Nick and Joanna Hadley arrive from Michigan her sister and are reunited with Kate and Robert, their former college friends. Nick and Joanna adjust to their new lives and meet their other new neighbors. Laura makes a play for Nick.
Cory resorts to gambling to get the cash he needs to sort out his legal problems. Following the collapse at the mall, Jessica, Robert and Nick attempt to discover the reason why it happened.
Nick continues to work out the reason why the mall collapsed. Laura tries to find some investors for a real estate firm. Jessica accompanies Matt on a trip to Santa Barbara. Rachel continues to keep her and Micheal's relationship a secret.
Nick gets break through in his investigation. Laura is surprised when her mother shows up. There are problems for Robert and Kate.
Nick beleives he knows who is responsible for the mall's collapse. Beth decides to get to know Cory better. Laura discovers why her mother is in town. Robert tries to sort things out with Kate.
Laura finds out that her ex boyfriend, John Graham, is due in town. Joanna's secret causes friction with Nick. Rachel runs away. Cory finds himself in more trouble.
Cory refuses to operate on Frank's wife and the loan shark warns him that Beth could end up being the one needing surgery. Rachel attempts to find out who her real father is. It looks like Robert could loose an important project.
Cory worries about the operation he is being forced to perform on Frank's wife. Jessica starts working for Robert again. Kate is determined to stop her husband from straying again. Rachel remains determined to find her real father.
Both Rachel and Joanna look for the same man but come up with different results. Laura attempts to get revenge on John after she sets him up. Beth learns the truth about Cory's gambling problems. Jessica finds herself caught in a compromising position.
Rachel finally comes face to face with her father. Jessica breaks up with Matt after learning he has cheated on her. Matt decides to get revenge against her and Robert. Laura deceives John by using her mother on her return. Cory tries to get into Beth's good books. Kate continues to feel jealous.
Michael helps Joanna and Nick look for Rachel. Robert leaves Jessica and rushes to his wife after after he learns she has been involved in an accident. Beth is surprised when somebody from her past shows up. Laura falls for her mother's lies. Kate is comforted by Matt.
Kate has to face up to the consequences of what she has done and ends up blaming Robert for her problems. Rachel's latest crush causes concern for Joanna. Beth opens up to Jessica about her past. Beth is upset when Cory finds it out as well. Laura wants her mother to get a second opinion about her supposed illness.
Kate employs Matt following her newly acquired power at the office. Matt's presence there ends up reuniting Robert and Jessica though. Christina and Laura continue to try and out do one another. Quinn decides not to go ahead with his plan against Cory for Beth's sake. Rachel's feelings for Nick continue to grow.