In Steven's office, Yo-lita says, "It's not an issue anymore. I took care of it. So I guess I don't have to go to any continuation school." This is very dramatic. Except, don't you have to, like, make an appointment, and wait a while, and stuff? I think so. Actually, Lauren asks about the waitin' period, and Yo-lita says, "Twenty-four hours. I signed the consent form yesterday, just in case I…well, I changed my mind." "Because you might have to leave school?" Yo-lita gets all evasive, but isn't that basically what she's saying outright? I mean, the cause and effect here is not really in question, is it? Steven asks if she has a counselor, but she claims she's fine, and leaves.
The un-geon. Tronnie calls Billy Zane to tell him that today is going better. Then she spots the shoe lady lurking in her doorway. "Can I help you?" "SMELL THAT SHOE! That's the shoe of oppression. The shoe liberal agnostics stomp on our heads every time we try to get prayer into schools." Buh? Poor shoe lady, now they've just made her crazy. I mean, are we to believe that last year it was only a coincidence that her complaints actually had to do with shoes, and that she'd have said "smell that shoe" regardless of what the complaint really was? Or are we to think that she found the technique so effective that she's determined to use it, no matter how irrelevant it is? Neither explanation makes me very happy. But the real explanation is just that David Kelley doesn't seem to know that sacrificing internal logic makes things less funny, not more, unless silliness for its own sake is the goal. Is that the goal of this show, David? Is it? "Smell that shoe! We don't need you teaching creationism and reincarnation…we got to inch religion back into school. I don't pay taxes on my nineteen thousand dollars a year for you to open up my daughter's mind. You teach her to read. You leave awareness up to the parents!" Then she leaves. Harry appears. "First parent conference? Great."
Lauren ushers Yo-lita into her classroom. "Listen, the decision that you made. It was your decision and yours alone. But you've got to get some counseling. I don't mean one session with the clinic psychologist. This is heavy emotional stuff, you cannot try to shoulder it all by yourself." Yo-lita says she doesn't want anybody else to know, because she's, like, too embarrassed and stuff. Lauren tells her to sit down, and reiterates that she can't suppress these feelings, and we start to get the sense that maybe Lauren had an abortion way back. Actually, it would be interesting if it wasn't way back, and in fact she was pregnant with Harry's child last year, and found out after they broke up, and didn't tell him. That would be interesting. So it probably isn't what happened. Anyway, Lauren offers herself as a helpful ear. "The fact that you say you're okay…obviously, you're in some kind of denial. A three-month fetus? I'm surprised you were even released this morning. Three months?" Yo-lita says, "He was a boy. I wasn't prepared for him to look real, you know? He was…two arms, two legs." Lauren holds Yo-lita's hand. The piano of scarred youth tinkles below the oboe (or clarinet?) of unresolved pain.