Meanwhile, in Hoboville, Harry and Ronnie drive around looking for the bridge Homeless Natalie lives under. Man, I miss Stalker Daniel. A strange woman accosts them when they get out of Ronnie's car, and Ronnie gives her some money to get her to leave them alone. They approach the van that was described in the police report from the arrest, and knock. Natalie comes out. "What are you doing here?" Ronnie asks if this is where she's living, as though it's not obvious. Natalie wants to be left alone, and says that Ronnie has no jurisdiction over her private life. The strange woman is still lurking in the background, and now comes up behind Ronnie. "Natalie, you know these people?" Natalie orders Ronnie not to talk to the woman, and, in case we haven't already figured out that this is Natalie's mother, Ronnie asks, "Can you just tell me your relationship to this girl?" It's Natalie's mother.
Sanctum Stevenorium. Steven is instructing Dick Teachie to back off his current subject. Very calmly, he's saying, "The word stirs up too much hatred. And, no offense to your gifts as a teacher, you don't have the answers on this one." Teachie says teaching is about asking questions. Steven tells him not to ask this particular question. Teachie objects to the shutting down of dialogue. Steven is less calm now. "Drop this line of discussion in your classroom." Teachie would at least like a satisfactory explanation. "You want a reason? Here's the reason. I'm the principal, and I'm telling you to stop." What if I don't? "I will fire you." Teachie is skeptical, but Steven doesn't blink.
Once again, we're warned about the coarse racial slurs.
In the Un-Geon, Ronnie gets the lowdown on Natalie's life. She's been living on the street for about a year, though sometimes they get to stay in a motel. Ronnie tells Natalie that she could go to a foster home. "That's not an option. My brother is in a foster home, I never get to see him. Don't talk to me about foster homes." Ronnie wants to know how this happened. "It just did, like it does for a lot of people. My mom lost her job, and we couldn't pay rent. She got into an argument with the people we were sharing a house with, and they kicked us out." And so on. Sounds like the answer is "my mom screwed up several times in large ways," not "it just did." Ronnie wants to know why Natalie's mom seems a little odd. "Simple schizophrenia." But Natalie doesn't want anyone to know, and says that she'll be fine once she can graduate and get a job.