WARNING: If you don't want to know what happened in this episode, don't read this photo recap!
San Francisco, 1987. We're at the Kings Dominion prep school, and Master Lin is giving a lecture about how World War I was started by a teenage assassin. When some students start passing notes, he slams his cane onto desk of Marcus Lopez Arguello …
… and then whips it around to crack the blonde girl who passed the note, Brandy, right in the face, bloodying her nose. Don't worry though, she's not hurt. She licks the blood off her fingers to prove it.
We flash back to "Yesterday," as we see Marcus stare at the rubble of what once was the Sunset boys home, his former digs. From the sound of it, Marcus burned the home to the ground, and now he's wanted by the cops for "more than a dozen murders." So he's living on the streets and eating out of trashcans.
While in the middle of his trip, Marcus runs into a crowded parade where he encounters three new friends - one with glorious Day of the Dead Makeup. They all help him escape the cops who are hot on his trail.
While on the run, Marcus meets yet another new friend and this one has a bitchin' motorcycle and sword to boot. While his new pal - and her sword - takes care of the fuzz, the others kidnap Marcus and take him to...
A butcher shop. Of course. The four teens: Saya, Billy, Maria and Willie are joined by their teacher, Master Lin, who offers Marcus a spot at his school where Marcus can learn the "deadly arts." Marcus is like, "No thanks" and decides to peace out.
So back to the butcher shop they go. Saya tells Marcus the only rule he can never, ever break is to never give up their secret location. The other rules: no disobedience, no drugs, no sex (Maria says there are ways around that last one).
Master Lin explains the roots of Kings Dominion to Marcus: "In service to the greater good, there can be nobility in killing." Lin's great-grandfather came to America looking for the American dream, only to find indentured servitude and abuse. So he taught himself to kill and founded Kings Dominion and dedicated it to "the self-liberation of oppressed people."
When story-time is over, Marcus decides to join the school, trading his street clothes for a starched school uniform. While cruises the halls of Kings Dominion for the first time, he's greeted by unfriendly familiar faces. They've even pinned this on his locker as a welcome sign. Oh, high school.
ABut before the big fight, we head back to where we began with Brandy being cracked in the face with Master Lin's cane. Turn's out Brandy is a big ole racist who passes racist ass notes in class, so we don't feel bad.
At lunch/ a hang out on The Roof, Billy explains that one's social standing at Kings Dominion is determined largely by who your parents are. The legacy kids are the sons and daughters of organized crime (cartels, the mafia, yakuza) government types. Brandy the racist blonde is teamed up with the white-nationalist Dixie Mafia, while Willie is the head of the Final World Order. Billy's dad is a mere wife-and-child-beating cop, while Marcus is an orphan, so they're at the bottom of the food chain, The Rats.
While trying to figure out what to do next, Marcus is approached by Willie who suggests - with a gun - that they partner up on the Dark Arts assignment. Marcus agrees and they head to the homeless camp to find and kill Rory but first, Willie has a confession of his own...
Back at Kings Dominion, Marcus tells Willie to go ahead inside while he smokes, but when Willie does, Marcus looks down at his hands, and they're shaking. Maria shows up without her black eye. Hey, wait a minute... And warns Marcus that Chico and the Cartel are coming for him.