In the Sociology class mentioned in the previous episode, a "Dr. Kinney" is lecturing the class, which includes Wallace and Logan, that torture has existed as long as have prisons and wars and armies. Yeah, dude, I've seen Rome, too. Also in the class is Rider Strong. Kinney shows a famous photo from Abu Ghraib, and asks who among the students saw it and thought to himself that he would never do something like that. Most of the students raise their hands, but Logan, with an amused look, doesn't. One could be forgiven for thinking that he's recalling his role in organizing bumfights ["I'll NEVER FORGET" -- Wing Chun], but the fact that the photo in question is the one of the prisoner being dragged along on a leash, I think Logan's remembering an activity of his that's a little more current. And frequent. The professor tells them that in his opinion, it's likely that only two or three of them are right in their assessment of their own characters. Also, the students each have a twenty-page research project due at the end of the term about the effects of imprisonment and torture. One wonders what sort of grade twenty pages of repeating "I'm going crazy from having to sit inside and write this fucking paper on a Saturday night" would merit. Kinney offers them an out: he's conducting an extensive study on the prisoner-guard relationship. Anyone who volunteers will participate in an experiment in which he'll be either a prisoner or a guard. The prisoners will be given an arbitrary piece of information, which the guards will attempt to extract from them. The members of the winning team are exempt from the paper, while the losing side's burden will be reduced to ten pages. I'm annoyed with the writers here, not so much because this is unrealistic, but because, from reading the boards, I can no longer see the words "Stanford Experiment" without screaming. Whoops. AIEEEEEE! Anyway, let's just say that there's extensive online documentation of why this experiment would never be allowed to happen these days and leave it at that. Wallace and Logan volunteer, although Logan's hand-raising is so fey that you could perfectly balance a server's tray on it. Given what we see later, I wonder if Dick went to him for lessons.
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