Back in the high school, Nancy starts reading from the textbook, and then interrupts herself. She wonders why high-school kids always look so miserable, and admits that she looked miserable in high school, too. Scarf Guy says it's because they are miserable. Nancy asks why that is, and then tells a story about how she always felt like she was "all dressed up with no place to go." Kids nod in recognition. Nancy continues, talking about how she had an adult body and an adult mind, and she was expected to learn about "stupid stuff like the Boxer Rebellion." Mark says that his problem is "the insult of not being able to legally purchase a fine cigar." Nancy laughs and asks what else makes them miserable. The kids slowly raise their hands. This is such an adult fantasy storyline. I think a lot of adults think, "I could really speak to kids, given the chance. I remember what it was like to be a teen! They would love me." The reality is, in most cases, that they would not.
Kate is all excited that Ed got the Morrison Crane people to back down. Kate thinks that she had better go back to the office and tell people that she's not fired, so I guess she got her job back. They stand there and say goodbye for a long time, and finally Ed asks her out. Kate agrees. Smiley-smile time.
Nancy runs up to Molly and Carol in the school hallway. She's excited that she gets to sub all week. Carol asks how things are going in the classroom. Nancy says that things were awful at first, but now she's starting to connect with the kids. Scarf Guy walks up and, as Nancy explains afterwards, gives her some dap, which is "a sign of respect." Molly says that Nancy is every teacher's nightmare, "the cool sub." Nancy says it's just "beginner's luck." Nancy's all excited that they're having Chicken à la King, and runs off. I don't know if those knee-high boots that she's wearing are appropriate for the classroom, but what do I know? I haven't been inside a high school in many, many years.