Abby announces that she and Carl are planning to elope in Las Vegas, and asks Val to be her maid of honor. Valerie bonds with Carl during an evening at the casino, and sleeps with him the night before the wedding. A depressed Kelly begs Val to let her tag along on the trip because she believes that Brandon is seeing someone else. She has a good time gambling and hanging out with a stranger, until the sight of a woman in a wedding dress brings her back to reality. Noah develops an obsession with his father's gun after the police return it to him. He drinks heavily and causes an embarrassing scene at the Martins' 25th wedding anniversary party. While working on Mr. Hunter's obituary, Brandon begins to fear that he will never have any meaningful accomplishments. He meets with a reporter from a New York paper, who sets up a job interview. A woman helping Donna pursue an account poses as her business partner, then steals her designs to get an in-house position with the client. Steve catches Sophie and David at a coffeehouse, but she lies her way out of the situation. David has a successful audition and receives a full-time job as a disc jockey.
Because things are not going well between Kelly and Brandon, Kelly surprises both herself and Valerie by asking her longtime enemy if she can tag along on the trip to Las Vegas for Abbie Malone's wedding to police officer Carl. Valerie reluctantly says yes, but each woman has a bad time in Vegas: Kelly because she sees a happy bride who reminds her of her failed wedding attempt with Brandon, Valerie because she bonds with Carl and later sleeps with him and is spotted by a disgusted Kelly. The wedding takes place and Valerie feels worse than ever. When Kelly gets home, though, she and Brandon are able to recognize that they need to be civil to each other.
Brandon interviews Noah's mom and is shocked to learn that Daniel Hunter never wanted to be a businessman at all, and retreated to the family business when his attempt to become a respected sculptor as a young man ended in dismal failure. Brandon then feels like he's failing at the Beat when Steve puts the interview on an inside page, noting that there isn't much difference between the way Daniel gave up on his dreams and how Brandon is currently swimming in place.
Steve suspects that Sophie's stories about college and not dating are not true, and gets closer to finding out about her growing relationship with David, letting David know he's not happy that his friend is not being trustworthy. While David tells Sophie he isn't going to hurt Steve, she offers him some tips that greatly help his audition for a radio show.
Donna has a doubly bad time, between Noah's increasingly awful behavior (he shows up drunk at her parents' anniversary party) and a bid to submit clothing designs with a young woman named Carrie who then steals Donna's ideas and gets an in-house spot based on them. Noah and Carrie both try to apologize to Donna, he for being an idiot and her after her lack of real talent gets her ass fired from the job, but Donna makes it clear she doesn't forgive either of them.