Michael speaks with representatives at Goldman Sachs to purchase credit default swaps on mortgage bonds. They explain that this means he is betting against the housing market, that millions of people won't be able to pay off their mortgages. Michael surprises them throughout the conversation but especially when he asks to purchase $100 million instead of $5 million in credit default swaps.
American History →
Financial Crisis of 2007-2008
Jared illustrates the financial crisis of 2007-2008 succintly using the game, Jenga. He explains the problem with mortgage lending and how he and others can profit off of subprime mortgage loans using credit default swaps.
Ray has a conversation with Dick about McDonalds. When Dick asks Ray why he didn't simply take all the ideas and systems that were shown to him during the McDonalds tour, Ray states that he wouldn't have been successful because he lacks the McDonalds brand name. Ray believes that corporate image and brand equity are crucial to a company's success.
Evaluating a Company
Harry evaluates Ray Kroc's business, McDonalds, and points out that the business brings in dismal earnings and faces many growth obstacles. After Ray explains his franchise model, Harry tells him that he is actually in the real estate business, not the burger business.
Ray Kroc, a salesman who became pivital in turning McDonalds into one of the biggest restaurant franchises of the world, aims to recruit employees to McDonalds but only wants those who can put in the work to realize the American Dream.
International Relations →
At the G8 Conference on Diamonds in Belgium, members of each nation discuss how to address the blood diamond situation in Sierra Leone. Some contend that they should prohibit the import of diamonds from conflict zones, while others bring up the economic significance of such diamonds.
United States Constitution →
American History →
Two journalists are instructed to write a story on the Watergate scandal and exercise their First Amendment rights. The scandal leads to President Nixon's resignation and breaches the trust between him and the American people. The typewriter at the end of the clip prints out details of the scandal as it unfolds over the course of several years.
Joey, Liv, and Artie represent Ridgewood High School in the Brain Olympics. They are tasked with building a machine that will paint a portrait and have two hours to build the machine. Their machine, although unnecessarily complex, surprises the room by painting a portrait of the school mascot, winning them the competition.
Social Comparison Theory →
Upward Social Comparison
Zuri urges Tony to express his feelings towards Jessie since she will be going on a date with Brody soon. Tony feels inferior and lists the reasons why Brody is better than him and therefore more desirable for Jessie.
Dwight is confident that experience is the best teacher. He simulates a real fire for his co-workers to find out if they understand what to do in the event of a fire. During the simulation, he tries to give them advice, but they are too panicked to pay attention to him.
Addressing an audience of eight activists, Reg contends that the Romans have stolen everything from them and then asks how the Romans have given them. To his surprise, they list out a large number of contributions, such as acqueducts, roads, medicine, education, health, and more.
Tied at 200-200 games, Stan and Roger prepare for the game that decides who will be the badminton champion. When their line judge is taken away, they try to get Hayley to fill in. The two try to accelerate Hayley through the five stages of grief so she can become a line judge for them.
At dinner one night, Stan notices that his son, Steve, used communist terminology. He talks to Sergei, who is originally from the Soviet Union and is helping Steve build a model rocket, about Steve's use of communist words and learns of Sergei's plan to "steal" his son. Stan visits Steve in his room and learns that he has become a communist.
Phineas, Ferb and friends try to determine the volume of a cylinder, but Buford solves it for them. This is a humorous introduction to the concept of volume of cylinders. There is a small little "bathroom humor" remark at the end to be wary of if you are dealing with a sensitive audience.
Mr. Burns makes a political campaign to rally the support of his peers. While doing so, he introduces his three-eyed fish, Blinky, then summons an actor portraying Charles Darwin to explain the concept of evolution.
Progression of Civilization
Lisa creates a science project to prove that soft drinks can dissolve a tooth. After Bart shocks her with static electricity, she transmits that shock to the tooth and ends up accidentally creating a micro civilization full of life. She watches the civilization advance, and after Bart comes in and wreaks havoc on the micro world, the people of the world get their revenge on him.
Oskar tries to prove he can learn to read by memorizing the beginning of "A Tale of Two Cities." He brings attention not only to the beautiful juxtaposition of the prose but also the fact that he memorized the excerpt instead of learning how to read.
Helga's childhood was plagued with incidences in which she felt invisible and not cared for. The negative sentiments directed at her by her parents and those around her adversely affected her in the future.
Johnny accidentally refurbishes his home according to the nightmares that plagued his father for the past two weeks. He creates quicksand floors, which help the trio transplant to another room. Johnny also helps his group escape quicksand while on a camping trip.
Coach McGinty asks his team to share their deepest fears. Intially, they think of their small fears, such as insects; however, he encourages them to think deeper. Shane cites the fear of quicksand as a metaphor for not being prepared.
Johnny's sisters, Susan and Mary, create a chip that can be inserted into the brain to allow an individual to be connected to the internet at all times. However, that means the individual is exposed to computer threats such as viruses, pop-ups, and spyware. When The General implants the chip, which contains a virus, the virus takes over and makes him arms nuclear missiles. It is up to Johnny to defeat the virus and save the world from destruction.
Leonard and Sheldon explain to Zach their experiment in which they shoot lasers at the moon to definitively prove that astronauts have landed on it. As they're preparing the experiment, they answer Zach's questions, as unintelligent as they may be.
An oil spill endangers an otter, and Eliza Thornberry sets out to rescue it. When the time she recues it, the fire has already spread, making her unable to escape. Her parents come to her aid to make the rescue mission successful.
A student in Louanne Johnson's class asks her what the prize is for reading poems. She states that learning is the prize and explains to her students how learning will benefit them in their lives. Her explanation encourages her students to better themselves.
Remy is on a mission to cook up a masterful dish, so he goes to the rooftop with Emile and starts cooking a mushroom on a lightning rod. When the storm approaches, they get zapped by the lightning and fly off the roof. The lightning cooks the mushroom to perfection.
Social Studies →
U.S. Government →
A naive Mr. Smith would like to write a bill for a national boy's camp but does not have any idea of the procedure. Ms. Saunders explains the legislative process in depth to him and answers all of his outstanding questions. She defines several terms, such as committee, Steering Committee, and conference.