Another week, another stellar Abbott Elementary episode. This week, Janine (Quinta Brunson) learned a lesson the hard way when she endeavored to upgrade the juice situation at Abbott. She failed to heed Barbara’s (Sheryl Lee Ralph) sage wisdom, resulting in the latter setting concrete boundaries. Remember, every sentence she utters ends in a period!

Meanwhile, Melissa (Lisa Ann Walter) struggled to find common ground with her new aide Ashley (Keyla Monterroso Mejia) but resolved the situation with help from Jacob (Chris Perfetti). Ava (Janelle James) looked cute and doled out grade-A quips. It’s just another day that ends in “y” for her. 

Below, I’ve compiled a list of quotes (and moments around the quotes) I loved from this week’s episode of Abbott Elementary. Class is in session!

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GREGORY: I’m not really a big fan of juice. I prefer nature’s juice — water. 

Leave it to Gregory (Tyler James Williams) to make us fall head over heels for his endearing eccentricities. From loathing hot fruit to rejecting juice, Gregory has a very specific palate. When Janine talks about introducing new juice to the students, Gregory notes that he prefers nature’s juice, a.k.a. water. Hey, it’s the best juice out there. Side note: his stare into the camera that serves as a button to this quote is solid gold. 

Janine and Jacob stand in the cafeteria while watching students eat in Abbott Elementary Season 2 Episode 5, "Juice."

ABBOTT ELEMENTARY – “Juice” – Season 2 Episode 5 (ABC/Gilles Mingasson) QUINTA BRUNSON, CHRIS PERFETTI

MR. JOHNSON: Until reinforcements arrive, everyone has to use the upstairs bathroom. And I pray to the Mario Brothers they hold.

Of course Mr. Johnson (William Stanford Davis), a man well-versed in the custodial arts, would know of the famed works of the Mario Brothers. I love that he crosses himself while praying to said Mario Brothers. May they bless us with thick mustaches, stylish overalls, and extensive plumbing prowess. 

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JANINE: You know, Gregory, you try it. I’ve been told I knock like a ghost.

This line made me crack up for personal reasons. I’ve been told something similar about my knocking style. I wouldn’t know how to brazenly pound on a door if I tried. My petite knuckles would surely shatter. Add this to the list of commonalities I have with Janine. 

Janina and Gregory stand in front of their students while waiting for the bathroom in Abbott Elementary Season 2 Episode 5, "Juice."


BARBARA: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Barbara Howard knows what we need to hear and when we need to hear it. Sure, it’s an adage you probably heard from your parents countless times growing up, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Additionally, the quote applies directly to the plot in “Juice,” and it’s a valuable lesson for Janine and all of us. Don’t seek to remedy what isn’t broken. 

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What are your favorite quotes from “Juice”? Sound off in the comments below!

Abbott Elementary airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on ABC, with next-day streaming on Hulu

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