Powell Pad: Daphne, who you'll recall has just used her powers to find out the location of a really big kegger, thinks JJ is out of line using his powers to make the football team. She hates lying about his super-genius (if not getting her homework done). JJ explains that football is all math and it gets all vector analysis-y, which makes Daphne and me dizzy.
School: Professor Dick, it seems, was calling the Powells. He and another teacher (or perhaps the principal, this show is really bad about making clear the names of minor characters) imply that JJ is on performance-enhancing drugs, but not in a Clemens way -- in a Kellie Martin as Lucy Knight on E.R. way. He must be taking Adderall or something to have made such strides. Jim's pretty terrific here -- pointing out that they called the Powells in when JJ was screwing up, but now they're calling them in when he's doing well. Finally, Professor Dick lays it on the table: "JJ's changed so much in a short span that you have to ask yourselves, if it's not drugs -- what is it?" Dawn breaks over Jim and Stephanie's head.
Back home they ask JJ if he's on drugs. He's understandably offended. They then move onto the subject of powers, and JJ is a complete, tearful lying little son of a bitch. "For the first time in my life, I'm finally good at stuff because I believe in myself. It would be real nice if you did, too." Jim proceeds to beat up on himself for not trusting his untrustworthy kid, until the evening news catches Stephanie's eye. They're showing the composite sketch of the alleged vigilante, but it's basically Jim's self-portrait with a slightly skewed face and stringy hair. Stephanie then moralizes about how he's not giving enough to his own family. See, she's had super-speed for four weeks, so now she's perfect, and thus she gives Jim an ultimatum: "Do you want to be a parent or a vigilante?" Um, I think he wants to be both, Ms. This-Is-My-First-Night-Home-In-15-Years. Look, normally, I would take the woman's side in this argument, but in the Powell family, Jim is totally the mom. Commercial.