Exteriors of non-gritty Boston. We're at a fast food restaurant. Who could this be behind the counter, serving fries? Whoever he is, he's taken aback to see Harry Senate at his register. I guess this must be Juan Figgis.
"I need money. I gotta work." Teacher and student are seated at a table, in the corner of the fast food joint. "How far do you think you're gonna go, Juan, without a high school diploma?" Juan is not an optimist: "I won't go far with or without it, Mr. Senate. I need money now. My mother's on welfare, and I got two little brothers, you know what I'm saying?" Harry wants to know why Juan doesn't just work after school, which is a good question, and Juan claims that these are the only hours he can get. "I'm seventeen, I can quit school if I want!" Yes, but crusading Harry Senate will not rest until he's uncovered the hidden genius within each of his supposedly bad students. Juan's boss approaches, blah blah blah back to work-cakes. Realizing we're a ways into the episode and he hasn't even broken the law once yet, Harry reaches into his jacket and pretends to be from the I.N.S. I'm too lazy to transcribe all the meaningless crap Harry makes up (something about "child welfare doctrine" and "subsection twelve" and "immigration slash education" and "misdemeanor" and "the employer does incur liability as well") but, long story short, he scares the mean boss into giving Juan after-school hours. The boss wanders off, bewildered, muttering, "He said he's seventeen." Filled with gratitude, Juan says, "I don't care. I don't want to go to school. It sucks." Harry says, "Of course it sucks. It's supposed to suck. You still need a diploma. Look, every kid needs to have a degree in suckhood in order to have a chance of becoming something." Yes, indeed. That's a part of Susan Potter's presidential platform, is it not? Anyway, Juan says he's done his time as a student, and he can't stand the classes. Harry says, "I tell you what. I'll let you teach." Juan is incredulous, but Harry promises to back it up: "Come back. You're the teacher." He tells Juan he can teach anything he wants, and "if you can't think of one thing you can teach, you shouldn't be dropping out of school."