Flatpoint High is learning about freedom of speech, and Mr. Jellineck does an exercise where people express themselves in photos, but when Jerri wants to hang a nude picture of herself with the other photos, Principal Blackman and Minister Arsenew has it taken down. So Jerri learns from her role model Buddah Stalin to take a stand. To prove herself, she goes on a hunger strike.
Jerri tries out for the track team and is not that good. So to improve her performance and her fellow team mates, she uses steroids. On the day of the big race, their is a random selection on drug testing and Jerri is not sure on what to do. It is all on her shoulders because Principal Blackman wants that trophy!
Jerri sneaks around with a guy who is ashamed of her, however Jerri is in love, but Laird acts like that she doesn't even exist. Tammy is convincing Jerri that it is not right what he is doing. So Jerri is hoping that he will ask her to the fall make out festival so other people can know about their relationship. Stu the Meat Man is living with the Blanks and making life that much harder.
Chuck and Geoffry run an advice column, but when Principal Blackman comes in there office furious how no one reads the paper because it's hard to relate to, Chuck decides to find a student who could do the Job. So when he sees Jerri in the school hallway giving advice he asks her to replace Geoffrys jobs giving advice in the paper. However Jerri feels that she is not very qualified to give advice. When Geoffry hears the news he threatens Chuck that he will out him if he doesn't give him his job back.
Jerri is asked out at a school wrestling game, but the boy later takes back his offer because other boys are saying mean sexual things to Jerri and she does nothing about it. So Tamela tells her she was a victim of sexual harassment and she needs to stick up for herself. Jerri later starts liking another guy, but is afraid it will end soon because of the other guys harassing her.
A new student comes to Flatpoint High, who turns out to be a bully who everyone is afraid of. When Jerri stops a fight with the bully and her friend Tammy, the bully schedules a fight for after school. Everyone keeps telling Jerri that she shouldn't fight and find peace, but Jerri feels she should live by the street code and fight. Geoffry gets a bully of his own when a homosexual hater substitute confronts him.
Jerri wishes she could find herself a cooler crowd to hang out with rather than the usual nerds shes with. When the cool girl at school Fran (Winona Ryder) bets that she can make anyone cool, she finds the perfect subject: Jerri Blank. Jerri however wishes everyone could be friends. When Principal Blackman finds out that Flatpoint High is going to be torn down to make a Mall, he decides to take matters into his own hands.