The Chocolate War: Chapter Summaries
Jerry Renault is on the football field and he is getting smashed around, and beaten up though he refuses to show any pain on his face because his friend The Goober tells him that the coach is trying to find out how tough he is. Jerry feels totally helpless and defenseless, but he keeps playing despite feeling worse physical pain than he ever has before. The coach keeps yelling at Jerry and asks his height and weight (5’9”, 145 lbs.); the coach tells him that he will probably not make quarterback but may possibly work as an end player. Jerry is told to come back the next day and as he walks off the field he considers if he really wants it, because he has not ever felt so much pain; it makes him think of his mother, and the amount of pain medication she was on in her last days and he throws up.
Obie is someone who is bored and disgusted with life and most of all with Archie Costello, who is the leader of the Vigils, a group which Obie also belongs to. Obie tells Archie to hurry up and tell him what he needs to write down so he can get to work, because he is going to be late; Archie tells Obie that since he hates his job, being fired may be a blessidng. It is Obie’s job to write down the “assignments” that Archie tells him, which are given to various students to make their lives a psychological nightmare. Archie is deciding on the next ten people to give assignments to and two of them end up being The Goober and Jerry, though Obie does not think that Jerry should be involved because he recently lost his mother. Regardless, Archie sticks with his decision and tells Obie to give Jerry the chocolate assignment.
Jerry is looking at a pretty blond girl in an adult magazine at the bookstore and he feels guilty; Jerry always feels guilty looking at pornographic magazines, but does not understand why because it is a behavior he feels is pretty normal. One time Jerry bought a Playboy and ended up throwing it out because he was so paranoid that his mother may find it. Upon leaving the store Jerry finds himself staring at the older teenagers across the street that look like hippies, and finds himself jealous of their freedom. One of the guys calls out Jerry on always staring at them like they are animals and tells Jerry he is a “square” and is middle-aged when he is only in his mid-teen years because of the formal appearance he must maintain at Trinity. Jerry is affected by the guy’s words and thinks about them the whole bus ride home. He sees a billboard that says “Why?” under which someone else wrote “Why not?”
Archie is informed by Brother Leon that he has ordered 20,000 boxes of chocolates for the fund-raiser sale that year. Archie feels that this is a large amount, and can see the trepidation on Brother Leon’s face, but he does not want the teacher to know he senses his weakness. Brother Leon explains that the school needs funds, and, as the assistant headmaster, he has been in charge recently and feels it is his duty to help out. Brother Leon knows that Archie is a part of the Vigils though the group is never really acknowledged by teachers, and he feels that the Vigils will help him to be sure that the chocolates are all sold. The Vigils are known for keeping order in the school and preventing students from joining in the protests of the 1970’s. Leon tells Archie that he knows the Vigils will help him, which Archie feels is a bold move.
Archie and the other Vigils are in the storage room behind the gym, where they have their meetings. The Goober is with them, and Archie is telling him that he has been chosen to take an assignment.Archie tells The Goober that it is not personally but tradition, and The Goober says that he knows. The Goober’s assignment is to go to Brother Eugene’s room on Thursday, and unscrew all of the desks and chairs so they are just barely holding together; The Goober does not want to because he feels like it will take too long, but Archie assures him that he will have all night. After the Vigils give out assignments, Archie has to draw a marble from a black box, one marble is black and the others are all white; if Archie draws the black marble then he has to complete the assignment instead of the student chosen, though this has never happened before. Archie draws a white marble, and The Goober is very upset.
Jerry is in Brother Leon’s class and he has a feeling that Brother Leon is going to do something mean very shortly, like hit someone with his pointer, which he is known for. Leon calls a boy named Bailey to the front of the room and hits him in the cheek with his pointer, though he apologizes so Jerry wonders if it may have been an accident. Leon accuses Bailey of cheating because he gets A’s on every assignment, and the only logical explanation is that Bailey is a cheat. When Bailey denies that he is a cheat, Leon tells him that God is the only thing that is perfect and accuses Bailey of likening himself to God. Someone finally speaks up for Leon to leave Bailey along when the bell rings, but Leon says it is too late. He tells Bailey that he is the only person in the room who is not a cheat, and he is the strongest of them all because he stood his ground even under intense pressure, unlike his fellow students who enjoyed watching Bailey be tormented.
