Grim tries to feed Billy a bookworm to take over his body and pass a math test for him. Billy's cat swallows the worm instead and begins tutoring Billy. It is a futile effort, but the bookworm's methods work in real life.
Claire's children, with the help of their dad, Phil, prepare Claire for a debate. The mock debate is intended to simulate a real campaign in which Claire will be asked about her motivations for running for office. The children provide constructive criticism on her verbal and nonverbal communication while she takes the stage.
British and French generals discuss their strategy to attack the Russians during the Battle of the Alma. During their preparations to assault the Russians, they dismiss the journalist, William Howard Russell, who is serving as the first known modern war correspondent and will eventually document the famous Charge of the Light Brigade.