A forced retirement for Curtis creates obstacles, but the drama spikes when Miranda goes missing. Elsewhere, Claretha returns without her said husband and moves in with Curtis and Ella.
Miranda remains missing, and her mother storms on over to the house. She blames Calvin for her disappearance and even called the police on him! She believes Calvin is a suspect in her vanishing. Meanwhile, CJ, Janine and Jazmine return, hoping to stay with Curtis and Ella. And a secret is unearthed regarding Curtis's forced retirement. Also, Jazmine has become very intelligent due to her being at a school for gifted children but it concerns the family because she is acting so weird.
Miranda finally returns and tells Calvin there is no baby. Despite his pleads, begs, and understanding Miranda refuses to let Calvin stay in the condo therefore, shocked and confused, Calvin must move back in with Curtis and Ella.Claretha decides to start a home business.
Curtis protests his retirement at City Hall and C.J. reveals to Curtis that he's taking Curtis's job at the firehouse. Meanwhile, Ella battles with an innovative new pastor who plans to shut down the help center to make way for a new multi-media outreach program.
Calvin confronts Miranda, thinking she had an abortion. Meanwhile, the school casts Malik in its production of Othello but the supposedly liberal father of the white girl cast opposite Malik won't allow Malik to kiss her in the play.
It's a revolving door at the Payne house when CJ, Janine and the children move out, and Floyd in turn moves in because of his divorce. Then there's Jazmine. The youngster, feeling ignored and jealous, makes the choice to run away.
All three of the Payne couples (Curtis and Ella, C.J.and Janine, and Calvin and Miranda) go on an eye-opening marriage retreat. At the end of the retreat, Miranda asks Calvin for a divorce. Meanwhile, Claretha and Floyd babysit for the twins while everyone is out of the house.
It's an awkward up-and-down meeting for Calvin and Miranda when they get trapped in an elevator together, their first encounter after she asked for a divorce. Meanwhile, Curtis unwittingly takes Ella's estrogen pills. At the end Miranda and Calvin finally overcome their marriage problems before they reach the dreaded "33rd Floor".
Family and friends share their different versions of the Nativity story when Jazmine fails to appreciate her gift from Ella (a wooden version of the Nativity scene).
Curtis and Ella are shocked to learn that their not legally married, so Claretha and Floyd convince them to enjoy single life.
When Ella tries to arrange a family reunion, a chagrined Jazmine opposes the idea of connecting with her extended family. As such, Curtis and Ella set out to teach her a valuable lesson about honoring her family heritage.
The issue of birth control creates divisions between CJ and Janine. Meanwhile, surprise developments transpire when Calvin and Miranda spend a day with Jazmine.
A blackout ironically sheds light on all three Payne couples when Curtis, CJ and Calvin are taken away from their televised football game and keep company with their wives.
The Paynes worry that the newly happy Janine might be returning to drugs after her erstwhile dealer arrives. And Curtis is turning Japanese - that is, he becomes captivated by Japanese culture
Janine cares for her dying former dealer, jeopardizing her relationship with C.J.; Floyd and Curtis launch a beer-brewing business. While at the help center C.J. and Janine pray that Blue will be led to Heaven while dying.
Malik decides to join the ROTC, upsetting Janine. And Curtis is fired up when he's hired by the fire department - but it's not in the capacity he expected.
Ella breaks some news, which only creates a downturn in Curtis' financial plans. Elsewhere, Calvin squares off against Miranda's critical mother.
Curtis is the man of honor at a surprise retirement party. In other developments, a case of puppy love blooms for Jazmine.
Curtis spirals into a depressive funk following successive life-altering events, but he gets support from a very unlikely source. In other developments, Calvin and Miranda compete against CJ and Janine in a bid for a weekend getaway.
During a fire routine a fireman dies under CJ's authority and he blames himself. Meanwhile, Ella studies a book at school and recommends the literary work to Miranda and Claretha.
A pregnancy scare upends Calvin and Miranda's world. Elsewhere, Curtis' sales scheme lands him in trouble with the law.
