Grown-ish Season 5 Episode 2 Recap “High Society”

Don’t miss Celebrity Myxer’s recap of Grown-ish Season 5 Episode 2 “High Society.” Friction mounts between Junior and Annika when one of them is tapped for a secret society. Red flags start to arise when Aaron discovers the university is overusing his image to promote how “diverse and inclusive” they are. Here’s what you missed!

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Previously on Grown-ish Season 5 Episode 1 Premiere, Zoey returns to Cal U to support Junior’s first day on campus but soon realizes that she may be missing her Cal U days more than she let on. After meeting his new classmates, Junior seeks to escape dorm life by attending Doug’s White Party.

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Warning… Spoilers below!

On Grown-ish Season 5 Episode 2, at Cal U, Junior is slowly getting used to life on campus. He’s transitioning well and is attracted to one of his dormmates, Annika Longstreet (Justine Skye). Annika is confident, classy, and grew up ready to face any challenge, making Cal U just her most recent one.

Extra Curricular

Annika tells the other hallmates she’s running for student council while they’re in the hall. Even Zaara and Zeke are joining clubs, but Junior’s sole focus is getting a degree to make the most money. Annika warns him that won’t be enough to get into Crest, Cal U’s secret society.

Junior claims he doesn’t have time to mess around while at Cal U, but while walking on campus, he’s hustled into a black van with a hood over his head. The Crest, Cal U’s super secret society, has chosen him as their next recruit, and Junior can’t help but be excited.

As Aaron heads to his first class as an assistant professor, he gets a supportive text from Zoe and runs into Doug on his way to work. Aaron clowns Doug for his suit, but Doug claims he doesn’t do any grunt work, only grinding. He’s on course to knock his 5-year plan down to 2.


After his secret meeting with the Crest, Junior’s roommates question him about his whereabouts. He admits that he was chosen for membership, and Annika is annoyed that they chose him over her. Angry, she claims they picked him because he’s a safe choice.

Annika is positive that Junior only got tapped for the Crest because he’s a Black man from the suburbs who will make them look good and increase their diversity points. He reminds her that it isn’t his fault she doesn’t get a spot herself, and Annika stomps off in a huff.

At Doug’s job, he convinces the photographer to try his ideas after the shoot takes a nose dive. Meanwhile, Aaron starts to notice he’s become the new face of Cal U’s diversity campaign. When he sees himself in the new Cal U campaign video, he begins to feel exploited.

When Doug gets home, hyped up from pitching his ideas to the photographer, he encourages Aaron to disrupt things at Cal U and refuse to be the face of the university unless they commit to real change. Aaron decides to go for it in his next meeting with the dean.

Mr. Obama

At the next meeting of the Crest, Junior is positive that Annika was wrong about him being a safe choice. He meets Kyle, another Black man in the society, who talks to him about times changing for Black kids in college and calls him Barack – just like Annika did.

This annoys Junior, who nominates Annika to the society and makes remarks about more Black students who aren’t safe choices being chosen. Kyle, shocked, claims that anyone can see Annika isn’t right for the Crest. When Junior pushes him on it, Kyle calls Annika ghetto.

Junior imagines punching him in the face, but instead, he denies the invitation to join and asks for a ride home. At the dorm, he goes to see Annika and tells her he’s not joining. She apologizes for calling him a safe choice and admits she just wants to be an inspiration.

She and Junior decide they need to find their own places, and later, Annika hooks up with Kyle, the one who told Junior she was ghetto. In the afternoon, the roommates walk on campus, and Junior decides he does need to find his place, but he may already have found his people.


At Doug’s job, his boss Robin is unimpressed that he talked to the photographer and called himself an account executive when he isn’t one. She claims he majorly overstepped and fires him on the spot. Doug is devastated as he packs up his stuff and turns over his key.

Aaron, who was riled up by Doug’s passion, tells Dean Watson he doesn’t feel comfortable with the ads and campaigns that feature his face and the slogan Black educated minds matter. Later, he finds out the dean has replaced his image with another brown man on campus.

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Air Date: July 27, 2022

Grown-ish Cast

  • Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson
  • Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson Jr.
  • Daniella Perkins as Kiela
  • Trevor Jackson as Aaron Jackson
  • Tara Raani as Zaara
  • Matthew Sato as Brandon
  • Justine Skye as Annika
  • Diggy Simmons as Doug

Catch a new episode each week on Freeform and the next day on Hulu, check out the listings dates below. Stay right here for Grown-ish Season 5 Episode 3, friction mounts between Junior and Annika when one of them is tapped for a secret society! Drop your email to get insights into your inbox…

Grown-ish Season 5 Episode Guide

Season Episode Title Air Date
5 9 “It’s a Vibe” Mid-Season Finale September 14, 2021
5 8 “Certified Lover Boy” September 7, 2021
5 7 “Love on the Brain” August 31, 2021
5 6 “Frat Rules” August 24, 2021
5 5 “You Don't Know Me” August 17, 2021
5 4 Look What U Started August 10, 2021
5 3 “No New Friends” August 3, 2021
5 2 High Society July 27, 2021
5 1 This Is What You Came For” Grown-ish Season 5 Premiere July 20, 2021

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