As college radio host Samantha White leads the outcry over a blackface party by a campus fraternity, a revelation about her love life puts her in an awkward spot.
Buoyed by his front-page story on the blackface party, shy reporter Lionel begins to come out of his shell and embrace his true identity.
Golden boy Troy schmoozes his way around campus at his father's behest, campaigning for student body president. But his smile hides nagging doubts.
As Coco gears up for an exclusive soiree, a fight with Sam stirs up memories of their friendship; and the differences that drove them apart.
Friends drag Reggie out on the town to stop him from brooding over the revolution and Sam's new beau. But the night takes a harrowing turn.
Shell-shocked, Sam and company plan a protest against the campus police, while Reggie finds his own way to process the ordeal.
Picking up on the chemistry between Sam and Reggie, Gabe obsesses over the state of his relationship; and makes a startling confession to Joelle.
To show just how pervasive Winchester's race problems are, Lionel sets out to write a feature on Troy and makes some unexpected discoveries.
Coco jumps at the chance to join Troy at a party for wealthy donors, but the evening leaves her questioning his priorities.
With tensions running high before the town hall, Sam tries to patch up her relationship, Coco steals Troy's thunder, and Lionel makes a bold move.