The guys start their first day at Lafayette High School where Alan teams with a girl who has a reputation for his science partner. Aunt Miriam begins a new career as a real estate agent and Sophie wants the Monahan's to be her first customers.
A rift forms between Phyllis and Sophie after a disagreement on how to take care of Nathaniel, home with chicken pox. Alan and the boys keep watch at a hotel to try and spot Duke Snider.
Katie's sister Colleen arrive for a visit but is no welcomed by her father after becoming a Rockette and eloping instead of becoming a nun. The Silver's get their first phone.
Katie's teacher dies the day after she prayed to not have to take a history test. Being distraught she vows to become a nun and replace her. Meanwhile the Silver's feel guilty over shopping at a new supermarket instead of the local grocer.
Alan is chosen to replace the singer of a doo wop group the V-necks for a radio contest. After hanging out with the other punks in the group he begins to act rebellious.
Sophie's cousin Jacob immigrates to America to the delight of everyone but it's the secrets of his past that she wants kept from Alan and Nathaniel.
Katie is planning a baby shower for her sister Colleen but Mr. Monahan wants nothing to do with it, that is until Jacob teaches him the importance of family.
George's second job as an encyclopedia salesman proves to be lucrative but the terms hidden in the contracts weighs on his conscience.
After Sophie breaks a window at Sid's store , Nattie's birthday party may be in jeopardy. Although admitting to breaking the window she refuses to use Sid's uncle to fix it because of a much higher estimate.
It's the first big school dance for Alan and his friends but Benny's date seems to have stood him up. Meanwhile, the Silver's and Sid are going out to a nightclub but Sid's date is late too.
A dinner with Phyllis's high school friend turns uncomfortable after the couple do nothing but argue all through the night. Nattie mourns the cancellation of his favorite television show "The Buccaneers."
George is nostalgic after his sister arrives to inform him they are selling their parents Catskills bungalow. Meanwhile Phyllis is upset after learning her promotion at work means her friend will be fired.
A newsflash interrupts the World Series and spreads panic after announcing the Russians have launched the first satellite into space, Sputnik.