In the premiere of this comedy about a single dad (Jeremy Sisto) who moves from New York City to the suburbs to give his daughter (Jane Levy) a better life, the transplants struggle to adjust to the peculiarities of their new environment, which include school cliques, country-club etiquette and shopping trips to the mall.
The theft of Sheila's Shirley Temple doll collection sparks fears of a neighborhood crime wave, but Tessa's elation at such a gritty development in the suburbs is tempered when Dallas and Dalia are so scared of being robbed that they move into her house.
George tries to change Dallas' low opinion of Halloween by showing her the fun side of fear, but he's in for a shock when her frequently traveling husband (Jay Mohr) comes home unannounced. Meanwhile, Tessa's costume rubs the locals the wrong way.
Tessa persuades the school to get behind charitable causes, which yields mixed results, but her peers begin to wonder who really needs their help. Meanwhile, George's friendship with Noah hits a snag after he gets a huge bill for dental work.
Tessa's plans for a quiet 16th birthday go out the window when Dallas taps Dalia to plan the mother of all sweet-16 parties at the country club. Meanwhile, George's ailing back receives unwanted attention from an eager-to-please Sheila Shay.
Tessa talks Dallas into spending the day in the city rather than endure Thanksgiving in the suburbs, but Tessa loses her cool when she spots her father with a woman after he said he had to work. Meanwhile, Lisa balks at wearing a dress her mother picked out for her.
Tessa feels responsible when her father breaks up with his girlfriend, but George already has his eye on someone else—his daughter's art teacher—when he throws a tree-trimming party with a very interesting guest list. Jay Mohr guest stars.
New driver Tessa is hired by Dalia to help her stalk her crush, but the plan might backfire when Tessa discovers a mutual attraction with her nemesis' obsession. Meanwhile, George jumps through hoops to join the local country club.
Tessa is convinced the new boy (Dan Byrd) she's been asked to show around school is gay, but he's actually an undercover narcotics officer, though neither scenario is likely to weaken Lisa's infatuation with him. Meanwhile, George rethinks his relationship with Dallas.
George takes Noah, Fred, Tom and Alex along for the ride when he wins a trip to Atlantic City, where Fred confronts his gambling problem and they run into Steven Royce—who is supposed to be in Singapore. Meanwhile, Tessa hopes to spend some quality time with Scott Strauss.
George panics when he thinks Tessa's relationship with Scott Strauss may be heating up, so he tries to keep an eye on her by planning game nights at home with her friends. Meanwhile, Tessa gets a kick out of showing off her romance to Dalia, but, oddly enough, becomes less attracted to Scott the more time they spend together.
Tessa campaigns for student-body president with a promise to reduce the emphasis of sports at Chatswin High. Meanwhile, George tries to motivate Ryan when a wrestling injury keeps him out of the lineup.
Jill's marriage may be in trouble when she gets a taste of the single life from Dallas, whose younger boyfriend irks George. Meanwhile, Dalia tries to use Lisa to make Tessa pay for dating Scott Strauss, so Tessa hatches a revenge plot of her own, with Kimantha as her accomplice.
Dallas opens a new store with help from her sorority sisters, though the appearance of an old college rival could be bad for business. Meanwhile, Tessa wants to go to work for Dallas to earn money to buy a car when she tires of depending on George for rides.
George wants his daughter to meet Eden when their relationship starts to get serious, but Tessa may be too caught up in her job to pay much attention. Meanwhile, Noah helps George establish boundaries with Eden, who is taken aback by the neighborhood's interest in their romance.
Tessa may not be thrilled that Eden has moved in, but her father's girlfriend could help with a summer internship. Meanwhile, George is unnerved by Eden's parenting skills; Malik and Lisa discuss camp options; and Sheila can't stop meddling in Eden's surrogacy for Noah and his wife.
In the first-season finale, Tessa feels left out when the town celebrates the mothers in the community, but Dalia leaves her mom behind for a trip to Israel. Meanwhile, an endangered-animal theme at the Lerners' baby shower draws a reaction from Eden; and Fred surprises Sheila with one of her favorite performers.