We start things off in 1968, where Jerry Buss is having dinner with a much younger woman at a restaurant and happens to run into his wife and four kids. Jeanie approaches the table just as they're having an intimate moment, and right then, we cut (to the intro, first, but then) to 1980, where Buss, Jeanie, and his ex-wife are attending the funeral of Vic Weiss, who we just found dead in the trunk of a car during last week's episode.
Buss talks to Jerry Tarkanian at the funeral, and he's especially distraught, bringing up how he has "been having a real hard time focusing on basketball." Hmm, not the greatest thing to hear from the incoming head coach of the Lakers. Buss then goes up to pay his respects to Rose Weiss, who slaps him across the face and tells him that he just kept pushing—why couldn't he just have left it all alone?
Back at the office, Buss gets a call from Phil and hears that Tarkanian is pulling out from his coaching position. He brings up Jack McKinney, though Buss isn't pleased with his lack of name recognition as assistant coach of Portland. While McKinney feels that he blew the interview with the Lakers, he later gets a call and is finally given the job.
At LaSalle University, we meet Paul Westhead (Jason Segel), who's a (very unhappy) professor there. He immediately leaves his office, having been called to the Lakers' training camp in Palm Springs to work alongside McKinney as an assistant coach.
In sunny Palm Springs, Buss meets McKinney by the pool with Jerry West and a few others, but instead of having a relaxed rest of the day, McKinney immediately wants to hold a meeting with the team—he's clearly not into any of the nonsense going on at the pool.