The Walshes sign up for a neighborhood security patrol, but can't figure out how to work the alarm system. A wealthy black family moves into the neighborhood. Brandon befriends freshman Robbie (who tries out for Blaze staff photographer), but gets into a car accident with his sister, Charise, whose sassy attitude turns Brandon on. Charise commutes to her old school because she thinks that West Beverly is full of snobs. While Charise is having dinner with Brandon, her low-rent boyfriend, Devo, tries to visit her house and bring her flowers. He is harassed and beaten by the security patrol for no reason. Brandon wants to write a story about the incident, but initially receives little cooperation from Devo, Robbie and Charise.