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Who cares if we're descended from monkeys or not? Let's talk about worms.
Howard and Melinda, a couple of kids, wonder about whether they used to be worms, in a sort of warped version of evolution.
This kind of thing happened a lot, back when evolution was a newer notion.
Rachel shows up at the courthouse, looking for Bert.
Mr. Meeker, the bailiff, promises not to tell Rachel's dad that she came to the jail.
Her dad definitely wouldn't be happy, since he's the town preacher, and Bert's the kind of potential boyfriend parents worry about.
Rachel tries to talk Bert into apologizing. She wants him to say that his teaching evolution in school was just a joke, but he won't listen.
Rachel's father, the Reverend Jeremiah Brown, oversees the preparations for the arrival of the prosecution lawyer, Matthew Brady.
Seeing their golden opportunity for a quick buck, people start setting up lemonade and hot dog stands.
So there's plenty of picnic food to go around. Yum.
A religious hermit shows up hollering about the end of the world, and a journalist from Baltimore, Hornbeck, argues with him playfully over whether or not evolution is real.
Hornbeck's dialogue is sassy.
The townspeople sing hymns to welcome Brady to town, and he gives a very charismatic speech. He also shows off his eating abilities, and downs everything the Ladies' Aid group has prepared… to his wife's distress.
Brady talks to Rachel about her relationship with Bert. She's a teacher, too, and has a hard time because she wants to defend Bert, but also respects Brady.
She's caught between a rock and a monkey, you might say.
Then Hornbeck lets everyone know that Henry Drummond will be the defense attorney, and everyone flips out.
He's famous for defending the indefensible and for being a (gasp) agnostic.
The Reverend calls Drummond a devil, but Brady is excited and says, bring it on.
He keeps on eating, preparing for the showdown. Guess he thinks the big trial will take a lot (of calories) out of him, eh?
Hornbeck talks to Rachel and kind of makes her look dumb because she blindly follows the law and religion. He admires Bert for being a renegade, of course.
We think this is kind of unfair because Rachel is trying to be reasonable in all of this.
Finally, Drummond shows up, and Melinda screams and runs away, thinking he's the devil. Hornbeck welcomes him to "hell". Haha.