Bad Teacher (2014): Season 1, Episode 3 - Evaluation Day - full transcript

When the faculty faces district teacher evaluations, Principal Carl asks Meredith to assist Ginny with student engagement. Meanwhile, Lily tries to convince Irene that Meredith is taking advantage of her friendship.

I was told I could have another big pancake

or two silver dollar ones.

Yes, Mr. Pilaf.

But, unfortunately, we are
running short on butter...

so it is one pat per person.

Hey, Joel.

I'm late because my ex-wife
called me on my way to work

and it is really hard to talk on my bike.

Carla called? What'd she say?

Well, she's looking for a house-sitter

because she and her new boyfriend, Carl,

want to go to her high school reunion.

Which is also my high school reunion.

But now I won't be going,
since I'll be house-sitting.

Wait, what? N-No. Why
didn't you stand up to her,

you know, and tell her no?

I tried, but it's really hard.

It's like she has this power over me.

- Here you go.
- Irene! You brought me two coffees.

- Yay!
- Oh. Yeah.

Oh, you look tired.

You know what? Why don't you have one?

Oh. Thanks. Such a good friend.

I know.

(clears throat) Good morning, teachers,

and thank you for coming to this breakfast

even though it takes time
away from our families,

or in my case, the family of
possums living in my carport.

Here is some good news.

An evaluator from the district

is coming at the end of the week

to assess everyone's performance.

(teachers murmuring)

Doug Pilaf, math department.

Why is that good news?

Doug, I know your name.

You've worked here for over 15 years.

And it is good news because
it is an opportunity for us

to convince the school
board not to cut our budget.

Well, the science department
can't take any more cuts.

We've been dissecting the
same frog for, like, two years.

And Meredith has been teaching

the same lesson plan for two months.

(CARL) Well, we just have to do a good job.

And to do that, we gotta be prepared.

So I will be sitting
in on your classes today

to help identify any weaknesses.

Now, along with the usual criteria,

this year, there is a new category:

"student engagement."

We all know how difficult it
is to keep kids interested,

living in this fast-paced,
flip-phone, DVD world.

This touchy-feely stuff
is crazy. I was taught

by a nun with a yardstick,
and I turned out great.

Yeah, she probably taught you everything
you know about sex, too, right?

But what if the evaluations are bad?

Calm down.

There is no need to get worried.

Unless the school board
has to cut our budget

and start firing teachers. Which is likely.


Guys, relax. I'm sure, if you get fired,

there's, like, a fancy
severance package or, like,

a golden parachutey thing like the CEOs.

It's probably better. (Carl clears throat)



♪ Nah, nah-nah, nah, nah, nah, nah ♪

♪ Nah-nah,
nah-nah ♪

♪ I am a fascination ♪

♪ I'm here to blow your mind ♪

♪ I'll give 'em education ♪

♪ Give me the wine and dine ♪

♪ Hey! ♪

♪ Nah, nah, nah, nah-nah ♪

♪ Nah-nah,
nah, nah-nah! ♪

(MAN) Yo!

Want to cook?

He's coming. Principal Carl's coming.

Okay... if you guys are
good for Principal Carl,

that is 50 Nixon Bucks for each of you.

Okay? You can use it at the school store

and you can get, you know, whatever

you kids want. What do you kids want?

Are my parents to get back together.

Hum. Let's talk after class.
'Cause maybe I can counsel your dad.

Uh, guys, that board is
not gonna move itself.

(clears throat)

Vic... here's 100 for you.

You know what to do. And we're excited...

And that last bit of knowledge

is why America is the greatest
country in the world.

Because your dreams can fly
higher than a bald eagle

and your goals can soar above
the heroes of Mount Rushmore.


(chuckling) Oh, my God.

Principal Carl! I am so embarrassed.

I had just no idea you would
be here at this exact moment.

Anyway, we are just having
a totally normal class.

And Victor was just about to
discuss our next chapter.

One of the greatest frustrations
for the American colonies

was taxation by the British.

So, is he teaching class?

Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.
It's something I read about

in Good Teacher magazine.

What's the technique called?

It's called the Student...


"Makes... the...

Learning... Happen ""


(MEREDITH) Irene! I have been
looking for you everywhere.

Can you cover my class this afternoon?

I have so many papers to grade.
And I just get better work

done at the spa. It's so quiet there.

Oh, yeah. It's my off period anyway, so...

- Great.
- (IRENE) You know, I haven't

heard from you yet on that Evite

for my sister's birthday party.

You do not want to miss it. Says
she's getting out of bed this year.

Yeah, I'm still figuring out my schedule.

And my car is in the shop, and...

