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Following the home invasion murder of Matt Skokie – a war vet – and an assault on his wife Gwen, four suspects are brought into custody: Tony Gutiérrez, an impressionable teen who got in way over his head even under the watchful eye of his dedicated and hard-working father, Alonzo Gutiérrez. Hector Tontz, a young man who has lived life on the fringes of society and has made bad decisions just to survive. Carter Nix and Aubry Taylor, two incredibly lost souls whose addiction to drugs and to one another has become destructive and paralyzing.
Though the suspects fit a profile, they and their situations are far more complicated than anyone would have initially believed... As is true for the victims themselves. As Russ Skokie and Barb Hanlon – divorced and estranged – arrive to both bury their son Matt, and seek a measure of justice for his killing, they discover their son may have been far from an innocent bystander in his own murder.
Told from the points of view of all those involved, this new drama examines preconceptions on faith, family, gender, race, class and other aspects of our social experience with an approach and perspectives historically underserved in media. (source: abc.go.com)
Season 2 is set in the U.S. Midwest at two high schools, one public and one private. Issues of sexual orientation and socioeconomic disparity come to a boil when lurid photos of a high school boy are posted on social media following a school party. Circumstances become more complicated when the boy accuses two players on an elite private high school's championship basketball team of drugging, assaulting and then posting the pictures of him online.
Anne calls 911 to get help for Taylor, but it's not easy getting the authorities to pay attention to the alleged crime. Meanwhile, Leslie makes sure the Leyland School is ready for the impending investigation; Terri has an intervention with Kevin; and Eric's truth comes out.
A news article goes online describing what happened at the captains' party and naming Kevin as a participant in the alleged assault on Taylor. Meanwhile, Anne is forced to defend herself after the item is published; and new evidence is revealed that paints a murkier picture of what really happened on the night in question.
Following the revelation that evidence was found on Taylor's clothing, the parents of the basketball players and faculty of The Leyland School prepare for invasive DNA testing on the team. The impending test forces Eric to make a painful revelation, while at the same time, Taylor attempts to return to normalcy as he matriculates back into a local public high school.
In the hours after Eric is forced to openly discuss his sexuality, Taylor must defend his actions on the night of his alleged assault to the police; Anne struggles with the discovery that her son is gay; a critical decision by the detectives makes some involved feel as though the worst may be over; and at Marshall high school, Chris deals with the aftermath of a seemingly innocuous incident that begins to take on racial overtones
Against the school lawyer's advice, Leslie decides to take it upon herself to welcome Eric back to Leyland with a school-wide showing of empathy. But Eric soon discovers that his return does not sit well with some of his fellow basketball team members; Anne decides that she'd rather take the school to court over what happened to her son, Taylor, than accept a settlement, and Chris finds himself being vilified when students begin picketing Marshall high school after three Hispanic students are suspended for fighting with a black student, who received no punishment whatsoever
Feeling nothing but pain and conflict, Taylor continues to become emotionally undone as he tries to find a way to stop feeling like a victim; and Anne's private medical records are anonymously posted online in an effort to shame her. The act catches the attention of Sebastian, who makes another attempt to engage Anne. Meanwhile, Leslie offers a generous settlement to Evy's father in order to protect the school from litigation, and Eric tries to find some misguided solace with a stranger.
Leslie's job is in jeopardy in the aftermath of the tragic loss of one of Leyland's own. Meanwhile, Curt thinks his estranged wife has run off with their son Peter; Dan is shocked by Becca's confession; and Sebastian wants to help Anne get revenge on the people responsible for Taylor's condition.
The aftermath of the murder of a Leyland student changes the entire community's perceptions of the events since Eric and Taylor's encounter. Meanwhile, Sebastian goes after Leyland by posting damaging material online, forcing Leslie into a defensive position; leaked information could hurt Kevin and Becca; and Chris is grilled by a school review board at Marshall High.
Sebastian is blindsided when he learns that someone else is releasing damaging information about Leyland families. Meanwhile, Becca's arrest for delivering drugs to Taylor on the day of the murder has her parents reeling; Michael takes drastic action to protect Kevin; and Chris mulls his future at Marshall High.
Lili Taylor(Anne Blaine)
Benito Martinez(Alonzo Gutierrez)
Regina King(Terri LaCroix)
W. Earl Brown(Tom Carlin)
Elvis O. Nolasco(Carter Nix)
Penelope Ann Miller(Eve Carlin)
Richard Cabral(Hector Tontz)
Timothy Hutton(Dan Sullivan)
Felicity Huffman(Barb Hanlon)
Caitlin Gerard(Aubry Taylor)
Johnny Ortiz(Tony Gutierrez)
Brent Anderson(Detective Palmer)
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