Racial tensions begin to flare in North Philly sparking a massive riot, while an oblivious Meg makes final preparations for her sweet sixteen birthday party. Unaware of the violent situation building around her, Meg attempts to save her friendship with Sam, visiting him at the new store, and finds herself in the middle of the urban chaos.
A defeated JJ returns from Lehigh after being kicked off the football team and makes a surprising announcement to Jack and Helen about his future, while Michael Brooks reveals the possibility he might be leaving Bandstand for a new record-producing gig in California.
- Stacie Orrico as the lead singer of The Angels, performing "My Boyfriend's Back" (Brittany Snow and Vanessa Lengies were the backup [vocal] singers)
- Kelly Rowland as Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas performing "Nowhere To Run"
- Stephen Wozniak, Dustin Seavey, Joshua Wade, Matthew Solomon and Mark Luna as Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels performing "Jenny Take a Ride"
- Chris Moss as Neil Sedaka performing "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen"