Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce follows Abby McCarthy, a self-help book author and guru of all things family, who shocks the world when she reveals that her seemingly perfect life has all been a lie. After publicly admitting that she has separated from her husband, Jake, America's once-favorite girlfriend finds her career and marriage in a free fall. As she starts to navigate life as a single woman in her 40s, Abby turns to her new divorced friends, rather than her married ones, for advice. Her friend Lyla is a legendary no-nonsense entertainment lawyer who is in a constant 'War of the Roses' battle with her ex-husband, and Phoebe is a former model and budding entrepreneur who has a very unique relationship with her ex. Meanwhile, a rival attorney at Lyla's firm, Delia, is hired as Abby's divorce attorney.Inspired by the "Girlfriends' Guide" book series by Vicki Iovine.
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Rule #1: Keep the Toast Short 05x06
With her daughter headed off to college and Barbara moving to New York to pursue new opportunities, Abby must face the future and all its unknowns. Will she get her "happily ever after"? Phoebe frets that her newfound romance with Tess will be over before it starts. Delia must decide how to handle her unexpected pregnancy. Jo must decide between Frumpkis and Albert. All the girlfriends gather to celebrate Lilly's graduation. A surprising coda answers many questions.
Rule #303: Burn That S... to the Ground 05x05
Abby is forced to play full-time stepmom now that Colette has relocated to Sacramento. Delia tells the girlfriends that the IVF worked and that she's pregnant - but Phoebe pieces together that the baby must be Tony's. Jo playacts through a weekend getaway with Albert but finally confesses that she kissed Frumpkis. Phoebe takes a chance on Tess. Abby must face the truth about her relationship with Mike, and she makes a harrowing decision.
Rule #63: It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint 05x04
Abby and Colette (Stephanie Szostack), Mike's ex-wife, clash over boundaries. Jo and Frumpkis deal with a family emergency that leaves Albert feeling challenged. After Delia receives some discouraging news from her fertility doctor, she throws caution to the wind and gets more involved with Tony. Phoebe finds herself unexpectedly drawn to an enigmatic new acquaintance.
Rule #97: It Takes Two to Stab Yourself in the Butt 05x03
Abby is determined to blend the Brady and McCarthy families seamlessly, but Mike's new travel schedule causes some serious growing pains. Phoebe dips a toe back into the online dating pool only to find it's freezing cold. Barbara attends a school function for her son and confronts her ex-husband and her sister. Delia moves forward with in vitro fertilization and engages in a dangerous flirtation that could potentially cause a rift between her and Phoebe.
Rule #149: Don't Eat the Yellow Snow 05x02
Abby and Jake fall into old confrontational patterns when Jake objects to Mike moving in with Abby. Albert plans a semi-surprise birthday party for Jo, which is disrupted by a visit from Jo's former mother-in-law, Meryl Frumpkis (Talia Shire). Phoebe finally introduces Tony to her friends. Delia makes a potentially life-changing decision.
Rule #773: Step and Repeat 05x01
At a red carpet event, Abby and the girlfriends flash back to their struggles and victories over the past six months. Abby makes an impetuous offer to Mike. Barbara lets her guard down around her ex-husband Leon (Aaron D. Spears). Delia gets some disappointing news - and then a surprising offer. Phoebe weighs the pros and cons of letting her brother Tony (Steve Talley) back into her life.
Rule #155: Go with the Magician 04x06
Abby (Lisa Edelstein) grapples with what to do with her father while making a last ditch effort to salvage her professional relationship with Barbara (Retta). Jo (Alanna Ubach) makes an impulsive decision that will affect the future of her business and her relationship with Albert (Brian Markinson). Phoebe (Beau Garrett) finds another way to make money by renting out her house, only to be shocked when someone from her past appears on her doorstep. Delia (Necar Zadegan) must face down an important test and Abby decides how to handle the situation with her father George (Barry Bostwick) with some input from an old friend.
Rule #930: Plan for New Plans 04x05
Abby (Lisa Edelstein) returns to Lady Parts to find nothing at her company is how she left it. A seven-day escrow forces Phoebe (Beau Garrett) to confront the reality of downsizing faster than she'd like. While at Phoebe's estate sale, Delia (Necar Zadegan) and Jo (Alanna Ubach) face down the awkward Albert (Brian Markinson) situation. Meanwhile at work, Delia throws herself into running Paul's (Ignacio Serrichio) campaign for City Council. Abby goes behind Barbara's (Retta) back in making a big decision for Lady Parts. A disaster is narrowly avoided at Abby's house when Abby's father George (Barry Bostwick) is left alone.
Rule #49: Let It Shine 04x04
The girlfriends rally around Abby (Lisa Edelstein) as she says a final farewell to her mother. Abby's brother Max (Patrick Heusinger) makes an appearance and reconnects with Phoebe (Beau Garrett). Delia (Necar Zadegan) and Jo (Alanna Ubach) finally confront each other about Albert (Brian Markinson), and Delia finally faces her true feelings about Paul (Ignacio Serrichio). Abby gets an unexpected surprise from an old flame.
Rule #706: Let Them Eat Cupcakes 04x03
Abby (Lisa Edelstein) hurries out of town to deal with a family emergency, leaving Barbara (Retta) alone to make some difficult decisions for their company. Tension between Jo (Alanna Ubach) and Delia (Necar Zadegan) builds as they hide their new discoveries from each other. Phoebe (Beau Garrett) ponders some dispiriting lifestyle changes after she has trouble finding work. Abby and her mother Dina (Lesley Ann Warren) clash as they deal with their stress in different ways. A harrowing twist of fate leaves Abby reeling.