Now a total Law & Order moment. We cut to Milton telling the story himself to Steven, in the hallway. "I heard him talking about it to some of the other kids." All that's missing is the tinny percussion break, and a title card reading: "Hallway. Ninety seconds later." Steven says, "It was about the incident with me?" No, idiot, the superintendent called the student you beat up to chat about the Blackfoot tribe, sweeping across the countryside with their war whoops, scalping prospectors. I guess that joke was less relevant the second time around, but according to the laws of humor, it will be funny again the third time I use it. Look out. ["Don't forget to use words with the letter K in them." -- Sars] Anyway, Milton affirms this, and adds, "Also the business with Anthony Ward." And what exactly did Malcolm White have to say about that? The principal wouldn't let me beat up a freshman? Uh-oh, hang Steve out to dry. Just in case we didn't catch it the first two times, Steve asks Milton if he knows anything about there being "too many of them" after the little geek, which he doesn't. Hopefully, David E. Kelley will start reading my recaps and learn how to provide the audience with each plot point only once.
The dungeon. Harry Senate teaching a class full of -- shudder -- Desegs. He's asking if someone if they read the book the class was assigned. The student says that instead he read the Monarch Notes. "Why would you do that, Jamal? The assignment was the read the book." Damn Desegs. Always reading the Monarch Notes instead of the whole book, unlike, oh, EVERY STUDENT AT EVERY HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE IN AMERICA. Could they please come up with something actually rebellious, upsetting, dangerous, surprising, unsettling, eye-opening, or tragic for these kids to do? So far, the worst thing about their lives as students is the fact that they have to be in a special room in the basement called "the dungeon." I've said it before, and I'll say it again: if these are the worst students this school can muster, than I hope David E. Kelley ends up at Custer's Last Stand, faced by thousands upon thousands of Blackfeet, shouting for his blood. See? Didn't see it coming that time, did you? Anyway, back to the scene, which is apparently still in progress. "Did anybody read the book?" Nope. Harry asks Jamal what he wants to be when he grows up. The answer is, "Not a teacher," and with role models like this, I can't say I'm surprised. "You know, as a teacher," says Mr. Senate, "it would be inappropriate for me to tell you that you're a total screw-up, so what I want you to do is go home and ask your father, as a favor to me, to tell you that you're a total screw-up." Then he inflates a balloon. "I bet you can't wait to get out into the real world because you're all going to be rich. Companies are going to pay you a ton of money to sit there like lumps and do nothing all day. I want all my books back. Just leave them right here on my desk on your way out, because, well, unlike a mind, a book is a terrible thing to waste." He pops the balloon, waking up a sleeping girl, who shouts, "Gun!" and dives to the floor. Ha ha ha. Not.