Anne Heche stars as a 'relationship coach' and best-selling author who starts life afresh in Alaska after learning that her fiancé has been cheating on her. Executive producers include former 'Sex and the City' writer Jenny Bicks and 'Walk the Line' director James Mangold.
As the series finale begins, Elmo's talent show is approaching and Annie is rehearsing the dance number she'll perform with Ivan. But Patrick plans drastic action to win her back. And Marin gets a hefty check for her latest book, which pleases Jack, at first. Meanwhile, Sam and Jane are driving back to Elmo from New York, and Jane is growing tired of Sam's favorite roadside restaurant chain (and his reason for eating there); and Sara is fantasizing about the doctor she's working for.
Patrick returns to Elmo with his memory intact and finds that Annie has moved on---with Ivan. Marin celebrates the completion of her book with a trip to Anchorage, where she finds Julia's husband (Josh Stamberg) with another woman. And in New York, Sam saves a child from an onrushing SUV and is suddenly a hero, but it changes his personality.
As Marin faces a book deadline, Jack saddles her with four unruly puppies that Julia (Kelli Williams) had foisted on him. Meanwhile, Annie, who's trying with mixed success to promote a talent show, is disturbed by a sweaty dream involving Ivan (Diego Klattenhoff). But in New York, Patrick isn't dreaming---self-help author Pilar (Sofia Vergara) really is coming on to him.
Cash moves in with Marin and Jack while he recovers from his kidney transplant, and Mai moves in with Celia after leaving Buzz. Meanwhile, Buzz wants to win Mai back by paying her back, so he takes Patrick's old job at the Elmo Inn, working with Annie, who's feeling lost in Elmo now that Patrick's gone. And in New York, Jane gives Patrick a job at her publishing company, where he sets out to change the office culture while Jane tries to woo another self-help author (Sofia Vergara).
Marin finally meets Julia (Kelli Williams), Jack's friend from the ship, after he gets an offer to be a visiting professor at the Anchorage college where she teaches. Meanwhile, Greta is making no bones about her designs on Patrick; Sam gives Jane a ring from the Sanitation Department's lost and found; and Mai discovers money missing from one of her bank accounts. Jim: Josh Stamberg.
In Elmo to sing the national anthem at the Huskies' opening game, Morgan Fairchild (playing herself) decides to make a movie about Marin. However, Marin is beginning to question her life in Elmo. Meanwhile, Ivan (Diego Klattenhoff) shows interest in Annie, while Patrick begins to bond with another woman (Bayne Gibby); Terri tries to bond with Cash on a camping trip; Eric forms a band that attracts female fans; and Buzz bets heavily on the Huskies.
Cash gets more bad news about his kidneys; Jack sees Julia (Kelli Williams) for the first time since their ordeal in the Bering Sea; Ben signs a star hockey player from Croatia (Diego Klattenhoff) whose attitude matches his ability; Patrick is still avoiding Celia and Celia is avoiding Dick (Currie Graham); and Annie decides it's time for a makeover, so she goes to Terri (Mario Cantone) for a new look that's reminiscent of Sandy Duncan, circa 1970.
As Marin, Jack and Jerome head to New York for Jane and Sam's "we-got-married-without-you-but want-your-fancy-gifts" party, Marin is worried about Jack because he's on edge. Jerome also has an ulterior motive: to see Annie's mother, Mary Alice. In Elmo, meanwhile, Sara meets an attractive doctor (Peter Wingfield) on an EMT run; and Celia arrests Patrick for his role in her auto accident. Stuart: Jason O'Mara. Karen: Debbie Lee Carrington. Steve: Danny Woodburn.
Marin and Jack decide to move in together. Just about everybody in Elmo thinks it's a bad idea, but Cash (who moves into Jack's house) has a word of advice. Meanwhile, Theresa has a surprise for Ben; and Buzz gives Patrick a flying lesson. And in New York, Sam looks for a job while Jane sends their wedding notice to the New York Times.
