Racial violence divides students and faculty and leaves Danzig the victim of a shooting by a black honors student.
The threat of a strike looms over the school, while Harry grapples with the threat of losing his kids to his ex-wife.
Danzig uses his leverage to suspend welfare checks to families with truant students; a night of baby-sitting Harry's kids brings Sara back to reality.
Danzig tries to help a homeless student; Sara goes over Harry's head to get approval for a field trip; and a teen-age temptress offers Snyder a rare opportunity.
A former student tries to get even with Felspar for not teaching him how to read; a cocky artist's critical comments crush a student's passion for painting; and a very pregnant Mrs. Danzig (Janet Carroll) winds up in the nurse's office.
Callahan helps a student with a drug problem; scholarship students face an uncertain future, as does Sara; Felspar takes over at the Danzigs' after his wife leaves him.
A science teacher airs his views on creationism; Callahan regrets suggesting that Matthew date other women; Felspar's marital woes lead him to a massage parlor and a breakdown.
A depressed girl is helped by Danzig when he learns she's homeless.
A young man's artwork draws admiration from Callahan and criticism from his father; Danzig mourns his sudden loss; a sexy student targets Matthew as her next victim.
Harry has to intervene in the wedding plans of a young student couple. Gang members convince Snyder that they're all the family he needs; Danzig copes with loneliness; and Callahan regrets doing business with a friend.
A student's plan to join the Marines triggers painful memories for Sara; and a formidable superintendent makes a pass at Felspar.
Late paychecks and the threat of gang violence have the faculty on edge; Sara refuses to visit her estranged father in the hospital; Felspar abruptly ends a new relationship.
Asbestos contamination threatens to close the school; Sara hopes to save her relationship with Harry by moving into her own apartment; Matthew gets the position he wants, but is heartsick over the reason why.