In the series opener, teenage Lux (Britt Robertson) attempts to leave the foster-care system and become an emancipated minor. She locates her birth parents (Shiri Appleby and Kristoffer Polaha) for the first time, then winds up in their custody. Ryan Thomas: Kerr Smith.
A social worker evaluates Cate and Baze and inspects their homes. Meanwhile, Lux's friends express skepticism about her newfound parents and ask her to return to her old life; and Cate's bosses pressure her to deny that she has a child on her radio show.
Baze's parents insist on meeting their granddaughter, so they host a family dinner and also invite Cate's family. Meanwhile, safety issues at Lux's school cause a fearful Cate to transfer Lux to her old alma mater---before consulting Lux on this matter.
Lux gets suspended, so Cate goes to bat for her and speaks with her principal. However, Cate's interference does more harm than good. Meanwhile, Baze is hurt when Cate and Ryan book a radio-station event at a rival bar near his establishment.
Baze and Ryan face off in a radio-station contest. Meanwhile, Lux helps Tasha locate her mother when Tasha discovers she may have to relocate to a faraway new foster home; Cate weighs the consequences of giving Ryan full disclosure about her and Baze.
Baze jumps to conclusions after finding a condom in Lux's room, so he surprises her and Jones at the winter formal they're attending. Meanwhile, Cate serves as chaperone at the dance, and she's unprepared for the flood of bad memories that hit her.
Lux opens up to Ryan about her childhood in foster care when severe weather strands them together at the radio station. Meanwhile, the storm causes Cate and her sister to be trapped with Baze at his bar, along with Math and Jamie.