Danny "Dick Teachie" Hanson and Dr. Benjamin are elsewhere in the halls, talking about some meeting that's been called for an unknown purpose. It's a meeting just for teachers, and they speculate that it's a "union thing." But they're able to get no farther, as they are brought up short by the sight of Mrs. Peters collecting assignments in a classroom, with her hook. "What is the hook lady doing in there?" asks Dr. Benjamin. "Why would they let a hook lady teach?" Just then, Scott walks by, and Danny and Benji direct his attention into the room. Danny says, "This isn't, like, a normal school, is it?" Um, okay, that's a desperate grab for wacky status, is it not? To have a character on your show declare your show to be weird? I mean, there's a woman missing a hand. This is not so weird. There is a parent who assists in class. This is also not so weird. The woman with the missing hand and the helpful parent are the same person. Danny? Shut up.
Sanctum Stevenorium. Scott is explaining to The Hook Lady, and the teacher who was using her to assist, why she can't help out this year the way she did last year. "Last year she wasn't missing a limb." The other teacher asks if Scott is familiar with the Federal Disabilities Act. I think she means the Americans With Disabilities Act, but nobody fact-checks on this show, so who can say. Scott says it's the circumstances under which she lost the hand that concern him. Also, Steven is here, listening, and at this point asks why he wasn't informed of Hook Lady's assistantship, and the other teacher explains that "obviously, I wanted to keep it from you, Steven, and when I want to keep something from you, I put it in a memo, and deliver it personally to your assistant." At which point, The Exposition Fairy sticks her head into the room and drops a memo onto Steven's desk. "Sorry," she says, and leaves. "Look, the woman is credentialed. She used to be a teacher. We ask the parents to come in and help, this one does, and she's terrific. She's got credentials!" Blah blah blah, there's nothing Steven and Scott can really do, so Steven says they'll "discuss it."
Ronnie enters her classroom. In the universal sign for "unruly class," everyone is talking loudly and listening to music, and some are even dancing as she enters the room. Uh oh, these kids are dangerous! Did you hear how they were talking loudly before the teacher entered the room? Hoo boy. Of course, this is exactly what the dungeon looked like the first day Harry came in, during the pilot. Because loud talking and dancing are really the only things they can come up with to indicate "bad students." Of course, the dancing and talking STOP as soon as the teacher enters. And the students are, oh, I don't know, THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. So, now that we are already unconvinced of the difficulty of teaching this class, Ronnie begins. "Give me respect, you'll get it back. Don't, you don't." Ooh, she's no-nonsense. Someone asks, "Are you a real teacher?" She shoots back, "Are you a real student?" And everyone goes, "Ooooooh." As though calling into question the "reality" of this guy's studenthood is really hitting him where it hurts. I mean, he obviously doesn't care about his studies -- did you see the way he was irreverently dancing and talking before? Just before he sat down quietly as soon as Ronnie came in? Anyway, she gives a little pep talk about how their transcripts all suck, and they're way behind, and she'll be their leader for most of the day, teaching them everything except science and math. Of course, it's the middle of the semester, and she's talking like it's the first day of school, and also this is totally lame because they've essentially just magically created another dungeon just so that we could see why Ronnie is a gritty and bad-ass kind of teacher, and I also don't believe Steven really thinks it makes sense to put a less qualified teacher with a group like this (I mean, did you SEE the dancing?). But: whatever.
Ronnie begins, asking one student to explain where man came from. He parses Darwin's theory of evolution. Dude, this class is so REMEDIAL! Determined to confuse what might be one of the few things these kids do know, Ronnie starts to lecture about how maybe evolution isn't how it happened, and advances a partially creationist viewpoint. Later, she will claim that this is somehow supposed to expand the kids' minds, but they look at her like she's a whack-job, which is what she sounds like. Ronnie Cooke? More like Ronnie Kook. Then she asks how the universe started, and someone says, "Big mother bang." Okay, could these students BE any more remedial, yo? (I'm being sarcastic. Go into the "remedial" class in a public high school in a large American city, and ask those two questions. If you get an explanation of evolution, and the Big Bang, I'll eat my alarm clock.) But the student's use of the word "mother" makes the correct answer somehow remedial, I guess. This is so exactly like the dungeon. Only it's not. It's the un-geon. Anyway, Ronnie starts asking questions about life, death, the soul, time, and no one bites, and she says, "I've certainly discovered the problem in this room. None of you wonder." No, Ronnie Kook, I think you're the problem in this room.