In the wake of the lockdown, the school is on edge — and a troubling abuse of power pushes the students to take action.
Clay narrates about a dystopian future where the earth is under attack from an alien army. Bryce appears in the dream, telling Clay to fall back and they can fight another day. However, that's not an option for Clay. They continue fighting, and some die. Clay wakes up from his dream and says he's had several versions of that dream.
Sheriff Diaz explains to Tony and Clay that Tyler why Tyler was buying illegal guns; he was their informant. In exchange for dropping his charges against his bag of guns, they offered him a job of being a police informant. It was initially Deputy Standall's idea and he believes the community are safer now with Tyler's sacrifice.
The students receive the results from their college application in this episode. Jessica finds out she's been rejected from her top 3 colleges. Devastated, by this Jessica doesn't reveal the news to her father. The timings for her SATs were not great; she took her SAT two days after Bryce got probation for raping her, then she got a SAT makeup which happened a week after Bryce's death. So it was clearly not in her favor. Alex gets into Berkeley, but he won't let himself get excited over that. Justin gets into college (it is unkown which college) but Clay has yet to receive a reply. Their parents want to take them to see Gordon Lightfoot concert to celebrate. The parents mistakenly think that they're fans of Gordon Lightfoot and Clay and Justin find this alarming.
At school, Winston, Diego and Estela listen to Bryce's tape. Apparently, someone had dropped it off in an envelope in the dark room. Winston theorizes that Jessica must've heard it and sent Justin to take care of Bryce. However, Diego refuses to believe Jessica played any part in it. He storms out. Then an astute Estela asks Winston if he wants justice for Monty or for himself before leaving too.
After Ani moves out of Jessica's house, she now lives with Tony and Caleb. She finds out that she got accepted into eight schools, Stanford being one of them. However, she doesn't think she'll go to any because of her financial situation. Tony advises her to take Mrs. Walker's money, since she offered it to her, but Ani asks Tony if he would take it were he to be in her position. Tony explains that it's different for the two of them; their parents aren't citizens, so they have more to lose compared to the others. Hence, they have to seize any opportunity that arises.
At school, Diego confronts Jessica about how she's been avoiding him as of lately. Jessica tells him that Justin's mother died and she's trying to show some support. Diego then tells her Winston thinks she's blowing him off because they're getting close to uncovering the truth behind Bryce's murder.
Meanwhile, Tony and Clay apologize to Tyler after mistakenly thinking he was the active school shooter. Tyler's hurt that his friends lost faith in him, as they're the ones who taught him that.
Clay tells Jessica about the parents' meeting. Jessica meets up with Alex at Monet's and tells him about it. In reply, Alex tells her that he overheard his dad and Sheriff Diaz talking about reopening the Walker case. Jessica starts to freak out. Alex suggests that they should call a meeting, but Jessica says that she has pissed off everyone in her life and no one except Alex has patience with her anymore. Alex thoughtfully says that it makes sense and points out that it always have been the two of them and they're the ones who are always there for each other. They realize that none of them knows what to do what to do this time.
While in the hallway, Diego confronts Justin about their rivalry for Jessica, and Diego wanting to know why she would choose Justin over him. Tensions rise between them when Diego admits he listened to Bryce's tape and believes Jessica is only doing it to protect Justin, to which he further accuses Justin of murdering Bryce. Justin attempts to dismiss it but gets enraged when Diego threats to beat him and reveals that he was the one who beat up Zach. Justin shoves Diego and the two begin to fight. Right as the two start to get rough, a guard breaks up the fight and orders Justin to return to class while he pins Diego against the lockers and searches him. The guard accuses Diego of starting the fight and singles him out based on his race. A crowd of students begins to form and witness Justin helping Diego apprehend the guard, as the guard pulls his gun out on both of them. The crowd of students watches the guard handcuffs Diego and arrest him, catching the eye of Jessica.
In response to Diego being apprehended by the guard, Jessica and Clay, backed by the rest of the student body, confront Principal Bolan regarding how not only Diego was treated by the guard, but other students as well. Innocent people are being treated like criminals, it's not only Diego that was being signaled out but other students were being subjected to this as well. Bolan tires to reclaim the students' attention by stating that the issue was being addressed and that they should go back to class with a loose promise that the school will look into the situation, that Diego is being released, the guard will be reprimanded if necessary, and that the issue will be further addressed, to the dismay and disgust of the students. Jessica says enough is enough and then she leads the walkout.
- Tony: "You could take her money. It would be the most fair thing."
- Ani: "Would you take her money? I mean, it's not just about me."
- Tony: "You have to stop worrying about them now. You and me, we do for Clay, for Jessica, for Alex, for all of them, without question. But what happens to them if the shit comes down? And what happens to us? They have parents who are citizens. It's different for us. Tell me I'm wrong."
- Ani: "So what? You drive away? Leave Clay standing on the curb? He's your ride-or-die."
- Tony: "I don't know. He showed up for Tyler, but...I don't know him anymore."
- ― Ani and Tony
|“||The whole school is, like, on edge. Has been since the lockdown. And it feels like, the things that were starting to crack a little bit before, are now falling right down on our heads.||”|
|— Clay narrating|
- Tyler: "You said from the beginning if we trusted each other, everything would be OK."
- Clay: "I did."
- Tony: "Shit got complicated, Ty."
- Tyler: "But it's not actually. It's... I mean, all you have to do is have faith in your friends, right? You two taught me that. Or did you forget?"
- ― Clay and Tony apologizing to Tyler
- Jessica: "Why didn't you say anything?"
- Alex: "Well, I'm saying something now. Maybe Clay's right, maybe we should call a meeting."
- Jessica: "I tried. Turns out I've pissed off everyone in my life, so I guess this is the meeting."
- Alex: "Well, makes sense. It always has been you and me. What should we do?"
- Jessica: "I don't know."
- ― Jessica and Alex about their friendship
- This episode explored police brutality and racism, shown during the fight between Justin and Diego. When a SRO arrived, he told Justin (who is white and started the fight) to go back to class while shoving Diego (who is latino) against a locker and arresting him. This incident led to The Student Riot.
|Theme Song: "Oh In This World Of Dread, Carry On" by Eskmo|
|"2020"||Maserati||Enter The Mirror||Clay has a dream about Alien Killer Robots.|
|"Black and White"||Parquet Courts||Sunbathing Animal||The students start a riot; Zach and Alex destroy the school|
|"The Modern World"||The Jam||This is the Modern World||The students start throwing things at the police; Zach and Alex destroy the principal's office.|
|"Sundown"||Gordon Lightfoot||Sundown||Matt sings at the kitchen table; End credits|
Original Music Edit
|"Justin"||Eskmo||13 Reasons Why (A Netflix Original Series Score)||Justin tells Jessica to leave after she finds him shooting up in an ally.|