Credits. Little clues as to the season to come: Becky and Luke get closer, Buddy opens a bar/restaurant?!
East Dillon High. Principal Levi and a bunch of teachers are crammed into an under-air-conditioned room looking ill-funded and put upon. There's one particularly sassy female teacher giving Levi lip about how boring his budget talks are. Levi introduces Tami, who is like a fresh sprig of mint in this sagging room. She chirps about how glad she is to be joining them. Levi starts to move on to the next item when Tami interrupts him and asks if now is the time for suggestions and questions. Levi is like, "Lady, none of us get paid enough to think up 'suggestions'" but lets her go ahead. She chirps along about how at West Dillon, they found that handwritten letters of recommendation made a huge difference in their college acceptance rate and that she knows it's more work for the teachers, but it really is a help. Everyone in the room sort of rolls their eyes at her but nobody challenges the obvious falsity of this statement. What college in the universe wants to read a bunch of hand scrawled letters?! Anyhow, they move on, and the sassy teacher in the corner starts bitching about having "Epic" in her homeroom again this year and then says that "she's a complete nightmare, it'd be better if she didn't show up to school." Tami is SHOCKED that in AMERICA in THIS DAY AND AGE a teacher would say such a thing about the precious angels who populate our high schools. I for one cannot wait to meet this Epic person. Also, y'all might as well know that I'm currently pregnant and casting about for names for this baby. "Epic" just went to the top of that damned list.
Jess and Vince hang laundry outside her house while her brothers act like fools shooting each other with the hose. While Janelle Monae plays in the background, there's lots of exposition about how her father has been gone for a while and her aunt isn't home right now. Vince asks her exaggeratedly if she needs help INSIDE with the laundry, and she says "Why, yes!" They tumble towards the door while her brothers come around to gawk, "Ooooh, they're gonna do it!" Vince tells them to beat it and closes the door.