Steve attends the Olympics with Brandon, who spent most of the summer travelling alone. Their car breaks down in Hadley City, a small town in Texas. Steve decides to catch a bus to Houston and fly home to surprise Clare. He discovers that Clare has already left for San Antonio to surprise him. He flies back to San Antonio; thanks to a weather delay, they are able to find each other. Brandon meets a young black woman, who quits her job as assistant librarian after her boss hassles her for talking to him. Brandon's friendship with Mariah riles many of the townspeople; they have confrontations with two redneck mechanics, and her ex-boyfriend and a cohort. Mariah decides to move to New York and write a book about angels. She thanks Brandon for encouraging her to change her life. David constantly criticizes Donna as they try to complete a video shoot with a temperamental singer. Their boss is fired, and David panics at the prospect of losing his contract. Donna ends the partnership after learning that David plans to drop out of school to work full-time. Valerie contacts an accountant friend of Jim's for help with the club's finances. Music: 'Don't Be What You Can Be' by Bad Cow (Randall Slavin as Taz Botel), 'Just Because I Love You' by Lina Santiago, 'Southern Women' by Roy Gaines, 'Our Love (Romeo and Juliet Fantasy)' by Tchaikovsky.