In Chapter 4, Ponyboy, Johnny, and Darry are introduced to new characters Cherry and Marcia who are Socs. They learn that Cherry is a feisty girl and Marcia is a quiet girl. Darry continues to bother Cherry and won't leave her alone.
After the movies Two BIt , Johnny, Ponyboy, and the girls start walking when all of a sudden a blue mustang which holds 2 Socs, Bob and Randy, the girls drunk boyfriends. They thought the car would pass by when it stopped and the two boys got out of the car and try to cause a fight Two bit picks up a bottle and breaks it then hands it to Ponyboy. Cherry makes it clear she doesnt like fights and just end up leaving with the drunk boyfriends.
Ponyboy and Johnny end up going to the park when a car comes full of Socs, Bob throws alcohol at Ponyboy. Pony boy ends up spitting on Bob and the Socs chase them while they run. The Socs catch up to them and grab Ponyboy and start dumping him into the water almost drowning hi
In order to protect Ponyboy Johnny grabs his knife from his back pocket and ends up killing Bob.
Since killing Bob Ponyboy and Johnny go into hiding and in order to hide there identity Johnny comes up with the idea of bleaching Ponyboys hair and cutting each others hair.
Johnny and Ponyboy come back to the church after lunch and notice the church is on fire. There are a group of kids and the adult taking care of them notices there are kids missing. The kids that are missing are inside the burning building. Ponyboy comes to the conclusion that the fire may have been started by a cigarette they lit and dropped and goes into the church to save the kids. When coming out the church Ponyboy goes unconsious getting hit by Dally and a burning piece of wood drops on Johnny