Oh, speaking of which, can you
give me a ride to school tomorrow?

- No problem.
- Okay, great.

Um... we love Meredith,

but your relationship with her seems...


I don't understand. What are you saying?

Does she ever bring you breakfast?

Or give you rides?

Or have you over to her place?

Oh, yeah, well, I was just over there

for a hand laundry and ironing party.

Good thing I was, too, or
nobody would have shown up.

Oh... okay. Okay.

Hey, the day's almost over.
You gonna make it to the gym,

give me a little pre-evaluation feedback?

Nope. Just make sure the
dodge balls are inflated

and nobody's bleeding. You'll do just fine.

Well, I mean, physical
education is-is more than that.

And you know I've been petitioning
to get raises for the coaches

- so that we can do a lot...
- Joel.

The kids love gym.

But let's not overstate its value.

You're kind of like a
glorified recess supervisor,

except recess supervisors make more money.

Well, I know, that's why I'm fighting...

Joel. I failed one class in my life.

That was gym. Because I
couldn't climb a dumb rope.

But who cares? I still went to Stanford.

Still have my dream job...

and my student loans.

But in six years, I
will be free and clear...

of the interest.

The point is this:

Gym is the least of my concerns.
Now, keep up the good work.


Whatever you're doing
better be school-related.

It is, unlike all those "missing
cat" fliers you printed last week.

Not only did I never find Noodles,

but thanks to you, the last image

I have of her was a
black-and-white photocopy

with a red penis drawn on it.

Oh, I'm guessing that was the first
penis you'd seen in a long time, huh?

Good luck with district evaluations.

You've heard the expression
"last in, first out," right?

Only in regards to threesomes.

What do you got there?

What, you're counterfeiting Nixon Bucks?

Are you bribing the students?

- Geez.
- "Bribing" is such an ugly word.

But yeah, I am. (scoffs)

Have you ever heard of the phrase

"last in, first out"?

Yeah. It means, like,
the first person fired

is usually the most
"last recent person hired.

Good afternoon.

I just finished my classroom visits,

and I am not gonna lie to you.

I am nervous.

But hopefully, you'll all
rally to save your jobs.

Everyone was a little
weak, with one exception.

Meredith Davis. Congratulations.

What? Meredith?

Thank you. Oh!

(scattered applause)

Principal Carl, I have always
had the highest evaluations.

I have been Teacher of the
Year for nine years running.

I don't mean to add to
the awkwardness, Ginny,

but due to the new criteria,
you had the lowest rating.

Oh, God.

(CARL) You're an amazing teacher, but
you're just not holding their interest.

But I have an idea. Meredith?

What would you think about

sitting in on Ginny's history class?

Giving her some pointers,
how to liven things up?

Well... well, gosh, I'd be honored.

Thank you for that.

I would just love to help
out my lowest-achieving,

most under-performing, worst
colleague be a little bit less awful.

You know...

maybe the last one in

pushes the first one out.

(IRENE) I'm sorry for the mess.

Haven't had a passenger in a while.

At least not a two-legged one.

Hum, where's my coffee?

Okay, I wanted to talk to
you about something, Meredith.

You know how

intestinal helminths
siphon blood and nutrients

from their host organisms?

I'd be following this a
lot closer if I had coffee.

Okay, do you know what a parasite is?

Parasites are not just
hookworms, flukes or barnacles.

I mean, any species can be a parasite.

Even humans.

Do you have anything to eat in here?

But other organisms, like
undersea tube worms,

or like digestive bacteria, for example,

those have symbiotic relationships.

Where they both buy each other coffee.

Meredith, do you
understand what I'm saying?

(gasps) Yes!

Oh. Great.

I found something.

Yeah... Okay.

So I know it's not your thing,
but I want to go to this exhibit

where you see dead bodies in motion.

Oh, I'm still totally

trying to figure out my schedule, so...

Okay. No, you're not.

And it's what I want to do.

After school, today, with you.

Fine. But next week after school,

I want to go to traffic court with you...

as my witness. I need you to say that

I was not blocking that driveway,
and that that fire truck

could have easily gone around me.

Okay. It's a symbiotic deal. Great.

After years of war,
starvation and sickness,

the South surrendered,
bringing a decisive end to...

(exaggerated snoring)

Excuse me.

You think a war that divided our nation

and pitted brother
against brother is boring?

The way you're teaching it.

Well, I'm not gonna take
teaching advice from a woman

who taught her class
that President Garfield

loved lasagna. Can you
prove that he didn't?

I don't know what your problem is with me.

I don't know what your problem is with me.

(school bell ringing) Dismissed!

And how are things going in here?

