The hallway. Steven is asking Lauren, "How long?" Lauren says, "No more than an hour. A meeting with a loan officer." Steven says, "You're qualifying?" kind of like, "You've flown near the sun, my boy?" She says yes, that the loan officer is an old friend, and is kind of pushing it through. He tells her to go ahead. Stepping in to rescue the frame after Steven and Lauren leave it are Coach Kevin and Milton. It seems that Kevin is going to have a story two episodes in a row (!), because he's saying, "I keep dreaming about her." Milton says he's obsessed. And Milton should know. Kevin says, "Never mind. What do you think I should do?" Milton says, "I think you won't know until you ask her." Kevin says he can't do that, "because we're friends. If I ask, and she says no, it'll be awkward." Who, pray tell, are they talking about? My, how skilled David Kelley is at creating a vacuum of knowledge the audience demands that he fill! But the vacuum doesn't last long: "What about Steven?" Kevin says, "Steven asked out Marilyn?" Milton says, "A while back, she turned him down, they're still friends." Kevin frets now, though, about "the race thing. Some black women won't date white men. Period." Milton says that if he doesn't ask her, he'll never find out, and Marilyn appears behind them just in time to hear this last, and says, "Find out what?" Milton covers brilliantly. No, wait, he doesn't -- he covers idiotically, because Marilyn didn't even know what they were talking about, and he says, "Kevin's thinking about asking out Marla." Blah blah blah no-not-really-cakes, but Milton uses this as a lead-in to asking Marilyn if "most African-American women…would you, for example, ever go out with a white guy?" Marilyn says, reasonably, that yes, she would, if she liked him. Good for her. There's few enough people you're really compatible with, without ruling out whole categories based on race. Am I right, people? I'd go out with, for example, Ms. Souter. Or Jennifer Lopez. Or that girl from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Zhang Ziyi, I think her name is. Aaaaanyway, Marilyn leaves, and Milton's all, "Well, there's your answer."
By the way, this episode was written by David himself. So he really did take only one episode off before getting right back to the typewriter. I guess he hated "Chapter Nine" just as much as I did.
The dungeon. Morgue Friend, who still has never been named, comes into Harry's classroom and asks him if he's got a second. This is just a frigging joke by now that this guy has no name. He's been in, what, four episodes? Five? Just say his goddamn name already! Anyhow, Harry says, "What'd he do now?" Morgue Friend says, "Nothing. Well. We had a suicide yesterday. A high-school kid, and Jamaal kinda freaked out a little." Freaked out how? "Well, he went a little catatonic. It's not that unusual. Those cases are still tough for me. But he made a comment later: 'So now I know how I'd look.' I asked him what he meant, he shrugged it off." Harry asks if Morgue Friend thinks Jamaal is suicidal, and he says, "Doesn't seem like it to me, but I don't know the kid that well. I just thought I should bring it to your attention." Harry says, "Right. All right, thanks Petey." I'm serious. Morgue Friend's name turns out to be "Petey." Like he's a bird, or something. That's just great. Petey stops in the doorway to remind us that "he's a real good kid, Jamaal."
The hallway. Anthony Heald is grilling -- who else -- The Exposition Fairy, who is saying, "Personally, it sounds pretty good to me." Anthony Heald wants to know why they're rehearsing at eleven a.m., and Louisa says, "Because the competition's Friday. They're doing optional double sessions." Again, we don't know who is being discussed. This is, apparently, another of David Kelley's brilliant techniques for drawing us into a scene. Anthony Heald says, "And who's complaining?" The Exposition Fairy exposits that no one's complaining, but that she's "been asked six times do either you or Steven know what they're doing."