While waiting for his big break, aspiring movie star Jack Castello accepts a job at a local service station that pumps more than just gas.
Jack gets a leg up on a screen test, Camille runs into typecasting trouble, Raymond pursues his directorial debut, and Archie bonds with a smitten Roy.
Henry's scheming at director George Cukor's star-studded party leads Jack to a revelation about his wife — and Roy into a private meeting with Dick.
Avis receives bombshell news about the studio, the actors prepare to audition for "Peg," and Archie faces a devastating change to his screenplay.
Problems arise as "Meg" begins production. Ellen takes a chance with Dick. Henry offers to make a brewing scandal over Jack's past go away — for a price.
Ernie lends a hand — and a whole lot more — when "Meg" hits a budget snag. Henry meddles with the film's final cut. Avis feels her control slipping.
As the Oscars approach, Ernie shares devastating news, Camille listens to sage advice from Hattie McDaniel, and Archie takes a stand on the red carpet.