I can't help her. She's too uptight.

I'm too uptight? Well,
you're too down-loose!

I-I mean, you're loose down there.

Okay. Well, maybe this
wasn't such a good idea.

No, it's a great idea... 'cause now I can
take over her class when she gets fired.

Principal Carl, do you see what
I have been putting up with?

(snoring) And she keeps
making those noises!

Actually, I think that was Kim.



(JOEL) All right, come on, guys,
come on! Pull! You got this! Pull!

(grunts) Oh, almost!

I really thought you were
gonna get me that time.

All right, back up. Come on.

Okay, Joel. I get it.

You're an inspiration to us all.

Is that why you called me here?

Because I have things to
do and this place smells

like the inside of my old Malcolm X cap.

I got something for you.

I found the old P.E. rope and hung it up.

Well, I had the janitor hang it
up, but I told him where to put it.

Now I'm gonna teach you
how to get up that rope.

Yeah, but I can't climb.
That's why I failed gym.

I can get you up that rope.

Yeah, but I don't want to
get up that rope. I am fine.

Are you fine? You fine, Carl?

'Cause, um, you're
house-sitting for your ex, right?

What does house-sitting have
to do with climbing a rope?

Carl, why do people run marathons?

It's not for the blue toenails
and the bloody nipples, right?

It's to prove to themselves that they can

accomplish something that seems impossible.

Like saying no to Carla.

You don't understand.
I can't say no to her.

She was my life!

Carl, my job is to inspire kids.

Or adults who are scared to do kid things.

I take my job very seriously.

Now, get up that rope! Come on!

I can't!

Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.

And Kennedy's secretary was named Lincoln!

(student coughing)

That was engaging, right?

(gasps) Victor, good job.

Your handwriting's so much less girly.

I've been trying. Yeah?

Proud of you!

What do you want?

Oh, you're giving a test. Never mind.


What, are yo spying on me now?

No. Just forget it, okay?

Well, if you're not spying on
me, then what are you doing?

You'll just make fun of me.

Probably. Go on.

I don't like you.

Feeling is mutual.

But you are good with the students.

Yeah, I know.

I'm worried about the evaluations.


I need your help.

Why would I help you?

Well, how does a free drink sound?

Like the most exciting night of your life

and the most boring night of mine.

But maybe you're actually
tolerable when you're drunk.

So, okay.

What are the balloons for?

Oh, so Meredith and I can find each other

at the museum in case we get separated.

Like at that beach clean-up trip

when she ended up on that rich guy's boat.

That was a close one.

Well, I saw Meredith go over to
Juanita's with Ms. Taylor-Clapp.

Yeah, but we're supposed to
be seeing dead bodies together.

Whoa, who knew that you would
be able to keep up with me?

Well, there's a lot
you don't know about me.

Did you know that I like tight
ponytails and cardigan sweaters?

Those are literally the
only things I know about you.

Okay, so, what do you want
to know about teaching?

Well, how do you "engage the kids"?

I bribe 'em.

(laughs) What...?

I know that I'm really
good at talking to the kids.

Like, maybe even a genius at it.

You know, I never expected
to be anything other than

an exceptionally hot woman
with universal sex appeal,

and I certainly never expected

to be even remotely good at teaching.

But look at me. Here I am teaching you.

(both laugh)

(GINNY) Yes, you are!

(MEREDITH) And actually, I
really think that I'm gonna kill

at these evaluations tomorrow.

And thank God, right?

Because it's so scary that
just one bad review could

cost you your job, you know?

(GINNY) I know.

Another round?

Anothers... round.


Same thing?

Vodka soda with lime and a water with lime.

CARL (over P.A.) Good
morning, Nixon Quakers!

Just a reminder, today is evaluation day.

So, hopefully, everyone's
at their very Nixon best.


Oh, crap.

Okay, so I think we better
start without Meredith.

Hopefully, she was just in a car accident.

So, the evaluator
arrived a few minutes ago,

and he has informed me
that we will have our scores

by the end of the day.

So good luck, everyone.

No luck needed, Principal Carl.

All right.

Your ex-wife called, and she asked

that while you're house-sitting,

that you sleep on the pull-out
couch, but don't pull it out

'cause it leaves marks on the carpet.

Got it.

Do you want me to get
her on the phone for you?

Not yet.

Coach Kotsky...

get me up that rope.

(clears throat)

Oh, my God, Irene, thank
God. Is that for me?

I saw you with Ginny.

- She needed me.
- I needed you!

They don't let singles into the dead
body exhibit for obvious reasons.

Okay, well, I meant to text you

that I was "coming down with something,"

and then she and I got
so drunk, I just forgot.

