As Charlie finds himself in danger of losing his father's restaurant, his plans to marry his fiancée, Kirsten, fall apart. Bailey enters his senior year of high school consumed with college aspirations and trying to establish his identity, even at the risk of distancing himself from his family. Julia lands on a roller coaster that's careening towards adulthood when she discovers she's pregnant, and she and her boyfriend weigh keeping the baby against having an abortion.
As Kirsten and Charlie's wedding preparations are interruped by a surprise visit by Charlie's old girlfriend, Bailey struggles with the death of his girlfriend, and Claudia enters junior high school.
Charlie sets out to uncover the truth about his son while Bailey experiments with a new identity.
As Kirsten and Charlie struggle with their wedding plans, Julia is torn between a pair of boyfriends while Sarah uses a class election to spark a romance with Bailey.
Charlie is pressed to take over running the restaurant, Bailey accidentally injures a football teammate and Julia ponders sex with Griffin.
In the wake of an accident which threatens Claudia's musical career, Bailey's behavior confuses Sarah and Julia struggles to connect with Griffin.
A visit by Kirsten's parents is enlightening for Charlie; Bailey's college exam scores seem to seal his fate; Claudia irks her sister by monopolizing Griffin's time.
Charlie is accused of arson and Julia suspects Griffin in a theft; Bailey has second thoughts about Will dating Sarah as Claudia is befriended by a trouble- making classmate.
Disaster strikes on the eve of the wedding as Charlie ends up with another woman and Justin catches his father having an affair.
Charlie gets cold feet and throws the wedding plans into chaos.
In the aftermath of the failed wedding, Charlie takes Claudia to Mexico, Julia and Justin explore their sexual relationship, and Bailey helps Sarah cope with a stunning surprise.
As Julia copes with a teacher's sexual advances, Charlie finds his own behavior under fire; and Bailey questions Sarah's extravagant gifts as Claudia falls under the spell of an unruly classmate.
As Julia and Bailey vie for an attic bedroom, Charlie and Kirsten ponder getting back together again.
Charlie seeks child care for Owen, while Julia gets a surprise from Justin's summertime friend.
As Justin's parents insist he and Julia stop having sex and Charlie finds himself attracted to Claudia's teacher, Bailey and Sarah find Will's new girlfriend annoying.
As Bailey's unexpected scholarship offer exposes a family secret and Charlie struggles with a wealthy employer's advances, Julia reluctantly agrees to be tutored by a nerdy classmate.
Sarah discovers the truth about Bailey's college plans and her real mother's identity; Julia fights to keep their grandfather at bay; Charlie gets caught between a pair of romantic entanglements.
On Valentine's Day, Griffin and a childhood friend of Sarah's make surprise appearances, while Charlie takes control of his relationship with Kathleen.
As Julia and Justin wrestle with an unplanned pregnancy, Bailey and Sarah consider staring their own sexual relationship.
Following her miscarriage, Julia heads to see Griffin, Charlie balks at Kathleen's attempt to cement their relationship, and Bailey worries about Sarah changing.
As Charlie lies to avoid a commitment to Kathleen, Bailey uncovers a disturbing secret about their grandfather's past.
Charlie jeopardizes the restaurant's future; Bailey overreacts when Sarah is mugged; Julia and Justin are each pursued by new suitors; Jody's fast lane lifestyle upsets Claudia.
As relationships between Julia and Justin and Bailey and Sarah approach collapse, Charlie makes a desperate move to save the restaurant from closing for good.