#67 Chapter Sixty-Seven
#69 Chapter Sixty-Nine
#68 Chapter Sixty-Eight
#70 Chapter Seventy
#71 Chapter Seventy-One
#72 Chapter Seventy-Two
#73 Chapter Seventy-Three
#74 Chapter Seventy-Four
#76 Chapter Seventy-Six
#75 Chapter Seventy-Five
#77 Chapter Seventy-Seven
#78 Chapter Seventy-Eight
#79 Chapter Seventy-Nine
Ronnie witnesses a male student trying to rape a female student, and reports it to the police despite the fact that both students claim it was consensual sex. Even the girl's parents beg Ronnie not to press charges, but it isn't until the girl admits to Ronnie that she's anatomically a male that Ronnie decides not to pursue the issue. Steven worries about all the things Scott has been doing lately without consulting him first, including creating a new policy to expel students who fork their tongues, dispensing the morning after pill from the school infirmary, and expelling a stuttering student for having an illegal drug from Canada that helps prevent his stutter. The expelled stutterer sues the school, and Scott successfully represents Winslow in court, but Steven reduces the boy's sentence to a two-week suspension anyway. Scott appears on Public Access TV to talk to parents about the morning after pill. Marylin thinks Scott's power trip is due to his loneliness. Scott admits to Steven that he fancies Marylin, and asks Marylin to dinner. Marylin says she's flattered, but she's seeing someone. Later, Scott sees Steven and Marylin kissing in the school parking lot. A new teacher, Carmen Torres, has a tough first day. Not only does the 21-year-old look like a student herself, but she seems determined to teach her students just about everything except physics in her physics class. Harvey decides that sex will help stimulate him so he doesn't get Alzheimer's Disease.
An attack on one cheerleader by another is reminiscent of, and driven by, a similar rivalry between the two cheerleader's mothers when they were in high school. A student in Danny's class, Peter Feldman, is electrocuted and believes that he is Jesus. Some teachers and students feel that Peter knows them and gives them comfort, but Danny, an atheist, is frustrated. Another student in Danny's class feels that Peter is mocking his God and beats him up. Carmen tries to keep a bad boy student, Jake, from being a bad influence on one of her other students, Jenn, but it turns out that Jake is actually an undercover police officer trying to bust Jenn's brother for drugs. Jake, his cover partly blown, asks Carmen out on a date, but she still doesn't like or trust him. Marylin encourages Steven to be more vocally appreciative of his teachers. Steven tries to do so, but it comes out all wrong and people just think he's being weird. Steven and Marylin agree that if they're going to give their relationship a chance, they need to keep their jobs out of it. Becky Emerson has taken on Marcie's job as Steven and Scott's assistant.
Marla finds out that Tracy, who is a tutor in the peer tutoring department, is inspiring her tutorees by promising them views of her breasts for high grades. A student, Dina, accuses Danny of hitting on her and then giving her bad grades when she turns him down. When Danny finally gets a chance to confront his accuser, Dina admits that her claim was false, but she thinks that Danny discriminates against pretty girls in his class. Ronnie, who has been put in the counselor's office, investigates Dina's claim, and talks to Danny. Danny admits that he thinks pretty girls get an easy ride in the rest of the world, so he tries to treat them all equally in his class. A model U.N. debate in Carmen's class over Iraq and the war breaks into violence, which carries over into an ambush in the boy's bathroom and puts a student in the hospital. Carmen considers giving up teaching, but some choice words from Steven give her strength. Scott continues to pursue Marylin even after he knows that she's dating Steven, and Steven and Scott continue to butt heads over Scott doing too much behind Steven's back.
Despite Carmen's best efforts get him to lay off Jenn, Jake continues to charm the 15-year-old until he finagles an invite to her brother's party. Once there, he blows off Jenn, telling her she's too young for him, and concentrates on busting her brother. Jenn, trying to be more adult, steals some pills from Jake's pocket and takes them, ending up in the hospital after overdosing. Jake admits to Carmen that, in this case, the ends don't justify the means. Lettie, one of Marla's students, slaps Marla during class, and Marla slaps her back. Marla tries to justify standing up for herself, but all the other teachers, the parents, and Steven all tell her that she's in the wrong and she needs to apologize to keep her job. Marla is ready to stand strong and lose her job if need be, but at the last minute she realizes that teaching is too important to her, so she sucks it up and apologizes to the school board. Danny realizes that his bad attitude is having an effect on Allison, who has become a school bully, so he decides to try to improve his own behavior in order to be a good role model.
Carmen learns more about Jenn and John Cardell, and finds out that John supports Jenn with his drug-money. Jake and Carmen get closer, and actually share a kiss that's witnessed by Jenn. Jake busts John and then uses him to get to the higher-up dealer, but an incensed Jenn causes the deal to go south and Jake is shot and killed. Charlie Bixby, an investment banker who has just been convicted of securities fraud, is sentenced to community service as a math teacher at Winslow. He connects with the kids, but is extremely self-centered, and freaks out when one of the girls in his class turns out to be a cutter. With some surprisingly sage advice from Becky, Scott finally gives up on pursuing Marylin, and on his 50th birthday he gets into a car accident with a beguiling woman who agrees to have a drink with him. Danny helps a student, Taylor, who is an aspiring cyclist and has just been diagnosed with a degenerative muscular disease.