Archie finds Emile Janza, the school bully, stealing gas from the car of another student named Carlson. He asks Emile what Carlson would do if he saw what was happening and Emile just laughs because he knows that Carlson is passive. Emile makes it a habit of picking on other students in public and the humiliation combined with most people’s aversion to confrontation enables Emile’s bullying. Archie tells Emile that he is a beautiful person, and he admires him for stealing gas right out in the open.Emile does not mess with Archie or the rest of the Vigils, but respects them. Emile asks Archie about a picture and Archie just walks away. Emile wishes he could be a Vigil and is secretly glad that Carlson did not catch him stealing the gas.
The Goober’s favorite thing to do is to run; he finds that he is more confident, has no problems, and can use his brain better when he is running. The Goober wishes that he was running when he is in Brother Eugene’s classroom loosening the screws in all of the chairs and desks, but he is not and he is petrified. The Goober feels as though he may possibly cry, sitting there with very little light, as he was told not to bring a flashlight, and his father’s tools. He is having a hard time with the screws and feels he may be there all night until he hears voices. Some of the guys come in, masked, and tell The Goober that they are going to help him, but he cannot tell anyone. After three hours, the job is finally done.
Jerry remembers losing his mother the previous spring and how far apart he and his father have come from one another since then. When he comes home he and his father exchange empty words about how their day went and Jerry wonders if everyone becomes as boring and predictable as his father when they get older. He remembers a time when he heard his father, a pharmacist, helping a man to diagnose his symptoms just as a doctor would and he wondered if his father had ever wanted to be a doctor. Jerry now sees a man who does not seem like a doctor at all but a pathetic man who has no wife and whose own son doubts him. Jerry looks into the mirror and tries to see traces of his father in himself, though he hopes that he does not because he wants more for himself than his father has. He feels like perhaps football could help him and he begins to think about George Bailey.
Brother Leon is in charge of this year’s chocolate sale, and he is very into it. He calls an assembly for all of the school to attend and creates posters for each boy to keep track of how many boxes he sells. The boys all think it is funny when Leon has a hard time getting the posters to stick to the wall but eventually they all go up. Leon tells the boys about all of the programs that Trinity offers and how much money it costs to keep them going, hence the need for fundraisers like chocolate sales. Leon says that each boy will have to sell fifty boxes, which is twice as many as they each had to sell the previous year. Archie feels uncomfortable at this news because he was already in hot water with the other Vigils for promising to help Leon with the sale and now they will have to sell even more. Archie never sells his own chocolates but instead chooses a boy to sell for him; this year he feels it would only be fair to split his quota between multiple boys because so many boxes are required.
In Brother Eugene’s classroom, Brian Kelly sits down and the sound of his desk crashing is followed by the explosive sound of every other piece of furniture in the room crashing down, as well. It seems like it takes forever, but it is only about one minute until it is all over. Most people assume that the Vigils are the masterminds behind the prank. Archie is watching the mayhem from the doorway of the classroom and feels like it is one of the best assignments yet and will be remembered by the students of Trinity for many years to come. As the chalkboard falls down behind Brother Eugene, he is shocked and Archie is amused, though Brother Leon comes up behind him and is furious because he is sure that Archie is responsible despite his denial. Leon pins Archie against the wall and Archie is very angry that Leon is making him look bad in front of the other students. When Leon leaves Archie admires the mess once again; which is only made better for him by the sight of Brother Eugene’s tears.
