Daniel is leaving for school when his mother tells him he must pick up painkillers for his father. It sounds like Mr. Desario has some sort of pretty serious illness, though no one specifies what it is. Daniel says that he doesn't want to be late for school, but his mother doesn't seem to care. That is so sad. Daniel has an unemployed brother whom his mother won't trust to pick up the painkillers. She insults Daniel by saying that he is "the oldest junior in Michigan." When he threatens to drop out so that he can "bring home a whopping $2.50 an hour," his mom says, "You know I wouldn't turn that down." Wow, this is really making me appreciate my own parents even more. Daniel's home life sounds so bleak. He gives in and agrees to get the pills for his father.
When Daniel finally gets to school, Kim is angry with him for being late, since he had some class notes of hers that would have helped her pass a test. She calls him "the most unreliable guy on the face of the planet," which must hurt especially badly right around now. Daniel calls her a bitch, though the Fox Family channel blanks it out. Kim replies, "Why don't you enjoy spending the rest of your life alone?" Daniel disgustedly waves at her and walks off.
In Biology class, Mr. Lacovara (a.k.a. Trace Beaulieu) says that he has not received a report from Neal. Neal goes into his class-clown routine, pretending that he didn't want to waste the paper it would take to write down his report, since he's concerned about the rainforests. Lacovara sends him to the principal's office. I imagine he's punishing Neal for insolence, though the real crime here is just how unfunny Neal's class-clown schtick is. I think that's intentional on the part of the show's writers, though.
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.