Adam proudly displays his art piece for Helen in class. Helen comments: "Interesting...it's a naïve piece..." Adam doesn't care for that: "Naïve?" Helen: "Like folk art. It's...oh, it's a turtle! You...you're showing how you withdraw to protect yourself from the world." Adam shakes his head slightly, saying, "It's a catalytic converter and an exhaust pipe." Helen's still trying to apply some kind of interpretation to the piece that will connect it to the actual assignment: "You see yourself as a catalytic converter. You're showing how you convert your personality into...what? Help me out here, Adam. I assigned a self-portrait. How is this you?" Adam: "It's not." Helen: "You didn't do the assignment?" Iris smiles and helpfully interjects, "He went in a different direction." Who asked you? What are you, his agent? Shut up, "I." Adam: "I have to do what I feel." Helen says they'll talk about it after class. She moves on, but Adam asks, "Why? I thought this class was about sharing our thoughts, being honest." Helen shrugs slightly and says, "Okay. You are very talented, Adam, but you're coasting. There's no...feeling in this. I assigned a self-portrait because I wanted you to think introspectively. You avoided that challenge." Embarrassed, Adam sits down. She continues, "This class is about discovery, getting in touch with who you are. Real art...it takes risks, it creates a dialogue. Do the assignment, Adam. Take a risk." He looks slightly hurt. Spunky Booster looks at him, concerned for her boyfriend's fragile artistic soul.
Back to the park, which is really more of an concrete playground than what I would call a park. Joan approaches the girls again, and Casper stops jumping: "Snow White's back. Better check yourself, yo." Joan says she just wants a chance to jump. Casper: "So why don't you find someone your own speed at the playground?" Joan: "With you." The girl I've decided is Maliya says, "Someone wake this little sister up -- she's dreaming." They all laugh. Casper tells her friends to start turning the rope for her again -- but before she can jump in, Joan does, and manages to keep going. I've read that Amber Tamblyn learned to jump just for this episode. Pretty quick study. I'm sure she never knows what skill she's going to have to master -- or convincingly fake -- next. Casper looks dismayed to see that girlfriend actually does have some skillz. Joan misses a jump and stops. With that broad smile she always has whenever she does something that surprises herself, she says, "That was amazing! It was like being in an eggbeater." She laughs. But Casper's pissed, and gets up in Joan's grill: "I said no. You don't belong here." Nikki says, "Chill, Casper. She hung on. She's all right." Maliya also tells her to chill. Casper tells them, "Double it up." To Joan: "Don't get me tied in these ropes -- I won't like that." Casper jumps in and after a moment tells Joan, "I'm waiting." Joan manages to jump in and keep up with Casper, who tells her, "Don't look at my feet. Look at my eyes! Link eyes!" Joan does. Casper: "One foot!" Joan complies. Nikki: "Go, Snow White!" They stop jumping and Casper bangs fists with Joan, with only a slight grudge. Maliya tells Casper she'll see her tomorrow. Joan doesn't understand why they're stopping. There's a siren in the background as Casper explains that the cops shut down the park at sunset. Nikki asks Casper, "You fixed for food?" Casper: "Always!" Nikki and Maliya exchange looks as they wander off. Joan says, "You can eat at my house." Casper: "You think we [sic] friends now, Princess? You think we got something in common?" Joan: "Well, we did when we were jumping. It's like we were the same person in there. Come on, my mom always makes way too much food anyway. Come on." Casper doesn't argue, but lets herself be dragged along. She must be pretty hungry.