Dick Teachie's class. On the board, there's an assignment for reading some chapters in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. He's explaining to his students that Randy is not going to die, but he almost did. "Is it worth it?" he asks Ferris, who is magically now in this class, for the sake of convenience. Ferris is all, "Why look at me? I don't take X." Dick Teachie's like, oh yeah, well, I bet you don't go to raves either. "Raves aren't illegal." Oh, yeah, says Dick Teachie, but the drugs you buy at them are. Um, okay, but he just said he doesn't do drugs. I mean, he was lying, but that still doesn't mean you caught him in some clever web of logic. Then he explains that Randy didn't actually take X at all, but rather something much stronger that someone told him was X. This will become important later, to the extent that anything is ever "important" on this show. Talk Time tries to explain why people go to raves. (I love, by the way, how the students in this school are teacher-specific: Talk Time ONLY has Dick Teachie; Lionel is ALWAYS in Harvey's class; The Hook Lady's current events class meets ALL DAY.) She says, "For the dancing. To hook up. Not to do drugs." So why the X? "To roll. It's a good drug if you're quiet or shy. Not that I am." Brooke "Mini-Stee" Harper is now magically in this class, too, and is all, "It's not like we're talking about crack, or heroin, or anything serious." Wow, she bugs. Also, what part of "Randy almost died" is not serious to her? I guess the "Randy" part. Anyway, Dick Teachie's main point seems to be that it's especially dumb to put something into your body if you don't know what it is. Words to live by, kids. "Randy almost died, okay?" he says. "Is that sinking in?" Brooke has a look like, "Randy ? Almost ? Died ? I hear the words, and yet I mean, we're not talking about anything serious."
Teacher's lounge. "Do you guys see me as psychological wreckage?" asks The Psychological Wreckage Fairy of Marla and some blonde woman. I think her name is "Lauren Davis," but I can't really remember. They say of course not. "You know when your student left to go on tour? Kara? It destroyed me. That's what I was gonna do, when I was in high school. I was gonna be a singer. In a band?" Lauren says, so, start a band. Ah, pragmatism. The watchword of Winslow High. Oh, no, wait -- that's the watchword of a different place. Far away. Marla says they should start a band, because she can sing too, and they can do the charity show. The Exposition Fairy expositions that they're doing Our Town instead this year. I bet that will become important in a later episode. Anyhow, Louisa points out that girl bands always come in threes. Like the Spice Girls, and Eve's Crush, and the Lady Marmalade super-group. And *NSync. Lauren declines to join, but suggests Marilyn for the third, saying, "The person who dubs over her singing voice is really good." No, she says, "I don't sing. But Marilyn does." They all grin at each other.