In the Season 3 finale, the ladies grill Kat and Lily about their hookup; everyone puts their differences aside to honor Don's sister; Lily opens up to JR about her past; and Ryan invites the crew to yet another a lake house to make amends, but things go left when Kat shows up and demands to be rehired at 9Mag.
Ryan blows up after his staff betray him; Neek accepts a project in Africa, so Charmaine goes to extreme lengths to keep him in Chicago; Lily hooks up with another 9Mag tattoo artist; and Don's world is turned upside down.
The crew hatch a plan to get Kat to come back to 9Mag; Ashley throws a tantrum at her gender-reveal party; Charmaine's dreams of movie stardom hang in the balance; and Kat confronts Ryan over what happened at the lake house.
Ryan tries to salvage his relationship with Rachel, while Phor and Nikki take theirs to new heights. The crew throws Kat a surprise birthday party at 9Mag behind Ryan's back. JR goes ham when Lily brings the guy she cheated on him with to the shop.
Conclusion. Cobra is faced with a tough decision when Phor tells her the truth about Velvet; Lily attempts to reunite with the sisters she hasn't seen since her father's murder; Kat decides it's time Rachel knows the truth.
Part 1 of 2. The crew heads to Mexico for fun, sun and tequila; tensions rise when Kat arrives at the villa unannounced; Ryan loses his cool when Lily crosses a line; Kat reveals a shocking secret; and Nikki flies off the handle.
Ryan is devastated when an injury prevents him from tatting his childhood idols; Charmaine tries to persuade Cobra to stay at 9Mag; Jenn's inadvertent nip slip sends Van over the edge; and there's a photo shoot for a major tattoo magazine.
Kat questions her life in L.A.; Lily tries to turn the shop against Cobra; Charmaine's relationship is on rocky ground when her career takes priority over Neek; Nikki's jealousy rears its ugly head again; and Don blows up.
Ryan triumphantly returns to the shop after a major health scare; JR learns disturbing information about his relationship with Lily; Phor questions his career as a tattoo artist; and Lily takes down Cobra after she meddles in her relationship.
Lily jeopardizes her relationship with JR. Cobra confronts Ryan about a rumor on the internet. Van has a questionable plan to win Jenn back. Danielle throws a fashion show to help promote her new fashion blog.
Danielle reveals a secret about Kat; JR and Lily take their relationship to the next level; Van freaks out when Jenn mentions the "m" word; and Charmaine questions Ryan about Kat. Also: problems arise at Phor's concert.
Charmaine's birthday party turns sour when Danielle confronts Ryan. While Ryan heads to Philly for a tattoo convention, Van and Danielle take over the shop; Ryan rehires a former employee; and Kat unexpectedly shows up in Chicago.
Ryan makes a controversial move to assert his authority; Ashley looks to the heavens to help Don control his anger; Danielle confronts Kat about being a bad friend; and Van discovers he's been intentionally locked out of the shop.
In the Season 3 premiere, Ryan battles his staff about their growing disrespect; Don and Ashley's marital bliss is threatened; Kat leaves Chicago for L.A.; Van starts a brawl at the 9Mag anniversary party; and Ashley starts trouble with Charmaine.