On the football field, Coach is yelling at Jerry to “try it again”. Jerry keeps getting pummeled by Carter and is determined to make the next play his best and most successful attempt. Jerry runs with the ball and sees Carter coming at him, but Carter is tackled by Adamo. As Jerry passes the ball to The Goober Carter manages to get away from Adamo and tackle Jerry. Adamo’s tackle was too late, however, because the pass to The Goober had been completed and he had scored. Coach approves of Jerry’s play and tells him that he may just make quarterback after all. Jerry is very pleased with himself until he goes inside and sees the note stuck to his locker; he is being summoned to a meeting with the Vigils where he will be given an assignment.
The students are waiting for Brother Leon to call their names so they can agree to sell chocolates, but The Goober is not feeling well. Ever since the assignment in Brother Eugene’s classroom The Goober is in a state of depression, despite his newfound popularity as word spread that he was responsible. Archie tells The Goober that he must lie to Leon if he is questioned about the incident, but The Goober does not know if he is capable of lying. The Goober is startled as Leon calls his name, but he agrees to sell his share of chocolates for the school. The Goober goes back to thinking about classroom nineteen, Brother Eugene’s classroom, and feels that it will never feel the same to him even when everything is put back together. The Goober snaps out of his daze when he hears Jerry’s name called and Jerry refuses to sell chocolates. Leon asks a few more times, disbelieving that Jerry is refusing to help the school, but eventually he marks something next to Jerry’s name and moves on. All of the boys can pick their chocolates up in the gym and Leon expresses pity for those who will not participate, specifically Jerry.
Many of the boys are trying to sell as many chocolates as they can, such as John Sulkey who takes pride in being a very good salesman, Tubs Casper who is trying to make enough money to buy his girlfriend Rita a bracelet, and Paul Consalvo who hates selling chocolates but likes it better than hanging out with his parents. Brian Cochran is named treasurer by Leon, a job which he despises because he has to work closely with Leon who is quite creepy. Brian has to count the money and boxes sold every day this year, more often than any previous year, and he notices that there is not enough money to cover the boxes that have been sold; this happens every year as the boys will borrow money and make it up at the end of the sale. Brian notices that Leon is acting exceptionally strange this year, but he does not say anything because he wants to stay on Leon’s good side as Leon is his algebra teacher. The Goober listens to Leon to call Jerry’s name to ask how many boxes he has sold, nervous for him; Leon turns bright red with anger when Jerry says “zero”.
Emile come up to Archie and tells him he will pay him for the picture back. Archie wonders why Emile would want such a picture of himself and assures Emile that the photo is in a secure place. Archie does not want to tell Emile the truth about the picture because he knows that Emile is tougher than him, and he also knows that Emile can prove to be a very valuable asset to Archie and the Vigils. Archie tells Emile he will give him the picture back in exchange for a favor, which Emile agrees to. The truth about the picture, which Archie keeps from Emile, is that there is no picture. Archie stole a camera and happened to walk in on Emile masturbating in the boys’ bathroom; Archie pretended to snap a picture and Emile calmly asks for the camera which Archie refused. Back in the present Emile yells to a freshman to get him cigarettes and Archie admires the type of person that Emile is, the kind just like Archie who victimizes rather than allow himself to be a victim.
David Caroni got an “F” on one of Brother Leon’s tests; this is surprising because David usually has impressive grades and has never gotten anything less than a “B-“. Brother Leon asks David if he is surprised and he admits that he is. Brother Leon tells him that sometimes teachers make mistakes too, and David does not realize where Brother Leon is going with this until he mentions how Jerry Renault and his refusal to sell chocolates. David sees that Leon gave him an “F” to blackmail him into revealing why Jerry is refusing to sell. David tells Leon that the Vigils told Jerry not to sell for the first ten days of the sale, which is a relief to Leon because the following day will be the eleventh. When David asks about the “F” Leon tells him to check back with him at the end of the semester and David is very troubled by Leon’s actions; he cannot believe that a teacher could act in such a manner.
