Mike goes home to Nancy and tells her he's made a big decision. He's decided to quit the practice. He can no longer work for that ogre, Dr. Jerome. He's tired of being Dr. Jerome's plaything. (He fortunately leaves out the phrase "pseudosexual" before the word "plaything.") He's been waiting three years for Jerome to retire or kick the bucket and give the practice to him, but that's obviously never going to happen. He doesn't care anymore and says no job is worth this humiliation, except maybe Larry Flynt's gig, but then you have to factor in that whole paralysis thing and it probably still isn't worth it. I'm sitting here thinking that, obviously, Mike's never recapped TV shows for a paycheck. ["You're not paralyzed. Yeeeeeet." -- Wing Chun] Nancy wonders what they'll do to make ends meet, and before she can stroke her inner thighs and suggest prostitution, Mike tells her he's going to start his own practice. Nancy rallies behind her husband and will support him in any endeavor he decides to undertake. Meanwhile, my wife's still ashamed of her husband and his "stupid TV review thing."
Zigzagging back to the lunch, Ed is just getting up from the table and telling Molly and Carol that he will meet them outside when Principal Jackass walks in. Molly spills the proverbial beans and tells Carol that Dennis is forcing Warren to work with the janitors after school as a punishment for getting David Mirsky drunk and almost killing him. This infuriates Carol, who seems to be looking for any excuse to talk to the principal. She tells the principal that if he has a problem with her, he should take it out on her and not on Warren. Dennis looks at her coolly and informs her that he doesn't really think about her enough to actually have a problem with her and, to be honest, he can't even remember her last name. Is it "Vessney"? "Vestry"? This makes Carol extremely hot under the collar, because she used to be the prom queen, dammit, and every red-blooded male in this entire stinking town not only knows her name but still wants her to saddle up on their respective baloney ponys. Dennis smiles and tells her to relax; he was just having a little lunchtime fun with her. Meanwhile, Ed has seen the entire scene go down, and looks a bit perturbed about it. Actually, it's more of a "hornswaggled" look than a perturbed look. You know...if we're going to split hairs here. I think he was trying to look perturbed, but didn't quite achieve the look. Plus, I'd certainly hate to short change the people that are partial to seeing hornswaggling looks from actors.