Mark's cousin, Geneva, and her daughter, Nicole move into Mark and Vanessa's house.
When Vanessa and Geneva get stranded in the middle of a forest due to a broken down car, Mark is forced to chaperone Nicole's slumber party by himself.
School's a Drag
Mark gets in an accident with the school's drivers' education car and fears the tough, new principal, P.J. Moore, may discharge him.
Nicole gets the part as the new crocodile kid on the "Lester the Lizard and Crocodile Kids" show. When Mark complains about being assigned as the Driver's Education teacher, PJ reassigns him to the Home Economics teacher position. He quickly discovers that this position is even more dangerous than the previous one when his eyebrows get burned off.
Free at Last
When Vanessa is not given the promotion she was promised, she takes Mark's advice to demand her rights and is promptly discharged from her job.
When Earvin tells Mark that his greatest wish is to see his long-lost father, Mark locates Earvin's dad and invites him to the Halloween dance with nearly disastrous results.
The Goodbye Girl
Mark persuades Geneva to use "reverse psychology" on the rebellious Nicole, and they let her do anything she wants to teach her that rules are important. Vanessa pretends to like sports to impress a man.
Mark learns that Earvin is prejudiced against Koreans when Mark puts a Korean boy on the basketball team.
The Prince of Soul
When a man claiming to be an African prince proposes to Vanessa, Mark convinces her that the man is a clever thief trying to cheat them out of their home.
When an advertising executive selects Mark to star in a commercial for athletic shoes, Mark misunderstands the part he is to play.
Santa's Got a Brand New Bag
Mark and Geneva are saddened when Nicole stops believing in Santa. Then a mysterious cousin visits who knows how to make Nicole happy.
Mark is assigned to teach Black history at an expensive private school for one week. When the principal offers him a job at a much higher salary, Mark has a big decision to make.
For Whom the Heck the Bell Tolls
Not wanting to admit that he can't remember a recently deceased basketball coach, Mark agrees to give the eulogy at his funeral.
It's My Party and I'll Die If I Want To
It is almost Mark's 30th birthday and Tyler discovers a lump on Mark. After a misunderstanding between he and his doctor, Mark thinks that he is dying so he goes skydiving and gives away his stuff.
The Courtship of Mark Cooper
Mark is in the midst of defending himself in court when he realizes the plaintiff's lawyer is an ex-girlfriend he dumped brutally.
Wedding Bell Blues
When Mark's demanding employer, P.J., tells him she is going to marry her old boyfriend and quit her job, Mark has to decide if he should tell her a secret that could make her cancel the wedding.
Truth or Consequences
Mark and Vanessa make a bet on who can go the longest without telling a lie.
When Vanessa applies for a job at a conservative Christian radio station, she tells the manager that Mark is her husband and Geneva is her wild cousin.
Pros and Convicts
When Vanessa shows Geneva how to have a good time, Geneva hits on a police officer who mistakes them both as prostitutes. They both are arrested, and Mark is arrested while trying to bail them out of jail.
Double Cheeseburger, Hold the Diploma
P.J. threatens to discharge Mark when his student, Earvin, quits school. Geneva can't afford to buy a new bicycle for her daughter, Nicole.
Groom and Doom
Mark introduces Geneva to a college teacher who asks her to marry him.
Hangin' With Mrs. Cooper
Mark plots to reunite his parents after his mother, Dorothy, leaves her husband of 35 years and moves in with Mark.
Call Me Irresponsible
Mark avoids P.J.'s phone calls and learns, too late, that she had good news. Geneva plays a trick on Vanessa to teach Nicole a lesson.
Mark teaches Tyler how to be a tough guy so that he can protect Nicole against a bully at school. When Tyler's approach doesn't work, Geneva goes up to the school and makes a big scene, scaring the bully away. Vanessa takes care of her boss' prized orchid.
Mark and a former college buddy embark upon an all-out competition--first with wrestling, then with women. Vanessa finally manages to get a job answering phones at a doctor's office.
He Said, She Said
Geneva fights with the video store clerk who claims that she never returned the "Mrs. Doubtfire" tape. Just after mailing a letter to the senator concerning the tape, the kids find it. Mark dates a woman from Vanessa's carpool against Vanessa's wishes. When Mark breaks up with her, Vanessa is kicked out of the carpool.
When he takes Nicole and her friends to the theater, Mark disrupts the movie. Geneva makes 300 penguins for the school's decoration committee.
Mark almost gets fired when he buys a vending machine for the school to profit off of the sales. The bus that Vanessa is riding gets hijacked.
Mark reluctantly plays basketball with former classmate Reggie Wilson, now an NBA star. Vanessa connives to go on a date with Reggie.
P.J. has a fight with her mother and moves out of the home they share and into Mark's home.
My Achy Breaky Back
In order to go on an important coaching interview after he hurts his back, Mark undergoes some experimental treatment for the pain at the doctor's office where Vanessa works.
Vanessa finds out her new boyfriend is not as rich as he wants her to believe. Tyler asks Mark for advice on girls.