On the eleventh day of the sale, Leon is asking the boys how many boxes of chocolates each of them have sold, just as he always does, and everyone is interested to hear what Jerry has to say. When Leon gets to Jerry’s name he just says “No”. The Goober is shocked, and Leon seems both perplexed and astonished at this unexpected response. When Leon calls Jerry’s name one more time Jerry replies “No, I am not going to sell the chocolates”. Everyone in the classroom is stunned into silence.
As Jerry Lies in his bed trying to sleep that night, he cannot stop thinking about his refusal to sell chocolates even after his assignment has ended. He does not know why he continued to refuse, but thinks that maybe it has something to do with the way Leon treated Bailey in front of the class. He intended to sell chocolates and was even looking forward to it because it would mean going back to a normal life, but for some reason he still said no. He wanted Brother Leon and everyone else to know the Vigils put him up to it, but he could not help himself by continuing his refusal to sell. Jerry tries to forget about the sale by thinking of a pretty girl he saw that morning and trying to masturbate while he thinks of touching her breasts but for some reason he cannot get into it.
Jerry feels sick to his stomach the next morning and feels worse when a random kid on the bus congratulates him for standing his ground against Leon. Jerry ignores the kid and feels as though his refusal has caused more damage than he imagined. The Goober asks Jerry why he is still refusing when his assignment is over, but Jerry has no idea, though he doubts that his actions truly matter as he is only one student out of so many. On the way to class, he is praised by many other students and realizes that he has to continue refusing because now that he has taken a stand against the school he has to follow his decision through to the end. Jerry looks at the poster inside of his locker that has a quote from T.S. Eliot on it, “Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?” During roll call Jerry once again refuses to sell chocolates and it makes him feel very lonely.
In Brother Jacques classroom, the boys all start jumping around every time he says the word “environment” and then sit back down as if nothing strange has just happened. Obie is in the class and he knows that Brother Jacques must recognize a Vigil’s assignment when he sees one, as everyone does but no one ever says anything. Obie has a hand in almost every assignment, and must help to carry all of them out if he sees them failing; as he must find a way to make Jacques say “environment” if he feels that there is a lull in the action. Obie hopes that Archie pulls a black marble one day so he will have to do the assignments himself. On this particular day, Jacques seems to be saying the word quite a bit and may even be cracking a smile; Obie realizes that Archie must have told him what is going on.Obie sees Archie looking quite amused out in the hallway, and he wishes that he could get revenge on him somehow.
Kevin Chartier and Danny Arcangelo are having a hard time selling chocolates. They speak to one another on the phone about Jerry’s refusal to sell. Kevin, who wants to be a Vigil, admits to Danny that it was a Vigil assignment originally, but now the assignment is over. Two other boys, Howie Anderson and Richy Rondell, are staring at a girl walking down the street when Howie reveals that he is going to follow Jerry’s lead and stop selling. Richy is surprised at first but then decides to go along with Howie and wonders whether they should encourage other kids to do the same but Howie thinks that they need to make their own decisions. Archie is waiting in the gym for Obie and is annoyed that Obie is taking so long, feeling as though he is doing it on purpose, because Obie knows how much Archie hates the smell of bodily fluids. Obie tells Archie that people think that Jerry may be rebelling against the Vigils by continuing his refusal and if they do nothing to stop him then it will make them look soft. Archie tells Obie to go get Jerry for him, and Obie, just to get under Archie’s skin, reminds him that he promised Leon they would help with the chocolate sale. Archie looks surprised, and Obie is content.
As Brian is counting the money, he realizes that while the sales have been low for the entire fundraiser today’s sales are the worst yet. It has been days since Leon even looked at the numbers, but Brian knows he is set to show up at any minute to check on the progress, and he is going to be furious. Leon thinks that Brian must have done the math wrong and tells him to read down the list of all the boys who are selling chocolates and to tell him the names of the boys who have met their sales quota. When Brian gets to Jerry’s name at the bottom of the list and tells him that he has still sold zero boxes Leon decides that it is Jerry’s fault that the boys are not selling as much as they have in previous years. Leon repeats Jerry’s last name over and over again, and Brian thinks he has gone crazy.
