After Tyler admits he still has a gun, the group keeps tabs on him at school. But their worry deepens after learning that he had a motive to kill Bryce.
This episode focuses on Tyler and his gun. We find out that Tyler kept the gun not for murder, but rather because he planned on using it to kill himself. In the end, Tyler couldn’t pull the trigger. He decides instead to try and get closure from Monty. Tyler demands an apology, but Monty just smirks tauntingly at Tyler.
Tyler believes that Bryce is to blame, since Monty does whatever Bryce asks. He goes to look for Bryce and finds him in a motel room, watching porn and smoking. He pulls a gun on Bryce, but Bryce talks him down and explains that Monty went rogue a few months back. Tyler doesn't really believe him. Bryce tells Tyler he might as well just shoot him, because he’s got nothing to live for anyway. Tyler hesitates and decides not to shoot Bryce.
Meanwhile, Clay has been worried about the fact that not turning Tyler into the police means that Clay himself could be responsible for Bryce's murder, assuming Tyler did it. He, Ani, Justin, Jessica, and the rest of the gang agree to keep an even closer eye on Tyler now that the gun is around. When Clay sees a brown paper bag in Tyler’s backpack, he freaks out. Tyler can tell that Clay is slowly stopping to trust him and he gets worried.
In a flashback, we see Jessica and Tyler at the Crestmont movie theater, where Jess works. Tyler would stay here so Jessica could watch him during her "shift", but he would creep her out with intense stares so Alex would normally come to take over her shift.
One day, during Jessica’s shift, she has a club meeting with her new club, “Hands Off.” The club's goal is to break apart the toxic culture at Liberty High School. The club also supports survivors of sexual assault. Tyler joins as an ally of the club, although he doesn't tell others about his history with sexual assault.
Clay goes over to Tyler’s house to look for the gun. While looking, Clay finds photos of Bryce’s dead body on Tyler’s laptop. Tyler quickly explains that it’s not what it looks like. Tyler just found Bryce in the river that way, and placed an anonymous call to the police. The reason why he was at the river in the first place was because Tyler wanted to end his life. Then, when he saw Bryce’s dead body, he realized he didn't want to die. He wanted to live, and he wanted to get better. Tyler thanks Clay for giving him a chance to do that.
Tyler shows Clay what was actually in his backpack - a camera, just like the one from Rear Window, a film that Tyler, Ani, and Clay saw together. Tyler remembered that Clay thought that the camera in the movie was really cool.
In another flashback, the episode focuses on Clay and Ani and their relationship. Clay took Ani out on a dinner date that was misinterpreted as a study session. He gave Ani his old bike, which she loved so much she cried.
At the end of the episode, Justin insists that he will get rid of Tyler’s gun. Instead of throwing it away, he uses it to threaten Seth, his former stepdad. Seth tells him that if he shoots, it will be all over. Justin doesn’t shoot and gives Seth money instead, which he comments is “less” than what Bryce paid him.
We find out later that Bryce wasn't shot, but he was beaten to death. The police start looking for a murder weapon, which they think is in the river where Bryce’s body was found. The river happens to be where Tony and Clay threw out Tyler’s other guns.
The police also found vials of an unknown liquid next to Bryce's body. Upon learning this information, Alex starts freaking out.
Guest Starring Edit
- Clay: "So, I stepped in front of him."
- Ani: "In front of his gun?"
- Clay: "And I asked him not to do it."
- Ani: "Clay, that is insane."
- Clay: "Yes, it was a really bad choice. That I think I'd make again. Exactly the same way."
- Ani: "You're a madman."
- Clay: "I get it, you think it was wrong."
- Ani: "I think it was stupid. And brave. But it doesn't mean you have to be the hero all the time."
- Clay: "It kind of does, though. Until we know he's okay."
- Ani: "You've got to put on your own mask first. When a plane loses pressure and there's no oxygen, you've got to put on your own mask first."
- ― Clay telling Ani about stopping Tyler from shooting up the school
|“||Well, terrible things happen every day. But we never really stop to notice, you know? If we spent a little bit more time watching and listening, you know, to our neighbors, to life around us, you know, maybe the bad things wouldn't happen so much.||”|
|— Tyler Down|
|“||I thought I'd never be able to get away from who I was. Who I've been. From what hurt. So, I climbed the bridge, and I looked down, and I saw this, like, flash of purple, like a jacket. And somehow, I just knew. So, I went down below the bridge. And I saw it was him. Bryce. Dead. Cold, like, gray. Like, not a person. And I thought "That's it. He doesn't get to be anyone anymore. It's over for him." And I knew right then that I didn't want to be dead. I want to live, and keep getting better and be stronger, and that's that's why I want to give the gun away. Because I didn't need it anymore.||”|
|— Tyler to Clay|
|Theme Song: "Oh In This World Of Dread, Carry On" by Eskmo|
|"Keeping It In the Dark"||Daya||13 Reasons Why: Season 3 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)||Clay tells Ani about what happened at the Spring Fling while at Monet's.|
|"Colossal"||TR/ST||The Destroyer (Part 1)||Tyler sees Monty in the hallway; Jessica watches him.|
|"Sweetness Follows"||R.E.M.||Clay and Ani meet up and hug.||Automatic for the People|
|"Never Coming Back (Trentemøller Remix)"||A Place To Bury Strangers||Re-Pinned||Justin meets up with Seth; the police finds steroids at the crime scene; end credits.|
Original Music Edit
|"Stand Up"||Eskmo||13 Reasons Why (Season 3 - Original Series Score)||Tyler practices boxing with Tony for the first time.|