Ruthie gets some books out of her locker, which the school unwisely chose to paint a dull orange color. A nasty little girl walks up and starts asking Ruthie pointed questions about her summer. Someone on the forums said that she's the same girl who made fun of Ruthie last season, but I'm not sure since I never saw that episode. I had to wash my hair that season. Cruel Girl says that Ruthie must have had a tough summer, what with her brother running over that guy and all. Hey, it could be worse. Ruthie could be wearing a pink t-shirt with a puffy-painted butterfly on it, like you. Cruel Girl asks if the reason why Simon never got arrested was because their dad is a pastor. Some huge guy walks up and asks what's going on. Oh, good. A teacher to help Ruthie with her bullying problem. Oh, that's supposed to be a classmate? But he's twice the size of all the other students! Cruel Girl tells him that she's trying to be nice to Ruthie, because Ruthie doesn't have any friends. It's good to know that there are some people in Glenoak who can manage to recognize and avoid evil in their midst. Biggiesize Fries says that preacher's kids never have any friends because they're losers, and again suggests that Simon didn't get arrested because of who his dad is. Then tiny Peter walks up, and Ruthie leaves with him.
As they walk down the hall, Peter asks Ruthie what's wrong. She won't say, but he guesses that Biggiesize and Cruel Girl were talking about Simon, and volunteers to tell them off or punch Biggiesize. How um chivalrous? Ruthie tells him to just ignore them. Peter says that ignoring everyone will just make things worse. Right -- unlike having your gallant, if petite, boyfriend try to fight the largest boy in the history of boys, which would result in a much better outcome. Peter asks Ruthie if she's told her parents about how everyone in her school is talking about her brother. Ruthie says that they have too much to worry about, what with Simon being a murderer, Grandpa having Alzheimer's, and Mary living a functional and independent life, to have time to worry about her. Then she flatly says that she has to go to class. You know, this season, I think Mackenzie Rosman has decided to no longer try to act. I'm not sure if she's now better or worse than when she was trying. "Sorry about all this, honey," says Peter, Peter, Antiquated Terms of Endearment Leader. With Ruthie gone, Peter walks up to Biggiesize, calls him a coward, and says that he should pick on a "man" instead of Ruthie. Biggiesize and I laugh at Peter for considering himself a man. "You want me to fight you?" Biggie asks. "YOU want HIM to fight YOU?" Cruel Girl parrots. Peter says that he wants to fight Biggie, but after Biggie beats the hell out of him, he will have to stop talking about Simon and beat up anyone else who does. Biggie says that if Peter can last three minutes in the ring without crying or breaking anything, he'll agree to his conditions. Biggie and Nasty walk away, leaving Peter to wonder if dating Ruthie is really worth all this.