The families react to Meg and Sam having to go to court after being arrested. Meg's arrest becomes public knowledge and Jack's election is in trouble. While at school Roxanne and Meg fight the school dress code. JJ learns that his squad is dead.
The Pryors new neighbors consist of Shelly Pierce, former Playboy Bunny, and her son Chris. Meg uses the school play to protest the war. Sam gets recruit to play basketball at Penn and meets a new girlfriend. Patty enters the Campbell Soup Essay contest.
Musical Guests: Nicole Richie
as Brenda Reid (lead singer of the Exciters)
Meg makes a deal with Chris to get him in the school play. Jack faces different groups as he fights for the city council election. Beth fears for JJ's life after meeting a pregnant woman, who lose her husband. Sam is feeling inferior to Melanie's upscale friends.
Chris's bad influence is obvious in Meg's new behavior. Jack is faced with the minority vote to counter dirty tactics.
Father Cassidy discourages Meg's plans to add an anti-Vietnam aspect to the play. Melanie becomes increasingly jealous of Sam and Meg's friendship. Meg decides to do the play as she wrote it.
Jack and Helen celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary by going out of town. Nathan begins to serve the rest of his jail time at a VA hospital and gains a respect for the veterans. JJ and his squad are captured and must figure out a way to escape.
Jack goes to Washington DC to learn about JJ's fate and discovers Meg is there as well at an anti war rally. Sam, ashamed of his family, goes to Melanie's Thanksgiving dinner alone.
During a city wide blackout Beth gives birth to her son unaware that JJ is fighting to get back to the base as a Frenchman helps him.
Nathan is left a gift by a war veteran from the VA hospital. Sam finally invites Melanie to meet his family. The Pryors get an unexpected Christmas gift as JJ comes home.
Musical Guests: JoJo
as Linda Ronstadt
JJ is still haunted by the war and finally sets a date for his wedding with Beth. Pete thinks Chris started a fire at the recruitment center and Chris wants delivers an ultimation to Meg.
Musical Guests: 112
as The Four Tops
Meg's special night with Chris is ruined in the morning. JJ and Beth refuse to have a Catholic wedding as Helen wants. Henry gets a new project to impress his new lady friend.
JJ learns that plans for his house are gone thanks to the war and learns that his mother is against the war. Chris leaves town and Meg.
Musical Guests: Van Hunt
as Jimmy Ruffin
Songs: The Kinks
-- All Day and All of the Night, Los Bravos
-- Black Is Black, The Association
-- Cherish, Petula Clark
-- Downtown, Brenda Holloway
-- Every Little Bit Hurts, Spencer Davis Group
-- Gimme Some Lovin', The Zombies
-- She's Not There, Ben Taylor (1)
-- Surround Me, Toby Lightman
-- That's How Strong My Love Is, Herman's Hermits
-- There's A Kind of Hush, Nancy Sinatra
-- These Boots Are Made For Walkin', Roy Head
-- Treat Her Right, Jimmy Ruffin
-- What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, Dusty Springfield
-- Wishin' and Hopin', The Supremes
-- You Can't Hurry Love
It's the Senior Prom and Patty is invited to prom which she rubs in Meg's face but is later upset when her date asks somebody else. Roxanne works to convince Luke to shave his beard off, while Meg prepares to face the prom on her own. JJ comes to her rescue after having a fight with Beth, that begins when JJ confesses his gamble that he lost. While at prom, JJ is offered a job at the high school. Meanwhile, Mr. Pryor feels the pressure from his bribers, and struggles to make a choice, which effects his family more than he knows.
Meg is torned for her feelings for Sam and the fact that they can never be together. Patty wins the essay contest and no one believes her as it is listed under another name.
Meg & Roxanne go to Hollywood for a special "American Bandstand" episode. While the girls are there, they meet up with Barbara Eden a.k.a. "Jeannie". J.J. goes for an interview with an Engineering company in the hopes of following his dream of becoming an Astronaut. Meanwhile, Sam realizes the he has more in common with Nathan's date then Nathan does and Pete & Shelley decide to have an "open relationship" where they can see each other and other people. Jack decides to tell a reporter his reasons for leaving City Council.
With Ted, Jack's brother in the hospital he faces a tough decision to pull him of the respirator that is keeping him alive. Meg and Roxanne are excited for The Rolling Stones concert but are surprised to find where their seats are. Patty wants to become cool after being teased by some students at summer school about being a nerd. She receives a makeover from Meg and Roxanne and goes on bandstand but ultimately decides she likes who she is.
When Chris returns, Meg finds out that he has been drafted for the war and is going to Berkeley to avoid it. Meg must decide between being with Chris or being with her family but her decision is made even harder when Jack threatens to disown her if she leaves. Roxanne begins to cut hair at the Vinyl Crocodile much to Luke's dismay. JJ begins to feel overwhelmed at work when he volunteers to help on a project. Nathan is given a second chance by Mr. Pryor when he allows Nathan to do deliveries again. Helen decides to accompany a mother to pick up her son's coffin.