Erica says she's haunted by accusations that she sold her kids for drugs and molested them. She wants to find out if her ex made the story up as revenge. Plus, Lauren, who served three years in jail for sexual assault, wants to clear his name.
Dre tearfully drops Zoey off to college for her two-day orientation, and she hits it off with a fellow incoming freshman, Miriam, after they ditch the campus tour. They are smitten upon meeting Aaron, who is running the Black Student Union booth.
Micki's real mother, Mercedes, tries to make amends with her daughter but Micki doesn’t' want anything to do with her. Walker steps in to help and lands in a hep of trouble. August suffers from PTSD after what happened at the Ranch.
Jerry meets New York Mets player Keith Hernandez, but is hurt when Keith makes a date with Elaine. George tells the unemployment office that he is close to securing a job with Vandelay Industries, whose office is Jerry's apartment.
As the presidential election approaches, Erica finds herself strongly supporting candidate Walter Mondale. After learning Beverly always votes for whomever Murray tells her to vote for, Erica sets out to educate her mother.
After Mike encourages Vanessa to branch out her tutoring business, she takes his advice but gets frustrated when he gets a little too involved. Meanwhile, Kyle is determined to be like the other Baxters and become a high-powered entrepreneur.