Really? Ginny doesn't even drink.

Wait... what?

Yeah, not even champagne.

She celebrates stuff with corked milk.

That sneaky bitch must have
been ordering herself waters!

We cannot let her win.
Irene, you have to help me.

You know, I didn't want to believe it,

but you are a parasite.

Yo, Pfaff!

Can you, um, tell me when
that evaluator guy is coming?

I will make it worth your while.

Those things are worthless now.

There was a hyperinflation
at the school store, and...

Shh! I get it, I get it.


Ms. Davis?

(chuckles) You must be the evaluator.

Well, I just didn't realize
how sexy you would be.

I'm Mr. Bright, the district supervisor,

and I'm completely aware
that my looks are average.

Uh-uh. That's okay.

I know you must be thinking,
"District supervisor.

"Kind of like a superhero.

A little intimidating."

Well, just relax.

I'm-I'm a regular guy, believe it or not.

And I'm here to watch a regular class.

Great. So happy to have you. Welcome.

We're gonna get started
with this thing I do

where a student teaches the class.

You're gonna love it.
Victor, floor is yours.

Today, I will talk about why

the American colonies
declared independence.

Oh, okay, young man, have a seat.

Ms. Davis, I can't do my job unless

you're the one doing the teaching.


You're funny.

It wasn't a joke.

You'll know when I'm joking.
You'll be in stitches.

Sorry, was that a joke?

I'm gonna need you to teach this class now.

Joel, this is impossible! I'm too high!

No, come on, Carl! You
got this, baby! Keep going!

Oh, I can't!

Oh, I quit! Oh, no, no, no!

Remember, it's just scoop and stomp!

Scoop, okay? And stomp.

Then you stand. Scoop and stomp, all right?

You got this. Come on. Look up there, Carl.

What do you see? A wasp nest?

No, freedom. Now, climb
up there and grab it.

Just watch out for the wasps

because, you know, Coach
Donnie sold our first-aid kit.


Well, so, basically,
like, long story short,

the American colonies were paying

all these taxes to the king
and getting nothing in return.

Like, nothing...

at all. Like, zilch.

Okay, I think we get it.
Would you please move on?

Sure, yeah-yeah. No,
I was just about to get

to the next point, which was that...
that the king was like, "Uh-uh, denied!

No way, Jose."

(chuckles) So, Mr. Evaluator,
it was, like, a pretty sucky time

for the colonists.


Oh, because the king was a parasite.

You know, something that
lives off another thing?

The king was like a hookworm
on the intestine of America.

And the colonists were, like, totally right

to want to declare independence, you know?

Because all they really wanted
was a symbiotic relationship.

Can you name another parasite?

Illegal immigrants.

(laughs) What?! He's joking.

He's joke... he's joking.

(Carl grunts loudly) Stand up! Yeah!

I'm doing it! I am doing it!

See? This is why I do this.

This is what I wanted you to evaluate.

I get it. I do.

Physical education does matter, right?

Hoops have nets. Good enough.


Oh, come on. Really?

Okay, all right, I'm calling Carla.

I got here voice mail.

Leave a message.

Hello, Carla? This is Carl.

I'm calling to tell you to get
yourself a new house-sitter.

And dog-sitter.

I'm busy with my new life.

I climb ropes now.

Okay, now, get on down here
so we can celebrate! Come on!

Oh! (kids gasp)

Ladies and gentlemen,

the district evaluator's results
are in, and Nixon Middle...

needs improvement! Your jobs are safe!

(teachers laugh)

Doug Pilaf, math department.
What about the budget cuts?

I just heard from the superintendent,

and they're still making cuts.

They're getting rid of the
art program at LBJ Middle!

(laughter, cheering)

(laughing) Those smug bastards! Yeah!

Meredith, uh...

I really liked your parasites lecture.

Oh, thanks. And, you know, if you want

to go see dead bodies, like, we can.

Oh, no, no. It was... it was just more

about spending time together.

Dead bodies, just a bonus.

Oh, look. How was your water last night?

I didn't force you to drink so much vodka

or to make out with that poster of
"The Most Interesting Man in the World."

No, you didn't, but you did
try to sabotage my evaluation.

Which means you were scared I
was gonna do better than you.

Which means... someone
thinks I'm a good teacher.

No, I don't.


(hushed) I do.


This is definitely the best hand laundry
and ironing party you have ever had.

I know. Irene, you were so right.

This is so much more fun being equals.

(clears throat) Refill?

Don't mind if I do.

- Kim, another round.
- Sure, but I think I shrunk your sweather.

- Kim.
- Coming right up.

- Jynx.
- Gam.

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