Chilton. The new teacher looks familiar, but I can't place her. She passes out graded tests, complimenting the students for still studying even though the SATs are over. "Most of you," she adds, giving Louisa a glare. Louisa sees her shitty grade and calls it "Michael Mason." She then says he was more than worth every wrong answer. The teacher takes the front of the class and says, "Exposition, exposition, exposition, exposition. Plot point, plot point, informative blah-dee-blah." Louisa shows off a hickey on her neck that should be medically examined before she gets a blood clot to the brain. There's a Chilton bicentennial next week, and there's a speech contest on Friday, and the winner will present the speech at the ceremony next Friday night, which for reasons unknown will be broadcast on C-SPAN. As the bell rings, the teacher welcomes back our man Brad, who just got back from Broadway, where he was in Into the Woods. I wouldn't have known this, but you guys are smart, and on the forum I read that the actor playing Brad actually was in Into the Woods. The class gives a polite golf clap as Brad thanks everyone and says it's good to be back. "Sit down, Mary Martin," Paris drones.
The teacher dismisses class. Brad walks over to Rory and says hello. He then waits for her to ask him about Broadway, which she then does. He says that Nathan Lane is a very bitter man. He says that being on Broadway gave him confidence in every aspect of his life. Louisa and Fraulein walk over and ask Brad if he got to keep his makeup and costumes. This confuses Brad, who never thought to ask if he could keep his makeup. "How do you leave the house every morning and not have a piano fall on your head?" Fraulein asks. Brad: [matter-of-factly] "Well, I make a left on Federal..." Paris is still mad at Rory, even though I'm guessing five months have passed, and she crabs that Rory and Brad are blocking the speech sign-up sheet. She asks Brad if he needs a "five, six, seven, eight" in order to move out of her way. Brad says he's no longer intimidated by people like her. "I'm thrilled to hear it, Chita Rivera," Paris says, before adding, "Move." As Paris signs up for the speech, she says she hopes Rory signs up as well, since it'll be Paris's last chance to beat her at something. Rory says that her decision will have nothing to do with what Paris wants. Paris says it won't be a satisfying victory just beating "Jerome Robbins and the rest of the losers" at Chilton. "I'd really like to take you down, also," she says with a polite smile. She leaves, prompting Brad to note, "Wow, she is really up on her theatre references." It's called Daniel Palladino.