Since Kristen and Ryan are in their own home, Mike and Vanessa miss seeing Boyd all the time. When Mike finds out Boyd is in a different school district and the school is in a bad part of town, he fights to have Boyd go to a school near him.
Kristen is doing well at her job at the restaurant which is owned by John (JTT). John kisses her. Ryan is still on strike from his job, and Kristen compares the two men. Eve and Mike continue their surprise attack practice with each other.
Vanessa takes over the Halloween Haunted House at Boyd's school. They let Boyd go through the haunt before the party to make sure it is scary. It turns out to be too frightening. Eve gets upset when Mandy tells her she is not popular.
The Baxter's neighbor is running for the school board. However, Mike does not like the neighbors. When all the campaign signs disappear, Mike is the suspect. A hot guy is interested in Eve-for her homework. Her sisters give romantic advice.
Eve has competition for her snow shoveling business with a neighbor laid-off from work. Mike feels bad for him having to take several jobs to earn money, so he helps him get a job at the store. Mandy & Kyle verbalize their love.
It's Thanksgiving Day in the Baxter house and Mike's father, Bud, takes everyone by surprise when he announces his plans to open a recreational marijuana store. Now, Mike struggles between supporting his Dad and questioning the message this new business venture could send to his family.
While Mike's father babysat Boyd, he gave Boyd a small smack. This sets off a debate of parenting styles from different generations. Body learns to take advantage of his parents who do not spank, and Kristen feels she was spanked too much.
In the spirit of Christmas, the sometimes self-absorbed Mandy plays Santa by anonymously arranging a holiday surprise for Blanca, the Baxters' housekeeper. Also, when Vanessa gives Boyd a "magical" Elf doll, Ryan wants to tell Boyd it is just a doll, but Mike wants to prove to Ryan that a little Christmas spirit is not a bad thing.
Eve has proudly posted one of Mike's politically charged blogs on her Facebook page but ignores the kids at school when they start giving her a hard time for her views. Vanessa worries that Eve may become an outcast, but Mike feels like standing up for your beliefs builds character. Meanwhile, a local police officer begins patrolling the neighborhood and the Baxters find themselves in trouble with the law. Mike is outnumbered when the women in his family get off with warnings.
Boyd has a discipline problem at school, resisting sitting still in class and getting bored easily. When Kristin explains that the school counselor suggests he go on medicine for ADHD, both Ryan and Mike passionately disagree. Meanwhile, with some extra help, Mandy spends all of her time studying in an effort to get good grades for a change
When tasked with researching his school's namesake, Boyd gets a little help from Kristin and Ryan and his report causes outrage, prompting the school to reconsider its name. Also upsetting Vanessa, Mike suggests reaching out to school board member and neighbor, Carol Larabee, for help. Meanwhile, Mandy enlists Blanca's expertise for a class project.
A large bouquet of roses is delivered anonymously to the Baxter's house on Valentine's Day. Vanessa knows they're not for her because Mike doesn't believe in the frivolity of flowers on a Hallmark holiday.
The Baxter's dog impregnated the neighbor's dog. Vanessa learns Chuck is separated from Carol, and Vanessa asks Mike to talk to Chuck to help heal the marriage. Mandy hits a car and wants to avoid responsibility. Eve puts a note on the car.
Eve has a new boyfriend, and when the two of them are scheduled for an ROTC camping trip, her sisters tease Eve about being alone with him. She tells her sisters she is not like them and has no plans to sleep with him.
For a class project, Mandy has to showcase her clothing designs at a student fashion show and asks Eve to fill in as a model. After the show, the Baxter's are beaming with pride for Mandy's success, until she declares that she's decided to quit school and use the money Mike and Vanessa set aside for college to make and sell some of her designs. Mike especially doesn't like the idea of Mandy abandoning her education right when she is finally getting her act together, and the rest of the family isn't shy to provide their opinions either. But when Mike goes to talk to ...
Vanessa's mooching sister April returns to say she wants to have a baby and Mandy's help to do it. Meanwhile at Outdoor Man, Mike tries pulling a prank on Chuck that gives him some new perspective on their relationship.