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Back in the gym, the coach is gathering up basketballs and putting them in a basket when Ed walks up. Ed accuses Kerwin of using Clark as a pawn to exact revenge against Carol for shattering Shawn's dreams of becoming a pro basketball player. Coach doesn't agree, but he doesn't disagree either, and tells Ed to come with him. As they walk down the streets of Stuckeyville, the coach says that Shawn was a poet with the basketball; he wasn't bright but he was one of the best basketball players Stuckeyville would ever see and would have definitely made a healthy living as a pro ball player. He conveniently leaves out the lengthy jail terms and drug addictions that most pro basketball players eventually endure. They reach a convenience store, and Shawn is busy unloading boxes of chips inside. Shawn's thrilled to see the Coach and they talk about this year's basketball team. Coach asks Shawn if he's given any more thought to the community college where Coach thought he could at least muster up some halfway decent grades. Shawn looks sad as he says no. It's obvious that Shawn couldn't tie his own shoes without step-by-step instructions, due to his limited intelligence equaling that of a bear rug.
Ed goes to Carol's classroom. He tells her that he saw Shawn Ellis today and that he works in a convenience store, unloading boxes. Carol asks if she should feel guilty about this and Ed says, "No." Ed asks why she wouldn't change the rules and just give Shawn a B so that he could have gone on to play basketball, join the NBA, and blow several hundred thousand dollars on drugs to combat his ever-increasing aching joints? Carol explains that teachers have rules and that rules are there to protect the student and that she abides...by....the....HEY!! WAIT A MINUTE!!! Ed turned the tables on Carol and made her start to understand that the reason Coach isn't going to let Clark slide on his fitness exam is the same reason that Carol gave Shawn Ellis a low grade six years earlier...there are RULES that teachers must abide by! NOWWWWW she gets it!