Larry, Rachel and Hugh attempt to bounce back after the disappointment of Mr. First Lady. Rachel meets Michael and Ethan's new neighbor. A joke about a sitcom based upon Larry's life becomes more than a joke when Ben and Melissa get involved.
Rachel and Hugh write the script for Open Dorf Policy; Melissa will direct the pilot. An upset Sam leaves for Toronto, while Larry adjusts to living with his in-laws.
Larry goes behind Rachel and Hugh's back to rewrite the pilot; Rachel goes on a first date with Mark-Paul; Hugh and Pat see Jen on a date of her own.
Melissa wants the script finished in time for a table read the following day, so Larry, Rachel, Hugh, and newly appointed showrunner Dave attempt to finish the draft while taking care of a sick Lois.
Rachel and Hugh enlist the help of Blaine Kaine to break some unfortunate news to Larry; Mark-Paul, Sam, Rachel and Hugh have a tennis double date; Larry is forced to move in with Pat after Jen kicks him out.
Rachel and Larry attempt to convince Kristen Wiig to play Jen in the pilot for "Open Dorf Policy". Hugh gets put in an uncomfortable position when an accident lands Sam in the hospital.
As rehearsals for the pilot begin, Melissa has her own ideas on how to make the show better. Jen is upset to learn Rachael Harris is playing her. Larry devises a plan to get Rachael fired.
Tape night for the newly revamped Open Dorf Policy. Larry's scheme to get out of giving cast and crew gifts backfires. A run-in at the beach with Lois and Rachel leads Sam to believe Hugh still has feelings for Rachel.
CBS wants to make major changes to Open Dorf Policy. Mark-Paul asks Rachel to take a big step in their relationship. Melissa enlists the help of a famous friend to sing the pilot's theme song.
Mark-Paul and Rachel attend the Independent Spirit Awards together. An unassuming Hugh joins Larry in Austin, Texas, to teach unauthorized Groundlings-style seminars to a group of Texas businesspeople.