Mary has actually taken square-dancing lessons outside of school. What a total freak!
When it comes time to divide into dancing groups, all the popular kids, including Connor and his friends, quickly huddle together. The groups form up so quickly that Mary is left standing on her own. Mr. Mathers, the boys' Coach, puts Mary in Connor's group, making everyone crack up. But Connor's big secret is that he really likes Mary and is afraid to admit it. She's really sweet, smart and shy, and there's just something about that combination that really appeals to Connor.
When the dancing starts, Connor really likes having Mary as his partner, but later, when his friends tease him, he denies liking Mary. The guys buy Connor's story, but he feels terrible. He really wants to ask Mary out, but he's sure his friends would give him a hard time about it. A few weeks later, Connor finally gets up the courage to tell Mary how he feels, but it's too late. He sees her hanging out with Brad Lowry, and it's obvious they like each other. Now Connor feels miserable, and he can't even tell anybody why.