Green Grove High School is gearing up for Teenage Sobriety Awareness Day by putting on a skit, scheduled to precede a video for an all-school assembly. Phoebe, the Patty Simcox of this joint, is directing the play and has cast the most popular students in school who have not been murdered yet. Jo, Danny, and Rico wonder if they should be participating more. Jo wonders very actively.
In Parent Sub-Plots No One Cares About this week, Jo's mom wants her dad to help her clean out the garage for her pottery studio but wah, this whole “murder investigation” is taking a lot of time. Also, Denise Richards starts to wonder why the photos of Aunt Tara are missing (it's because Danny burned them).
So, in efforts to "participate" more, Jo switches up her chemistry lab partners to work with Serita and Scott, saddling Rico with a girl who talks a lot about anything but science. Jo doesn't learn much in that period, except that Serita is a total bitch. She doesn't even have a reason for it, she just is. Someone had to be, I guess. Serita accuses Jo of being a "mole person" who doesn't experience life among the living.
Meanwhile, Danny is heavily focused on becoming friends with Lacey, who wants nothing to do with him after she finds out her Big Secret of sleeping at her friend's house the night of a murder has been blown. Lacey is more concerned about dating her murdery asshole boyfriend than confirming a former friend's alibi. Danny talks to Archie for permission to be friends with Lacey or something and Archie flies off the handle several times in succession.
Jo and Danny volunteer to be part of the Sobriety Skit, Jo so that she can participate and Danny so that he can get through to Lacey. They decide Phoebe's play is not very good, so Danny writes his own the night before and offers it up in the hope that Lacey will see the message about forgiveness and "get it." Jo volunteers to play "the lead" in the play, and Danny replaces Archie, who flies off the handle again at the last minute. What a murderer. So Lacey, Danny, and Jo perform Danny's play that is supposed to have some significance to Lacey. She seems to get it, but I sure as hell don't. The play is garbage, but it got Lacey to consider being friends with Danny again maybe some day.
After the play, Serita, who has been banned to the A.V. component of the assembly, shows an auto-tuned video of Jo acting a fool in place of the teenage drinking video. It is a laugh riot for the school, and sobering only for Jo. She is humiliated, and then later not embarrassed. Danny joins the soccer team after Archie tells him he will never fit in.
Important discoveries in this episode: Jo's dad finds an old photo of Danny's Aunt Tara in the garage and she is wearing the necklace, Jo and Rico compare stories and learn that Archie borrowed Scott's car all night the night of the party and was not home resting like he said. Serita is very good at assembling viral videos on the fly.
Aughh this show. I don't even care who killed Regina Crane yet. It doesn't seem like anyone on this show does, either. I've been watching The Killing lately, which is probably a bad idea because that show is actually good. Anyway, the murder investigation in The Killing is being handled differently than this one. This one is also different from the true crime investigations I watch on Investigation Discovery, but we are suspending our disbelief for now to live in the world of Green Grove.
Lacey, her douchebag boyfriend Archie, and Serita are all in a play about the dangers of underage drinking and driving. It's being directed by Phoebe, who is in the running to become the next girl murdered based on how pretty and bitchy she's being. Sobriety Awareness Day is in 48 hours and Phoebe needs to give this show life! She should not have cast these assholes, then.
Meanwhile, in the diner that is like The Max but with way less magic and fewer dance contests, Danny meets up with Jo and Rico to tell them about his therapy session. Then, they get back to their Nancy Drew aspirations by half-heartedly trying to solve Regina's murder. Like any other group project in high school, it could easily be dissolved by one person suggesting they work on it later. They agree that they don't really know Regina, so maybe they meet next week and everyone bring in their own research? They are doing about as much work as the real police, though. Oh, and the police chief is Jo's dad so she should definitely take advantage of that; he is certainly taking advantage of the fact that his daughter is friends with his primary suspect.
Danny makes fun of Jo and Rico's social lives, perhaps to motivate them to help him more? I don't know, they don't teach social skills in juvie. Then, Danny suggests they talk to Lacey, who still hates them mostly. He tries to get Jo to agree that it would be nice to have Lacey in their lives again but it's like, eww, move on, Danny. Some people have bothered to make new friends while you were in jail. Danny volunteers to be the leader of the Lacey project, while Jo and Rico keep focusing on real school.
From a conversation between Lacey and the very pale Archie, we learn that they had the choice of participating in this production of Phoebe's, or writing an essay on sobriety. Archie is excited to "spend more time with [his] hot girlfriend," even though she's nervous about that statement she needs to give Chief Masterson. Hey, remember how Archie wasn't at Regina's party? He was probably figuring out which black leather glove goes on which hand. He gets a little Lifetime Original Movie Boyfriend as he tells Lacey her alibi ("you went to the party and then went home, what more is there to say?"), but it's hard to say conclusively whether this guy is the murderer or just a regular old shithead.