The roommates soak up the bar life, while Danny stays home to recover from his eye surgery. Just when Danny thinks he is all alone for the night, Melinda surprises him with hugs, kisses, and nakedness, which saves him from his sorrow.
Melinda primps and prepares for her big date with Danny, but when Danny arrives home from his shopping spree, he receives the tragic news that his mom died earlier that day. Stunned and shocked, Danny plans a flight home to be with his family.
The gang's next film assignment is to create short portraits of each other. They choose the following set-ups: Rachel/Lacey, Wes/Nehemiah, Mel/Jo. They are also surprised to find out that they have their very own editing room in the house.
While Wes is out on the town trying to be the pimp he always says he can be, he meets the hottest girl in the whole bar, Wren. After Rachel makes out with the bouncer of a local bar, Nehemiah calls her a slut and Rachel freaks out. The girls try to console Rachel but all she wants to do is hit Nehemiah and go home.
Mel plans a weekend getaway for the gang on a ranch, but the boys seem to be thinking of open pastures in the relationship sense. The thought of a little horesplay makes Danny question just what he is doing with Mel. In Real World fashion, the gang hit the bars the night before their trip.
Drinking seems to bring out another side of Johanna. Where could it possibly land her? Rachel and Johanna sit around and talk about Johanna's drunken actions the night before. Johanna seems to get out of control when she puts back a few, so much so that it took Rachel and Mel to hold her back.
Johanna has it bad for Leo, but (surprise!) Leo has a girl on the side. Johanna talks with Wes and gets his take on the whole situation. Wes tells her to be more up front with what she wants and to watch out, but Johanna can't keep her distance.
Love and work don't always mix so well. Danny realizes how lucky he is to have such a great connection with Mel and asks her to be his girlfriend. SxSW starts and the gang jump into work mode--well, maybe just a few of them. The group finds out from their boss, Paul, that by early next week they must have a decent rough cut of their documentary or they can't go on their vacation.
South by Southwest is in full swing and the roomies are busy gathering footage for their documentary. First up is the band Halifax, whom everyone seems to like except for Lacey. When the band chills at the Real World house, Rachel develops a little crush on lead singer Mike.
The pressure is on the roomies as the deadline for their film project approaches. Everyone's reputation is at stake, especially aspiring film student Nehimiah's.. Since the housemates know that Nehimiah has previous editing experience, they leave all of the video editing to the expert, something that Lacey and Rachel don't feel completely comfortable doing.
Watch out, Costa Rica...here comes the cast from Real World: Austin! The housemates are so psyched to be in Costa Rica that they head straight for the beach as soon as they arrive at their ocean-view hotel. And of course, it wouldn't be a vacation without a late night of bar-hopping and hitting the town.
Wes can't seem to get his mind off the ladies, especially the frontrunner for his heart, Wren. He can't decide whether to continue what he has with her or to start playing the field again. Later the gang gets invited to a special screening of the documentary Dig! Wes and Danny ditch the invitation, claiming they have better things to do with their Friday night.
Ring ring... who is it? Oh, it's Nehemiah and he is calling from jail! The documentary screening is just around the corner and the editor is behind bars. What is the gang to do? After hearing the news of Nehemiah's arrest Danny heads to the Travis County Justice Complex to gather some information on what happened.