The Goober and Jerry walk to the bus stop together; The Goober is prattling on about his decision to quit football and Jerry is distracted by the possibility of seeing the girl he thinks is cute, who he has found out is named Ellen Barrett. The Goober talks to Jerry about Brother Eugene quitting because he had a mental breakdown after the prank in his classroom; and Jerry does not see the connection between Brother Eugene quitting his job and The Goober quitting the football team. The Goober tells Jerry that something about Trinity is evil, something that goes beyond the Vigils, and he will have no part in giving anything to the school or its organizations anymore. Jerry tells The Goober that he needs to view everything as just another game and still refuses to sell chocolates when The Goober asks him to. The Goober realizes when he gets to the bus stop that Ellen Barrett is not there.
Brother Leon calls Archie to talk to him about the fact that the chocolates are not selling, as he feels it is Archie’s fault. Archie happens to know that Brother Leon and Brother Eugene were overheard having a conversation about the chocolates; apparently Leon had used the school’s money to buy $20,000 worth of chocolates which is against the rules and he needs to make the money back. Archie tells Leon that it is not his responsibility to make sure the chocolates are sold, and the sales from this year are not any lower than previous years; the boys just do not want to sell chocolate. Leon tells Archie to make Jerry sell them and follow that up by forcing the other boys to sell or else he will make sure that Archie’s and the Vigils’ power no longer exists.
Jerry gets a note made out of cut-out magazine letters from the Vigils telling him to come to a meeting. In the storage, shed behind the gym Jerry meets with the Vigils including Archie, Obie, and Carter. Archie is eating chocolates from a box and offers one to Jerry, which he refuses. Archie makes a point of showing Jerry that he is the only one who has not sold any and asks him why, but Jerry only tells him it is personal. Carter gets annoyed easily with Archie’s psychological games, and Obie is confused about the way Archie is acting when he all but begs Jerry to accept the chocolates the following day. He threatens Jerry with a punishment that is not going to happen; he just wants Jerry to participate in the sale. Abruptly, Archie ends the meeting and everyone is shocked.
Jerry hears a very attractive female voice at the end of the phone line and knows it must be Ellen; not only is this number the last Barrett in the phone book, but he would imagine that Ellen’s voice would sound just like the one on the phone. Jerry tries to talk to Ellen, but she only think that it is some guy named Danny and when she uses the word “crap” his illusion of her is ruined. Jerry puts down the phone and begins to wonder if he is a pervert for not selling the chocolates, as he refused them yet again that morning at school. Jerry feels strong and confident when he says no and he sees that The Goober looks extremely worried. When he got home from school, he said out loud to himself “My name is Jerry Renault and I’m not going to sell the chocolates”. Jerry feels unstoppable when he says it out loud.
Frankie Rollo, a rebellious kid with a bad attitude, is called into a meeting with the Vigils, but Archie soon finds that he cannot intimidate Frankie the way he can other kids. Frankie talks back to Archie and makes him look weak until Carter gets sick of it and beats Frankie up. Archie is upset that Carter stepped in like that, but he listens when Carter says that they are falling apart, and it is Archie’s fault for making so many bad decisions when it comes to the chocolate sale; Archie knows that Carter is right. Obie presents a poster he found that says “SCREW THE CHOCOLATES AND THE VIGILS” but Archie does not think it is a big deal and knows that if they continue beating kids like Frankie up the school will make sure they are no more. Carter tells Archie that he better come with a plan to sell the chocolates and to take care of Jerry; he will be on probation within the Vigils until every chocolate is sold.
