Miranda tries to pretend Ned isn't there, but his friendliness charms Arabella, who takes a liking to him.That night, Ned goes with Natalie to a self-help meeting with Natalie's artist friend, Christian (Hugh Dancy).
Ned Rochlin (Paul Rudd) is a biodynamic farmer living with his girlfriend, Janet (Kathryn Hahn).
While selling produce at a local market, Ned sells marijuana to a uniformed police officer due to the officer's claim that he had a stressful week, which made Ned feel sympathetic after initially being skeptical. Ned has three sisters: Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) is a journalist for Vanity Fair trying to get her first major article published.
They also have strict control over their son River (Matthew Mindler), which leaves him unhappy and unable to express himself. Miller), and no longer wishes to continue their relationship or allow him to work at the farm.
When Ned is released from prison, he returns home to his girl and his dog ("Willie Nelson"). Billy gives Ned a ride into town and tells him that if he can scrape together $1000 for the first 2 months rent, Janet might let him stay in the goat barn behind the farm.
Though she has trouble finding a man to keep her interest, she and a neighbor, Jeremy (Adam Scott) have hidden feelings for each other.
Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), is an independent, bisexual hipster living with her girlfriend, Cindy (Rashida Jones), and five other roommates.
Ned asks Cindy, who is a lawyer, about ways to get custody of his dog but she suggests as an alternative that they work together to simply take the dog from Janet.
He later goes out to lunch with Jeremy and hints at Jeremy's attraction towards his sister.
Natalie later confides in Ned that she is pregnant.
Miranda and Nat try to tell Liz about Dylan's affair but Liz becomes angry and the conversation turns into an argument between the three about their personal lives.
Christian is attracted to Natalie but is dissuaded by her lesbian relationship until Ned informs him that she is bisexual and likes guys too.