Sue auditions for the choir of a show; Frankie is asked by Brick to attend his class presentation dressed in a costume; and Frankie believes she has finally sold a car.
Frankie, acting as the family cheerleader, encourages Sue to try out for the swim team. Meanwhile, Frankie comes up with a promotional idea at work to fill a car with jelly beans; and Sue learns she needs glasses.
An ill Brick thwarts the romantic anniversary plans for Frankie and Mike, as does a lovesick Sue, a learner's permit-toting Axl, a pair of crazy aunts and their diaper wearing dog.
Sue finally finds her calling -- selling thousands of dollars in sausage and cheese samples -- earning her a trip to the state capitol. However, when the school fails to recognize her for her accomplishment, Frankie urges her to fight for the trip she earned. Meanwhile, Brick's first girlfriend ends up being very bossy towards him.
Michael gets involved in various activities, finally choosing a block party lawn mower contest, after Brick's teachers determine that he is socially challenged.
Mike insists that Axl fix the front door after he accidentally breaks it down. Meanwhile, it's time for Sue's school picture and she's not exactly photogenic.
When the Heck family works to get trash into the passing garbage truck, Frankie accidentally hits Brick with a beer bottle, which leaves a small scratch on him. When Brick mentions at school that the scratch is from a beer his mother threw, a social worker is called to look into the family.
Frankie's hopes for the perfect Thanksgiving are ruined when Mr. Ehlert makes the staff work on the holiday. Meanwhile, Frankie and Mike meet Sue's first boyfriend, and Axl loses Brick in a corn maze.
Frankie sets out to get her kids to stop arguing with one another. Meanwhile, Aunt Edie makes a terrible mistake at the quarry, which leads to Mike debating whether or not to fire her.
While Frankie rehearses for her Christmas midnight mass solo, Mike agrees to handle getting Christmas ready. However, Frankie becomes jealous when she thinks that Mike is doing a better job than she usually does. Meanwhile, Frankie and Mike try to get Brick into the holiday spirit.
Sue is desperate to get a pair of jeans in order to fit in at school, which Frankie and Mike fight over whether or not to indulge her need, as well as Axl's want for a car. Meanwhile, Frankie and Mike let Brick take care of Doris, Aunt Edie and Aunt Ginny's dog, in order to teach him responsibility.
Sue has a run-in with the neighbor boys, but Frankie tries to avoid a confrontation with their trashy neighbor at all costs. Meanwhile, Axl tries to bribe Brick into completing a book report for him in exchange for teaching Brick how to kick a ball.
Mike loses his job when the plant shuts down after Mike finds a dinosaur bone in the quarry. As he sets out to find a new job, Mike is put off by how technology has changed the ways that one goes about searching for a job. Meanwhile, Frankie tries to save Brick when he decides to run for school historian.
Frankie decides to stop yelling at and nagging her kids, as long as they do all of their school work without her telling them to do so. Meanwhile, Mike gets hired as a night driver delivering snack cakes with Bob.
It's Valentine's Day, and Frankie and Mike get to spend the evening at home together when Brick is invited to his first sleepover, Sue is invited to her first boy-girl party, and Axl has a date night with friends. However, Frankie and Mike's night together doesn't go as planned.
When Mike discovers that Brick is a spelling wiz and won the school spelling bee, he puts all his efforts into training him to win the regional bee, which could ultimately lead to competing in the Scripps Spelling Bee. But as the family gets set for their road trip to Chicago for the regional bee, Frankie and Mike are horrified when they realize they forgot one thing -- Sue's birthday.
Frankie and Mike are excited to discover that Axl has found the perfect girlfriend, Morgan, and that he's in love. But just as they start to get used to his new, sunny outlook on life, Morgan does the unthinkable and breaks up with him, leaving Axl completely heartbroken. Meanwhile, Sue learns that she's not the greatest of baby-sitters when she's put in charge of watching Brick and freaks him out -- as well as herself -- by letting him watch a scary movie.
Frankie worries about her job when a motivational consultant is asked to speak to the sales staff; Mike gives advice to Sue's ex-boyfriend and helps Brick with a school project.
Mike receives tickets to a basketball game that falls on the day of the funeral of Frankie's uncle; Brick tries to avoid a birthday party.
Mike and Frankie decide to cut unnecessary expenses, including their cable TV; Brick and his fellow socially challenged friends are forced to socialize during recess.
Frankie worries that Axl will be heartbroken when his on-again and off-again girlfriend re-enters his life; Brick must watch over a baby chick for a school project.
Mother's Day for Frankie is anything but serene when she finds herself doing more for Mike and the kids and less for herself. But she learns that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree when she escapes the family for a few hours to go to her mom's and ends up acting like a child by making her mom wait on her hand-and-foot. Meanwhile, Sue feels guilty when she steals a motivational magnet from a store whose message actually enticed her to shoplift it
The Heck family BBQ is being planned as spring rolls around and Mike decides it's time for him and Brick to try to be more social at the event, as Frankie has pointed out that Mike's own social ineptness has been passed on to Brick. Meanwhile, Axl sets out to clean the family pool in order to entice the girls to stop by for a swim -- in their bikinis; and Sue finally finds someone who totally understands her -- church youth group leader Reverend TimTom -- but when she learns he may be leaving the parish due to budget cuts, she attempts to raise money to help finance his stay
After attending year-end school parent-teacher conferences, Frankie and Mike are shocked to discover that Brick may be held back from going to the third grade because the school librarian, Mrs. Nethercott (Betty White), has it out for him due to 31 unreturned books. Meanwhile, as Axl's aptitude test results reveal him to be academically gifted, Frankie makes it her mission to get an overlooked Sue the recognition she deserves when none of her teachers even realize that she's in their classes,