On the football field, Jerry gets the idea to take Carter to the ground during a play; he carries it out and feels very satisfied with himself. While Jerry is smiling at Carter after getting up he is hit very hard in the kidney and hit again while he is falling, though he cannot figure out who has hit him. While at home Jerry starts to get phone calls that are nothing more than maniacal laughing, even into the middle of the night. At school Jerry realizes that some new sneakers he left in his locker were stolen, and his poster had been covered in blue paint. Also at school Jerry finds that the watercolor painting he had done for his art class, that had taken him two weeks, had been stolen out of Brother Andrew’s desk. Brother Andrew seems to believe Jerry when he tells him he turned it in the night before but still if he does not find the painting he will fail the class.
Brian is beginning to love his job as secretary and for once is very excited to see Brother Leon and share the numbers with him, as there has been a huge increase in sales over the past few days. Brian does not like to get involved with the Vigils but knows they are responsible for the sales. Carter has been bringing in money to Brian and, for some reason, marks sales on the roster for boys who Brian knows are not selling, like he wants it to seem as though every Trinity boy has met their quota. Leon and Brian find that all but 5,000 of the 20,000 boxes of chocolates have been sold, which makes Leon very happy. When Brian posts the list with the figures out in the hallway other students clap for him which makes him feel like one of the popular kids.
Leon no longer has to do roll call to find out how many boxes the boys have sold because the money is coming in steadily now, but he does anyway just for the satisfaction. Many boys who have not sold any boxes are being given praise they did not earn because the Vigils are selling boxes in their name. When Leon calls Jerry’s name he again says, confidently, that he did not sell any. Another boy, Harold Darcy, asks Leon to ask Jerry why he has not sold any. At first Jerry says it is a free country, but when no one is satisfied with that answer Jerry says that the sale is optional, as Leon stated at the beginning. The other boys wonder why Jerry thinks he is special but Jerry stands his ground. The Goober notices a list being posted in the hallway and the name “Roland Goubert” being added as selling fifty boxes; The Goober recognizes this as his own name and is upset because he knows he only sold twenty-seven boxes before he stopped trying. He does not say anything about the mistake but feels guilty for allowing it.
Jerry is approached by Emile Janza who asks why he is in such a hurry. Jerry has been having an awful day, and this does not make it any better. Emile tells Jerry that he is sure that he is “in the closet” but Jerry does not know what that means. Jerry knows that Emile is trying to provoke him to throw the first punch so when Emile pummels him it will be in self-defense. Emile explains that “in the closet” means that Jerry is gay and does not want anyone to know; Jerry thinks that this is the worst insult he could possibly face and denies it. Jerry notices about ten other guys creeping up around him and suddenly he is hit with a barrage of punches. Jerry falls to the ground and passes out as he is being kicked.
Jerry is home in the dark, lying in bed writhing in pain. After the beating Jerry cleaned himself up in locker room, and took a late bus home knowing that the only other passengers would likely be elderly.Once home Jerry took a bath, glad to see that his father was still at work. He could hear voices outside the house calling his name and soon the janitor of the building showed up and threatened to call the police if they did not go away. Jerry answers the ringing phone just so they would know he was home and not hiding from them. In the middle of the night, the phone continues ringing and Jerry tells his father to unplug it, but his father does not want to give in to the bullies. Jerry wants to tell his father everything that has happened but decides it is better if he does not know. Throughout his dreams he still hears the phone ringing.
Archie is upset with Emile for having a group of guys attack Jerry because that is not what he was told to do. Emile says that he feels the beating would be more psychological if it happened at the hands of multiple guys. Archie wanted to make sure that Emile accused Jerry of being gay; this is important according to Archie because the best way to get under someone’s skin is to accuse them of being something they are not. Emile wants a new assignment, but Archie says he has nothing yet. Emile asks him if he can have his photograph back and Archie finally admits that there is no photo at all, though Emile does not know if he should believe him. Archie alludes that Emile may be a Vigil soon, which Emile hopes for so he no longer has to worry about the picture.
