Recap: Mrs. Garrett is sitting at the dining table playing solitaire when Jo comes over and asks her where everyone is and when dinner will be ready. Mrs. Garrett just shrugs and absently mutters, "Dunno", so Jo ambles over to the store part of the set, where the rest of the Facts gals and a group of extras have been waiting to yell Surprise! to congratulate her for getting elected to Langley College's board of regents. As everyone cries, "Speech! Speech! Speech!", Jo promises everyone that she'll be the best darn regent Langley has ever seen...then promptly loses everyone's attention when she drones on way too long about all the lofty goals she imagines she'll accomplish at board meetings.
When Jo arrives at her first board meeting, she's less than thrilled to run into her fellow schoolmate, Boots. St. Clair. Boots introduces Jo to Steve Garland, captain of the football team, who tells Jo he has no strong opinions about anything budget or issue related and generally falls in line behind the board chair, Ward Beaumont. When the meeting convenes, Ward holds a vote on whether or not they should terminate the college's microbiology department (!)...and the motion is quickly passed when everyone (but Jo) swiftly votes aye. With that settled, Jo tries to steer the discussion toward the recent increase of the student activity fee, but Ward tells her that that item isn't on the agenda. Jo ignores the rules of order and insists that the fee is much too high, so a different board member explains that it needs to be that high 'cause the money is used to maintain the student union building. Jo moves on to her second personal agenda item - recent cuts to the scholarship fund - and Ward explains that scholarship money is always the first thing to get axed when other expenses come up, then gets weirdly excited when he announces that a rich donor named Duke Patterson is giving the college 500K for a new scoreboard. Jo perks up and is all, "Perfect! We can just use that money for the scholarship fund!", but Ward tells her that Duke specifically wants his money to be allocated to an overpriced scoreboard the college really doesn't need, then waxes on about how much the students are going to loooooove seeing the fancy scoreboard all lit up during the next home football game. Jo snaps, "They won't care!", and a visibly irked Ward steers the meeting back to its original agenda.
Over at Edna's Edibles, Tootie and Natalie, who have just been appointed coordinators of Jo's busy communications committee, are working the phones and scheduling her many public engagements. A few seconds later, Jo and Blair return home with two volunteers, and the four of them are bellyaching about the inhumanity of Langley College accepting money from a rich donor who insists that his cash be spent on a new scoreboard. Jo decides she needs to summon her growing group of ardent followers for a raucous rally, name-drops herself when she calls up the person who's in charge of room bookings, and bellows at no one in particular that she expects the college newspaper editor to reprint the latest issue so it includes the details of her rally...and she does all this as Mrs. Garrett scrunches her face in dismay. When Jo rails about how ass backwards wrong it is for the college to be wasting valuable resources on a stupid scoreboard, Mrs. Garrett reminds her that she has to work with these people, and that they probably don't appreciate her self-righteously haughty 'tude.
Natalie and Tootie are making signs for the anti-scoreboard protest when Jo and her volunteers return, grumbling about how the school paper just published an editorial "hatchet job" on all of the protesting activities her public dissent has invoked. Jo looks over the signs that Natalie and Tootie spent the day cobbling together, scrunches her face irritably, and bitchily snaps at them for not making the kind of signs she had specifically asked for. As Natalie and Tootie stare dejectedly into space, Mrs. Garrett hustles them over to the store part of the set so she can admonish Jo for her cunty, unappreciative treatment of her friends. Jo glowers unapologetically into space - just as Blair bursts into the room to proudly announce that she got five hundred signatures for the anti-scoreboard petition. An unimpressed Jo tells her that petitions are wimpy, and that she's more into the idea of carrying out bold actions that demonstrate the kind of 'I don't take no shit' resolve she brings to the table. As Blair stares back at her in bewilderment, Mrs. Garrett informs Jo that three very large young men have just entered the store and are demanding to talk to her.
The three large men - Steve Garland and two others - are Langley football players who are concerned that Jo has been interfering with the annual donations they always get from Duke Patterson. Jo tells them that she and her followers are pissed off that Duke Patterson's donations disproportionately benefit the football team, then dismissively tells them they should forget about getting a new scoreboard. When she mocks them for being stereotypically stupid jocks, the players get upset and start rumbling with Jo's male volunteers, and Tootie snaps photographs of the spectacle.
As the anti-scoreboard protest heats up the next day, Blair warns Jo that someone trashed the football players' locker room and that there's been a dramatic rise in on-campus rumbles. Ward emerges from the boardroom to inform Jo that Duke Patterson has agreed to fund a less expensive scoreboard and allocate 100K towards the scholarship fund...then looks as though he expects this to be the end of all the pesky protesting. Jo mulls that over for a few seconds, then scrunches her face in displeasure and snaps, "But it's still a scoreboard!" She riles up her idiot followers by chanting, "No scoreboard! No scoreboard!" ... and when she shoots Ward a smug grin, he glares back at her in miffed exasperation.
Jo convenes with the other board members, who are visibly displeased by all the on-campus rumbling that Jo's been inciting. Jo barks about how obscene it is for a struggling fictional college to be spending so much money on a new scoreboard, then says that the rumbling will come to an immediate stop if the board votes to refuse Duke Patterson's money. Another board member wearily agrees to second the motion, and then everyone gets up and unhappily exits the room. Ward hangs back and wryly tells Jo she won...but that once all the anti-scoreboard chanting dies down, she's going to have to explain to her brainless supporters why she turned down 100K for the scholarship fund. He grunts, "See you at the next board meeting" and Jo stares after him with a stricken expression.
Blair enters the board room and asks Jo why in blazes she would turn down 100K in scholarship funds. Jo weakly says she didn't want the college to be stuck with a new scoreboard, and Blair's like, "So what if they were?" and admonishes her for being so drunk with power that it didn't occur to her that her followers probably would have been A-OK with a new scoreboard if it meant getting a large infusion of cash for scholarships. Jo stares miserably into space and says she doesn't know what to doooooo...so Blair advises her to admit how badly she screwed the pooch, then risk humiliation by asking Ward Beaumont for a re-vote so they can get the scholarship funds back. Jo stares back at her sheepishly, then makes her way towards the hallway, where her dumbfuck supporters can still be heard chanting, "No scoreboard! No scoreboard!". LOL.
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