Grace's office. Bradley Cooper comes in with some research she wanted. Grace tells him that she really underestimated his feminist values, because she has "two children who took [her] last name instead of their father's." Did you really give them a choice, Grace? It seems that Grace has discovered that Bradley Cooper (whose character is named Tom, but I won't call him that) has been using his mother's surname instead of his father's. Apparently, his father is a major bigwig who has given millions to the university. She says that Bradley Cooper's "hiring was pushed through by President Benedict himself because, my God, [Bradley Cooper's] a one-man endowment." Hey, where's the money-grubbing whore been all episode? Bradley Cooper tells him that this is the reason he doesn't use his father's name -- he doesn't want special favors, and he doesn't want people like Grace abusing him just because he comes from a privileged background: "I worked my ass off to get here." I'm not sure about that -- turn around so we can verify that statement. But Bradley Cooper is apparently something of a wuss, because he tells Grace that he understands if she wants to fire him, and that he'll clean out his desk. Just then, Hebba comes into the office. Grace calls out to Bradley Cooper as he's leaving, telling him that she needs some papers graded, and that she'll see him tomorrow. Let's count that as Half-Assed Apology #1.
Hebba has come to speak to Grace. She wants to tell Grace that she has nothing to do with the protesting groups, some of whom keep trying to convert her: "I just think it's not even really about me anymore." Grace: "I'm not sure it ever was." And then Hebba gives a kick-ass speech. And because she's so cool, the four-line rule definitely doesn't apply to her. "The one thing is, I still think you were unfair to me that day. You judged me superficially. You look at me and you see an oppressed Muslim woman forced to cover her head by a misogynistic and backwards culture." Grace: "I never said that." Hebba: "That's what you meant. You see me as a victim. I don't think you see my choice in all of this. You know, in my hall, there are two women who are anorexic, one who has breast implants, two others who are considering surgery either to their body or their face. All of them obsess over their weight or their clothes and their looks. This is what your culture does to women. It suggests ideals they'll never attain and, when they fail to attain them, tells them they're worthless. You talk about my conditioning, but what you don't understand is that I'm a feminist just like you. And this [gesturing to her head scarf] is a part of that. This is me saying 'no' to all the ways that your culture tries to exploit me. This is me saying 'yes' to my religion and my God. Not no to being liberated. I am liberated. Well, anyway, I'll see you in class." And here it comes. Grace: "Hebba. I'm sorry." Woohoo! The first whole-assed apology from Grace. Let's have a party, y'all, because I doubt this day will come again any time soon. Hebba thanks Grace for the apology, and then leaves Grace to meditate on her own foolishness.