As Told by Ginger focuses on middle schooler Ginger Foutley who, with her friends, tries to become more than a social geek.
When Ginger returns from Avalanche Art Academy and ignores everyone around her but Darren, will Macie and Dodie join forces with Mipsy and Miranda to get them to break up? Meanwhile, Noelle loses Carl in a card game to Polly Schuster, a younger kid who is obsessed with birds.
Ginger is throwing a party for Darren that every kid in the school wants to attend. But when Lois and Joann Bishop get into a fight at the grocery store over the last Easter ham on the shelf, Joann bans Hoodsey and Dodie from seeing Carl and Ginger.
Joann Bishop gets a job teaching home economics at the middle school that leaves Dodie mortified when Joann starts hanging with the "cool girls" at school.
Ginger invites Darren to the BFF yearly tradition of going to the county fair, much to the dismay of Dodie, who in turn invites Courtney to annoy Ginger. Carl and Hoodsey tag along and end up freeing a "two headed" pony from the Nature's Oddities Tent.
When emotions stir in Ginger upon seeing Sasha again when she goes back to Camp Caprice, doubt creeps into Ginger's feelings on her relationship with Darren.
Ginger, worried about her new course load in high school, ends up getting addicted to the "Mocha Locha Frothinator." Carl tries to walk the straight and narrow path, and is tricked into thinking he has an incurable disease.
As their relationship is souring, Ginger gets detention and has to miss Darren's first football game. Instead of telling him what is really happening, she lies and says she'll be there, only making things worse.
Dodie, trying out for the Pep Squad, is doing anything and everything she can to convince the coach to let her on the team.
Ginger and Darren break up, and what Ginger thinks is total heartbreak ends up being a burst appendix and she's rushed to the hospital. Carl looks up to Dr. Dave as his real father after he saves Ginger's life. Note: This episode was originally going to be titled What Makes Us Stronger.
Dodie is made an official member of the pep squad after she exaggerates a minor injury sustained in her role as mascot. Ginger sees through the ruse, though, and convinces Dodie to try to earn the position honorably.
When the schools cuts the music program funding in order to finance new uniforms for the football team, Ginger plans a protest, only to be outdone by Carl and Hoodsey's hijacking of Courtney's private Port-o-Potty, and her humiliation during a game.
Unbeknownst to Lois, Ginger invites Jonas to Thanksgiving dinner. Tensions mount when Carl seems to favor Dr. Dave over his natural father, and the assembled guests, including Mrs. Dave and the Bishop family are somewhat less than amicable.