At the start of her sophomore year at Liberty High, Angela Chase becomes friends with Rayanne Graff and dyes her hair red.
Animalbag -- Everybody, R.E.M.
-- Everybody Hurts
Rayanne arranges for Jordan to sell Angela a fake ID, while Patty and Graham stumble through ballroom-dancing lessons meant to put some spice back into their marriage.
Songs: Jawbox -- Cruel Swing
Everyone at Liberty High is stunned when a gunshot is heard in one of the school's hallways. Meanwhile, a rumor starts circulating about Angela and Jordan.
Songs: Cranberries -- Dreams
Angela gives Graham the silent contempt treatment while Patty must deal with her own father when both the Grateful Dead and the IRS come to town.
Songs: Grateful Dead -- Althea, Bettie Serveert -- Palomine
Patty tries to talk Angela into a mother-daughter charity fashion show. Meanwhile, a list ranking the top 40 sophomore girls at Liberty High is released, and Sharon is voted Best Hooters.
Songs: Enigma -- Return to Innocence
The new English substitute challenges the way Angela and her classmates think, encourages them to fully express themselves, and gets them to finally wake up, pay attention, and take action.
-- What About Your Friends?
Angela and Jordan get close when she learns of his reading problem, and closer when she hears his new song. Patty and Graham try to cope with a possible pregnancy.
Angela's relationship with Sharon and Graham's job dissatisfaction both hit critical levels when Sharon's father has a heart attack.
Songs: Buffalo Tom -- Soda Jerk
Halloween rolls into Three Rivers, blurring the line between facades and realities.
Angela goes to Rayanne's house for the first time and meets Rayanne's mother, Amber. On the weekend, Rayanne decides to throw a party on the spur-of-the-moment, but Patty's party for her parents' 45th anniversary is on the same night, and Angela must decide which party to attend.
Told from Brian's point of view. Everyone tries to figure out whether or not they're going to Liberty High's World Happiness Dance...and, more importantly, who they're going with.
Songs: The Lemonheads
-- Dawn Can't Decide, Urge Overkill
-- Dropout, Sunscreem -- Pressure, Archers of Loaf -- South Carolina, Billy Pilgrim -- Try, Haddaway -- What is Love?
Jordan won't publicly acknowledge his new relationship with Angela although they continue to meet each other covertly. The new English teacher encourages Rickie to join the Drama Club. Graham attends his first cooking class and meets a loud, outspoken woman named Hallie Lowenthal.
Songs: Afghan Whigs -- Fountain and Fairfax, Buffalo Tom -- Late at Night, Buffalo Tom -- Soda Jerk
Angela considers sleeping with Jordan, while Graham considers starting his own restaurant.
Rayanne feels left out of Angela's life so she becomes the new lead singer for Jordan's band, Frozen Embryos. Patty suspects that Rayanne has started drinking again.
-- I Wanna Be Sedated
After an encounter with his abusive uncle forces Rickie to leave home and turn to life on the street, Angela tries to help him with the aid of a mysterious homeless girl.
It's New Year's in Three Rivers, and everyone is making resolutions and having varying amounts of success keeping them. Rickie has nowhere to turn after he stops staying at the Chases' house.
Rayanne wins the starring role in the school play, but her friendship with Angela reaches a critical point after she and Jordan get drunk and act impulsively.
Patty and Graham go away for the weekend with Neil and his girlfriend, Cheryl. Meanwhile, Rayanne pays a visit to the Chase residence and accidentally handcuffs herself to Patty & Graham's bed.
-- I Alone, Frente! -- The Book Song
Jordan enlists Brian to help him write a letter to Angela apologizing for his actions and telling her how he feels.