The first party of the year is around the corner and Cory is a nervous wreck. His reputation for the entire year is based on whether he gets an invite or not.
He is relieved to recieve an invite but is surprised when Shawn does not. Cory wonders if he should go without Shawn; but Shawn says he doesn't mind.
At the party it is revealed that Melissa checked over the guest list and took all the cool people off. Dejected, Cory leaves. He finds Shawn at Chubbie's with large group of cool people. Cory explains to Shawn that the "cool party" is at Chubbie's with him. "Let's bail," Shawn replies, showing Cory that friends are more important than other peoples perceptions. Cory realizes that it's not cool to forget who your friends are.
Meanwhile, Alan throws his back out on his way to play basketball.