At school the next day it is as if Jerry does not even exist; his locker has been cleaned out and no one will acknowledge his presence. He cannot even find The Goober, which would make him feel better. Jerry begins to worry that his refusal to participate in the sale may end up harming his father in some way. Someone pushes Jerry down the stairs, ending his invisibility, and everyone laughs at him. When Brian posts the numbers later he notes that exactly 19,950 boxes of chocolates were sold; which leaves only the fifty boxes that Jerry was supposed to sell. Brian finds this strange and deliberate because there is almost no chance of every single box remaining accounted for; none were lost, stolen, or damaged. Leon thinks that Brian is being silly and that the notion of school spirit has been restored. Brian decides to stay away from Jerry as well as the Vigils from now on. Archie makes sure that Obie still has Jerry’s fifty boxes and says that Jerry will be raffling them off in front of the whole school the next night.
There is a huge turnout for the raffle, and somehow Archie had convinced both Emile and Jerry to participate. Archie had called Jerry and asked if he wanted to get even with Emile, which he did, and show the school how he feels about the chocolates. Once Jerry gets to the raffle, he realizes what he has actually gotten himself into, but he knows that he cannot possibly back out now. Despite the fact that Brian was trying to stay away from the Vigils he becomes the treasurer of the raffle, and is actually enjoying himself. Emile embraced the opportunity to let loose on Jerry, especially when Archie somehow spins it so Jerry should pay for Emile’s anger over the photo. Emile still does not know whether he can believe Archie that there is no photo.
Archie is very pleased with himself for what he has come up with. The idea is that students purchase raffle tickets and on the back of them they write who they want to be hit, Emile or Jerry, and with what move; if their move wins the fight, then they win the fifty boxes of chocolates. Despite Carter’s aversion to violence, he loves a boxing match and supports this idea fully. Archie is sure that Carter is totally jealous of him and his cunning ways. Brian reports to Archie that all of the tickets have been sold, and Archie is excited for the event to begin. When Archie reaches the stage he is surprised to see Obie with the black box; Obie and Carter have decided that Archie must pick twice, once for each boy. Obie is hoping that Archie finally picks the black marble but on both draws Archie picks a white marble.
The Goober, who had been lying in bed for days trying to forget what happened in classroom nineteen, arrives just as the fight is to begin. The tickets begin being pulled and Emile and Jerry each trade blows dependent on what the ticket states. Jerry manages to stand his ground but breaks the rules by moving out of the way when a ticket calls for Emile to hit him in the groin. Emile forgets the tickets after that and starts beating on Jerry without any instructions. Jerry takes his moment to hit Emile in the chest and is ashamed at the person he is turning into. As Emile begins to beat Jerry to a pulp, the crowd chants for him to keep going and suddenly the lights go out. Obie notices that Brother Leon has been watching the entire thing and did nothing to stop it. Archie hurries toward the utility room to turn the lights back on and is greeted by Brother Jacques, who assumes that Archie is responsible for this display of violence.
Jerry cannot see anything and can feel that he is soaked with blood. He hears The Goober saying his name and when he awakens he tells The Goober not to disturb the universe no matter what because despite what people say, no one is free to do their own thing. The Goober just tries to calm Jerry down and tell him everything will be okay, but Jerry insists that The Goober listen to what he has to say because it is important. Brother Jacques tries to get Archie to explain to him why he has hurt Jerry like this, but Archie maintains that it was a fair boxing match that served as a reward for selling so much chocolate. Brother Leon arrives and says that everything is fine, Jerry will get good medical attention, and Archie was only acting in service to the school. Archie feels on top of the world.
Obie and Archie are sitting on the bleachers discussing what has just happened. Archie tells Obie that Leon stuck up for them against Jacques and Obie tells him that he saw Leon watching the whole thing. Apparently Archie had called Leon and told him what was happening so he would not miss anything. Obie is disgusted with Archie and tells him that he hopes one day Archie will get what he deserves. Archie tells Obie he will spare him from punishment for the black box stunt he pulled. Archie wonders what happened to all of the chocolates, and Obie says that when the lights turned out some boys stole them and ran; Archie does not care because Brian had already collected all of the money for them. The lights go out again, and Archie and Obie leave.