Renée, the Geometry teacher with the crush, tiptoes into Mr. Katimsky's room. He tries to say hello, but clearly has no idea what her name is, so she tell him, which is good because I had no idea what it was, either. "So many names in just one..." A yawning chasm opens in the Arizona desert, worn by a mighty river. "...week." Rene has just dropped in to say hi, and finish whatever conversation it was they were having before. She makes goofy small talk like this: "So many of my kids are just sliding downhill. It's so discouraging. You try to reach out to them, you really try, but when they don't take the next step it's so frustrating." Ooh. Sexy. But Mr. Katimsky has just spotted Rickie and Rayanne passing in the hallway, and excuses himself from this terrible flirting.
He flags down the two errant students, and demands to know where they're supposed to be. But, since he doesn't actually care, he's not really willing to listen to Rayanne's explanation. He basically seems to be totally uninterested in all women. Hmm. Anyway, he does ask Rayanne if she's interested in joining Drama Club. "Would it get me out of anything?" Mr. Katimsky says no, and sends them on their way. But, as he's referred in Rickie as Enrique twice in this scene, Vasquez hesitates long enough to remark that "people don't call me Enrique, except, like, my grandmother, and she's dead." Mr. Katimsky says, "Oh, okay. I'll try to...boy, imagine having a name like Enrique, and not using it! I'm an Enrique too! Well, sort of. A Richard. It's not quite the same thing." Despite, or perhaps because of, how amazingly endearing Richard Katimsky is, Rickie continues to be annoyed by him: "No. Richard would be Ricardo." Mr. Katimsky pretends not to remember whether or not he's already talking to Rickie about Drama Club, and points out the sign-up sheet six or seven times: "We'll have the first meeting Friday, after school!" Uh oh. But that conflicts with Buffalo Tom! Anyway, Mr. Katimsky leaves, and Rickie turns to Rayanne for solidarity, but she's a sharp one, when not drugged out of her mind: "He's kidding you. Can't you take a joke?" Geometry Renée looks on, dejected. Another teacher approaches and asks her what's wrong. "I just made the biggest fool out of myself." If only she knew. Or maybe she does?