A.P. Bio “Eight Pigs and a Rat” Review


A.P. BIO — “Eight Pigs and a Rat” Episode 111 — Pictured: Glenn Howerton as Jack Griffin — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

Another week of A.P. Bio, another week for the wackiness to ensue in this school that doesn’t run like your average school. If anyone had the idea that there could ever be normal, this would be a good time to give up. What we get here is not the dream when it comes to the high school experience. Well, not unless you are like me and would have loved to get that one teacher who didn’t actually care about teaching or making you do work.

Each week we look forward to how Jack will make everything about him. This week’s episode was no different when we once again jump into the next revenge scheme against Miles. I liked the change-up this time that it began as such, and evolved into the witch hunt for whoever tried to snitch on him for refusing the dissection. This version of Jack is usually when he is at his best in my opinion because the sky is the limit for what he is willing to do to get what he wants. I mean when it comes to the students, what are they really going to do? None of them are going to be able to give him another black-eye like Rosemary’s boyfriend did. So this gave Jack much more room to get ridiculous and cold.

How the students deal with Jack this time was enjoyable from start to finish. Every week that he isn’t teaching them biology, he is pushing someone that much closer to moving against him. The fun is that it could be anyone in this class when he crosses that line canceling their much-anticipated fetal pig dissection. I can’t attest to the excitement because I preferred cutting open the animals digitally, but I can see where others would be devastated if the opportunity is taken away from them. The way he interrogated each of them was fitting considering he at this point knows what makes them tick. Not enough to get the answer how he would have liked, and that was probably the spark that kept pushing Jack further. The student who actually snitched on him caught me off guard. Not one-hundred percent, but this student didn’t entirely seem like the kind who would betray him.

A.P. BIO — “Eight Pigs and a Rat” Episode 111 — Pictured: Patton Oswalt as Principal Durbin — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

Now Durbin struggle to get Principal of the Year with the superintendent visiting was a recipe for disaster. At this point when it comes to something that Durbin wants, you have this expectation that he will crash and burn. It wasn’t as chaotic as you would have expected, but all the same Durbin got what he asked for when thinking that this could go perfectly. I think the laugh I got out of this came from the fact that they really thought outside of the box here. Maybe not so much the teachers, but certainly in the way that they disappointed him this time around. With that said, I loved how by the end of the shenanigans you are forced to ask yourself “Where are the other teachers?”. I mean just how in the world can you look for dependable teachers to impress the superintendent and come up with these four. Being Durbin you pretty much just had to take this decision for what it is.

A.P. Bio “Eight Pigs and a Rat” was a wonderful delight if you were looking for the students and Jack to surprise us in a way that they haven’t before. As a teacher, I was impressed how Jack proved that he is not the man to be underestimated. Just when you think you’ve got him figured out, he sneaks up on us with wit that says more than enough about who we are dealing with.

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