Nell is then stuck taking care of Pam, and she is a nuisance to her. However, Nell lets her see deep inside that all she wants to be is a star, and she finally decides to stay behind with her family, as her group goes off to see if they can make a success with their career. Addy has a friend from the Fair-Employment Office, and they bring him to Mr. Also, Joey is told that his father is in New York and has a big surprise for him. As this is going on, Addy has Channel 3 Action News do an interview with Nell, and she admits she cheated and didn't graduate. Miller September 29, 1983 1983-09-29 Julie wants to meet and goes to see him after Nell lets her go, despite the fact that the Chief grounded her, only to be found asleep outside Gibb's hotel room.
Joey's mad at Matt for wandering off and Nell tells him he's 5 years old and Joey cries he's only 10! When she gets another hamster for Joey, she is surprised that it is a girl who has just had six babies, making Joey change his mind about her, after he finds out she killed Harry. The Chief finally gives her the assignment she had long waited for. The final scenario involves a mother and father and worried about their missing baby in the supermarket. Nell takes the receiver while Marty looks at his restaurant. However, that tears her away from staying with the boys. In the end, she is amazed by her father's memories, and when Mama Maybele returns to tell her there is nothing she can do to save the church, Nell rips up the check, saying that she will fight for her father's church, even if she loses.
Addy doesn't want Nell to date him after what he did to her mother and her when she was 8 years old. In the end, the kids tell Addy they lied just to make Nell happy, and Nell is accepting of the news, although still wishes she was younger. So Nell takes Samantha home with her to to be with her family. Meanwhile, Sam feels guilty and heartbroken over her refusal to hug her father before he left on his trip. Nell cant beleive his response.
He tells Maxine that when he was thinking, he knew that he would rather be too old with her, then too old without her. This is when the Chief comes up with a plan to make her feel better. She shuns away Katie's new boyfriend since he has pink hair, puts garlic on everyone because she doesn't want them to catch Nell's sickness, and feeds the family lamb with goat's intestines. Katie has been actin like this because of the recnt death of Margaret, her mother, and the Chief and her make amends in the end. She then realizes that Samantha is still 17, and she has legal control over her still. In the end, the site is saved from demolition, everyone is still mad at the Chief for arresting them, and they finally realize that he was only doing his job.
However, Katie appologizes and decides to re-take the test on her own. She tells Katie to stop seeing him, and she tells her she is old enough to do what she wants. But that day, it was raining and Grandpa came down with bad pneumonia. He wakes up in the middle of the night, bangs a bag of ice cubes on the counter to crush them, causes the garbage disposal to go insane, spies in on a neighbor 's backside, and makes Nell's puzzle fall on the floor, only to vacuum it up and wake everyone up. He tells her he was not at work when they called to talk to him, and instead he was in Bakersfield, looking at a chalk factory that he hopes that he and Julie will soon run in the near future.
An excited Samantha decides that she is going to college after all. She decides to meet him at El Gazpacho since he is in town, after she finds out that he cannot have a successful relationship with a woman because he has never forgot about her. However the Cheif tells Nell that Mama can move in because she talked Grandpa into moving in. Nell drops to the floor when she hears this. Miller October 20, 1983 1983-10-20 Katie becomes involved with Michael, a college professor at Glenlawn Junior College who is much older than her. Nell tells Samantha to tell Debbie Jo she has to leave and she agrees. It turns out that he was a jazz musician that knew her mother before she married Nell's father.
Nell throws him out and shuts the door, telling him she is still going to go to the weight group each week. When the two return home from dinner, the family surprises Nell with a cake and tell her that her birth certificate says she was a year younger than expected. One of the officers dresses up as a woman and stays out in the streets, while the Chief and the other officer wait inside listening to the sounds on the recorder. Nell then tells the Chief he owes her, and she deserves to take Joey in as her foster child. Nell feels guilty of not being there with the boys, and Joey's not talking to Matthew.
Katie is infuriated, and tell Nell she never wants to see her again. However, in the end, the child is brought to the police station by a mother and her daughter Patrica Veselich who has mental problems and didn't mean to take the baby. At home, they think Glenlawn is safe, but a guy holds them up and takes their purses. When Nell thinks Addy is too slow at reading manuscripts, she fires her, and Addy, upset at Nell's attitude towards her, refuses to ever speak to her again. He finally tells Julie his problems, and tells her that they will be great parents soon when their baby is born.
Afterwards, she meets a boy named Keith who wants to switch his career from teaching to fashion design, but can't stand up to his father, who is actually Professor Dudley. Nell decides to quit, and moves in with Angie for one night. Nell takes the receiver while Marty looks his restaurant. When Joey goes to a doctor's office, he tells Matt to wait for him. Stanford Parker December 3, 1981 1981-12-03 When the Chief finds a man in Nell's room, he tells her he doesn't want her fooling around with guys in the same house as his teenage daughters.