Harvey and Pester are at lunch at Doyle's. Pester is talking: "I was born in New York, in 1943. My mother's name was Iris Williams. I never knew my father. He was in the army. Sent overseas before I was born. My mother told me that he died there. In action." But Lester's mom only wanted him to believe that his father was killed in the war, and, before she died, revealed the truth: Lester was the result of a one-night stand with a man named Harvey Lipschultz. "I believe you are my father." Harvey asks, "Is this some kind of scam?" Lester says that the dates check out, but Harvey isn't hearing it: "It's a lie! I've only been with one woman in my life: my wife Helen! And if you come near me again, I'll call the police!" Then he storms out. I guess Pester is going to need a new tactic. Maybe the "stay away from Harvey" tactic.
Hey, I just realized. Tic-tac is an inversion of tactic. Coincidence? Probably.
Sanctum. Teachie is saying, "Look, I would never help one of my students cheat." Nonsensically, Steven replies: "No one is saying that, Danny," to which Teachie rightly counters that that is, in fact, why he's here. Scott asks him point-blank if he told Talk Time not to worry about Faulkner on the final and, though Teachie equivocates, it's clear that he did. "Have you ever done this before, told her what not to study?" "No." "Are you sure?" "Yes." Steven says he'll talk to Debbie, but that he believes Danny. Then he tells Scott to talk to Debbie.
"Black?" says Marla, with a healthy portion of incredulity. Harvey has just told her the situation with young Pester Lipschultz, and she asks him if it's indeed possible that this man is his son. "I was in New York in 1942, getting ready to join the ninth infantry division. I was twenty years old at the time. I had relations with this woman I met in the club, and she was black." Marla flips out. She flips out even more when Harvey reveals that he told the guy it wasn't true. "Why?" "Because I'm ashamed of it. I don't believe in premarital relations, and I don't believe in intermarriage either." "You didn't marry her." "You know what I mean." Marla tries to point out to Harvey that this could be a gift: the family he never had. He could have grandchildren. "I don't want any!" "You are a lonely old man. Somebody walks into your life, offers you a family, and you just walk out of the restaurant!" Marla takes this moment to just walk out of the classroom. I bet she wishes someone would walk into her life, and offer her a family.