Luan is participating in a playwright contest, as well as the other students of the Java Club. One week after Luan submits her script, Mrs. Bernardo arrives and tells the members that whoever's script is chosen gets to direct their play. Mrs. Bernardo announces that after careful consideration, she has chosen Luan's script as the winning script, and Luan is ecstatic that she gets to direct the play.
Later, Luan tells the other members of the Java Club that her play, Don't Sassafras Me: The Life and Times of Joannie Sassafras, is about her idol: a comedian named Joannie Sassafras who made it big as a comedian by taking a chance. After handing everyone the script to see who they're playing, Luan prepares to start directing the play. However, for every scene they try to rehearse, the members would put in their own additions, including...
When Luan sits in the director's chair after taking five, she explains to Mr. Coconuts that her friends are making so many changes, it's deviating from her initial plans. Suddenly, Amy and Rex fall into the orchestra pit, and become inspired to add in a scene of them having a karate competition. Unable to take it anymore, Luan exits the school and proclaims that the production is a disaster. Mr. Coconuts urges her to stand up to them, Luan refuses, saying she doesn't want her friends to be mad at her. When Mr. Coconuts says that he has no problem speaking his mind, Luan suddenly gets an idea.
The next day, as the Java Club arrives for rehearsals, they discover that Mr. Coconuts has taken over the role as the play's director, much to everyone's confusion, as it's just Luan taking on a different personality. However, they soon learn first hand that with Mr. Coconuts in the director's chair, he's more strict towards them, as he punishes anyone who attempts to deviate from the script, like...
When rehearsals end, Luan thanks Mr. Coconuts for helping bring production to her original vision.
The next day, the play is about to premiere tonight, and it's only one more hour until curtains up. When Luan arrives, she sees only Benny present. He explains that everyone quit the play because they were terrified of Mr. Coconuts and his strict behavior. When Luan starts panicking on what to do, Mrs. Bernardo, having camouflaged into the brick wall backdrop on the stage, comes out and tells her that the reason why she chose her play out of all of them was because it was about a woman who stood up to make a difference. She tells Luan that she needs to speak up to her friends by herself instead of using Mr. Coconuts to do it for her. Invigorated, Luan proceeds to do so. Approaching her friends, Luan apologizes for what happened yesterday, saying that they kept adding in their own changes, it felt like she no longer had control. Her friends forgive her, apologize for interfering with the script, and agree to go back to working on the play.
Later, after the show concludes, the crowd gives it uproarious applause, and Shannon introduces Luan to the crowd. Luan says that she couldn't have done the play without Mrs. Bernardo's help, and tells her to come in a take a bow. Suddenly, Mrs. Bernardo arrives by descending on a sandbag, when suddenly, the rope she's holding onto snaps, causing her to fall into the orchestra pit.
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