DANIELLE and JEN are both running for Homecoming Queen. For Danielle it's serious, for Jen it's a joke. But as it gets closer Jen realizes it really does mean something to her. Neither of them win, and Jen is disappointed that the school couldn't go for someone more unusual, like her.
The Homecoming game is the final test of the season for Fairfax, which is on the verge of setting a new state record for a losing streak. DERARD will play, but his ankle is still injured. He has to leave the game in the first quarter and watch on the sidelines as Fairfax finally wins it's first game! The team celebrates like they just won the Super Bowl, but Derard is more depressed than ever.
JACQUELINE spends much of her time at home procrastinating and worrying about her homework, commenting offhandedly that she has "ADD". She and Danielle are friends, and talk on the phone about Jacqueline's boyfriend John--they had an intense relationship that is now falling apart.
JET tries out for the cheer squad on a lark. "I want to prove that I can be a girl too." (He's the first boy to try out in years). But he soon realizes how hard it is and develops respect for the girls. It's much harder than ROTC. He doesn't think he'll make it, but does a killer dance for his final audition and makes the team.
ELIZABETH is developing her speech for the Academic Decathlon. It is about physical abuse that many immigrant parents, especially from Korea, inflict on their kids. She sees it as a part of the culture, but some of the other team members believe she's excusing it. Mr. Sugden doesn't want her to give the speech. "You can't be controversial." Liz is not sure what to do.
Jacqueline's boyfriend comes to her house at 2am one night to give her a poem, but then proceeds to break up with her. She deals with it in a presentation in Dr. Shusterman's class on "Art and Emotion" that leaves several of her classmates in tears.