The Buck Rogers murder case creates a dangerous dilemma for Richie; Jamie moves in with Kip after she's thrown out of her aunt's town house; Maury envisions a tribute to the music of the 1950s; Zak tries to help Gary find a backing band.
Richie reaches out to Galasso for a loan when he's desperate for cash; Lester gives the Nasty Bits a lesson in the blues; Devon makes a good impression on a photographer at a club; Andrea clashes with a graphic designer over the company's logo; Clark's ear for talent could finally pay off after a night out with his coworkers.
After selling the company jet in Los Angeles to raise some quick cash, Richie and Zak go to Las Vegas with a plan to woo Elvis Presley and convince him to sign a contract with American Century. Meanwhile, Clark struggles to fit in with his new coworkers in the mail room.
Devon joins Richie for dinner with Hannibal and Cece to help keep an important client in-house. Meanwhile, Kip is in danger of sabotaging a gig opening for the New York Dolls if he doesn't shake up the band; Richie tries to poach a known talent from a rival; and Jack gets a new job after a tense meeting with Julie.
Richie's counseling session with Devon brings out his uglier side, which she uses as ammunition during a meeting with an attorney, but he turns on the charm to woo a funk superstar. Meanwhile, Zak and Scott ponder their futures in the wake of the Polygram catastrophe; the Nasty Bits look for a new manager; and Skip strikes out trying to get rid of bootlegs.
Richie is embarrassed at a record producers banquet honoring his mentor, Maury Gold, when a rival ribs him about the Polygram snafu. Later, Maury and a mob associate come looking for information about a detective's inquiry; Clark aims to sign Alice Cooper to a solo deal; Olivia envisions an old barn in the suburbs as a home for the arts; and Richie's idea for some of Lester's old material is not well received.
A meeting with the Germans from Polygram ends in chaos when Richie shares his recent revelation, which catches everyone in the room, including his partners, by surprise. Meanwhile, Devon recalls her earlier—and better—days with Richie; and Jamie is glad that her boss likes The Nasty Bits, but is disappointed that she'll have to work with Julius to sign them.
In the premiere of this drama set in the volatile music industry in 1970s New York City, record-label president Richie Finestra desperately tries to save his company from professional crises and his own personal demons.