Switching to the 1980s, Tully and Kate are now in their twenties getting started in the workforce. Tully works at the local KPOC TV station, just beginning to be her full glam self, and gets Kate to join the office as an assistant and eventual copy editor. Kate is immediately drawn to their boss Johnny, who used to be a war correspondent, and Tully has a romantic connection there, too (i.e. when she falls through a glass table and Johnny helps her, which almost leads to a kiss). Of course, Kate and Johnny end up dating, which leads to their eventual marriage (but that's not until the next couple of decades!). Tully sees an opportunity to become an on-air news reporter when the lead talent falls sick (it doesn't exactly pan out) and we see the full force of Tully and Kate's journalistic power.-
In this decade, we also get a sneak peek at Tully and Kate's college days as roommates at Washington State, where Tully has an affair with her professor, and Kate still struggles with the memory of her mother's affair. Fast forward to their local news days, and Tully is feeling left out when Kate becomes pregnant with Johnny, deciding to take off to New York City once Kate has Marah.