In a court case, the plaintiff claims that the defendant is unfairly compensating him for his lawn work. He asserts that he should be paid the same amount for mowing the triangular lawn and the rectangular lawn because they have the same area. He proves his claim by using a cardboard representation of the two lawns and comparing their areas.
Bad Man challenges Ryland and Celia to measure the area of multiple rectangular objects, such as a playing card and a videotape. Their process of measuring the length and the breadth (or width) is accompanied by supporting visuals. Afterwards, Bad Man suggests an easier way to remember the formula: by using the first letters of each word.