On the eve of 1985, a worn-out Vincent reconnects with his ex-wife, Andrea, as his open relationship with Abby grows more distant; Candy and Harvey disagree on how to navigate a fast-changing future; fresh out of rehab, Lori is put back to work.
Frankie takes his amateur porn business to the next level and ends up in a confrontation with Rudy, who pushes Vincent to up his profits; Lori is advised to be more compliant after she dares to stand up for herself on set.
Abby befriends a graffiti artist named Pilar and takes a surprising trip downtown; Candy sets a firm line with Hank when it comes to money; Todd reexamines his priorities and asks for Paul's support; Melissa is forced to face her past.
With his club shuttered, a distraught Vincent follows a lead down a dangerous path; Paul reaches out to Todd's parents; Candy battles Harvey over her latest script; Lori hits the feature dancing circuit with mixed results.
In the wake of a personal loss, Candy finds the emotional core of her latest movie; Abby confronts Vincent after she makes an alarming discovery; Paul turns to activism as the AIDS epidemic continues to ravage New York's gay community.
A struggling Lori turns to Candy for help before revisiting The Deuce; Candy makes a deal to secure funding for her film; Abby takes a stand against the latest phase of Midtown redevelopment; Tommy explains the new world order to Vincent.
Big changes come to The Deuce as Gene sees opportunity in the city's public health crisis; Vincent looks to get out from under the mob's thumb and makes peace with Abby; Candy makes a critical choice in her relationship with Hank.