In the school hallway, Ron Lester -- or as I think of him, Sugar Daddy from Popular -- has some girl up on his shoulder; he's spinning her around while she shrieks, and not with joy. Lindsay calls SD a bully and kicks him. He yells at her and calls her a "burnout." Mr. Botwinick breaks up their fight and assigns them both to detention. Sugar Daddy calls Lindsay a burnout once more, just for good measure, before he departs. When Lindsay tries to tell Mr. Botwinick that she was only helping out the girl who was being tormented, he just says, "It looks like she can take care of herself." Against Sugar Daddy? I don't think so. He's a pretty big guy. Mr. Botwinick seems like he may just be a little prejudiced against Lindsay because of her appearance.
In Mr. "Call Me Jeff" Rosso's office, Jeff is blowing his nose at great length while Neal rolls his eyes. Rosso apologizes and says he picked up a "little bug on the weekend -- long story." Mercifully, he does not share that story with us. I'm still traumatized from the time he described to Lindsay how he picked up VD at a disco cum bowling alley. Neal gives a very insincere apology, but Jeff won't let him go so easily; he says that Neal's falling grades and the fact that he's starting to get into trouble are "warning signs." He offers to help, but says that he can't do so unless Neal talks to him. Thank God he doesn't use the word "rap." Neal's in denial, but Rosso keeps encouraging him until Neal finally allows: "My father is a womanizer. He's cheating on my mother and she has no clue. And I have to decide whether or not to tell her." It looks like Rosso was expecting to hear something a tad less serious than that.
Daniel walks into his bedroom. His mother yells at him to be quiet so that his father can sleep. Daniel puts on a Black Flag LP and listens to "Rise Above" over his headphones. He seems to find it comforting. I can totally understand that.
In the detention hall, Lindsay is getting yelled at for doing her homework. Botwinick tells her that the point of detention is "to think about what you've done." Lindsay regales him with a well-reasoned argument about why that is the most asinine thing she's ever heard. I couldn't agree more. Botwinick is obviously a moron, though, and he gets off on his pathetic little power trip by assigning Lindsay two more detentions. Man, I hate people like that.