It's the Senior Prom and Patty is invited, which she rubs in Meg's face. However, she is later upset when her date asks somebody else. Roxanne works to convince Luke to shave his beard off, while Meg prepares to face the prom on her own. J.J. comes to her rescue after having a fight with Beth, that begins when J.J. confesses his gamble that he lost. While at the prom, J.J. is offered a job at the high school. Meanwhile, Jack feels the pressure from his bribers and struggles to make a choice, which effects his family more than he knows.
Meg and Roxanne go to Hollywood for a special American Bandstand (1952) episode. While the girls are there, they meet Barbara Eden. J.J. goes for an interview with an engineering company in the hopes of following his dream of becoming an astronaut. Meanwhile, Sam realizes the he has more in common with Nathan's date than Nathan does. Pete and Shelley decide to have an "open relationship" where they can see each other and other people. Jack decides to tell a reporter his reasons for leaving the City Council.
With his brother Ted in the hospital, Jack faces a tough decision: whether or not to take him off life support. Meg and Roxanne are excited about the Rolling Stones concert but are surprised to find where their seats are. Patty wants to become cool after being teased by some students at summer school about being a nerd. She receives a makeover from Meg and Roxanne and goes on American Bandstand (1952) but ultimately decides that she likes who she is.
When Chris returns, Meg finds out that he has been drafted and is going to Berkeley to avoid it. Meg must decide between being with Chris or being with her family but her decision is made even harder when Jack threatens to disown her if she leaves. Roxanne begins to cut hair at the Vinyl Crocodile much to Luke's dismay. J.J. begins to feel overwhelmed at work when he volunteers to help on a project. Nathan is given a second chance by Jack when he allows him to do deliveries again. Helen decides to accompany a mother to pick up her son's coffin.