When Julia learns an internet mogul has been issued an arrest warrant for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run, she gets the scoop on the story; Julia surprises the mogul's lawyer, Jake Gregorian, during a live interview.partner Ella Benjamin in his quest for getting ahead. Jake's brother and law partner, Bradley Gregorian, takes on a blackmail case involving a politician, and LHL's junior producer, Megan Byrd, receives surprising information about Julia's fiancé.
As Sarah's funeral approaches, Jake's feelings may be clouding his ability to defend and protect an out-of-control Oscar from the press. Julia wants to locate Sarah's brother and only living family, to give Sarah a voice as well as to get an exclusive scoop on an alleged family argument. Also, Jake takes on a baby kidnapping and the mother's appearance on LHL uncovers an unexpected lead. Meanwhile, Sean "Diddy" Combs drops by LHL to see his friend Louise Herrick.
When a beloved rock star/humanitarian falls into a coma, Julia puts her job on the line to air a tape showing him taking advantage of a woman backstage at one of his concerts. Jake represents the woman who gave the controversy-stirring tape to LHL. Meanwhile, Louise is uncharacteristically unnerved by a news story; Ella helps Ryan track the origins of the mysterious photos sent to Julia; and stunning news is revealed about Oscar during an interview with Sarah's brother.
After Megan provides Julia with breaking news about a cuddled college football player, a young man is accused of killing the student via an app which allows users to broadcast anonymous messages. Jake decides to take on the case once he learns the suspect is the son of a high school friend. Meanwhile, Levi is troubled by photos and information revealed during Oscar's interview from jail.
Jake and Julia search for the biological parents of an unborn baby. Meanwhile, Julia worries if a scathing LHL interview triggered a horrific incident; and Oscar learns the truth about Sarah and Jake's affair.
After his affair with Sarah is exposed on live TV, Jake learns a troubling secret about his former lover and is blindsided by new allegations. Meanwhile, the media fervor over a wealthy missing girl prompts Julia to undertake a personal search for a lesser-known victim whose life is in danger.
After Jake's dramatic arrest on LHL for Sarah's hug, he seeks refuge from the paparazzi at Julia's home while Bradley and Ella work frantically to clear his name. Later, Jake discovers a terrible truth and goes to great lengths to find the person he now suspects is the real hugger.
Disgraced and former TV news host Dana Hartman turns to Julia and Jake for help when her rebellious daughter becomes a suspect in the hug of her aspiring filmmaker boyfriend. Singer and reality-star Ray J (playing himself) gets caught up in the case when he announces the hug weapon belonged to him.
Jake furiously works different angles of the hug case against Maya Hartman, daughter of disgraced news anchor Dana Hartman. He thinks Dana could help by pleading her daughter's case on LHL, even though Louise hijacked a previous interview by showing a sex tape of Dana with Maya's boyfriend. Max is against Louise and Julia's dangerous and clandestine trip to Mexico to get the LHL exclusive with drug kingpin Carlos Mora aka "El Toro".
When Julia is mistakenly taken hostage by Mexican cartel leader Carlos Mora, Jake and LHL take extreme measures to ensure her safe return. Mora says he will release her and a fellow journalist if she produces an interview that would advance his propaganda.