Janine's mother (Anne-Marie Johnson) arrives, to a downcast CJ's immense annoyance. Elsewhere, Curtis is a flop during his guest-star role on a morning TV show.
Ella futilely tries to fit in with college-age peers in her study group; Curtis offers his own unique spin on religion when he teaches at Jazmine's Bible school.
A different side of Calvin opens up when he cares for Calvin Jr. Elsewhere, new neighbors arrive - and they have unique notions about relationships.
Daddy issues plague CJ, who at long last meets his birth father. Elsewhere, Curtis tries not to miss a beat when he helps Jazmine choose a musical instrument.
Curtis' old pal resurfaces, only to emerge as a much different person than before. Additionally, Calvin works to awe a nursery-school recruiter in the hopes of getting his child enrolled.
The Payne men are pressured to take their wives out on the town, resulting in some poor date fate.
Calvin and Ella work on a school project. Meanwhile, Curtis anticipates his first post-retirement interview and gets pointers from Malik.
Malik and a pal are home alone, and they exploit that freedom. Meanwhile, Curtis and Ella have dinner at a top-notch restaurant, but the evening lacks flavor when Curtis tangles with a snobby waiter.
CJ meets his new boss. Meanwhile, Floyd's ex-wife reappears, pulling Ella and Curtis into the dramas of a messy love triangle.
When the help center must close due to a flood, Ella is forced to work at home, resulting in a chagrined Curtis and a flow of dramas. Elsewhere, a serious accident affects the Paynes.
CJ tries to create a trap for his new boss and enlists Curtis to help him. Elsewhere, Calvin and Miranda's financial condition worsens.
Malik tries to win over an upperclassman by dueling with a bully. Meanwhile, Calvin puts into motion a plan to solve his financial problems.
The mother of Calvin's child reappears and breaks stunning news. Meanwhile, the family must hire a nanny due to Janine's new work schedule.
Malik cooks up a scheme to impress his girlfriend, lying to her that he's a gourmet chef. Desperate, he then turns to Curtis to help him prepare a tasty dish. Meanwhile, Calvin's second job keeps him away from Miranda.
Floyd hopes to win Claretha's heart. Cut to Curtis and Ella, who are enlisted to help him. In addition, CJ's boss bombards him with more lusty advances.
Calvin falls into a perilous circumstance when he takes on two jobs. Meanwhile, Janine's home life suffers when she scores a promotion.
Big Jesse reappears and inches closer to Ella, triggering jealousy in Curtis. Elsewhere, Malik faces the consequences of hanging out with some bad folks.
CJ protests when Malik's crime partner makes an appearance. Meanwhile, Curtis starts a barbershop in the backyard.
Tracie's unexpected visits to the house come under scrutiny. Elsewhere, Curtis is enlisted as CJ and Janine's babysitter.
Ella provides assistance to a domestic-abuse victim named Monica. Monica turns out to be a friend of Janine's and moves in with her and C.J as their new nanny. In other events, Jazmine and CJ anticipate a father-daughter dance.
Ella and Miranda's mother complicates Miranda's baby shower. As for the men, Curtis throws Calvin a "man shower". Tracie makes moves at Calvin when she shows up to the party but when he pushes, she takes Calvin Jr. away from him and Miranda.
Janine's friend, Monica, has moved in and transformed herself and the house. Meanwhile, Miranda confronts Tracie and she puts up drastic measures at suing Calvin for child support.
While Janine is taking an overnight trip with her boss, Monica keeps the house warm and cozy with C.J. Meanwhile, Calvin tries to help Miranda prepare for labor pains, but this preparation doesn't go as planned.
Curtis and Ella think it is time to move. They soon realize that their house is the gem that holds their family together.
Calvin is graduating from school. Miranda is about to go into labor with their child, but Calvin is then arrested for back child support. Meanwhile, Janine shares an intimate moment with her boss, Roland. In the ending moments of the episode, CJ intentionally kisses Janine's friend Monica. Feeling guilty, Monica tries to leave but unfortunately, Janine is at the door, resulting in a cliffhanger.