Research indicates news shows are getting stale so Miles hires consultant Chris Bishop to shake things up at FYI. Jim gets a perm, Frank wears leather and Murphy gets a segment where she will interview an average citizen on their views. The interview takes an unexpected turn.
Frank feels an obligation to give his parents an 50th anniversary party but does so reluctantly because of their negativity. As his family gathers at Murphy's home, Frank keeps finding reasons to avoid the celebration and deal with his parent's disapproval.
The on air talent at FYI goes on strike and Miles struggles to put on a show. Miles learns to appreciate what Murphy and the rest do when he attempts to replace them with Miller, Gene Kinsella and himself.
Network executives hire Jerry Gold to appeal to a conservative crowd, dismaying the FYI staff. Miles has the idea to team Murphy and Jerry in a debating segment which rekindles their opposite attracts romance.
Lisa Chernin (Story) and Sy Dukane & Denise Moss (Story/Teleplay)
Murphy's practical jokes have alienated the FYI staff so when she is taken hostage by environmentalists, they don't believe her. The kidnappers have their hands full as it's Murphy who is making all the demands.
Corky is trying hard to be the perfect wife to Will while still having a career but finds it increasingly difficult. She confides in Murphy which inspires Corky to host a dinner part with disastrous results.
Getting co-workers Christmas gifts is causing unhappiness so Murphy suggests they donate to charity instead. But after Murphy secretly buys presents anyway, the rest become frantic trying to purchase items at the last minute.
Miles thinks the on air FYI staff need to bond closer so he schedules a retreat run by an over enthusiastic director Justin. Murphy is only interested in the bonding that comes with getting revenge on the other participants.
Murphy's contract is up and other news organizations make a huge effort to sign her, to the distress of Miles. With Murphy having the upper hand, she makes outrageous demands and things turn contentious.