Elle is distraught after being kicked out of Professor Elspeth Stromwell's class (Stromwell is played by Holland Taylor). She sits down on a bench outside and is audibly frustrated. Emmett Richmond, who is played by Luke Wilson, sits on another bench nearby. "Excuse me," he says. "Are you OK?" "Yeah," she whispers," before asking, "Do they put you on the spot like that all the time?"
Emmett responds, "The professors? They tend to do that Socratic method." Elle asks, "If you don't know the answers, they just kick you out?" "You have Stromwell, huh?" Emmett answers. Elle turns to him, saying, "Yes! Did she do that to you, too?" "No," Emmett admits, "but she did make me cry once. Not in class. I waited till I got back to my room..."