A lot of tension is building between the pledges. They are in a vicious cycle...the pledge class keeps screwing up and therefore keep getting in trouble. Dan is especially annoyed with the pledging process and hates the daily line-up.
The pledges finally get their first night to themselves. One of the rules is that they are not allowed to drink, but some of them break it and have a quick one at the house. They get a phone call letting them know that Flounder and "Conrad" are on their way over. They try to leave the house as quickly as possible, but run into on the way to the bar. They chat with them for a bit, but the pledges put them off so they can go have some fun. Paul then calls the pledges with news that someone had tattled on them. Now the entire pledge class is in trouble and they are not looking forward to the consequences, especially Paul who wasn't even involved. Later on that night, the brothers break into the pledge house. They search the cabinets and find vodka. They go up to their rooms and them to get out of bed. The pledges line-up and are interrogated and yelled at for breaking all three house rules; no drinking, no visitors and no girls. Later, the guys find out the Flounder was the one that ratted them out and decide that he is not trust-worthy from now on.
Because of all the chaos that has been going on, de-pledging is sounding better and better to Dan. It drives him crazy that he is constantly followed around by cameras and that he never has any privacy. Alex tries to talk him out of it by reminding him that everyone feels the same way. Dan hopes that each day will get better, but they get worse. He is not able to deal with the isolation and not being able to see his friends. It's all too much drama for him and he feels that his personal happiness is the most important thing. Dan de-pledges and the SCO brothers confess that they are upset about it. They all really wanted him to stick it out. The pledges feel that he was what kept them sane. He was always lighthearted and joking around. The pledges call a meeting to discuss Dan's departure and agree that they need to be committed and most importantly, work together to become one.