Classroom. McManus enters as Poet reads one of his poems. Wangler looks like he'd rather be hanging from his thumbs than hearing this, and for once we are in agreement. He finally blurts, "Yo, faggot, are you done with your faggotry yet?" Yeah, his IQ's soaring. Poet unsurprisingly takes offense to that, but they get broken up before any violence can occur. McManus informs Wangler that the next time he starts a fight, he'll be heading for Gen Pop. The class leaves, and Coushaine complains to McManus about Wangler's negative attitude. McManus dishes about the pressure that Adebisi is putting on Wangler, like I know your level of gossip would put most yentas to shame, but should you really be so chatty with a prisoner? The conversation turns to Poet, with Coushaine opining that he has talent. Feh. McManus gives Coushaine a tape recorder and tells him to record five or six of Poet's poems, and what's with the stealth here? Is he going to play the tape backwards to see if Poet's a devil worshipper? Actually, I'd think that just from hearing the tape played forwards.
McManus beckons Said into his office. He invites Said to sit, which of course he doesn't. McManus tells him that he finished his book. Said: "I suppose you want my autograph." Hee. McManus gets to the point: he wants Said to show his publisher Poet's poems. Timbo, remember last week when I took your side, saying that Said shouldn't expect anything from you after he treated you like shit? Well, I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be able to make the same point to you now. Said agrees, recalling that when he first came to Oz, McManus told him that his "celebrity status" wouldn't get him any special treatment, and while I don't think that was exactly McManus's message there, the point is taken, as McManus is now ready to exploit that status. McManus whines that it's about Poet, but Said calls him out, saying that if Poet's poems are published, it'll garner attention for his education program, which will make him look like a hero. McManus, you might want to go unlisted, because Said sure has your number. McManus: "Could we just put aside all the bullshit between us for once?" I am speechless. Said raises a finger and intones, "Once." Thank you.
Poet goes under the stairs to try to score some drugs off Adebisi and Wangler, but he's got no money, so they tell him to get lost. Adebisi sniffs some drugs using a condom. Hee.