On the fourth season finale, Molly gets accepted into an elite eight-week writers' workshop in Iowa, but faces a big decision when Mike asks her not to go.
Mike wants Peggy to see a doctor after her bathtub falls through the ceiling.
Molly catches Carl coming out of Victoria's room late at night, leaving her questioning whether or not she will tell Mike.
Mike and Carl arrest Molly's literary hero, J.C. Small (SUSAN SARANDON), for driving under the influence.
Mike learns a lesson after his car breaks down and he's forced to decide whether or not to accept a loan from Carl to fix it.
Carl, Mike and Samuel take a road trip to Memphis to meet Carl's mother for the first time.
Molly looks to win some extra cash when she and the girls head to a riverboat casino for the weekend. Meanwhile, Mike and Vince try to enjoy some college basketball when the guys come over to watch TV.
Molly meets the best buddy of her dreams when Peggy's childhood friend, Kay McKinnon (guest star KATHY BATES) comes to town, but Peggy is not keen on sharing.
Victoria brings home a new boyfriend, James (guest star MATHER ZICKEL) and the entire family wonders if he's finally "the one."
A confident Molly offers her wisdom to Samuel who now wants to be a standup comic. Meanwhile, Molly's advice to Harry causes him to challenge his protective mother.
Molly grudgingly goes to a therapist (guest star JOHN MICHAEL HIGGINS) at Mike's urging.
Mike asks Carl to replace him as Molly's dance partner at a salsa class, but gets jealous when he realizes they're having way too much fun.
Following a dramatic argument with Joyce over money, Mike and Molly move into Mike's childhood room at Peggy's.
Molly is determined to get Mike out of his routine and encourages him to embrace anything they want in life. They try new things together, until reality sets in and it's time to pay the bill.
Molly decides to take a break from writing her novel and accepts a job as a forklift driver at Vince's warehouse… with mixed results.
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