Kennedy Hallway. Brooke and Sam stand at Sam's locker, reading a book of baby names and considering a few for their future half-sibling. Normally the idea of an addition into the McQueen/McPherson household would send me into a fit of rage and anxiety just imagining the painful future story arcs involving Mike and Jane and their bundle of joy. But seeing as Popular was officially not renewed for next season (and, as Shank pointed out, only airing 21 episodes, falling one episode short of a normal season), I couldn't care much less. At this point, they could name the kid "Fruit Of Mike And Jane's Loins" and give him a job teaching Central American Literature at Kennedy for all I give a crap. It's not like I'm going to have to see much of this kid. Harrison approaches them and tries to apologize for playing them both last week. The girls ignore him and walk off arm-in-arm like Kelly and Brenda on the fourth season of 90210 when they were seniors and waiting for Dylan to make up his mind between the two of them. Only Brenda and Kelly were so much cuter and went easier on the make-up. Harrison shrugs.
Moments before Chem's class starts. Hey, I've got a trivia question for you. When was the last time the Kennedy kids were in a classroom that wasn't chemistry? The first person to email me the correct answer gets a package of Britney Spears bubble gum. Lily is trying to engage Josh in a conversation about the prom dress and matching cummerbund she just bought, but Josh is elsewhere emotionally. Lily is freaked, thinking Josh doesn't want to go with her anymore. Josh explains that he just doesn't want to talk about prom right at that moment. Chem starts class and announces that she's been required by a George W. Bush education policy to start teaching a standard chemistry curriculum. Good God, it's about time someone realized that Chem hasn't taught a single lesson this year that even resembles high-school chemistry. But do they start doing actual experiments with chemicals and Bunsen burners? Nope. Due to some logic that I can't follow even though I've rewound this scene about seven times, the kids have to pair off and do trust falls. Something about lab partners being able to trust one another. Whatever. You know, I have a feeling that the trust falls are actually there in order to underline this episode's central theme which -- I'm taking a wild and crazy guess here -- is trust. No, I swear! I've never seen this episode before!
Chem lectures about the whole philosophy behind trust falls -- earning your partner's trust blah blah blah. Sam falls happily into Brooke's arms. Lily, on the other hand, is grimacing as she falls into Josh's arms, and Nicole doesn't lift a finger to catch Mary Cherry, who falls to the floor with a thud. Harrison and George -- still chilly towards each other thanks to Harrison almost hooking up with Sam and being caught by George -- just stand there with their arms crossed. Chem asks Harrison what the problem is. Harrison says he just doesn't feel comfortable. Chem calls Harrison an "inherent mistruster" for not submitting to a trust fall. "Is there a reason no one has your back?" she asks him. Sam and Brooke barely hide their amusement.