In the front hall of the school, people say their farewells. Pretty much all the teachers we know and love are standing around. Kevin is saying, "Okay. I'm not into any big goodbye scenes but, we'll still see each other." Lauren says, "At Doyle's!" Which is, I guess, the name of that place they all go. Milton says he's thinking of starting a weekly poker game, and Harry notes what a terrible idea that is, so I don't have to. Milton says, "Our friendship was mostly after-hours anyway. So what if we don't work side-by-side." Lauren notes that this might force them to all do more things together after hours, but she doesn't mean that, because she wants Harry all to herself. Harvey says, "I don't go to Doyle's much." In some small way, this off-hand remark forces the real sadness of this moment to sink in, and the scene suddenly feels very true. There's a heavy silence, and then hugs and handshakes all around, though The Exposition Fairy notably avoids Milton altogether. Anthony Heald watches from afar, knowing he's not welcome in the circle of love. Lauren says, "Since Thanksgiving was such a success, I was thinking of maybe doing Easter." Everyone responds with enforced cheer. Kevin gets a little choked up, and says, "I'll be in touch, okay?" Kevin and Milton walk out. Everyone watches them go.
In his office, Steven, with Scott visible in the background, watches through his window, separated from their faculty by the barrier of responsibility. Or something.
Next week (ha ha sorry this is so late, all I was out of town props to Keckler for subbing so excellently well ): Harry tells Steven he's lost his good reputation; Scott tell Kevin that six teachers have quit to protest Kevin's dismissal; Steven yells at Lauren that if she wants his job, the Dragon Lady will probably give it to her.