In the Season 5 opener, Denise prepares to meet Jeremy's fiancée while caring for her newborn. Meanwhile, Emmalin leaves for college; Pamela mulls over a job offer in Atlanta and a second chance with Chase; Joan and Roland discuss the future of their relationship; and T.J.'s behavior challenges Roxy.
Claudia Joy graduates from law school and Professor Chandler offers her an associate position at his firm. Meanwhile, Pamela comes to a decision about her future, and an overwhelmed Joan has difficulty settling in to her new job.
Claudia Joy butts heads with Chandler on her first day of work; Joan worries about appearances when Sara Elizabeth is accepted into an exclusive preschool; Roxy frets about her friendship with Pam when their kids get into a fight; Tanya gets nervous about the wedding when she realizes how little she knows about Jeremy.
Claudia Joy has difficulty dealing with the way people are treating her and Michael; Joan finds it tough to bond with David; Roxy's truck stop nears completion; and Denise attempts to help Tanya cope with life without Jeremy.