Lionel gets some backlash for his story but he’s more interested in why people aren’t made at the rent-a-cop. Everyone is mad at Reggie or Gabe.
His editor gives him a new assignment, a parade at the school. He pushes to write a feature on Troy but the editor gives that to someone else. Lionel shows up at the parade late and leaves early with Troy, after overhearing Sam and Reggie talk about getting “caught up” the night before.
They go to a local dive bar and talk about their lives and their fathers. They also run into Hobbs and Troy admits that they have a history. Troy’s father gives him drug tests so he asks Lionel to pee in a cup for him. He does. His inner monologue, which sounds an awful lot like his editor, judges him for it.
After the bar, Lionel and Troy sneak into the newsroom to steal some alcohol. They get caught and the editor has words for Lionel about missing the big story at the parade and about Troy. Newsflash. He’s straight.
Back in their room, Troy asks Lionel if he wants to watch something. Lionel just has to finish something first. It’s a story about Troy, using the stuff he said in the bar.
The story breaks and Coco is not happy. She comes at Lionel but Troy protects him. The article actually helped his relationship with his father. He has to go to a donor party and he invites Coco.
She’s excited and even shows Troy her real hair but the party is not what he expected. Hobbs is there and Coco figures out their history. She also figures out that they are props to sell the donors on the campus life they want.
Back in Troy’s room, she gets him to admit to the affair then cries in the bathroom. She even tells Lionel that being with Troy isn’t as good as one would think it is.
The next day, she goes to talk to Sam, like old times. Only it’s not. She’s trying to convince same to call off the protest. Sam thinks she is there as Troy’s lackey but Troy turns up to push for the same thing.
Afterward they break up, or she breaks up with him. He never really thought they were together. She says that she is too ambitious for him and he wishes her well.
Things are coming to a head at Winchester. Reggie is supposed to be a guest on Sam’s show but she ditches him to talk to Gabe. Joelle helps Reggie out and Gabe blows off Sam so she’s upset. Reggie reads his poem and then bounces.
Lionel turns up to interview Sam about the town hall and the protest and she mentions donors. He looks into it. It’s the Hancock’s and they are bigots but his editor won’t run a story about it because they own the paper.
Time for the town hall. Coco sets it up to manipulate who can ask questions. There is a protest outside, but its about binge-drinking. Sam shows up and Troy tries to convince her to go into the town hall.
Coco keeps the questions tame and as soon as it starts to look like things might be a little more intense she cuts things off. She has time for one more question. Lionel.
Sam and Kurt are fighting about what good she’s really done when series MVP Lionel blows the top off the whole thing. He calls out the administration and sends an alert through the paper’s site to everyone.
Gabe shows up to talk to Sam. He tells her this won’t work. Lionel and his editor argue until the editor kisses him. The door is locked. Troy breaks it and ends up getting arrested. Security nearly pulls a gun on him.
Troy ends up arrested. Reggie tells Joelle there is nothing between him and Sam. And Sam and Coco wonder where it all went wrong.
TEAM LIONEL! He was consistently the best part of this show and it paid off wonderfully. I do feel sort of bad for Troy for being a puppet and a little bit for Sam because she tried so hard and it didn’t really matter.