Against his gruff father's wishes, struggling actor Anthony (Anthony Anderson) moves in with his parents to provide for his young son and pursue his career. First up: Anthony finds out he'll have to live in the garage because his childhood room is being rented by a medical student.
Anthony's date with a woman he met at the barbershop upsets Tuga (Damani Roberts), who doesn't know that his mom left for good.
Flo takes Anthony's advice to take a break from her housework and catering to Joe and goes out for the night, gaining a new sense of freedom.
Anthony's parents think he's not being strict enough in raising his son, so Joe takes matters into his own hands and punishes Tuga by spanking him. A practice Anthony doesn't condone.
Anthony wrecks Joe's car, but Lydia (Aimee Garcia) takes the blame because she thinks Joe will be more forgiving of her than he would be of Anthony.
Anthony learns Tuga lied to classmates about his dad's job because he's embarrassed that Anthony isn't a successful actor. Making matters worse, Anthony gets a demeaning role in a movie.
As a surprise birthday present, Anthony tries to reunite Flo (Roz Ryan) with band members she performed with in the '70s, but Joe thinks it's a bad idea.
Tuga's T-ball team picks Joe to be their coach because the kids like his competitiveness more than Anthony's “winning isn't everything” attitude.
Joe gets an audition for a commercial after he makes a bet that he can get an acting job before Anthony. Elsewhere, Lydia asks Flo to do her hair so that she'll look good for a fund-raiser.
When Tuga a gets a bicycle from Joe and asks his dad to go riding with him, Anthony admits that he never learned how to ride a bike. Also: Lydia tutors a 15-year-old genius (Martin Spanjers) who has a crush on her.
When Anthony encourages parents to ban dodgeball at Tuga's school because it's too rough, Joe challenges the sport's skeptics to a game against its supporters, with the winning team determining its fate. Elsewhere, Lydia has second thoughts about medical school when she continues to faint at the sight of blood
Tuga's mention of an invisible friend prompts Anthony and Joe to visit a child psychiatrist, who tells them to curb their incessant fighting for Tuga's well-being. Elsewhere, Lydia is self-conscious about the size of her chest.
Anthony encourages Tuga to film the family secretly for a school project after Joe says that Anthony's collage idea is boring. Ms. Offerman: Jill Lover.
Anthony runs into his old childhood friend Marcus (Ron-Reaco Lee), whom Joe always considered to be a bad influence on his son. Later, when Joe's watch is missing, he assumes Marcus has stolen it.
Joe and Anthony take Tuga camping with his classmates in an effort to help him make some friends, but the trip starts out badly when they get lost and there's a mix-up with the camping gear. Elsewhere, Flo and Lydia host a lingerie party with the help of Anthony's friend Marcus (Ron-Reaco Lee)
Anthony takes clarinet lessons with Tuga's music teacher (Jenny McCarthy) to encourage his son to keep playing the piano and unwittingly ends up performing in a children's orchestra concert.