After spending the summer apart with Dana and unsure of their relationship, Adam makes a mixtape to express his feelings... only to have it intercepted by Beverly who thinks it's meant for her! Meanwhile, Barry gets a fake ID, but after showing it off to the entire school, it's confiscated, and Barry needs to make good on some promises he made to his classmates.
Adam attempts to secure a major part in the school musical but gets cast in a non-leading role. Beverly then offers him a part in a competing show. Barry is not happy with Murray's habit of leaving sporting events early to avoid traffic.
The upcoming wedding of Prince Charles and Diana inspire Beverly to organize a vow renewal for herself and Murray. Barry and Adam create a garage band.
Adam accidentally gets Barry kicked out of a group of cool kids at school; Beverly is upset when she finds out that Erica hangs out with a friend's mother.
When Pops accidentally starts a fire in his apartment during a Halloween party, he's evicted and Beverly invites him to move into the Goldbergs' home. Pops' wild lifestyle is soon too much for the family to handle and they decide to look into other options. Meanwhile, Barry stops Erica from eating Pop Rocks candy with soda, since according to urban legend, the combination would hug her. Since he "saves" her, Barry wants something in return from Erica.
When Mr. Meller singles out Adam during a game of Dodgeball, Beverly intervenes to protect Adam and gets Meller fired. But soon, Murray and Adam see him in a new light, so Beverly tries to get his job back... will she succeed? Meanwhile, Barry can't accept Erica is better than him in a new board game... Trivial Pursuit.
As a bet, Beverly challenges Erica to participate in Jazzercise after she thinks her mom's obsession is lame. When she wins, Erica decides to opt out of celebrating Thanksgiving so Beverly must find a way to win her daughter back to celebrate the holiday with the family. Meanwhile, uncle Marvin shows up for his annual visit to the Goldberg home and unexpectedly bonds with Adam, which annoys Murray.
Adam breaks his arm and exaggerates at school that he fell off of a hover board just like in the "Back to the Future" movie. But the lie threatens his friendship with Emmy Mirsky. Meanwhile, the family falls in love with the new Chinese restaurant in town and Beverly fears she's being replaced in the kitchen.
When Barry is approached by a modeling representative in the mall, Barry is convinced he'll be famous but Erica believes it's a scam so Beverly threatens the modeling rep to give him a gig or else. Later, Adam runs into his Pop Pop, Murray's grumpy dad, and thinks he can help mend the fences between estranged father and son.
Beverly is ordered to clean out the garage by Murray, who wants everything gone except for one trunk that he's particularly sentimental about. Meanwhile, Adam and Barry discover Erica's old collection of New Kids on the Block memorabilia.
As the Sadie Hawkins dance approaches, Erica asks Beverly to help her find Barry a date to keep him away from Lainey. But Beverly comes up with a girl that shocks everyone. Meanwhile, Adam gets into a fight with his best friend... Pops.
When Adam passes on a family ring to convey his feelings for Dana, Beverly can't seem to accept her little boy having such deep feelings at his age. Meanwhile, new couple Lainey and Barry convinces Murray to watch football with Lainey's dad. They soon realize the fathers root for opposing teams and Barry is left to decide between his love for the Eagles and his love for Lainey.
When Murray takes Erica's car privileges away, Erica and Barry retaliate by buying their own shabby used black van. Murray gets even more upset so they move into the van full time and park it on the street by the house. Beverly hopes she can get the children back inside. Meanwhile at school, Adam gets voted in the yearbook as "nicest guy", but thinks he deserves something better... which results in a suspension.
Barry fakes being sick in order to have an epic adventure like the one in the film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", except things don't go as planned and turn from bad to worse when Pops and Adam get involved.
As the presidential election approaches, Erica finds herself strongly supporting candidate Walter Mondale. After learning Beverly always votes for whomever Murray tells her to vote for, Erica sets out to educate her mother and goes horribly wrong when Beverly favors another candidate. Meanwhile, Barry wants to appear on an athletic game show to prove his prowess after losing a wrestling match.
Adam attends a Phillies game with his dad and ends up lost in the stadium after Murray allows him to leave his seat on his own. Elsewhere, Beverly's guilt trip backfires when Erica and Barry drive off without her during an argument on their way home from the mall.
When Erica gets inspired to put college on hold, in favor of pursuing a singing career, Beverly is worried Erica will be disappointed her dream will not come true. Beverly puts Murray up to the task to have a talk about her future with a surprising result. Meanwhile, Adam and Barry get into an epic war that starts as an April Fools' joke but ends with more repercussions.
During his birthday sleepover Beverly has planned, Adam's friend Garry shares his dad's home brewed beer and gets everyone sick. Many of the parents believe Adam is a bad influence and forbid his friends from hanging out with him. Meanwhile, Murray tells Barry and Erica he will buy a new CD player only if they are able to write the greatest song ever. What they write is horrible but when Murray hears the song, he recognizes Erica's singing talent and her love of music.
Much to Beverly's surprise, she cannot believe Adam is failing Spanish class and blames his teacher. Beverly speaks with Senora Taraborelli and pays her to tutor Adam instead of putting him in remedial Spanish. But the situation backfires when Adam gives an oral presentation and totally bombs. Meanwhile, Barry gets a job delivering pizzas to impress Murray but Erica is upset Murray doesn't acknowledge she's had a job and has been responsible all throughout her teen years.
As the presidential election approaches, Erica finds herself strongly supporting candidate Walter Mondale. After learning Beverly always votes for whomever Murray tells her to vote for, Erica sets out to educate her mother and goes horribly wrong when Beverly favors another candidate. Meanwhile, Barry wants to appear on an athletic game show to prove his prowess after being embarrassed during a confrontation between the JTP and Meadowbrook Mafia. Adam makes an audition tape for his brother but sends it to "America's Funniest Videos" instead.
Murray is happy to hear that Adam wants to participate in a school sport - until he finds out it's fencing; Beverly tries to play matchmaker for Barry's wrestling coach and Erica's voice teacher.
When Adam thinks he can harness some of Pop's luck, he ends up losing his toys on a gamble; Erica's dream to dance on a TV show is derailed when Barry gives her pink eye.
Erica makes a music video to get into college, while Murray and Bill's friendship grows.
Beverly and Murray react as Erica readies to head out of town for the summer, while Barry becomes the school mascot.