During tryouts for the school talent show, Principal Lewis' frustration with poor acts cause a reduction in redundant acts and things are exacerbated when A.J. sabotages Steve's singing by slipping him Lemon Pledge to drink, Roger offers to help him put together a ventriloquism act instead and the tryouts go well. But when A.J. insults the pair, Roger appears with him in a darkened weight room. After he abuses the 'doll' further, Roger secures the door and drops a barbell on his throat, crushing his larynx.