The Coast Guard calls off the search for Jack, leaving Marin numb and everyone else in Elmo melancholy; Cash gets bad news from the doctor; Eric and Sara discover that her place isn't as big as they thought it was; Patrick goes out with someone other than Annie; and Jerome and Mai reveal things about themselves that no one in Elmo knew.
Marin discovers Cash's secret and soon all of Elmo knows, too; Eric moves in with Sara---and the two begin a "completely chaste" living arrangement; and Jane throws out Sam's favorite shirt as part of her preparations for their move to New York. Meanwhile, Patrick's continued amnesia (and his new personality) sadden and perplex both Annie and Celia. They're in "the same boat," Annie believes, but Celia doesn't like that idea at all.
Marin is upset that Jack hasn't been in touch, but she doesn't know his ship has gone down in the Bering Sea. She is also being romantically pursued by Stuart (Jason O'Mara)---and Patrick, who still has amnesia. Meanwhile, Sam and Jane come up with an unusual living arrangement while attending a snowplow convention; Sara and Eric move their relationship along; and Jack must make a very tough decision to save his life and that of his shipmate Julia (Kelli Williams).
With Jack away studying whales in the Bering Sea, Marin finds something in his cabin that disturbs her. And Patrick still can't remember who he is and is behaving uncharacteristically. Meanwhile, Mai prepares Mary Alice (Annie Potts) for her date with Jerome; Theresa is troubled by Ben's behavior since he bought the hockey team; and Jane drops a bombshell on Marin.
The “curse” is still in force as Annie and Patrick's wedding day arrives. Jane and Annie's brother Danny (Josh Randall) arrive from New York (separately), but Annie's dad (Colm Meaney) hasn't arrived yet. Not that her mom (Annie Potts) minds---she hits it off with Jerome, who's behaving strangely. Meanwhile, Jack is scheduled to leave for his nine-month Bering Sea assignment; and Cash shows up at Marin's cabin at a very opportune moment.
Part 1 of 2. As Annie and Patrick's wedding nears, her mother (Annie Potts) arrives and makes an enemy of Mai as preparations take one disastrous turn after another. Meanwhile, Marin and Jack fight over his impending departure; and the board of Eric's church gives him an ultimatum: his job or Sara.
Marin, who's both Annie's maid of honor and Patrick's best man, must plan parties for each. Marin also gets gifts with romantic implications from both publisher Stuart Maxson and Jack. Meanwhile, Minister Eric's chastity policy vexes Sara, and Ben decides to buy a woebegone hockey team. Sapphire: Dot-Marie Jones.
Jack has broken up with Lynn, and Marin is the last one to hear it. And Mai's cousin Lucy, a famous ice skater, arrives for a visit and decides she wants to stay. George is also in town to scout locations for another fat camp. He's glad to see Terri (Mario Cantone) and vice versa. Meanwhile, Cash is getting restless; Celia is taken aback when she learns that Dick (Currie Graham) is younger than she is; and Patrick is overwhelmed by wedding plans, so George and Terri quickly volunteer to help.
When Marin and Cash (Scott Elrod) make a bet to see who can make the better stew, Marin ventures into the forest to find a special root---and gets lost. Meanwhile, newly engaged Lynn (Justine Bateman) wishes Jack would exhibit more passion toward her; Patrick wants to change his surname to better reflect who he really is; and Sara's ex-husband wants full custody of their son, even though she's no longer in the “service” industry. Dick: Currie Graham.
An Arctic cyclone is bearing down on Elmo as the second season begins, and everyone gathers at the Chieftain to ride it out---except for Marin and Cash, who are off on a mountain seeking the advice of a “soul healer.” Meanwhile, Patrick and Annie find out things they didn't know about each other, and Mai discovers something she didn't know about Buzz; Sara's ex wants sole custody of Matty, so Ben offers to lend her money for a lawyer; and Dick (Currie Graham) has digestive woes.