Ed goes green after having a post-apocalyptic dream, Maggie discovers some old Indian artifacts in her front yard and Holling begins associating with a young runaway (Brad) from Los Angeles who develops a major crush on Shelly.
Ruth Anne pays off her store loan to Maurice and they begin to fight over Ed. Joel has a crisis of identity when he gets no patients for 2 weeks. Bernard fills in for Chris while he is on a week-long self-discovery journey at a monastery.
Dr. Fleischman is troubled when he doesn't receive an invitation to a big party for Maurice that the whole town is attending. Shelly accidentally breaks a bottle of wine worth several thousand dollars.
Ed is trying to figure out why he keeps waking up in strange places. Dr Fleischman is suffering from mysterious symptoms, but naturally doesn't trust the locals' diagnosis. Shelley has been singing for months.
The past comes back to haunt the residents (of Cicely) when Maurice works himself into a minor heart attack while over-fretting his age. Maggie relives a childhood fantasy, and Joel traces the history of Cicely to long-forgotten Jewish predecessor.
Obsession reaches new heights when Chris is dismayed that his ex-lover can't find any difference between him and Bernard in bed. Joel worries about losing his New York "edge". And Marilyn snoops through the medical files to find her perfect man.
Family matters come to the forefront when Joel's parents, Nadine and Herb, visit. Nadine finds a unique connection with Marilyn and the eagles. Meanwhile Shelly is concerned that Holling will miss out on special father-son moments with their new baby after he announces that he's bored with sports.
Ed is struggling to find his path in life and it doesn't help when Maurice wants to use his Hollywood contacts to organize a film festival. Joel's own path seems to have gone up in smoke when his truck ignites after he turns down Ruth-Anne's offer to join the volunteer fire department.