A new school year begins with a few changes in store, such as Chris has graduated and now must move on with his life, Ms. Sherwood has completed her novel and is moving to Maine, and Mr. Shorofsky decides to retire, which saddens new student Ian Ware.
Songs: Bill Hufsey -- Breaking Ground, (Unknown artist) -- Back To Something New
Jesse and Nicole are set to dance at the wedding of Chris' cousin, but Nicole is unsure where their relationship is headed with Jesse and breaks up with him. Meanwhile, Danny and Jillian begin their own romance.
Songs: (Unknown artist) -- The Last Dance
Lydia gets a job at the school for her old friend, Pete Seeger, as an acting teacher. He feels his tough methods have annoyed the kids and thinks about quitting. Meanwhile, Danny is asked to show Hannah Cooper around the school, but the 11-year old prodigy refuses to play for anyone.
Songs: Jesse Borrego, Carlo Imperato, Nia Peeples, Carrie Hamilton -- Look and Learn, Michael Cerveris and Carlo Imperato -- Rock and Roll Will Stand
Leroy's commencement as a teacher has arrived, but he doesn't feel much like celebrating after being accused of giving lead roles to blacks over all the other students. Mr. Shorofsky and Ian knock heads over musical styles.
Songs: Bill Hufsey -- Hot Diggerty, Loretta Chandler -- Swingin' at the Cotton Club, (Unknown artist) -- Dance Your Cares Away, (Unknown artist) -- Noise of Art
Jesse has a 1930's style play in which Mr. Dyrenforth decides the school will fund to win the $20,000 prize from the Kimble Foundation. But when the school board rejects to fund the play, Lou steps in to get the play produced. Meanwhile, the lead in the play, Nicole, comes down with laryngitis.
Songs: Elisa Heinsohn -- Forty-Second Street, Carrie Hamilton and Michael Cerveris -- It's Love I'm After, After All, Nia Peeples -- Someone to Watch Over Me
Chris learns the good and bad of parenting when his siter leaves him with his nephew, Spike. Mr. Dyrenforth finds out just how important Mrs. Berg is when she leaves to attend her brother's anniversary for a day. Nicole, Dusty, Reggie, and Jullian find themselves arguing after forming their own band.
Songs: Carrie Hamilton,Nia Peeples,Loretta Chandler,Elisa Heinsohn -- East Of Eden, Carrie Hamilton,Nia Peeples,Loretta Chandler,Elisa Heinsohn -- Only Love Will Hold Fast
Reggie gets herself in trouble with the law and with Mr. Dyrenforth, after trying to buck conventionalism and help the homeless. Elsewhere, when Dusty's father comes for a visit, Reverend Tyler decides that she should return home to Colorado because New York is too risque for her.
Songs: Loretta Chandler -- Never Give Up On A Dream, The Isley Brothers -- Shout, Carrie Hamilton -- Think, Carrie Hamilton and Loretta Chandler -- We Have The Right
Danny, frustrated from the lack of acting work decides to start his own cable-access show. While searching where to go he enters the doors of the Mr. Wacky's World, and is offered the job of playing Mr. Noodles. Although he loves the work, Danny isn't thrilled of playing a stooge. When Jesse makes a friendly gesture, Dusty misinterprets it as romance.
Songs: Loretta Chandler -- Don't Turn Around, Carlo Imperato -- I'm Hip, Bill Hufsey -- Love of the Game, Gerrit Graham -- Two Drifters
Tina comes back to visit her uncle Leroy, and he tries to add the Christmas spirit back inside her. But with Leroy's busy schedule, she loses the faith. Meanwhile, Mr. Shorofsky is hospitalized to remove his tonsils, leaving a pair of kids believing he is the real Santa Claus.
Songs: Loretta Chandler -- Born In Bethlehem, Gene Anthony Ray -- I Know The Way To Celebrate, Loretta Chandler -- Joy To The World, Jesse Borrego and Michael Cerveris -- Your Wife's Been Cheating On Us Again
Nicole gets the chance of a lifetime when she's offered a job as a back-up singer for her idol, Frannie Fortune. But she quickly learns that the business is a dog-eat-dog world. that he's lonely, Danny, Jesse, and Leroy try to bolster Mr. Dyrenforth's love life by posting pictures of him all over the city.
Songs: Debbie Allen, Jesse Borrego, Michael Cerveris,Carlo Imperato -- A Woman Needs a Man, Damaged -- Bonnie Bramlett and Nia Peeples, Bonnie Bramlett -- Find It In Your Mind, Nia Peeples and Bonnie Bramlett -- Mama, He's Treatin' Your Daughter Mean
Following a party, Miss Grant becomes frustrated when she learns Nicole and Danny missed an important rehearsal for an upcoming performance. Unknown to anyone was that Nicole and Danny were in a car accident with drunk driver Mickey Grath, killing Nicole. Everyone feels the loss of their friend, but Jesse becomes enraged and voes to kill Mickey.
