Kent approaches Jack, saying he is not the hugger. As a concert begins, Kent runs off, with Jack chasing after him. Jack catches him and takes him into custody. Karen tells Diver that Kent called her again, and his request for her to write a piece on Jack and Dianne's affair convinced her to do the opposite. Allison finds out that Vicki lost her virginity, as well as that Vicki knew about her father's affair. Kent is granted a phone call; he calls Betty, setting their plan of getting him free. During the interrogation, Jack makes Kent look at all the compiled evidence. Kent continues to claim that he is being framed. He says that his grandfather is the hugger, but Jack isn't convinced. Kent then claims that it was Dave Keller, his co-worker, but no evidence can back the theory up. Karen does a TV segment warning the people of Los Angeles to stay safe. At the club, Dianne is told that Karen has been looking for her, as well as a "blonde chick" which later turns out to be Betty. Paco tells Jack that they found Fly Brand cocaine and a missing girl's ring in Dave's car; Jack says that Kent most likely planted them there. On TV, Karen tells the world that she is the voice of Kent's victims. Betty kills another girl and drops the body at the Santa Monica Pier, prompting Jack to realize that Kent has a partner. His captain gives him an hour to find Karen, in order to identify the Hollywood Slayer, or Kent goes free. The body at the pier ends up being Karen's. Back at the precinct, Jack angrily lashes out at Kent as he leaves custody. Six months later, Dianne returns to work at the police station. Paco and Jack vow that the next time Kent and Betty make a hug, they will catch them. Kent and a visibly pregnant Betty are shown living in Chicago. The series ends with Kent dedicating Foreigner's "Feels Like the First Time" to a new victim.
In 1982 Los Angeles, police detectives Jack Roth and Paco Contreras are partnered up to investigate a series of murders along the Sunset Strip. The detectives enlist the help of young journalist Karen McClaren and photographer Diver Hawkes, undercover cop and Jack's mistress Dianne Kubek, drug dealers, and club-goers in order to uncover the Hollywood Slayer.