T'Nana's sweeping the cement in the bar parking lot. I guess she doesn't want it to be dirty cement. Phenom Jack pulls up in an old car and jumps out. "I hear you're leaving?" he says to her. T'Nana pauses in her cleaning of the ground and says, "That's correct." Phenom Jack asks where they're going. "Home. Up north," T'Nana says, still determined to get that ground so clean you could walk on it. "Well, I'm gonna miss you. You're about the most interesting people I've met in this town," Phenom Jack tells her. T'Nana predicts that he will meet lots of interesting people at college. "I'm not going," Phenom Jack says. T'Nana looks so alarmed, she stops cleaning the pavement, "What? Why not?" Phenom Jack tells her they couldn't come up with the rest of the money, and the tuition deadline is on Friday. "So..." Phenom Jack trails off as T'Nana stands close to him. "What will you do?" she asks. "Keep saving, I guess. Find a job," Phenom Jack shrugs as Bar Mom opens the bar door a crack and overhears him. "Mom doesn't want me anywhere near the mine but that's where the work is around here," Phenom Jack says. T'Nana asks if he can reapply for the scholarship the following year, and Phenom Jack tells her he's going to try, but there's no guarantee. "I'm sure they will offer it to you again," T'Nana says firmly. Phenom Jack says, "And if not, there's always the liberry [yes, he said it that way] -- still a lot of books I haven't read. Well, good luck up north. Carbon Creek's not exactly a vacation spot but I hope you'll come visit us." "Perhaps," T'Nana tells him. Bar Mom closes the bar door a bit to prevent Phenom Jack from seeing her as he walks away. "He took those college boards." Bar Mom crosses her arms, addressing T'Nana. "He got the highest scores in the county. It's not fair." Yep, she sounds exactly like her sister Joan. She goes back inside. And what was the point of that disclosure, anyway? T'Nana stands there holding her street sweeper thoughtfully.
Episode Report CardKeckler: B- | 242 USERS: C+
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