A married Chicago newspaper reporter struggles with sexual temptation when he hires a beautiful assistant.
Micky's not pleased when Donna asks Missy out to lunch. Doug offers Micky self-help marriage videotapes and shares his well-guarded secrets of the universe.
Micky gets upset with Donna over a Three Stooges joke; Jake ends his affair with Ilene; Doug tries to limit his wife's spending; and Jake takes Micky to a massage parlor.
While Micky and Donna search for a hobby, the guys enlist Jake to find out whether a man has become bored with his beautiful wife.
Donna gives Micky a pager, known as the "electronic tether." Meanwhile, Jake's jilted girlfriend threatens to talk to his wife about their affair.
Donna discovers that she might be pregnant. Meanwhile, Doug's visiting mother-in-law affects his sex life.
Mikey and Donna start to remodel their kitchenâ€”and their marriage. The prostitute Jake sees retires. And work forces Doug to skip Carol's birthday celebration.
Increased tension in the Barnes household forces Micky to re-evaluate his feelings toward his assistant; Doug's back problems remind him of the good old days.
Micky sees a problem when Jake begins to flirt with Missy, but an impulsive solution only deepens his guilt.
Micky considers telling Donna about his extramarital excursion. Despite Doug's wishes, Carol returns to her career.