Meanwhile, Miss Bliss is acting principal for the week, while Mr. Belding takes over her teaching duties, so that she will have the experience necessary to take over if Mr. Belding is ever not there. Miss Bliss loves the job and seems to makes it look too effortless, handling every problem that arises with ease. Mr. Belding, on the other hand, has a lot of difficulty with his teaching duties. He feels even worse when he sees Miss Bliss handling his job so efficiently.
Zack is told that his one last task is to ditch his friends and be friends only with members of the Rigmas. Zack stages a sort of public humiliation for his friends, thinking they will understand. He thinks that once he's securely in the club, they can go back to being friends. However, Zack angers each of his friends to the point of losing them altogether. In their anger with Zack, his friends end up with Zack's jacket and begin tossing it about in the classroom. Mr. Belding takes the entire class to the "principal," who, in this case, is Miss Bliss.
Miss Bliss gets to the heart of the matter. After listening to everyone's stories, she sends them all back to class except Zack. He tells her it's all worth it. She hands him back his jacket saying it's a very expensive jacket since it cost him five friends.
Mr. Belding also discovers that Miss Bliss has been making decisions without seeking the approval of the school board and that's why things have been running so "smoothly." As this is all catching up with Miss Bliss, Mr. Belding is somewhat cheered.
Zack thinks this over what Miss Bliss said to him about losing his friends for a jacket and decides to apologize to his friends. He tells them that he's decided not to be a Rigma if it means he has to give up being friends with them. However, they are all still so angry with him, they won't forgive him. Zack then goes back to the Rigmas and sits with them; however, they then tell Zack that his pledging the Rigmas had all been a joke. In fact, he had never really been pledging the Rigmas at all. They told Zack that in order for them to get into the Rigmas themselves, they had to choose an 8th grader and make him think he was pledging the Rigmas. Zack says, "Who's the poor sap?" but by the looks on their faces he realizes that he's the "poor sap." Zack's friends overhear this and they all make up. Zack realizes what an even bigger mistake he made than he thought. The episode ends as Zack tosses his red jacket into the garbage.moreless