In The Special Meeting Room, Lauren and Marilyn are facing off with Steven and Big Boy. Marilyn starts them off, using a tone of voice usually directed at a six-year-old with whom you are angry. "I teach A.P. classes, Steven. Advanced Placement is all about challenging students. About preparing them for college." Marilyn points out that this new "back off" message flies in the face of his message to the whole faculty at the beginning of the year. "Which was?" Lauren takes up the baton. "Achievement! If we don't come up in statewide achievement scores, we lose money, we lose resources." Marilyn glares daggers at Big Boy. "This man doesn't have to deal with accountability issues. We do I'm a damn good teacher, Steven. And part of preparing kids for college, and life, is putting pressure on them, and teaching them to deal with it. To excel under pressure." And she says she's not going to stop because one of them gets an upset stomach once in a while. Big Boy's all, "What if one of them jumps out a window." "None of my students have ever done that, Bob." And Marilyn is angry at Big Boy, she says, for going running to Steven, and for keeping a scorecard of which teachers cause stress. Okay, didn't Steven come to him? And isn't taking care of students' mental well-being simply his job? He says, "Okay, first of all, Steven came to me. Second of all, I'm just doing my job." Oh. He insists that Lauren and Marilyn are making more of their students sick. Lauren says she doesn't apologize for putting pressure on kids. "If we adjust the curriculum for the kids who can't handle it, we completely betray the ones who can. There are plenty of teachers here who hand out As to sleepwalkers. Why don't you call them in?" Steven strokes his chin.
On the way into the Teachers' Lounge, Meredith is denying to Scott that she hit Sporty Spice, and is upset that he doesn't believe her. "How would you know what I do and don't believe?" "Because you're asking the question." "Because the complaint has been made, dammit! It's my job to ask the question." "Well, you've asked, and I've answered, and this anger leads me to believe you're taking her side." Hmm. Nice logic, Hook Lady. Scott closes his eyes. "Why are you closing your eyes?" "I've gone in search of my wits. Am I permitted to do that?" Heh. I wish Scott would dump The Hook Lady and adopt a kid. And marry Peter MacNicol, and then the two of them could raise their kids together. Anyway, Meredith tries to leave, and Scott tells her to come to his office at two o'clock to discuss the matter further. She goes. Scott goes the rest of the way in to the lounge, and begins tossing the food in the fridge that's gone bad into the trash. Harvey is there, and tells Scott that he was outside Meredith's classroom when the incident happened; he heard both of them yelling, and they both sounded out of control. Then he says, "On another matter. I've been tricked! I agreed to be in that photo shoot. Now I was told it was a naked nude dirty magazine." "Yes, we were all deceived on that." "What if they put my head on a naked nude model? Uncircumcised?" Scott notes that that is a danger. Then he tries to leave the room before the commercial break, but Harry stops him. He says he believes Sporty Spice: "I think Meredith hit her."