Zoe catches up with Noel in the hallway at work and says that she talked to Pauline, and she thinks she covered for them adequately. Something is wrong with me because suddenly I am finding Noel really attractive. Except for his hair. Noel suggest that they just tell Mr. Webb what's going on. Zoe refuses. Noel says that Mr. Webb is going to find out eventually, and would probably rather hear it from them than from Pauline. Zoe looks around and says that she doesn't want Mr. Webb to hear it from anyone. Noel asks what she means. Zoe hesitates and says that it's not just her dad. Maybe she's really a guy! I don't know what other secret she could have that would be so devastating. Zoe says she doesn't want to talk about it and makes for the door. She's loony. Noel says that he doesn't want to be in the kind of relationship where they have to hide it from everyone. Zoe doesn't, either. Noel asks again what's wrong. Zoe says she doesn't think it's going to work out. Noel is confused. Zoe says that their relationship was "obviously a mistake." Noel doesn't know what she's talking about, since this is totally from left field. Zoe runs out of the office as quickly as she can.
Professor Snark talks to a student in the hallway. They make small talk that we're not supposed to hear, and I'm reminded of that scene in Star Wars where the two stormtroopers are making small talk and one asks if the other has seen the new P2-16 and the other replies, "I heard some of the other guys talking about it. I hear it's quite the thing to see." And then Obi-Wan uses a jedi mind trick to sneak by them. Anyway. Ben walks up and says that he got Snark's message. Snark says that the deadline at the University of Arizona was last month, but that they'll consider Ben's application as a favor to Snark, if Snark faxes Ben's transcript and a letter of explanation by the next day. Ben can't believe how quickly it's all happening. Snark says that his friend is going on a lecture tour, and that it's a big favor, so he doesn't want to ask unless Ben is sure that he's going to do it. Ben understands, but he doesn't know what he's going to do yet, because it's all happening so fast. Ben promises to let Snark know. ["The hell? He's just applying. He could very well get rejected. It's not like he has to decide that second whether to go to Arizona for sure; he should worry about that if he gets in. Whatever with the urgency and indecision." -- Wing Chun]