Penelope worries about changes she sees in Alex, who gets into trouble at school. Elena wonders if others are misidentifying her based on her appearance.
When juggling family, work and college proves too much for Penelope, Schneider offers her a way to sharpen her focus and improve her test grades.
Lydia gives Elena advice on approaching her crush. After running into a hunky Army buddy who's also single, Penelope rethinks her dating rules.
Elena is horrified to learn that her grandmother doesn't vote. Penelope teaches her son all her tricks on how to save money at the movie theater.
Penelope's furtive date at home with Max is interrupted when a neighborhood lockdown brings the rest of the family back early.
To teach Alex the value of a dollar, Penelope forces him to take a summer job at her workplace. Meanwhile, Elena finds a way to get paid for her hobby.
Lydia learns that Dr. Berkowitz is going to the opera without her. When Schneider asks if she and Max are exclusive, Penelope realizes it's time for a talk.
Penelope recalls Elena's birth in 2001, and how an unexpected turn of events drastically changed the life plans she and her husband had made.
Felling like she's finally got her life together, Penelope unwisely stops taking her antidepressants so she doesn't have to tell Max she's on them.
As Schneider's trainee, Elena learns there's more to being a building super than fixing things. Penelope battles Lydia over space in their garage.
At the kids' school dance, Elena tries to appear popular in front of Syd, and chaperones Penelope and Max reach a milestone in their relationship.
Lydia and Schneider take their U.S. citizenship tests. Penelope wonders if she'd be willing to have another child to fulfill Max's wish to be a dad.
A medical emergency brings bedside visits, admissions of regret, moments of realization, declarations of love and and out-of-body experience.