA while Miles (David Clennon) fights the buyout.
Michael is approached by Minnesota Brands to help in a corporate takeover of DAA; Elliot has problems with Miles.
Elliot (Timothy Busfield) is anxious when he is asked to direct a commercial for the city of Philadelphia. With Ken Olin and Mel Harris.
Hope and Michael face their own marital problems while in Arizona to celebrate her parents' 40th anniversary.
Gary imagines consulting with Emily Dickinson (Mary Beth Hurt) when he begins teaching at city college.
The incinerator campaign ends, but Hope prolongs her relationship with John Dunaway; Michael gets a long-awaited raise.
Nancy's friendship with another cancer patient helps her outlook but threatens her other relationships.
Melissa and Lee are happy with their sexual relationship, while Gary and Susannah's intimacy suffers from parenthood; Nancy spurns Elliot's advances.
Jeffrey (Richard Gilliland) decides to leave his wife (Felicity LaFortune) and move in with Ellyn (Polly Draper), bringing along his 11-year-old daughter (Mya Akerling).
Melissa encounters problems with her lover (Corey Parker) and her father (Herb Edelman); guest Phyllis Newman.
Ellyn (Polly Draper) tries to hide the fact that she has become involved with a married man (Richard Gilliland).
Her sister's (Tess Harper) arrival, Elliot's solicitude and friends' attempts at sympathy annoy recuperating Nancy.
Nancy attributes her back pain to the fact her book has been published. However, she soon learns she has ovarian cancer.
Michael gets a temporary promotion which puts him in charge of Elliot; Hope campaigns against the incinerator.
A power struggle at the ad agency causes Michael (Ken Olin) to recall a previous battle he lost. With Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper and Mel Harris.
Gary decides to stay home with the baby, but his mother's arrival makes him defensive about his choice.
Ellyn and Hope recall their long history together after they disagree about Ellyn's relationship with a married man.
As Thanksgiving approaches, Ethan (Luke Rossi) fears his parents, Elliot and Nancy (Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig), may split up again. Ken Olin and Mel Harris co-star.
Melissa considers how her age difference with Lee will affect their relationship; Russell finds a new love.
A brush with death convinces Michael to draw up a will; career success changes Michael's relationship with Drentell.
Anxiously awaiting the birth of their child, Gary tries to keep Susannah's spirits up as she goes into labor.
A video dating service may bring "Mr. Right" to Melissa and Ellyn (Melanie Mayron, Polly Draper). Guest star: Corey Parker. With Timothy Busfield.
Michael and Hope (Ken Olin, Mel Harris) examine their 6-year marriage.
Nancy and Elliot experience a warming of relations as their divorce approaches -- until Nancy's mother visits.
Gary tries to stop Hope's article about Susannah's possible involvement in misdirected funds at a social service center.
Elliot (Timothy Busfield) sets out to win Nancy (Patricia Wettig) back when she becomes more involved with Matt (Timothy Carhart).
Melissa's (Melanie Mayron) ailing grandmother (Sylvia Sidney) asks for her help with the family business. Guest stars: Phyllis Newman, Herb Edelman.
Michael and Elliot (Ken Olin, Timothy Busfield) both accept jobs with Miles Drentell's (David Clennon) agency. With Mel Harris.
A new job possibility in advertising presents itself after Michael begins pursuing his old ambition of being a writer.
The women go camping while Michael and Elliot struggle with the kids and their first freelance project since bankruptcy.
Ellyn's (Polly Draper) sudden change in behavior shocks her friends and strains her relationship with Woodman (Terry Kinney).
Wallowing in the failures of his marriage and business, Elliot gets a visit from his father (Eddie Albert).
Susannah (Patricia Kalember) has surprising news for Gary (Peter Horton); Nancy (Patricia Wettig) fears she'll never meet her deadline.
Escalating tensions between Michael and Elliot spur flashbacks to their first meeting and their decision to be partners.
Melissa's career takes off when she gets the opportunity to photograph the cover of a famous singer's new album.
Michael takes abuse handling an offensive politician's ad campaign; Gary brings a girlfriend to dinner at the Steadmans'.
Ellyn's (Polly Draper) shock over her parents' pending divorce threatens her relationship with Woodman. Charles Cioffi guest stars.
Melissa (Melanie Mayron) decides she wants to have a baby, and chooses Gary (Peter Horton) as the father. Jeff Altman guest stars.
Christmas, Hanukkah and the anniversary of his father's death cause Michael to re-examine his beliefs.
Having consulted a divorce arbitrator, Elliot and Nancy (Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig) embark on new relationships.
Hope and Michael debate having another child; Hope finds letters of a previous resident in the attic.
When Ellyn and her boyfriend agree to house-sit for the vacationing Steadmans, they wind up watching Janey as well.
Gary faces a tenure review; Ellyn learns her building is going co-op, leaving her to decide whether to buy her apartment.
Michael's (Ken Olin) old girlfriend (Emily Birch) from college pays a visit.
Nancy has her first date since the separation; Melissa finds out her new love does not want any more children.
The separation takes a toll on Nancy and Elliot's son; Elliot prepares for a blind date with a chiropractor.
Michael's strained relationship with his brother worsens after the latter arrives for their father's funeral arrangements.
Michael happily anticipates a reunion with his father (Steven Hill), until he learns the reason for the visit.
Ellyn and Melissa jeopardize their newfound friendship when they end up competing for a man's attention.
Elliot and Nancy's separation touches everyone's lives, particularly Michael and Hope's when Elliot moves in with them temporarily.
Michael (Ken Olin) becomes jealous when an important client (Richard Masur) makes it clear that he prefers working with Elliot (Timothy Busfield).
Elliot and Nancy seek marriage counseling; Michael finds it hard to keep an embarrassing secret about Ellyn.
Lovestruck Gary (Peter Horton) begins receiving death threats -- and the prime suspect is a jealous professor (Christopher Carroll).
Michael and Hope argue over whether their infant's first holiday season should be celebrated as Christmas or Hanukkah.
Janey's decreased dependency on Hope sends the depressed mother back to work.
Before a deadline, Michael and Elliot wrestle with a creativity block; Ellyn develops a crush on an associate.
Hope's wishes for a quiet Thanksgiving with Michael and the baby appear doomed; Melissa wants everyone to like her latest boyfriend.
Gary and Melissa rekindle their long-dormant love affair; Hope and Michael's date turns into a disaster.
Elliot and Nancy's (Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig) marital problems ruin an evening out for Michael (Ken Olin), Hope (Mel Harris) and the gang.
Michael (Ken Olin) sets out to renovate the dilapidated Steadman estate in time for a housewarming party. With Timothy Busfield.
Hope (Mel Harris) drives everyone crazy anticipating a visit from her parents (George Coe and Shirley Knight).
Michael does some soul-searching when Elliot confides that he had an extra-marital affair; Michael and Hope adjust to their infant daughter.