Carmelita is suing Robin for the cost of a cell phone and unpaid phone bills. Robin says that while she did fall on hard times, they are financially even as Robin as helped out Carmelita financially in the past.
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.
On the way to the Johnson family's annual Martin Luther King holiday ski trip, Dre realizes his children may not know the significance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so he decides to inundate them with Dr. King history facts.
Nicky and Henry follow a lead in their search for Zhilan. Althea's past comes back to haunt her. Jin and Mei-Li have a squabble. Nicky helps a younger worker after hearing of suspicious activity happening at King Kwong's garment factory.
Although Eve insists she's okay after her first high school breakup, everyone has an opinion as to how she should deal with her feelings. To take her mind off it, Mike has her tag along to watch sports on Ed's new 120-inch TV.
When a homeless man that Kyle has befriended goes missing, Mike uses his video log to help track him down. Mandy is inspired by Kyle's good deed and in her unique way, helps a young mother from the woman's shelter.