When Harper suspends a student for kissing Marilyn, the young man finds out that Harper and Marilyn have been secretly dating and threatens to go in front of the school board to reveal their relationship in order to have his suspension lifted. Guber has difficulty accepting that Violet is also seeing other men and Charlie Bixby tries to convince him to just take her as she is and continue dating. Hanson and Claire try to help Julian, a gay student who is having difficulties with his father.
Marla decides she wants to have a baby, and asks Steven if he would donate his sperm. In the menatime, Danny tells Marla that she hasn't thought things through, and Marla yells at him for dumping on her dream. Steven tell Marla he wouldn't be comfortable with fathering her baby, and after talking things over with her doctor, Marla realizes that, due to her blocked fallopian tubes, the expense of the necessary in-vitro vertilization she would need is too high. Marla gives up on her dream, but Danny feels bad and tells her that if she changes her mind back, he would be happy to donate. Charlie Bixby works the teen hotline to hit on Ronnie, but ends up actually bonding with a suicidal teen named Joseph. Carmen, a little out of sorts after Jake's death, tries to help Jenn. Jenn, who has a new attitude and is doing drugs, is living in a group home since her brother's arrest. When Carmen finds out that Jenn has family in Minnesota that wants to help her, she tries to convince the rebellious girl to go to them. After calling her AA sponsor for support, Carmen reveals to Jenn that she's a recovering alcoholic, and she knows the path that Jenn is on. Carmen finally convinces Jenn to help herself and go to Minnesota.
When he finds out that students have beena accessing terrorist-related web sites from the school library computers, Steven reluctantly calls in the FBI to investigate. Agent Monica Price starts by questioning the one Arab student who accessed the web site, and the innocent student, Khalid, and his sister become targets for the other students. After someone spray-paints "terrorist" on Khalid's locker and someone else throws a bottle at his sister, Khalid's father pulls both of his children out of school. Steven is mortified, and lectures the whole school on tolerance. When a student tells Ronnie that she has contracted HIV, Ronnie becomes horrified at the lack of sexual education among teens. Ronnie starts holding her own sex education classes, even though Steven tells her she can't, but when her SAFE club is shut down she turns to Scott's cable access show to encourage parents to educate their own kids. Danny continues to hunt for the missing Julian, and Julian's mother comes to Danny secretly and tells him that she's leaving her violent husband so that she can provide a safe home for her son. Julian finally gets in touch with Danny, and scared boy and his mother have a tearful reunion and try to start a new life together without Julian's father.
Guber contends with a student who thinks he is Jesus and is using school funds to feed the homeless. Marla mistakenly books R.E.M. for a school fund-raiser. Special guest stars R.E.M. as themselves. Guest starring Miko Hughes as Peter Feldman, Jeffrey Pierce as Will Styros, Kate Norby as Joannie Hanson, Missy Yager as Claire Hanson, Lou Volpe, Edward Carnevale, Robert Maffia, Courtney Peldon as Becky Emerson, and Lyrica Woodruff as Allison.
When acts of hazing begin to disrupt the school, Guber traces it back to the school drumline and discovers that they are physically abusing the freshman. Therefore, he looks to take them out of the state competition. Also, Hanson's student run television station produces a documentary about Ronnie that has her very worried; and Marla meets the father of one of her teachers when he is sentenced to being handcuffed to his son for a week. Guest Cast: Leon Frierson as Brady Bennett, Theodore Borders as Rick Onterrio, Courtney Peldon as Becky Emerson, Kevin Dunn as Eddie Mankowski, Sr., CJ Thomason as Eddie Mankowski, Jr., Kate Mara as Helena Gelbke, Louis Falk as Wilber Stowe, Kimberlee Peterson as Natalie Stone.
When an overachieving female student (Majandra Delfino) is named co-president of the honor society -- along with an African-American student in a wheelchair -- she sues the school. Marla begins her in-vitro process and starts to worry about the ramifications of her decision. Violet (Sherilyn Fenn), Guber's former porn star girlfriend, causes a stir when she starts to help out in the after-school tutoring program. A teen with a police record is haunted by the past while trying to go straight. Rainy: Natasha Melnick.
When the "Young Conservatives Club" holds a bake sale to show their view on affirmative action, the school sits poised on the verge of a race riot. Relations among the students reach a boiling point, so the teachers hold a debate in front of the entire student body to discuss the pros and cons of affirmative action. Meanwhile, Henry Preston, a new art teacher in his first day on the job, struggles with the budgetary restraints that come with public school teaching; and a 28-year-old former student decides to finally get her diploma, but she must repeat Lipschultz's history class to graduate. Courtney Peldon as Becky Emerson, Phil Buckman as Henry Preston, Natasha Melnick as Rainy Murphy, Joseff Stevenson as Rob, Garikayi Mutambirwa as Lawrence Sorrenson, Karen Malina White as Sonia Williamson, Taran Killam as Alex Buchanan, Eric Artell as Tom Hamilton.
When Danny and Claire have to face the fact that Joannie wants her daughter back, Danny is torn because he wants to believe his sister has changed but Claire is reluctant to relinquish custody. Meanwhile, Marla opens her home to her troubled student Rainy; and Ronnie tries to keep a student on the path to MIT instead of life as an artist. Missy Yager as Claire Ellison, Kate Norby as Joannie Hanson, Lyrica Woodruff as Allison Hanson, Phil Buckman as Henry Preston, Natasha Melnick as Rainy Murphy, Sean Faris as Troy Mooney, Lisa Lang as Traci Van Meter, Luke Eberl as Dominick Avery.