Backstage at the play, the girl who's playing Corie is needling Pacey, asking him how they're supposed to "go up tonight" if he keeps forgetting his lines. Pacey says that he knows them, but that he has a bit of "recall delay." The camera pans over to Andie "Jane Crampion" McPhee who is screeching that she can't find Mr. Broderick, adding, "Our play is falling apart at the seams!" On the fly, she tells Pacey to take it from the top; he forgets what that means, so she reminds him in a frazzled way that it means he should start at his entrance. As she stands in a doorway freaking out, Jack "Back in Angry's Arms" McPhee jogs up behind her. Before he can say anything, she snaps, "Not now, Jack," and bitches about the play some more. Instead of saying "I can pack those bags and go back to Grams's before you take your daily dose," Jack tells her that half an hour ago, in English class, Mr. Broderick -- "'Mr. Broderick' what?" Andie demands. Jack tells her to come with him.
Cut to Mr. Broderick in a hospital bed. He's saying that "the nurse thinks it's a kidney stone," and that his wife's on her way to pick him up. Andie anxiously protests that he can't go home because the play goes on in eight hours. Mr. Broderick tells her that he isn't going to make it to the play and that she'll have to take his place. As Jack hovers nervously behind her, Andie babbles on about the tickets she has to sell and the after-party she has to set up (which, when I was in school, usually took place after the last performance, not the first, besides which, nice priorities, 1AD) and yelps that she can't do everything by herself. Jack wearily tells her that he can do the tickets and the after-party. Mr. Broderick moans, "There you go. Jack will help you. I have faith in you, Andie. I mean, who am I kidding? It's been your show all along. This is your night." He hands Andie a leather portfolio which she identifies as his "director's binder," and he tells her that it's hers now: "And as the house lights fall over that magic place we call the theatre, all I ask is that you give pause for a fleeting moment and think of me." I'm sorry, is he a drama teacher or a drama queen? It's a kidney stone, not a tumour. Jack tries unsuccessfully not to crack up at Mr. Broderick's histrionics. Meredith Monroe mugs for the camera.