Jessica tries to take care of the situation but, as the tenants and become a nuisance, she fears she may be in over her head. Elsewhere, Jessica labors over submitting a cover photo for her new book, not liking any of the ones Honey took, and soon realizes her apprehension is fear of possible rejection of the book itself by the reading public. At home, Emery tries to set up a night for Jessica and Louis to be alone and romantic, but is disappointed when they spend the time doing their taxes. Eddie's friends welcome him back into the fold after seeing how pathetic he is. While Jessica finds that much has changed from her idealized memories of her home country, she also admits she loves her life in America and convinces Louis that he made the right move.
Emery lets Evan pick the costumes this year, but is not pleased with the results. Elsewhere, Louis tries to bond with Evan in Jessica's absence, while Eddie and Emery make a half-hearted attempt at working out after watching the film. Rogers offers Louis the opportunity to buy out his share of the restaurant for pennies on the dollar, then orders Louis to tell Matthew he's fired. The older high-school kids and Eddie's pals think it's lame and leave, but Eddie stays and finds a way to save Nicole's reputation. This causes problems when wins Olympic gold instead of Kwan, so Jessica decides to come up with a conspiracy theory to explain Kwan's loss, which even Jessica starts to believe it as well. Meanwhile, Jessica uses figure skater as an example to preach hard work and discipline to Emery and Evan. Meanwhile, Jessica has to take over the restaurant, forcing her to deal with the new carry-out service offered by Cattleman's as well as the employees who know that Louis has forbidden Jessica from firing anyone.
Upon hearing that Kenny Rogers will be visiting Cattleman's, Jessica asks Louis to share it with his boss, because Rogers is also a published author. She reconsiders, and decides Eddie is responsible enough to go to Taiwan. Meanwhile, Louis is taken aback when Honey invites herself to tag along with Marvin on the men's trip to the chili cook-off. They left Washington and settled in a small southern town on the outskirts of Florida. Jessica convinces the bar owner to let her manage the softball team, while Louis tries to assemble a ragtag group for the Cattleman's softball team. Eventually Phillip abandons Eddie and Eddie has to miss the concert looking for Phillip. Meanwhile, Louis continues to apologize, although Jessica tells him that he does this all the time.
Eddie finds it difficult to fit in at school, while Emery seems to be doing just fine. Meanwhile, Eddie learns how much money Evan is making by taking care of plants and pets for vacationing neighbors and decides he wants in on it. Eddie and his pals get invited to a Halloween party that Nicole is throwing while her parents are out. At Cattleman's, Louis is getting tired of all the patrons who think Kenny Rogers is the genius behind the restaurant, so with Matthew's blessing, Louis gets a menu item named after himself. Eddie tries to find a way to stay close to the friends he's left behind.
Sure enough, Louis and Jessica square off in the first scheduled game of the season. Doris seems to dislike both of them and shocked to learn that she really liked Eddie when he was her student. At home, Emery and Evan hand out candy as. Louis uses a neighborhood block party to shamelessly promote the restaurant. They hire tennis legend to coach Emery and mold him into a star athlete, but soon realize she may be training him too intensely. Meanwhile, Louis and Marvin go on the cruise that Jessica and Honey won on Wheel of Fortune, but the trip quickly goes south for Louis.
When acting grown up fails, he decides to vandalize her prized Christmas angel. Elsewhere, Emery and Louis build a birdhouse based on Emery's design, but find it too creepy after it's fully built. So with the help of a friend, Alison devises an elaborate plan to make a good impression on Jessica. Doris and competes with his brother to be the new teacher's pet. Wanting to get Jessica and her incessant away from the restaurant, Louis convinces her to home-school the boys. Jessica is confused by the rituals and habits of her new neighbors. Eddie arrives at home to find his family packing boxes and is hit with the realization that he has to leave his friends behind.
In the end, Grandma Huang convinces Evan that the name he's given isn't important; it's what you do in life to make that name important that matters. She later learns Evan was dropped from the invite list because he is very bossy, just like his mom. When he e-mails the critic and asks him to re-evaluate, the Huangs are shocked to find out it is none other than Philip Goldstein, Eddie's former friend at school. Note: This is the first episode where Grandma Huang does not appear. Though much of the day is boring, the two eventually come upon a dead body, making Jessica throw up.
Eddie plots to finally get his first kiss from Allison at an upcoming Valentine's Day dance, using Trent as his wingman. But, when one of Eddie's friends makes a mistake about which girl likes him, Eddie questions whether his note really came from Alison or someone else. Eddie helps the guys retrieve their confiscated hackey-sacks from the principal's office, but gets in way more trouble than he bargained for when one of them steals money from the principal's petty cash drawer. Elsewhere, Louis and Honey would both like to lose some weight, so they join a couple of exercise groups. Louis sees things differently, saying friends don't sue friends, even for insurance money. At the end of the episode, Jessica convinces Louis that they should move back to their old home, but they find that it has already been rented to someone else. Jessica, hoping to use the award to one-up her new frenemy Amy , pushes Evan to participate in more school activities.
Eddie rebels when the errands interfere with taking his friends to the concert. Eddie complains that he is blamed for everything and accuses his mom of profiling. Eddie attempts to use his father's advice in trying to get Nicole to like him. However, wanting to stay independent, and hearing of a promotion at his current job, Eddie rejects his offer, so Louis hires Trent instead. . The two ponder how to break the news to Marvin. Eventually, Louis comes to Eddie's aid when Dave starts to get erratic, even going far as to steal a store's mannequin.
Eddie soon comes up with a scheme to get tickets for all three of them. But when Eddie learns that he can tutor Nicole during that same hour, he shuns his mom's request, forcing her to use a different tactic to get her way. Emery discovers that Evan's blazer for St. Elsewhere, Eddie's fear of talking to Alison on the phone leads him to make a for her instead, but the tape falls into the hands of Reba, a nerdy girl who has a crush on Eddie, giving her the wrong idea. At the same time, Emery and Evan feel left out when their parents are focused on Eddie, so they decide to cause trouble just to get their attention with little to no success. When Trent brings a beer to share with the group, Eddie painfully learns about something he inherited from his father. At home, Evan makes changes to his will and testament, causing the neighborhood women to think he's dying.