The camera swings around as Waverly giggles in pleasure and focuses on Matt, who is sitting with Landry bemoaning his stupid decision to pick Julie third for his Powderpuff team. Landry starts talking about pheromones, but Matt says there isn't a smell in the world that will make Julie not hate him. Landry continues, suggesting that since Julie likes her dad, maybe Matt should find out what kind of soap Coach uses and go out and buy some. Matt tells his friend that he's retarded, and we cut away from Goofus and Gallant (or should that be Goofus and Dopey?) when The Galoot calls attention to Mac on the television in the corner of the diner.
Tim walks over to turn the volume up, and all the kids go quiet, gazing up at the set. Mac is issuing an apology that is basically an "apology" of the most expected sort. He says all the Panther players contribute to the team regardless of color (did he ever insinuate that they didn't? No, this is the red herring portion of the apology), that his comments were not intended to hurt anybody (this is the four-year-old "But, Mom! I didn't mean to!" portion of the apology), and that he apologizes if those comments did hurt anybody (aaand, I guess this is the date rape defense portion of the apology.), and then that's it. The camera cuts around and shows a few African-American kids shaking their heads in disbelief, while some of the white kids just sort of look uncomprehending. One of the black kids says, "You call that an apology?" and Tim asks if that wasn't an apology than what was? Coming from the kid with the abusive parents, I'm pretty sure Tim only recognizes an apology if it hits him in the face.
One of the white kids declares that it wasn't like Mac was yelling out racist slurs or anything, and now Waverly weighs in. I think Waverly's responses are really nicely written, because though we know that she is obviously a smart girl, she can't quite articulate a convincing argument, mainly because she is smart and feels the frustration of this sort of subtle injustice pretty deeply. She claims that if they were "up at UT, he'd be fired." The white kid mutters that they're lucky Mac hasn't been fired, and Waverly lashes out in anger and teenaged inarticulateness: "Yeah, that's because you're white and obviously selfish." Smash tries to intervene to cool things down, saying that "it' ain't that deep," and another African-American kid jokes about Mac having to "pay out reparations to all the negroes in Dillon," and white and black boys together chuckle. Waverly is pissed that they aren't taking the situation seriously and gets up to leave. Smash calls after her that they're just playing and she fires back, "Yeah, well enjoy your sandbox, boys." A feminist, too? This girl is not long for Dillon.