Tired of her life as a chorus girl in Las Vegas, Michelle reluctantly agrees to marry the kindly Hubbell, who loves her dearly and promises to give her a better life. He brings her to his small hometown, where she is not exactly greeted with open arms. Hubbell’s overbearing mother, Fanny, is appalled by the news of their marriage, and frowns upon the idea of Michelle moving in with them. Fanny hosts a wedding reception, where Michelle interacts with the colorful locals, who all seem to despise her. The only people Michelle makes a good impression on are Fanny’s ballet students, who are impressed with Michelle’s real dance experience. Boo takes Michelle’s advice on auditioning to heart, and feels inspired to try out for a prestigious local performance. Out of nowhere, Michelle’s unstable new life is rocked even further when Hubbell suddenly dies in a car accident….leaving Michelle very unsure of her future.
Michelle's rocky start with her new mother-in-law finally seems to smooth out, until an unexpected occurrence turns everything on end. Michelle quickly finds herself back at odds with Fanny, but at the same time wanting to empathize with her. Inspired by Fanny's students, Michelle has an idea to help Fanny face the reality of the situation.
When Fanny's attorney gives her shocking news, she takes it hard and makes the situation more awkward for Michelle. Making matters worse, Michelle has a run-in with the law when she takes off in Hubbell's car to blow off steam, only to break down in the driveway of a handsome, local recluse.
Michelle is surprised when a moving truck shows up at her new home carrying not just her personal items from her Vegas apartment, but all the furniture that was there when she moved in. Fanny demands that the furniture be removed immediately due to the upcoming Joffrey auditions being hosted at her dance studio. So Michelle crowds all of the extraneous furniture into her little guest house. Later, Truly helps Michelle decorate her new living space. Elsewhere, Boo is practicing and dieting in preparation for the Joffrey audition. But she is distraught when she discovers her mother bought her a cake even before the auditions that says, “Better Luck Next Year!” on it. Once Sasha hears about the cake and learns that Boo needs new (and expensive) dance shoes before the audition, she steals money from her parents and gets the shoes for Boo. She lies to Boo and says her father bought the wrong size, so they were just going to go to waste. Meanwhile, Fanny learns that Joffrey wants to host the auditions in Ojai so she and Michelle set out on a mission to fix the ballet studio floor in order to impress the Joffrey people. They manage to make the changes just in time for the auditions to be held at Fanny’s studio. Boo doesn’t make the cut, but thanks to a little creative thinking on Fanny’s part, Boo gets to audition a few times and ends up feeling really proud of her audition regardless.
It is bi-annual paying season for Fanny as she and Truly go over all of her receipts, which are haphazardly kept in hatboxes and categorized according to people who “should be,” “have to be,” and “might be" paid causing panic amongst the local business owners about which category they are in. After Michelle convinces Fanny to go to a real accountant, she learns that Fanny hasn’t been charging the majority of her students for classes, forcing her finances to be a huge problem for her. Michelle takes it upon herself to ask all of the parents to start paying -- only to have it backfire by kids being pulled from the spring recital! After much apologizing and self-deprecation, Michelle convinces everyone to come back and perform for the festival. Meanwhile, Boo gets a job at the local oyster bar. The manager hazes her into doing menial job like “dumpster jumping” and giving her all the bad tables. But despite a few negatives, the other girls are completely jealous of Boo when they see she’s working with Godot, a hot surfer dude who has returned to Paradise! Sasha is especially jealous when she notices that Boo and Godot are becoming friends.
When Michelle's friend, Talia (guest star Angelina McCoy, "Nowhere Fast"), comes to town, their plans for a raucous birthday road trip are derailed by Fanny, who has left for an unexpected vacation, putting Michelle in charge of her dance classes. Michelle's birthday plans go even further off-track when Talia discovers Truly's clothing boutique, Sparkles. Meanwhile, the girls sneak into the visiting movie truck to see an R-rated movie.
When the dance studio springs a leak, Michelle lets the girls change for class in her house. But when one of them lies about stealing from her, Michelle puts her foot down. Meanwhile, the girls tease Ginny about dating the same boy since second grade.
Michelle is thrown for a loop when she discovers Fanny has a longtime, long-distance boyfriend (guest star Richard Gant, "Men of a Certain Age"). And Fanny surprises Michelle again by inviting her to see a play. Meanwhile, Sasha's rebellious behavior starts to affect Fanny's class. Fanny responds by giving Boo a coveted role in an upcoming performance.
Michelle is thrilled to discover that there is another option for coffee beyond the gas station: an award-winning barista, Bash (guest star Sean Gunn, "Gilmore Girls"). But she soon discovers that dealing with a coffee artiste has its challenges. And Melanie tries to figure out why Ginny has suddenly begun acting different. Meanwhile, Fanny and Sasha remain in a standoff, leaving the ballet class to suffer as Fanny casts for the lead role in The Nutcracker.
Michelle and Fanny begin to grow closer and enjoy each other's creative input as they prepare for Fanny's annual production of The Nutcracker. Michelle is organizing the fundraiser, advising the girls on their boy drama and feeling more at home than ever before. But their newfound harmony is soon disrupted by honest mistakes.
Everyone's lives are left in disarray after the macing incident.
Michelle tries to help Truly renegotiate her lease after she is evicted from her shop. Boo asks for Michelle's advice when Carl insists that she meet his parents. Meanwhile, Michelle is skeptical when Talia sets her up on a blind date with her older boyfriend's friend, and the girls are intrigued by the multi-talented, new kids in town (guest stars Jeanine Mason of "So You Think You Can Dance" and Niko Pepaj).
Michelle and Fanny need to find a way to make money.
Michelle's brother, Scotty (Sutton Foster's real-life brother Hunter Foster guest stars), comes for a visit after yet another failed marriage. Meanwhile, Melanie's new interest in roller derby leaves Ginny feeling abandoned, while Boo and Carl are overwhelmed with child care duties.
Milly (guest star Liza Weil, "Gilmore Girls") opens her checkbook - and her mouth - giving notes on how Fanny should run an upcoming dance recital. Meanwhile, Sasha throws a housewarming party and Scotty (Broadway star Hunter Foster) takes Michelle on a road trip that makes a surprising detour.
Milly (guest star Liza Weil) is on the warpath when she discovers that the local town preservation society is arranging a meeting to discuss the new amphitheatre. Meanwhile, Sasha and Roman (guest star Garrett Coffey) take their relationship public; and Talia (guest star Angelina McCoy) shares some big news.
When a fire breaks out on the edge of town, Bash (guest star Sean Gunn, "Gilmore Girls") forces Michelle to turn the dance studio into an evacuation shelter. Meanwhile, the girls react in different ways to the boys in their lives: Sasha and Roman get closer, Ginny can't stop staring at Frankie, Boo is caught in the middle of an unintentional triangle and Melanie is being stalked by Dez.
The girls secretly follow Michelle to a Broadway musical audition in Hollywood. Meanwhile, Fanny returns. Michelle's brother, Scotty (guest star Hunter Foster), pops back up unannounced. And Sasha thinks the girls need to take their relationships with their boyfriends to the next level.