The former head of the English department has had to step down from her job for family reasons, and its Connie’s big chance to apply for her dream job. She talks over the matter with Mrs Davis. The conversation meanders to Mrs Davis absent minded sister Angela and her equally easily distracted brother.
How are Connie’s chances? Her main competition will be her longstanding rival, Miss Enright. Miss Brooks car seems to be perpetually in the shop, or broken down. Walter denton picks her up for a ride to school and butters her up for a good grade on his test. We learn a little about Walter’s study habits. There’s a few moments of confusion over Walters slang, and his misunderstanding of the reason for the former Department Head leaving.
On her way to talk to the principle about the job, Connie stops to chat with his daughter Hariot Conklin about her dad’s mood. Never a good one. Harriot does her own buttering up by reading a poem to Miss Brooks. Cute.
Connie takes the track of being overly cheerful, with hopes of swaying the grumpy and cantankerous Mr Conklin, but he sees through her butttering up. Hey, with all this buttering, we’ll need some of that sponsor’s product to wash it all off.
Connie’s attempt at impressing the boss falls short, and may have even lost her some ground. Miss Enright pours on the charm, but Mr Conklin refuses to be influenced. He has made other arrangements to evaluate the two applicants. They are to take their own exam, and Mr Boyton is to preside over the grading of the tests.
Though they try, Mr Boynton is just too naive to fall for, or even understand the moves that the ladies put on him. The decision ends up falling on Mr Conklin, but he takes the cowards way out.