Gretchen participates in a family tradition with Boone and his daughter while Jimmy competes on an NPR game show to regain some literary cred. Also: Lindsay's desire to help people leads her back into Paul's orbit and Edgar tries to deepen a friendship with Max.
Jimmy spends a day with a woman from his past and attempts to fit in with her friends while Gretchen attempts to impress Boone's ex-wife. Also: Lindsay reconnects to a former father figure and Edgar, prompted by Max, buys a fancy car he can't afford.
Lindsay's mom comes to town and sheds light on the origin of Lindsay's issues while Jimmy attempts to get over Gretchen by hooking up with someone from his past. Meanwhile, Edgar struggles to reconcile his new writer life with his old veteran life.
Jimmy goes out of town for a romance and erotica fiction convention and Gretchen throws a divorce for Lindsay, leading to an unintended deepening of Gretchen's relationship with Boone. Also: Edgar's friend Max gets him to overspend on party planning.
Gretchen has moved back into the house and plays mind games with Jimmy, sabotaging his first interview for the new book. Seeing an opportunity in Gretchen's return to the house, Edgar and Lindsay plot to get Jimmy and Gretchen back together.
Jimmy learns that his literary novel is being marketed as erotica; Gretchen realizes she's been letting Jimmy off easy; Edgar and Lindsay babysit Tallulahm and Lindsay learns for the first time that she's capable of love; and Edgar tries a new technique to pick up women.
After Jimmy returns to Los Angeles, he attempts to make amends with Gretchen, leading to their first confrontation. Lindsay and Edgar enjoy their new friends-with-benefits arrangement while Edgar tries to show Jimmy that Gretchen isn't the only person he abandoned.