Former wild child Mel Burke has just been elected as city council person for Toledo, Ohio. However, in addition to her new job, she is also forced into raising her niece, Lennox, and her nephew, Ryder. Lennox and Ryder's father, Louis Scanlon, was part of a ponzi scheme and fled the country. Their mother was sent to prison, leaving Mel as the only option. Joe Longo, a former employee of Louis and lost all of his money. His wife kicked him out and left him with nothing. Joe tracks down Mel for information on Louis. Their paths continue to cross until Mel accidentally offers Joe a job to help her take care of the kids. Lennox got suspended from school and Joe saves the day getting Lennox to talk to the principal and accept her punishment.
Mel dates a guy with ulterior motives. Joe deals with getting his stuff back from his ex-wife, most importantly his flat screen TV. Lennox tries to make friends in her new school.
Joe fears that being a nanny will prevent him from having a love life. Mel is worried that a depressed Joe means no more gourmet food so she lies to help him get a date with her former sorority sister. Joe needs to keep the lie going to help out Mel in her job.
Lennox starts dating a bad boy that Mel disapproves of, while Mel is also dating a bad boy of her own. Joe takes it upon himself to reorganize Mel‘s closet.
Mel grounds Lennox because she is failing chemistry and needs to study. However, when Senator Russell Burke, Mel‘s father, shows up unexpected, he undermines her authority. Senator Burke sweet talks Joe and takes the kids out for a night of fun against Mel‘s wishes. Seeing the conflict between Mel and Lennox, Senator Burke invites Lennox to move in with him and her grandmother in Washington, D.C.
Mel catches Joe having secret meetings with a girl named Tessa in the basement. When Mel begins to spy, she learns that Joe & Tessa are on a manhunt for her brother-in-law Lewis Scanlon. Mel & Joe think Ryder is getting bullied at school because he keeps ―losing‖ his stuff. Joe & Mel come to his rescue by getting his stuff back, but proceed to make everything worse.
Mel is working on her public image and invites a TV reporter to do a story on her and the kids. Celeste Vega (Valery Ortiz) finds out that Mel has a male nanny working for her and shifts the story to Joe. Stephanie alerts Joe that the piece is not flattering for Mel. Joe goes down to Celeste‘s office to defend Mel.
Mel agrees to participate in a local Dancing with the Stars themed charity event to raise money for the at-risk kids that Lennox tutors. Mel agrees to dance with Joe at the event, but creative differences cause them to part ways. Stephanie finds a way for celebrity dancer Mark Ballas to be Mel‘s partner in the competition. However, when Mel gets injured, it‘s Joe who saves the day.
Mel needs to prove that all her employees are US citizens. However, all of Joe‘s paperwork has been subpoenaed by the court for his divorce hearing. Mel worries that she will have to fire Joe if he can‘t find his paperwork in time. Lennox decides to go to a school dance with one of her girlfriend creating a rumor that Lennox is a lesbian.
Mel is excited that Lennox is dating the Mayor‘s son, Brett (Justin Prentice). Mel hasn‘t been happy with the kids that Lennox has been spending time with, so she thinks Brett will be a good influence on her. When Mel learns that Brett has offered Lennox alcohol, she and Joe go see the Mayor. The Mayor informs them that Lennox is the one who supplied the alcohol. Joe & Mel decide to do some snooping in Lennox‘s room to find out who is telling the truth. Ryder is spending time with Mrs. Gellar (Katherine Helmond), an elderly lady from the neighborhood, to fulfill his school‘s community service requirement.
Mel tries to get the kids excited about celebrating Halloween. Joe hears noises coming from the attic. When he goes to investigate, he discovers Lewis Scanlon (John Ross Bowie) hiding from the cops. Lewis asks Joe for some compassion so that he can spend one last night with his kids before going to jail. Meanwhile, no one can tell what Mel‘s Halloween costume is supposed to be.
Joe decides to start his own web series giving financial tips to investors. He asks Mel for a financial investment to help get the series off the ground. Mel‘s suggestions to improve his web series do not sit well with Joe. Lennox gets tutored by a nerdy boy from school that she develops feelings for.
Joe has rekindled a spark with his ex-wife Tiffany (Megan Hilty). But when Tiffany meets Mel, she reveals that she's been keeping a big secret from Joe. Meanwhile, Lennox works on winning a popularity contest in school.
Sparks fly between Joe & Mel’s personal trainer. Lennox tries to just be friends with Beckett even though she has a crush on him.
Mel needs Joe to be a translator for a meeting with a Japanese business man. Lennox has to partner up with her arch-rival in high school.
Despite everything that's happened to him this year, Joe decides to go to his college reunion to show his former classmates that he's still in the game. But when his hot date cancels on him, Mel surprises Joe at the reunion, pretending to be his girlfriend. Meanwhile Lennox and Ryder plan a wild party.
Lennox is approached in a mall to be a model but has to persuade Mel for permission. Mel isn't so hot on the idea until she finds out about the payday! Meanwhile, Ryder is having problems with a scary new girl. Jo tries to help him ask her out, but things go south!
Mel plans a lesbian wedding for her cousin at her house with a $5,000 budget. One of the brides-to-be has her eye on someone else! Meanwhile, Lennox and Ryder work on a documentary.
Mel volunteers Joe for a school charity auction but the winner of the auction may have ulterior motives.
When Mel brings home a guy who's a total square, Joe teases her about finding someone more interesting. After a foxy single ladies night out, Mel feels the pressure to find someone after her last single friend gets engaged.
Mel starts a romance with a younger man. Lennox challenges a classmate to be the editor of the school blog.
Mel's new younger boyfriend George throws a party for Mel to meet his friends. Meanwhile, Joe confronts his ex-wife for going on a date at their spot on their anniversary.
Joe teases Mel about her relationship with George as things start to get serious. But when George gets an amazing job offer, Mel is a little less excited...because the job is in Italy. Mel contemplates what do next in this complicated situation. Meanwhile, Ryder meets Holly's interesting parents.
Mel's father returns to lobby for a bill Mel is against. Meanwhile, Lennox's poems garner the attention of a classmate.
When Joe's younger brother (Matthew Lawrence) comes to town, he takes a romantic interest in Mel. Things get crazy!
Joe gets Ryder in trouble with his teacher when he "helps" him with a paper. Meanwhile, Mel helps sneak Lennox into an 18-and-over concert.
Mel recruits Joe to play on her office softball team. Meanwhile, Ryder asks Lennox to post Holly's story on the school blog.
Mel and Joe get into a property dispute with their neighbor after Joe confronts him about his loud bird. Meanwhile, Ryder films an anti-texting while driving PSA starring Lennox and a jock.
Mel convinces Joe to follow Lennox to her school dance. Meanwhile, Holly gets jealous of Ryder, and chaos ensues!
Mel and Joe face difficult decisions after Joe comes into some money.