Claretha blows a gasket when her car is stolen. Meanwhile, Calvin babysits Miranda's nephew, whose outwardly innocent disposition belies a mean spirit.
Curtis and Ella get set to attend a college reunion---only to discover an ex-flame authored a candid book about collegiate "sextracurricular" activities. Meanwhile, CJ faces the challenge of caring for the children by himself.
Jazmine gets into trouble for saying h*** with her aunt Ella at home and at school then Ella wonders where did she get that kind of language from and discovers that Curtis is the one using profanity. Later Curtis and Jazmine end up writing "I will not use profanity anymore" 500 times. Then Ella uses profanity and Curtis made her write.
Malik reluctantly goes on his first camping trip. Jazmine is upset she's not allowed to go, but lightens up when she finds out she'll get to have a girls night in.
Jazmine tries to make the grade in a spelling bee, and Malik gives her an assist in trying to dethrone the reigning champion. Elsewhere, Curtis comes to suspect that Ella is having an affair.
Ella puts a plan into motion to increase quality family time: She forbids the clan from using the TV and radio for two weeks. Before long, subsequent family conversations reveal a shocking discovery about CJ. Elsewhere, a popular film actor prepares for a role by frequenting the local barbershop.
The Paynes celebrate Malik's birthday, but their planned party for him might not meet the lad's high expectations. Elsewhere, hair-raising financial strain at the barbershop may mean the end of Calvin's job.
Ella's extreme mood swings alarm the gang, particularly Claretha, who concludes that menopause is the culprit. Meanwhile, Malik is a rebel with a cause: He turns bad in order to win over his dream girl.
Calvin and his posse decide to throw a surprise bash for a buddy returning from the Iraq War. Elsewhere, Malik pens an essay on a role model---but who will be his subject?
Malik and Jazmine learn about the art of money management when Curtis puts them to work at the firehouse's charity food drive. In other developments, CJ tries to evade a female stalker.
Malik and his bud Kevin consider skipping school with two girls. Elsewhere, Calvin's pal Peanut concocts a nutty plan to impress a woman: He professes to own the barbershop and poses as a Payne family member.
Selling plenty of cakes and cookies inspires Ella to cook up plans for a new business. Then, Malik tries to get some sax appeal, as he considers taking up the saxophone to impress a girl.
Family bonds grow when the Paynes face a health crisis. Elsewhere, Miranda's parents arrive, as a jittery Calvin scrambles to make the visit a success.
Ella, Claretha, Jazmine and Jazmine's friend branch out: They go on a woodsy wilderness trip---and promptly get lost. Meanwhile, Calvin, deciding to pop the big question to Miranda, sets out to find the perfect engagement ring.
Calvin gets set to pop the big question to Miranda---but his self-doubts give him cold feet. Adding to the dilemma are his buds Pookie and Peanut, who enter the picture to offer a helping hand.
Calvin's unfruitful quest to propose to Miranda hits another snag when the engagement ring goes missing. In addition, things get hairy at the barbershop when a secret romance blooms there. And none other than Janine makes an unexpected appearance.