With Charlie and Kirsten's wedding plans creating problems for the Salingers, Julia transfers from Stanford to the College of Fine Arts to begin writing a book about her life. As he and Kirsten decide to have a baby of their own, a part-time tutoring job leaves Charlie him facing a sex scandal. But after finding success as a furniture designer, his future suddenly rests on teaming up with Bailey to buy the struggling company from his boss. But the mounting responsibilities that start Bailey drinking again send him into rehab. And as Claudia and Bailey ponder their futures at prestigious east coast schools, and Julia is offered a chance to leave college for a writing assignment in Washington, D,C, Charlie faces being a full-time father to Owen and a new baby.
As the plans for Charlie wedding creates friction throughout the Salinger family, Julia faces some important choices about her own future.
In the wake of the wedding, sex is the issue for Bailey and Sarah as well as Charlie and Kirsten; Claudia takes a stand against Cody while Julia struggles with her new book.
As Sarah searches for her real father, Julia's editor encourages her to take a critical look at her mom and dad.
As Kirsten decides to try and get pregnant, Bailey is surprised by Will's return home from college.
Bailey enlists Will and Griffin in a plan to bring Sarah home; Julia struggles with her feelings for Evan.
Sarah's absence has Bailey struggling with alcohol, while Julia wants Evan to go public about their romance.
Charlie is asked to resign in order to avoid a scandal at school; Julia meets Evan's son.
Bailey is determined to woo a disinterested older woman; Evan learns of his son's interest in Julia
Griffin balks at having the Salingers pay his medical expenses; Bailey's unselfishness impresses Holly.
A New Year's Eve wedding has Bailey worrying about his relationship with Holly; Charlie discovers that things aren't well going at work, while Julia learns some bad news about the fate of her book.
As Charlie and Kirsten look for the courage to face the challenges posed by both work and family, Claudia reluctantly takes Julia along for a college visit.
As Bailey's promiscuous lifestyle gets him in trouble with Will, Charlie and Kirsten's schedules drive them apart; Julia exposes a mysterious classmate's secret.
As Bailey tries to keep his drinking and the restaurant's financial woes under wraps, Charlie gets the chance to run the furniture factory.
As Bailey's drinking encourages a recovering alcoholic to start up again, Justin's longtime relationship with Julia threatens disrupt his wedding plans.
Bailey's car accident spawns a dream about what life would have been like had his parents not been killed.
As Bailey is released from rehab, Julia heads for Las Vegas upon learning that Justin is about to elope.
Bailey is drawn into helping Holly's flighty sister; a big order challenges Charlie to expand his new business; sexual and creative tension fuel Julia and Claudia's romantic relationships
As Charlie is forced to consider buying the furniture business, Julia worries that Adam's defiant attitude will get his thrown out of school; Claudia worries about Todd's former girlfriend.
Julia is stunned when Ned suddenly reappears; Bailey proposes marriage as a way to solve Holly's immigration problem.
Will and Holly's marriage of convenience causes Bailey to worry; Kirsten begins to fret over her pregnancy as Adam's sudden return from Mexico takes Julia by surprise.
As Will grows increasingly uncomfortable around Holly, Julia's book starts to make her a new feminist heroine.
An employee's heart attack forces Charlie to reexamine what he wants from the business; college may cause Claudia and Todd to face a future apart.
The future is unsettled as each of the Salingers ponders what to do next.
As Charlie struggles with Bailey, Julia and Claudia's plans to move away, the Salingers all reflect on their lives together.