Songs: Michael Cerveris and Debbie Allen -- Private Eye, Carrie Hamilton -- See Your Face Again, (Unknown artist) -- Carnival of the Animals
Movie director Jeff Stave's new film "Kittens Go to High School," is to be shot on the site of the School of the Arts. Jillian, working as a student assistant to Mr. Stave, falls for him but quickly learns why their love can never be. The lead actress of the film, Maxie Sharp, decides to stay behind and enroll at the school.
Songs: Olivia Barash -- First In Line, Elisa Heinsohn and Carrie Hamilton -- He Looks Like Romeo
Ms. Fleming will be replacing Mr. Dyrenforth while he is away for an appendectomy, and she quickly instills a doctrine prohibiting dancing and singing in the school hallways. Elsewhere, Miltie decides to do a good deed and takes up the persona of the Crimson Blade, performing feats of heroism.
Songs: Olivia Barash -- Forever In Your Eyes, Loretta Chandler and Michael Cerveris -- Joyful Noise
Lydia and her high school sweetheart have rekindled their romance, that is, until she discovers how he makes his money...as a stock swindler. Meanwhile, Ian becomes jealous of his father when he becomes friendly with the kids at the school.
Songs: Michael Cerveris and Mike Preston -- Men About Town, Mike Preston -- What Ho, Mrs. Brisket
Duke, Lou's shifty brother, has come for a visit. After hearing Chris' singing voice, offers him a chance of recording an album. Mr. Seeger is asked to sit on the newspaper committee which includes listening to Maxie and Reggie's bickering.
Songs: Elisa Heinsohn, Jesse Borrego and Michael Cerveris -- Boys, Birds And Bees, Bill Hufsey -- I'll Find Love
The school becomes a magical location after Mr. Shorofsky receives a violin from Bavaria which he hadn't touched since 1947. He tells the students of the magic which is held inside the instrument and the legend which follows. Convinced of the story, the students clamor over who will possess the violin.
Songs: Carlo Imperato -- Mack The Knife, (Unknown artist) -- Stradivarious
Songs: Jesse Borrego -- Loco, De Amor, Lee Ving -- The Night Rolls On
A visit from Ian's ex-girlfriend has him feeling homesick and decides to head back to England, a move which she disapproves of. Meanwhile, Mr. Shorofsky has decided to enter Ian in a competition for classical guitarists, which he refuses to attend. Also, the gang helps Lou get ready for a campaign as the President of the Metropolitan Bowling Operators Association.
Songs: Michael Cerveris -- After Dark, Loretta Chandler,Bill Hufsey,Carlo Imperato,Elisa Heinsohn -- Image, Michael Cerveris and Traci Lin -- No Feelings
Danny is excited to learn that his old friend id coming for a visit and has gotten a job with Lou. But Danny has trouble accepting the news that he is gay. Meanwhile, a local stereo store is issuing a challenge for a dance routine to appear in their TV ad, prompting a competition between Leroy and Ms. Grant with their choreography.
Songs: Gene Anthony Ray and Debbie Allen -- Think Big, (Unknown artist) -- Dippy Dave Themes
Chris gets caught up into international intrigue after Jillian sends some papers she was typing up for him to his home. Now he is being followed by a pair of men inside of an ice cream vehicle. Meanwhile, Reggie, Ian, and Dusty all participate in a student video contest, but find their subjects to be troublesome.
Songs: Debbie Allen -- It Ain't Necessarily So, Debbie Allen -- The Man I Love, Bill Hufsey, Loretta Chandler and Olivia Barash -- When The Going Gets Tough (The Tough Get Going)
Reggie helps her close friend Rose, join a summer stock company with her. But having been kicked out of English class, she gives up on both mediums.
Songs: Carol Burnett -- 's Wonderful, Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton -- A Couple of Swells, Carol Burnett -- But Not For Me, Jesse Borrego -- The Way it is
The National Cultural Center has chosen the School of the Arts as an organization which will be allowed to enter one item into the time capsule, but no one can decide on what the item will be. Miltie is given an ultimatum to pen an original song or fail, which leads him to plagiarize a 14th century ballad.
Songs: Olivia Barash -- Believe, Michael Cerveris -- Burn Down The Night, Robert Romanus -- Trust Me, (Unknown artist) -- The Ring Of Love
Mrs. Berg is caught in a lie when her old lover comes for a visit after having said she was in charge of the whole school, causing the kids to pretend she is the acting principal. Elsewhere, Gordon and Reggie attempt to get Mr. Dyrenforth to accept a computer simulator which allows virtual animal dissections, instead of destroying an actual animal.
Songs: Jesse Borrego -- Nightmoves, Cast -- You Can Really Do It
With alumni week in session, this would be a great time to make a video yearbook. Meanwhile, Miss Grant believes Leroy should play the lead of the school showcase, in which alumni and big time producer Michael Taftner turns down feeling that Leroy can't handle the part. Also, Chris lies about his success when asked to be the guest speaker, which causes him to butt heads with Mr. Seger.
Songs: Cast -- Fame, (Unknown artist) -- Bird Jam, (Unknown artist) -- Legacy