While breaking into school to turn in late papers, Cory and Shawn cause a fire in the chem lab. Cory pulls the fire alarm, Janitor Bud, having witnessed the later action but not the former, tells everyone Cory is a hero. Cory enjoys cruising on his classmates' admiration until the guilt catches up with him.
Unfortunately, Cory has to do a TV news spot and lie to the whole city about his adventure. Cory feels too guilty to do this. During a commercial break he tells his family the truth. His parents are angry and Cory must come clean.