In 1987, Alison was newly divorced and needed a babysitter for her two boys. She looked through the classifieds. There she saw a phone number for someone named "Pat." When Alison discovered that Pat was a man she was nervous, but she met with him anyway. Pat took the job and moved into their apartment immediately. Nine months later, Pat Keenan stole their hearts, married Alison and adopted the boys. Also in this episode, Bob Hancock is a chicken farmer whose life changed dramatically when the poultry plant he did business with canceled its contract with him.