On this "painfully special" episode of
Strangers With Candy:
After Mr. Noblet completes a discussion about Pol Pot (Beneficent leader of the Cambodian people?) and Charles Manson (Just an eccentric folk singer?) he asks his class, "Is the bully at fault or the people who allow themselves to be bullied?" Just then, a transfer student named Edie Harley enters the class. Noblet tells her to find a seat, so Edie decides to try to take Orlando's. Chuck then tells her to find an empty seat and she takes his seat at the front of the class. Rather than stand up to her, Chuck decides to just leave. After class, Tammi accidentally walks into Edie's stall in the ladies room. Edie accuses Tammi of trying to embarrass her and just as she's about to beat our sweet little Nuttage to a pulp, Jerri intervenes. Edie then focuses her violent attention on Jerri just as Mr. Jellineck enters to use Edie's vacated stall. Jellineck tells the ladies that violence never solves anything except a conflict. He also states, "I'm a pacifist. I pass a fist." This only deters Edie for the moment and she makes plans to fight Jerri after school. Meanwhile, back in Noblet's class, the tough Mr. Tidbits is substituting for Mr. "No-blay", who is still M.I.A., if not A.W.O.L. After Tidbits hears Geoffrey going on about "Pot Luck Friday" in the Teacher's Lounge he immediately asks him if he's "a faggot". Blackman and his staff all break into hysterical laughter, as if they've just heard a clever joke. Tidbits hates queers so he gives Jellineck a choice, he can either resign or fight after school. Geoffrey doesn't want to do either, but he doesn't know how to get out of the situation. Coach Wolf brings her class to the weight room to work out. Jerri brags that she was in the "Heavy Metal Club" in prison and played for both teams in the "White Supremacists vs. the Racists" competition. She overestimates her strength, however, and sustains injuries to her trachea and vertebra when she can't lift the bar off her neck. The school nurse refuses to send Jerri home because the school is afraid of law suits and sending her home would be an admission that something had actually happened on school property. Jerri figures that the only way she'll be able to avoid being beaten up is by getting suspended from school, so she takes a crap on the Concrete Donkey and leaves a message saying that "Jerri did this". Onyx threatens to suspend her until Sara, mortified at the thought of having Jerri at home, helps him to see that the best punishment for her is to make her stay at school and face her bully. At the end of the school day, Jerri leaves Jellineck's class and, when confronted by Edie, tells her nemesis that she won't fight her because she loves her. Edie is very touched by this sentiment and starts to break down in Jerri's arms, but Jerri takes the upper hand and beats the hell out of her with the oversized peace sign necklace that Mr. Jellineck had given her to wear. Meanwhile, Mr. Tidbits has savagely beaten Geoffrey and he admits that he's too tired to continue. Geoffrey says that they can declare the fight to be over only if Tidbits admits that the face is mightier than the fist. Tidbits agrees and asks Geoffrey for a ride home because his hands are too swollen to drive (at this point I was hoping for an "American Beauty" moment). Geoffrey pulls his Pacer around and lets Jerri in. When he hears her story about how she beat Edie into submission he puts his car into reverse and rams into Tidbits. The meek really shall inherit the Earth. Blackman, while practicing martial arts with Iris, sees this from his office window and truly relishes Geoffrey's chutzpah. This harrowing experience has taught Jerri that violence isn't the only way to resolve a conflict, but it is the only way to win one.
Episode Title: "Bully"
Original Airdate: 9/25/00
Production Number: 3-09
Directed by: Peter Lauer
Writers: Paul Dinello, Amy Sedaris
Additional Writer: Matt Lappin
Regular Cast: AS, DD, DR, GH, MT, OP, PD, SC, ST
Guest Cast: Ross Bickell (Mr. Tidbits), Natalie Blalock (Edie Harley), Elan Rivera, Callie Thorne (School Nurse), Troy Metcalf (Troy)
Pol Pot (pōl pŏt') 1925-1998; Prime Minister of the infamous "killing fields" Communist government, aka Khmer Rouge, in Cambodia (1975-1979)
tidbit (tĭd'·bĭt) n. a pleasing or choice bit of food, news, gossip, etc.