Vice-Office. Scott is interviewing Meredith, who claims that the hand is too expensive and fragile to be used for hitting people. "I know you sometimes struck Jeremy." "I spanked Jeremy. Using corporal punishment as a parent does not mean I would use it as a teacher. And that makes me think that your continued suspicion has more to do with our relationship, Scott, and that makes me angry." Scott denies this, and says he is simply discharging his duties as a vice-principal. She calls him a putz. "I am your superior here." "What's going on? Why aren't you believing me?" "I don't see what reason the girl would have to come forward, unless…" "She hates me. Different students hate different teachers. This one hates me. And she knows I'm vulnerable because I am perceived as crazy. Am I surprised that she's been able to make people wonder? No. But that she's causing you such doubt…" Scott asks if she stayed calm during the argument, and she denies raising her voice. Scott tells her Harvey heard yelling. "Harvey used to be Cleopatra." Oh, so it's okay for her to discredit people who are perceived as crazy? That's a double standard of crazy application if I've ever heard one.
Teacher's lounge. Lauren is asking Marilyn if she thinks people could be right about them causing too much stress. Marilyn says she doesn't know, but "today, almost every kid in every high school is applying to college. It's not like it was twenty years ago. Think back. Who were your favorite teachers in high school?" Lauren smiles, and says, "The bitchy prima donnas." No, she says, "The ones who pushed me."
Stairwell Of Deep Conversation. Ronnie tells Harmon-ita the story of how she once agreed to pose for a nude magazine. It was when she was at Brown, and they came to campus to shoot for the "Women of the Ivy League" issue. (Which is, as far as I know, the lowest-selling issue of Playboy of the year, whenever they do it.) But when she went to the photo shoot, they gave her old issues of the magazine to look through while she was waiting. And that's when it hit her: "I like chicks." No, wait: "This is forever. I mean, these pictures are not gonna go away. I might have children some day, and nieces, and nephews, and what are they gonna say?" Harmon-ita explains that she's not going to Brown, and Ronnie says that that attitude indicates to her that low self-esteem has factored into this decision. "Look, Ms. Cooke, I don't want to be a lawyer or a teacher. I just want to be a model. I'm good at it. Doing something I'm good at, that could help my self-esteem." Ronnie is insistent, but Harmon-ita won't budge. "Okay?" "Okay." She better call social services and have the girl's family torn apart now.