Ruthie and her troll friends are on some swings at the playground, chanting, "Friends forever! Girl power forever!" Another girl comes over. We know she is geeky because she is sporting braids and black-framed glasses. She asks what they're doing, but the Trolls just start teasing her and calling her a bird. Much as I hate to admit it, they do have a point about her looking a bit bird-like, though once she gets older, I'll bet she beats the Trolls hands down in the looks department. While Ruthie looks on uncomfortably, the Trolls keep the insults flying, although many of them sound like they were poorly translated from some foreign language a couple hundred years ago. My favourites: "You're a skinny bird who can't do anything," and "Fly away, skinny bird, shoo!"
At the high school, two popular girls are discussing a homecoming party for the boys' basketball team, while Lucy keeps up the proud Camden tradition of eavesdropping from a couple feet away. They're talking about how the girls' basketball team is comprised of screw-ups who were stupid to vandalize the gym. Hey, no argument there! I do have to laugh extra-hard, though, when one girl gets all prissy and says, "It made the whole school look bad." Lucy butts in and says, "Do you mind? You're talking about my sister!" She has to tell them who her sister is since they don't know. The girls apologize and say that they didn't mean to offend Lucy because they like her. One of them says, "You're really nice and smart. You're not anything like your sister." Hee hee. They invite Lucy to the party but tell her she can't bring Mary. Lucy declines and walks away. Instead of feeling dissed, the girls just watch her walk away, and one comments, "Lucy looks great this year. Too bad she has that loser sister." Okay. Along comes Mary. She asks if they've seen Lucy. They just point her in the right direction but don't say anything. I think that's kind of weird, and Mary must think so also, because she turns to look back at the popular girls, who just fake-smile at her and then start giggling when Mary's back is turned.
All this weirdness makes me almost glad to see RevCam again. Almost. He's summoned the donor of the $20,000 cheque to his office for a chat. The donor is an older Japanese woman named Sachiko, and she looks kind of annoyed to have RevCam harassing her about the donation. He just says that since it's such a large amount, he wanted to be sure it wasn't a mistake. I don't think Sachiko owes him any explanation., but I guess if she doesn't give one, there won't be much of a show. She tells him it's the reparation money the government gave her for putting her parents in an internment camp during World War II. She also says that her brother fought in the 442nd regiment, for the Americans, in that war. By the end of the war, her parents had lost their farming business, and her father was a "broken man." Both parents died before she received the reparation money, and "like them, most of the people who suffered and deserved the money the most are not alive today." She doesn't want the "blood money," as she calls it, and wants to get rid of it so she won't "have to talk about it ever again." Jeez, RevCam, thanks for making her talk about it again. You've made her cry, too. She asks him just to take the money, and he smiles wanly.