Clothes Make the Man
Vanessa rescues Steve and Mark when they are tricked into buying new expensive clothes from a beautiful saleswoman who tells them they are very attractive and wants them to model in a calendar. Geneva is convinced Nicole is a future chess champion.
The Christmas Show
Mark's job as Santa at the mall and his Christmas plans at home both fail miserably, but the Christmas spirit triumphs.
Mark becomes the new head coach of the undefeated basketball team after Coach Corley quits. He starts to think that he doesn't have what it takes to be a winning coach when the team loses their very first game under his coaching.
One is the Loneliest Number
After Mark and Denise's break-up, Mark discovers that he really does love her and jumps through hoops to get her back. Nicole and Tyler work together selling candy bars in an effort to win the prize for the most sold, a CD player.
In order to be with his girlfriend, Mark lies to Nicole. Mark allows Nicole to punish him after she realizes that he lied. But soon he is tempted to lie to her again.
As the new coach of Nicole's floundering all-girl basketball team, Mark conspires to dress Tyler up as a girl to help the team.
Down in the Dumps
Mark and Vanessa think that they won the lottery but can't find their winning ticket.
Mark becomes a local hero but an awards ceremony reveals the truth.
Here Comes the Groom
Mark's good advice to Earvin about romance somehow causes Earvin to elope with his new girlfriend and Earvin's mother wants Mark to stop the couple.
Geneva's crazy Aunt Eunetta comes to visit and decides that roommates Mark and Vanessa would be the perfect couple. Nicole is upset when Tyler and his friend won't let her play in their boys-only clubhouse.
Guys' Night Out
Mark tries to help Geneva's boyfriend become a part of his group of male friends with disastrous results. Nicole hides a stray cat in her room, but Vanessa is allergic to cats.
It looks like Mark, Geneva and Vanessa may all be leaving Oakland forever due to some unexpected surprises--good and bad.
Mark, Vanessa and Geneva return to Oakland after their plans go awry. Geneva gets promoted to high school principal and wonders if she should rehire Mark.
It's a Matter of Principal
Mark takes advantage of Geneva's position as high school principal. Vanessa refuses to return her wedding gifts, which gives Nicole and Tyler a naughty idea.
Mark becomes the faculty advisor for a student military program and learns that war games are no fun.
When Mark injures himself, Vanessa proves her medical skills.
Nicole dares Tyler to stay all night in a haunted house on Halloween.
Ghosts in the Machine
Nicole feels guilty about lying and learns a lesson from a dream.
Mark's stubborn attempts to fix the plumbing fail miserably.
I Remember Grandpa
Mark has to go clean his grandfather's cabin, and he and Geneva realize they have different memories of the place.
Geneva and Vanessa move out when Mark treats them poorly, but he soon learns what it feels like.
The Great Pretender
Mark uses Vanessa's medical shoulder brace to get sympathy from a beautiful woman, but the charade gets out of control.
A trip to a nostalgic tree farm is ruined for Mark and his friends until they all learn the true meaning of Christmas.
Increase the Peace
Earvin is challenged by a gang member, and Mark intervenes.
Mark makes a risky investment.
Mark loses his office and Geneva promises him another--for a price.
Mark's a hero when he gets a famous musical group to promise to perform at the school carnival--until they fail to show up.
The Harlem Globetrotters are playing in town, but Mark might have to miss them.
Mark's competition with a rival coach escalates to a life-threatening degree.
Mark doesn't believe the great car he just bought is haunted--until bad luck starts happening to him and everyone around him.
Grumpy Old Man
Mark plays matchmaker to an elderly couple so he can buy a classic car. Geneva worries that no one on the faculty likes her.
When Vanessa dates a successful, handsome man, Mark has an unexpected reaction.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do
Mark and Vanessa date each other, but their relationship encounters trouble immediately.
Will She or Won't She?
Mark mistakenly thinks that Eric has proposed to Vanessa so he asks her to marry him. Mark revokes the proposal when he discovers his mistake, but proposes to her again seriously on a scoreboard at a NBA game.
After convincing Vanessa to marry him, Mark must buy her an engagement ring.
Please Don't Go
As Mark and Vanessa plan their wedding, Geneva has an unexpected reaction.
Mark competes for the respect of Vanessa's father--and loses.
Mark takes an additional job that might lead to movie stardom.
Mark is jealous when Vanessa goes to a spa where the sexy male employees are eager to please.
Tyler gets some bad romantic advice from Mark.
One on One
Mark and Tyler learn lessons in respecting women.
Mark works at a carnival pretending to be a fortune-teller to help the school earn money for textbooks, but his fake predictions begin to cause problems.
Vanessa and Mark present opposing versions of an incident -- until Tyler reveals what really happened.
Geneva's boyfriend wants to marry her-- until Mark meddles in their relationship.
Mark introduces Tyler to his favorite rap star, and Tyler learns a lesson about hero worship.
Mark and Vanessa spy on each other during their bachelor and bachelorette parties.
Mark wears a squirrel costume for his wedding pictures with Vanessa, angering her. Will she cancel the wedding?