In the series premiere, Charles "Corky" Thatcher tries to mainstream in a regular high school with his sister, Becca. But his first few days in Grade 9 take a serious turn when he is accused of cheating off of an exam.
Encouraged by Rona Liberman, Corky runs for freshman class president with the help of smart, but very unpopular classmate, Lester. Thinking that Rona likes him, Corky doesn't know he was only nominated by her as a joke.
Libby has a chance for a comeback of sorts, at the community college's "Autumn Follies". Meanwhile, Corky is having troubles in math class, but doesn't want to take arithmetic tutoring with kids ten years younger than himself.