There's all these ads from the United Federation of Teachers during this show. Isn't that kind of preaching to the choir? Maybe not. Maybe it's more like manipulating the hell out of people.
The morgue. Jamaal is pushing a corpse into a drawer when Harry comes in. He says, "I was looking for a little extra cash. Thought you could give me a hand. If not, I'll take the foot." Heh. Jamaal says, "Mr. Senate, I'm gonna tell you something. Because I feel like we have the kind of relationship where we can be honest. You really shouldn't try to tell jokes. It's not funny." Ouch. I guess I rescind that "heh" in the face of such a harsh assessment by Jamaal, final arbiter of what is and is not funny. Harry says, "I just came by to say thanks. I know it was hard to stand up in class like that, but I think you got the club off to a good start. You're pretty brave, Jamaal." Yeah? And? That's actually what Jamaal says: "Yeah? And?" Harry says that's all, and asks to touch the dead body. But of course that's not all: "You know, I'm no expert, but -- your parents getting divorced? I doubt the marriage was a casualty of you. It seems more likely, with you wanting to commit suicide, that you were a casualty of them. It's against the rules but -- would you mind me talking to your mother?" Jamaal says no, everything stays in that room. Harry asks if Jamaal ever talks to his mother about this stuff himself, and he says, "No, she's too busy commuting to Chicago to work as a nurse at County General." No, actually Jamaal just says nothing, and Harry asks him for one more favor, and then they'll be even: "Talk to your mother about this."
"What?" We're in the Sanctum Stevenorium, where Tina has apparently just been informed that the principal doesn't want sixteen-year-olds humping the floor at the state competition. "It crosses the line, Tina," he says. She wants to know what line he's referring to, though I think it's kind of self-evident that he means the line between what is and is not appropriate for young girls to do in front of an audience under the auspices of their public high school. I guess Tina needs that spelled out for her: "Some of your girls are fifteen years old." Tina's all, "Is that your argument?" Steven says, "One of them. Another is, this is a cheerleading competition, it's not supposed to be burlesque." Though, to be fair, that's kind of like saying, "This is a music video, it's not supposed to be burlesque." I mean, cheer-litas are sexy; that's kind of the point, is it not? Steven says, "What am I gonna say to the parents when they see their daughters…" But Tina says, "What am I gonna say to the parents when they don't see their daughters? Because it's too late to change the program now. So either we do this, or we drop out of the competition all together." Steven says, "I'm not gonna have sophomores bumping and grinding." Blah blah blah I-hesitate-to-impose-values-cakes, as this argument goes on for much too long and eventually involves Britney Spears and how nine-year-olds imitate her…um, what? Basically, Steven says no. Also notable, because it's amusing, is when Tina objects, "These girls have worked their tails off." And Scott says, "Interesting choice of words." Heh. Then The Exposition Fairy comes in. "Platt's on three. Susanna Platt's mother. She upset about Harry Senate starting a suicide club." A what? "A suicide club." Steven says, "Tell Mrs. Platt I'll call her back. Get me Harry Senate." Tina rolls her eyes like, "See? Does my sexy dance routine look so bad now?"