Molly returns home having been at a writing workshop and declares that her book is being published.
Molly's book advance is on the line as she attempts to overcome writer's block.
Molly is feeling upset with Vince for attempting to alter their Christmas traditions.
Mike is upset after Carl invites Victoria on their men only fishing trip.
Molly begins to get on Mike and the family nerves with her work on her book.
After Mike flirts with a rookie police woman and she reciprocates some guilt begins to set in.
Samuel receives a letter from his parents and finds out that hey are having financial problems.
Molly finds out that Mike hasn't been to see the doctor in over ten years.
Molly decides to have a break after she is unhappy with a draft of her novel.
After Joyce refuses to take a breathalyzer test at a checkpoint, Mike has no choice but to arrest her.
Mike and Molly are looking forward have the house to themselves for the whole weekend.
The not-so-retiring Peggy suddenly announces she's leaving her job and Molly scrambles to throw her a retirement party, but wonders just why Peggy is calling it quits.
Molly is feeling excited after her book becomes available to buy but she is concerned that no one will purchase it.
Peggy shares tantalizing stories from her past for Molly's second book--in exchange for Molly doing chores.
When Mike reaches a weight-loss goal--his personal best--he decides to celebrate by indulging in a slice of pie.
Molly is nervous about Mike attending a celebratory party her publisher puts on for her and Peggy.
Molly surprises Peggy by reuniting her with her estranged sister, Rosemary (Margo Martindale), when they take a road trip to Peggy’s hometown of Mudlick. Also, Vince and Mike experience father-son bonding when they work together to fix the water heater.
Peggy is pleased Kay returns to town. Molly attempts to find a way to try and improve Kay's spirits. Carl and Mike attempt to deal with crowd control at a public breast feeding event.
Mike meets his aunt Rosemary for the first time and likes her positive attitude towards life.
Molly is not happy after Mike won't listen to her as she vents about writing with Peggy.