A soldier, returning from the trenches, refuses to speak in favor of enlistment. He speaks out against the popular philosophy of the time--that dying for your country is an honorable death. On the contrary, he discusses the harsh realities of war and attacks the notion that an honorable death is worthwhile. Is a "noble" death more valuable than living?
North Shore High School competes with Marymount Prep in the Mathletes State Championship. During the sudden death round, Cady is put up against Miss Caroline Krafft, who does not have a good sense of fashion. Cady realizes that making fun of Miss Krafft will not give her a better chance at winning or make her a better person; rather, she should focus on herself and rely on her own skills to win.