Where was everyone when I last saw them at the end of Season 1?
Samantha: Sam is dealing with a lot right now. She spent the last half of Season 1 fighting for her relationship with Gabe while simultaneously planning what was supposed to be the biggest and most important demonstration of her undergraduate career at Winchester. But, as anyone could have guessed, things didn’t exactly turn out as planned. First, her protest, which was planned to take place outside of Troy’s town hall meeting, was hijacked by two other student groups -- both of which were essentially "All Lives Matter"-ing Sam’s entire cause. To make matters worse, Gabe ended things with her just as the protest began to go downhill. Talk about a wild night.
Troy: Speaking of wild nights, Troy may have had the most shocking experience of them all. Our golden boy was set to moderate the town hall meeting at Hancock Hall in "Chapter X," but after making a late arrival, a scorned Coco steals his thunder when she ends up locking Troy out of the meeting and sending him outside to deal with the protesters. Minutes later when all the students get sent an alert that the Hancocks are -- in Lionel’s words -- holding AP house for ransom, Troy reacts to the news by smashing through the locked door of Hancock Hall with a shovel. He’s immediately arrested by campus police, and Dean Fairbanks is seen intervening when one of the officers attempts to pull a gun on him before taking him away.
Lionel: Shit hit the fan on the night of the protest and, to pretty much everyone’s surprise, most of that was because of our bashful budding journalist, Lionel. After Sam tells him (in so many words) that Armstrong-Parker is being used as a bargaining chip to stop her from protesting the town hall, Lionel does some research on the Hancocks -- aka Winchester’s wealthiest donors -- and uncovers that the family has been funding racist policies at the school for years. He lets all this information fly at the town hall and secretly writes an article about it for the school paper, much to the chagrin of Silvio, his editor. Needless to say, chaos ensues as soon as the article is published.
Coco: Fresh off the heels of her "breakup" with Troy, Coco spends the night moderating the town hall so that she can cozy up to the dean. Her plan was to give the mic only to students with simple and harmless questions -- but that goes to hell when she passes it over to Lionel, who sneakily drops the bombshell about the Hancocks’ plan to take down AP house. We can only assume that Coco quickly regretted her decision to give Lionel the floor, but given her knowledge of how much time he’d been spending with Sam, Troy, and the BSU, I’m honestly still questioning if this really was an accident.
Reggie: Despite the fact that the protest was happening in his honor, Reggie’s focus was on a few other things in the season finale. He spends most of the episode pretty heartbroken over Sam’s decision to attempt to patch things up with Gabe, though he reveals in the last five minutes that he’s over her. (... Uh huh, I definitely buy that.)
Gabe: You’ve probably never seen poor timing quite like this. After spending way too much time making Sam watch his text typing bubbles disappear and reappear, Gabe shows up to the triple-protest and ends up breaking things off with Sam for good.
Joelle: Joelle has a huge crush on Reggie, though he appears to be pretty unaware of it due to his infatuation with Sam. But now that that’s over (allegedly), we can probably expect Joelle to try and finally make a move and confess her feelings for him.