Principal Sue's office. She asks Mercedes to please explain to Holly what they're all doing there. Mercedes asks Holly if she remembers when she asked to be excused from class. Smear to the music room. Mercedes: "May I be excused? I'm gonna go shove some tots up the tailpipe of Coach Sylvester's car." Holly: "Sure!" Back in the present, Mercedes tells Sue, "I told you not to touch my tots." Did you also tell her to leggo your Eggo? Sue tells the two of them that the tot-stuffing did $17,000 worth of damage to her "very rare and desirable automobile... one out of seven in existence. The 1979 Le Car. Do you know how many hours it took me to find a mechanic who even knew what a Le Car was?" Sue asks what Holly would suggest as punishment. Holly: "I was going to suggest clapping erasers. But you guys are mostly dry erase here, so..." Sue tells Mercedes that sabotaging an automobile is a felony, and that she and her attorney Gloria Allred will be pressing charges. Holly's a bit concerned that she might be going to jail. Sue kicks Mercedes out, and then asks Holly, "You have absolutely no idea what you're doing, do you." Holly: "No, not really." Commercials.
Holly is sitting on Will's couch. She apologizes for dropping by unannounced, but she wanted to talk to him in person. She also wanted to see if it was true that he kept expensive beer in the house. He hands her a bottle to try out, and tells her he's glad she came. Will apologizes for criticizing her teaching style, and then she starts crying and confesses to being a terrible teacher. She's decided this is so because when she was in Sue's office with Mercedes, she could only think about herself and not about defending her student. In fact, she's not even sure what punishment Sue eventually doled out to Mercedes. I guess at McKinley that might make her a bad teacher. But that's only because McKinley is the only school in the U.S. where teachers are also employed as defense attorneys for their students. At most other schools it's enough to be good at teaching and leave the job of arguing on behalf of students to their parents. And then Holly tells the story of how she was transformed from a good teacher to her present self, desperate to be liked. But it's a story tinged with racism and misogyny, so let's just leave it at the version she told Rachel -- she got punched in the face. And ever since then, she's decided to keep things moving so she doesn't get beat up again: "I never sign more than a month-to-month lease, I only eat off paper plates, I live on one-night stands." Will looks both intrigued and a little disturbed by that last one. She tells him that her nomadic lifestyle works for her, but it's not good for the kids, so she's resigning the job Sue gave her. And then Terri comes in.