Pepper's personal anger during a live interview lands her on the couch of the company shrink, who forces her to confront her issues with Charlie. Meanwhile, Kathy's desire to please people leads Pepper to discover dangerous hazing rituals at a college fraternity, leading one of the pledges to hold everyone in the frat house, including Pepper, hostage at gunpoint.
Pepper may win an award, an audience 'homeability' focus group hates her grim appearance, unlike charming Charlie Babcock. So Jack expects her ordered behind the screens. Even Chick is tempted to bond in order to get seduction tips. Giving Pepper a pets/human interest segment backfires. Charlie offers to coach her in charming on air, but she still gets it wrong every time. Kim has the hots for Pepper's kid brother Mitch, now in college.
Editor Jack Bell, Pepper's mentor, has been fired and replaced by recent graduate and CEO relative Lester 'Les' Gaye. He incorporates a ludicrous management mission, including audience entertainment instead of hard facts - and forced vacation days catch-up, even for Pepper. Kathy is determined to keep her from working on (unpaid) for an interview with socialite April May Tyler, who is accused of murdering her twin. Charlie bends to the new wind, followed by the gang. Charlie bumps into an interview with April and realizes her manager Benny Gold is manipulating her.
Curtis gives Pepper an exclusive tip on an upcoming story. Babcock finds out that Pepper and Curtis are seeing each other and questions her integrity as a reporter. Kimmy tries to resist the temptation that is Pepper's brother Mitch. And, most importantly of all, Pepper has to find a new swimsuit for her weekend trip with Curtis.
An accident at the paper copier puts Guy in no condition for work, so Pepper is assigned to cover Guy's story about Grady Harper, a football star, who's big fan Babcock is. Babcock wants the story, but Pepper is still bitter about the "Pope story" incident and does not give in to Babcock's pleas. When doing the story, Pepper gets injured and Grady takes care of her. Then he invites her out on a date. Babcock invites himself, but all is not as it seems, as Babcock finds out in the men's room (hint: there is a clue in the title). Meanwhile, Chick's class reunion is ...
The ACoRNS nominations are announced and Pepper is excited to get four nominations, especially since Babcock gets only one. Kathy as a dinner date that just gets a bit too uncomfortable for her. She turns to Pepper for advice because "slutty doesn't come easily." She hasn't been single for ten years. Sadly, Pepper only encourages her to seek support groups, since she is too busy fantasizing about her quadruple ACoRNS win. Pepper invites her parents, but they couldn't be less interested because Pepper's brother Mitch needs all the support for his performance at a ...
After refusing to reveal her source in a city scandal, Pepper finds herself behind bars. While in the slammer, after observing several inmates suffer food poisoning, Pepper uncovers a scandal that's plagued the jailhouse for years. Meanwhile, Kathy realizes she wants to be more than just a receptionist and pursues night classes at the local college. Charlie shows up at Pepper's doorstep and shocks her with an unexpected question.