Upstairs, Ruthie eavesdrops on Robbie's phone fight with Joy. The little songbird is trying to get him to spend time with her, though he insists he has to study. He remains immune even to such charmingly worded entreaties as, "Why can't you just say you'll play with me today and you'll study tomorrow? It's just today!" When Robbie calls her selfish, I have to agree. The two hang up on each other long before we can begin to care about what happens to them and their bothersome relationship. I think it's funny that Robbie's bedroom is way more frilly and feminine than Joy's. I'm just disappointed that there's no Hello Kitty phone.
Dopey comes into the room and taunts Robbie about his problems with Joy. Robbie pretends he's just upset over a course he's having problems with: "Angry Irish Women Poets." Feeling a little skeptical that any college would offer a course with a name like that, I did a quick web search on "Angry Irish Women Poets." I found some pretty interesting stuff, but no course descriptions. I guess Crawford Clown College is just groundbreaking that way. Or else Brenda Hampton is taking yet another stab at women and their silly feminism. Robbie answers the phone and smiles. He tries to boot Dopey out of the Hello Kitty room so he can have some privacy, but Dopey won't oblige. I guess their friendship has moved past the point where Matt even needs to be surreptitious about his eavesdropping. He lies down on the bed and stares at Robbie openly -- and a tad creepily, I might add.
Lucy and Mary find Cruella in the CamKitchen, where she's probably working on one of her useless lesson plans. Annie tells the girls that Ruthie has already talked to her about the arranged marriage idea, and that she must consult with RevCam before she reveals her choices. Mary rolls her eyes, hits a kitchen chair with her hands, and then stalks off without saying a word. I'm remembering why I detest her so much.
Ruthie is upstairs in the girls' bedroom, commenting that if it had only one bed in it, it would be almost like an apartment. See, I think she's trying to get everyone married off so that she can have more room in the house or something. I don't know. It's such a poor excuse for a subplot that it's barely worth mentioning. Lucy and Mary come in and try to weasel information out of her regarding Annie's choices for their future husbands. Ruthie can't tell them anything about Cruella's selections, but she does mention that she knows of a guy in whom they'd be interested. Lucy and Mary perk up considerably, as if there were even a remote possibility that Ruthie could have something worthwhile to say. You know Ruthie is going to suggest Robbie, and she does. Lucy and Mary show an interest, though they're even more excited when Ruthie tells them that Robbie and Joy have been fighting. That interest is so believable, considering that Lucy and Robbie had a one-week non-relationship and that Mary just split with her fiancé. Lucy and Mary try to hide their reactions from each other, foreshadowing a tiresome future in which they'll be fighting over Robbie some more.