Commercials. Hmmm, Hilary Duff in a movie about the difficulties of life at a music school. Do you think she'll triumph in the end? No, really, I want to know -- I can't take the suspense.
Jack enters the diner and sits at the counter, where he asks Marcus for some pie. Marcus asks him if he didn't just eat, and Jack says, "Two words. Fig sorbet." Okay, I like fancy food and all, but that sounds nasty. Marcus laughs and gets him the pie. Jack tells Marcus about the virginity oath. Marcus: "That's messed up, man." Jack: "You know what else is messed up? Intentionally failing a huge test because you know it will get you kicked off the track team." Marcus denies knowing anything about that, but Jack is not thrown off the trail. Jack insists on knowing why Marcus did it, and Marcus tells him "You're back on the team, which is what you wanted anyway. It doesn't matter why." Jack insists that it matters to him, pointing out that Marcus loves track. And this is where every HoYay-loving person in the audience fed Marcus his next line: "But not as much as I love you." Unfortunately, we don't write for the show, so that didn't really happen. Jack insists on knowing why Marcus did it, and Marcus reluctantly tells him that ever since his sister went to college, his father has had less help in the diner and a huge tuition bill to pay. Marcus wanted to get kicked off the team to help his dad because he was tired of seeing him work double shifts and still have more work to do on top of that, and he knew his father would never voluntarily ask him to quit the team. Jack is so pretty.
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.