Of course, on the way out, Courtney runs into Jack and Dee coming out of the bathroom looking all flushed and disheveled. Courtney -- who told Jack he shouldn't wait for her, mind you -- bolts, and Jack gives chase. For about a second. "Let her go," Dee advises, not unkindly.
Oh, God, now we have to sit through Further Confrontations With the Plagiarizing TA. I plumb forgot all about this boring plot. Tammy informs Grace that she totally rewrote her dissertation. Well, okay, the first two chapters anyway. "I wanted to show you I could do this," Tammy says. Well, I think it's assumed, by the time you're in a PhD program, that you can write a paper without copying from someone else, but maybe I'm mistaken. Grace tells Tammy that she's not interested in reading said dissertation. But she's not going to turn Tammy in, either. And then, we get a monologue so long that it violates The Four-Line Rule multiple times. Basically: Grace was on the application committee when Tammy applied. Tammy's application was kinda feh. But Grace wanted to admit a woman rather than an "unencumbered white guy," who, I am sure, Grace just assumed was unencumbered because he was a white man. I am in favor of affirmative action, but how does Grace know that said white guy wasn't supporting his ailing widowed mother? Or taking care of his autistic brother? Or something. Assumptions, Grace, are dangerous. Anyway, blah blah blah affirmative action is good, but blee blee blee, Tammy ruined it for everyone for all time, forever and always, and Grace hopes Tammy's ashamed. She stops short of suggesting that Tammy kill herself out of shame, but just barely. Tammy sniffles that she feels REAL BAD about this whole thing, and Grace tells her to find a new job and a new advisor, because Grace doesn't want to have anything to do with Tammy ever, ever again. I would like to point out that at least Grace isn't screaming. Lahti, my eardrums thank you. Don't say I never said anything nice about you. "You are being given an opportunity to do better. One that you haven't earned. Try to mumble mumble mumble this time," Grace marble-mouths. See? She's getting tired, with all these lines! Give the woman a day off! Tammy thanks her. "You just saved my life," she says. Grace ratchets the Self-Righteous Meter up to eleven and responds, "Good, and Tammy, listen. Next time you meet a woman who needs help, make sure you give it. Who knows? Maybe she'll even deserve it." And with that, Tammy is dismissed! On cue, Grace's phone rings. It's Mr. Challenge, asking her to come down to school.