Pete has fought with Nicole at school, so the principal insists 'parents' Robbie and Tina chaperon them at the winter dance that neither kid even wants to attend, each embarrassing the kid their gender with outdated 'tips'. Pete ends up the only boy in a suit, but they sneak out to skateboard and bond anyway. Jim is finally back in the surgery's driver seat. His canine patient belongs to a couple in marital crisis and swallowed a crucial prop. Syd accepts a med school class, with insecure eager beaver Alexander Conrad. She dislikes unconventional, erudite top lawyer Owen Frank at first sight, but given his record and the lack of an alternative accepts to follow his instructions. She can't keep her big trap closed during the opponent's deposition and is dumped. After Joanie left Phil frolicking on the couch to check an the babysitter, he cooks her an aphrodisiac feast and loses his patience when she calls it a porn set.