Becca and Corky are paired off with other students who must pretend to be engaged for a week to investigate issues of marriage and family life. Meanwhile, Libby's feuding parents hole up at the Thatcher residence.
Drew's younger brother Richard, a lovable family black sheep, breezes into town. The brothers don't get along, but needless to say, the kids love him; and at a time when Corky begins to wonder who'll look after him when his parents die.
The Special Olympics, a time for warmhearted competition and fun, also bring love to Corky and a challenge to Tyler, whose father won't permit Tyler's brother, Donny (who also has Downs) to participate.
Becca writes an article for her school paper but clashes with the faculty adviser. When she discovers an underground paper is published at the school she decides to work there instead. An article she writes has unintended consequences she is forced to make some ethical decisions.
As the Spring Fling approaches Becca and Maxie make plans to hang out together rather than attend. When Maxie is invited to the dance by a boy Becca insists that she accept. Eventually Becca is invited - by not just one but two boys - and must decide what she wants to do.
Becca becomes manager of Tyler's band and sets up a gig at the opening of a new mall with a prerequisite of a female singer. Also, Libby is offered a chance to leave the restaurant and return to her old high-pressure, but higher-paying job.
Drew gets funding from Farmer Jack for a new banquet room for the restaurant on the condition that Drew use his son Teddy as a worker. However, this results in jealousy from Corky who tries to help but causes more damage than good.
Becca and Maxie have high hopes of getting in with the "mature" crowd which brings their friendship to a low. Elsewhere, Corky and Drew become heroes to a choking woman; only to get Drew slapped with a $25,000 lawsuit.
Corky resolves to enter a 50k bike race despite his father's objections, and makes friends with another biker who is epileptic. Sadly, his happiness turns to heartbreak when his brand-new bicycle gets stolen.