Phat beats happen at the prom, too, as students get out of limos and wave to each other near fountains. A dorky guy poses with the hot date he bought.
Inside, DaveKelley's Child is singing. Lawrence Williams watches Marla with a big smile on his face. Ronnie and Harry appear to be there together, and remark on the singing group's great talent. They've also once again created the illusion that he is taller than her. Then Harry remarks, "Well, so much for you being the fairest one at the ball." He says this because Robin has just entered, in a really nice dress. Another student wishes him luck, and he wishes it back. He approaches Harry and Ronnie, "You have to vote. I'm told the faculty can vote." Ronnie tells him that she has that dress, and it looks better on him.
Harvey appears next to Lawrence. "I'm very fond of black people, you know. I have a Negro black son. I never knew. He just showed up a few weeks ago. Black as night."
Ronnie finds Harry again over by the buffet, and he protests her attempts to make him dance. He probably just doesn't want to step on her bare feet with his heels. Just then, Ronnie spots Natalie on her way in, alone. "Oh my god!" Ronnie goes over to greet her. "You came! Natalie, you look beautiful!" She does, man. I'm starting to forget Cheryl Holt. Natalie makes Ronnie promise not to recruit anyone to ask her to dance, and Ronnie agrees. Just then, screams and crashes get their attention, and it appears that Robin is in a fight with some guy. Harry gets between them, and then so does Steven. No adequate explanation for the fight is forthcoming, since this other kid, Wayne, is someone we've never seen before, and all he says is that he told Robin how pretty he looks. Whatever.
Elsewhere, Lawrence and Marla are chatting, and charmingly misinterpret the scuffle. "I wonder if he caught her flirting with somebody else." "No, she isn't his date." Lawrence compliments Marla on her stage presence, and makes another reference to how similar things feel after twenty-five years. "If you're looking to reunite with the girl you knew in high school I have some problems. I suffer from manic depression, medication keeps me together, even my best friends describe me as a train wreck waiting to happen " She says she's just serving notice, and he asks if she ever thinks of him. A lot, she says. "I've loved other men, Lawrence, since you. But not as much."