Tilghman staff room. At lunch with Mrs. Sampson, Prez flicks through the Language Arts answers his class supplied, none of which is correct, and one of which is "[happy face]." Angrily, he bitches that at least before they were learning, but this is bullshit, and he doesn't care about Donnelly or his evaluation because he came to Tilghman to teach. Mrs. Sampson watches him silently, finally smirking at the memory of what she was like before she became resigned to the system.
Cutty's gym. Namond enters looking for Michael; Cutty, holding a heavy bag for a kid, says he isn't there. Namond's about to roll out with Donut and Kenard when Carver comes in, loudly calling Namond out for the shoddy state of his crew the other day. Cutty excuses himself to listen as Carver tells Namond that was their one chance, but that the next time he catches them out there slinging, they're all going to Cheltenham. Namond scoffs at the idea that he would go to Cheltenham on a drug charge, but Carver says he'd write Namond up as "a special." If Namond thinks that just means he'd go on the cheap, he doesn't say so, and leaves, Kenard yapping, "He don't think I can jail? I can jail." Dude, maybe I'll believe it when you're out of Pull-Ups. Anyway, Cutty comes over and shakes hands with Carver, surmising that Namond's "banging." Carver asks whether he's one of Cutty's, and Cutty says that he hangs around with Michael, but doesn't box; Cutty says he isn't the type, unlike his father. Carver curiously asks who Namond's father is, and when Cutty says Wee-Bey's name, Carver remembers him, saying he jailed Wee-Bey in Philadelphia. Cutty fondly says that he and Wee-Bey were locked up together in Jessup, and that "Namond's from him -- same blood, but not the same heart." That's the nicest way I ever heard someone call a kid a pussy. The bell rings, and a kid calls out to Cutty that he's done with his warm-up, so Carver gives him a big smile and takes off.
At night, a big car rolls slowly down an alley and stops. Andre gets out, whining that he didn't think they were stopping, but Slim Charles, getting out with him, says that he's taking him to his "escort out." Andre says that he thought Charles was his escort out, but then he sees Partlow and Snoop coming at him with all their equipment and realizes how wrong he was. With Charles already on his way out of the alley, Andre starts whining for his life. Snoop, all business, tells him to come over there, and Partlow promises that it'll be quick. Andre protests that they can't do it in a vacant, because his people won't know he's dead or be able to give him a "homego," but Partlow and Snoop don't really have the same idea of the sanctity of life that some other people do. Guess Old Face Andre's not getting any older.