Teacher's lounge. Slow-lita is interviewing Harry on tape. The first question is: "When you see former students making ten times the money you make, does it fill you with pride or envy?" Harry looks uncomfortable, then says 'pride', then admits that's a lie, then says he doesn't want to answer the question. What's with him? The next question is also about low pay for teachers, and Harry interrupts her, asking that they talk about something else. "You seem bitter." "Well, that's where most of us are -- bitter." He wants to talk about anything other that money, and she points out that this is more or less what the project is about. So he goes on a mini-tirade about how disgusting it is that teachers are paid so little, and then reiterates that he'll talk about anything other than money. At this point, Lauren comes in, and Dana says hi to her brightly. "Dana...uh...What brings you here?" "I'm doing a project with Mr. Senate." "Great." "Great." Great. But if Harry didn't want other teachers, let alone Lauren, to see him with Dana, perhaps he should have picked a locale other than, oh, the teacher's lounge.
Vice-office. Scott is grilling an indignant Talk Time about the possibility of her occasionally getting some extra help from Dick Teachie. She denies it forcefully, and adds, "Why don't you talk to the kids getting tutored by Ms. Davis, or Mr. Walcott, or Ms. Stevens?" Scott asks why, though it'll be hard for him to find those last two, since they don't exist. "Because they're always giving away the test question in their special help classes. It goes on all the time. Not blatantly. No one's really being dishonest. But there are some teachers...you get tutored by them, you get some idea of what's gonna be on the test." Scott is shocked by the revelation that grading at his school is not totally and completely fair all the time.
Harvey sits at his desk, grading papers. Pester appears in the doorway. Wow, I guess he's sticking with Plan A. Harvey says he has nothing to say to him, which is a bit of an internal contradiction. Pester says, "You want to pretend like I don't exist? I exist." Harvey says, "If you're trying to make me feel guilty, I never knew you existed." That's how he says it, with the emphasis on "you" instead of on "knew" which would make a lot more sense. Harvey wonders what it is exactly that Pester wants: to make up for lost time? To be bounced on Harvey's knee? "It only takes once to get a girl pregnant. Wear a condom. There. My fatherly advice." Pester seizes on this as a tacit admission that Harvey is, in fact, his father, and Harvey cops to it: "I admit I've been with your mother. That maybe makes you my off-spring. But not my son. If you're here for money, like I said, I haven't got any. If you're here to connect with me, I'm too old, my connections are shot." Pester says that, in fact, he's here just to look at Harvey, because when he was a kid, all the other kids had dad's to remark that each other's sons ran like their fathers, or had their eyes. "I never ran like anybody. I never threw like anybody. There was no grown-up match for me. Just once, I wanted to look in somebody's face, and see where I came from." Pester gives Harvey a picture of his mother. "She said you were a sensitive and passionate man." "She told me I was handsome. Are we going to believe her?" Heh. Pester said that his mother told him that Harvey cried, because he was afraid to go to war. Harvey says that he cried because he was ashamed of having sinned, and that Pester is living proof of his sin: "Do not expect me to be joyous!" Pester thanks him for allowing him to get a good look, and goes. Harvey sits at his desk, and looks at the picture of Pester's mother.