Boys in my hood
Now we're back in Vernon/Douglas's car. Vernon is driving, with Oola up front. Douglas and RDJ are in the back. Vernon can't believe that was the only copy of Douglas's book. "Well, I do have an alternate version of the first chapter," replies Douglas. RDJ thinks it was a sign, and he's pretty vehement about it. Vernon disagrees, and they get into a shouting match. Oola tries to calm things by asking Douglas what the book was about. He doesn't know. Vernon can't believe that either. Douglas says that he just couldn't stop writing it.
They arrive at the university. Douglas asks Vernon if the baby will be a boy or a girl. "Doesn't matter, as long as it looks like her," he replies, and I have to say, he's absolutely right. She's cute. Him, not so much. They get ready to drive off, and RDJ reminds Douglas that they need the jacket. Douglas looks at Oola, and tells her who the jacket used to belong to. Then he sends her on her way, much to RDJ's dismay. "That book of yours must have been one nutty ride," exclaims Vernon as they drive off.
Douglas tells RDJ not to worry. Tobey won't go to jail, and if he gets expelled it's no big deal. "You don't teach a writer anything," Douglas says, and I've had countless professors who would have disagreed with that sentiment. Besides, Tobey doesn't need Douglas anymore, he says, now that he's got RDJ to take care of him. RDJ asks what he should do. "Improvise," replies Douglas. They share a moment, and then Douglas heads inside.
As he wanders the halls, he removes the pink robe. He considers it for a moment, and then tosses it in the garbage. He heads for Sara's office, but it's deserted when he gets there. The sound of applause leads him back to the lecture hall, where WordFest is wrapping up. Walter announces that Tobey's book is being published by RDJ, only he calls it "The Lovely Parade." That one could be a Black Sabbath album, but just barely. Applause all around. Katie looks happy. Douglas yells for him to take a bow. The kids who mocked his story in the opening scene look put out. Oh my god, Tobey actually smiled! He does have emotions! Of course, it wasn't even a half-smile (I'd say it's about an eighth, to continue with our drug theme), but it's definitely a start. Michael "Wonder Boys" Douglas calls Tobey a "wonder boy."