After Danny witnesses his mother having an engaging conversation with Philip, he decides to formally introduce himself. Philip then invites Linda over to his house for dinner, where he tells her that he needs help with his daughter—as a way of taking the pressure off the dinner appearing to be a romantic advance. Later, Will arrives and also asks Linda out for a date, and she happily agrees. However, realizing she is double-booked, Linda cancels her evening with Philip and decides to go out with Will instead.
Will shows up at the Love Train Diner to accuse Linda of not returning his phone calls and playing with his emotions. Hattie and Linda then confront him about not answering Linda's calls and scamming her out of $3,000. Will tells Linda he wasn't trying to scam her, and he writes her a check for the full amount.
Later, the gang gathers at Hattie's to cheer Linda up. However, when a news report reveals that cell phone towers were down, prohibiting calls and texts from going through, Linda wonders whether she was wrong about Will...again.
Hattie tries to help Linda get over her recent heartbreak by forcing her to go to work. When Linda arrives at the diner, however, she displays a very weary demeanor. Meanwhile, Hattie and the crew discuss ways to help Linda snap out of her stupor. Later, Hattie encourages her daughter to stand up for herself and fight back by pressing charges against Will.
When a young girl by the name of Caroline is chased into the diner by bullies, Hattie and Linda come to her rescue. Upon taking Caroline home, Linda discovers that she is the daughter of Philip, one of her regular customers at the diner. Linda also learns that Philip is a single father. He left the Army to take care of his two children when their mother died. Linda assists Philip by preparing dinner, and she helps Caroline as only a mother could.
Linda is confronted by the terrible possibility that her new boyfriend, Will, may have conned her out of her money. Although Hattie and the gang repeatedly try to convince her of that fact, she remains in denial and defends him. Later, Danny laments to Hattie about his mother's poor judgment when it comes to men: They all go on to break her heart.
Linda finds an apartment with Will's help. The only problem is that the landlord requires four months' rent up front because Linda has no credit history. Will tells Linda to give him her $3,000 in cash, and says he'll write a check for the remaining amount.
Later, Linda brings everyone to her new apartment to show it off. However, her triumph is short-lived when the belligerent building manager enters and asks what they are doing there. It turns out that the apartment was never secured. Instead, it's been sold to another family—and Will is missing along with Linda's $3,000.