We fade into the classroom with the clarinet by our side. The principal is escorting Ruthie and her parents into Ms. Riddle's classroom. Ms. Riddle announces, "Class, before we begin our work, that we will now probably have to do during recess, our new principal as well as Ruthie Camden's parents insist that she be allowed to express herself." Eric and Annie give Ruthie thumbs-up as she climbs onto Ms. Riddle's chair and then onto her desk. Then, Ruthie totally digs her jeans out of her butt. Seriously. Okay, I know Ms. Riddle should have been fired and wasn't, but can Ruthie at least be suspended for her rudeness? Sheesh. "This isn't just about Ms. Riddle and me," Ruthie starts. The mean teacher looks a little worried. I'm interested in this speech. I'm waiting for Ruthie to lay it out and totally bust Ms. Riddle for her abusive ways. "When I thought about it, I'm not just angry that I'm in her class again," Ruthie continues. "I'm angry about a whole lot of stuff." She breaks out an index card. "Are we tired of being told to be quiet?" she asks her fellow students. "Yes!" they holler. She asks if they're tired of being told they're stupid. They are. Then she goes on to ask about other things that are nowhere near the topic at hand. Can't they have better food in the cafeteria? Can't the teachers give out individualized assignments? Aren't the kids scared they're gonna get shot on the playground? "Yes! Yes! YES!" the students scream. "I don't just need a new teacher. We need a revolution," simpers Ruthie. The other kids jump up and chant her name. She smiles and waves at them. Man, this is stupid. The principal whispers to the CamRents, "I'll do what I can to get her out of here." I hope he's talking about Ms. Riddle and not Ruthie, because if he's talking about Ruthie, it's pretty sad that she gets better treatment than the other children. RevCam says, "That's all we're asking," and fades to black. See, you know this show's unrealistic because in real life, the school district would have been sued the year before. But the show's also over, and at this point, that's enough for me. I'm Audi fricking five thousand, y'all. I've got to go scrub off the smarm with steel wool. I'll be back the episode after next.
Next week: Mary loses her job like the loser she is.