As a first-time high school student, Chris is really looking forward to attending a school with some diversity. Unfortunately, when he arrives at school, he discovers that the school's new principal, Ms. Morello, has placed him in the only all-white homeroom.
Meanwhile, Rochelle helps Tonya land a job at Vanessa's beauty salon, but the customers don't take kindly to Tonya's brutally honest comments about their looks.
Songs: Robert Palmer -- Some Like It Hot
Chris makes a deal with a classmate, Angel. He will help Angel improve his grades in school and in return Angel will help Chris get the attention of Maria, his latest crush. Rochelle reluctantly does a good deed by befriending an ex-con, Peaches, who has moved back into the neighborhood. But her plan fails when Peaches won't leave Rochelle alone. Meanwhile, Mr. Omar leaves his fish with Drew and Tonya while he is away.
Chris gets a date for the homecoming dance with a cute girl, but he must meet her father first. Drew agrees to take Chris' place at Doc's Store and persuades Doc into making the store 'fung shui."
Chris' suggestion in English class inadvertently gets his teacher in trouble when he makes the suggestion of writing a report from a movie instead of a book. While Julius makes repairs to Mr. Omar's apartment to bring it up to code, he will be staying with Chris' family.
Chris is rewarded for helping the school's star running back with his homework by getting a chance to hang out with the "Cool Kids." Greg tries to warn Chris about his own work, but he is too happy to care, that is until he fails an exam. Julius is hired for a new side job which has him moving dead bodies for a funeral home. But he soon finds himself in debt despite his new found windfall by buying gifts galore for his family and friends.
Doc's bossy girlfriend keeps sending Chris to do inane chores at the store, making his life miserable. Meanwhile, Julius gets in trouble when Rochelle finds a bra in his sock drawer in which Tonya had hid there so she wouldn't be caught wearing it to school, hoping to be noticed more.
Chris is hesitant about collecting a reward after witnessing a shooting outside of the movie theater since he was supposed to be keeping his eye on Tonya and Drew. Meanwhile, Julius takes Rochelle out on their anniversary to a Broadway musical, but the evening is a disaster.
The nerdy girl which everyone refers to as "Big Bird" has asked Chris out on a date, and has only accepted her invitation so he won't hurt her feelings.
Julius begins watching Oprah Winfrey on TV in hopes it will improve his marriage, but Rochelle believes he is having an affair behind her back. Chris gets a surprise when he sees who his "little brother" is after signing up in the Big Brother program.
Chris needs to find himself a responsible adult so he can go to Times Square to celebrate New Years Eve. Meanwhile, after stopping a man from jumping off a bridge, Julius is seen as a hero; while Drew and Tonya bet to who can stay awake longest.
When Rochelle orders a copy of her birth certificate, she realizes that she is actually one year younger than she thought she was and decides to start living her life with a new, younger attitude. After a complete stranger helps Chris to safety during a city-wide blackout, Chris decides to repay the older man by getting him out to meet new friends.
Meanwhile, Greg feels like he has no identity after realizing that everyone at school knows him only as "Chris and Greg."
Chris and Greg join the wrestling team to get themselves a varsity jacket, to impress the girls. When Rochelle begins using a diet drink to lose weight, Julius hopes to persuade the whole family to start drinking it because it costs less than the groceries. Drew reluctantly allows Tonya to join the all-girls band he is starting.
In order to attend an age-restricted concert, Chris and Greg try to get themselves a fake ID. Elsewhere, Rochelle plans Julius' surprise party, and Drew tries returning a pair of faulty X-ray vision glasses he bought in the mail.
Rochelle interrupts Chris' studying for his college entrance exams by making plans for the family to attend a social event. Also, Julius finds out there is a catch when he wins a new TV in a contest.
in hopes of defending himself from Caruso, Chris learns how to box. The new phone bill has Julius believing that Rochelle is having an affair. Meanwhile, an attractive new neighbor is flirting with Julius.
Chris reluctantly agrees to hide away some marijuana for a fleeing crook, and now must find someplace to store it before he gets in trouble. Meanwhile, Peaches helps Rochelle learn a new computer system at the beauty salon.
While test driving a car, Chris accidentally hits Greg. Greg ends up in a hospital for a broken leg. Since Greg's parents are out of town, Rochelle drops her vacation plans to take care of him, which leaves Julius to entertain the kids at the shore where it usually rains each day.
Chris passes his test for a driver's license and buys a car which is quickly stolen. While Rochelle searches for her hidden cigarette stash she discovers Julius' racing form.
Chris refuses to do his chores as a show of strength against him mother's strict rules, causing Rochelle to tell Julius that her son is disrespecting her. Meanwhile, Mr. Omar decides to say whatever is on his mind since he believes he is dying.
Chris is shocked when Tasha agrees to be his girlfriend. But he is even more shocked when he discovers how much of his free time would disappear by having a girlfriend. Meanwhile, Rochelle discovers that Julius has been married before, and had never gotten a legal divorce.
Chris and his classmates must learn a famous speech from World War II and recite in in front of the history class as a punishment for causing a disruption in class. Feeling the speech is too long to memorize, Chris decides to call in a bomb threat to delay his presentation. Elsewhere, a customer claims to have put a voodoo curse on Rochelle after refusing to give customer a refund on her services.
Chris tries his best not to be tardy for school today, because if he does he will be forced to repeat 10th grade. Meanwhile, Drew enters the Apollo talent contest, but discovers he has no talent.
Songs: Bon Jovi -- Living on a Prayer