Mr. Pomfritt assigns an essay addressing a big question: "Whither are we drifting?" Dobie and Maynard mull the question and their uncertain futures in an atypical episode that is more thoughtful than humorous.
As one final assignment before the senior class graduation, Mr. Pomfritt asks his English class to write an essay on the theme, "Whither are we drifting". In asking the question, Mr. Pomfritt not only wants to know what his students want to be when they "grow up", but what they see happening in their future, immediate or otherwise. This assignment hits Dobie hard as although he has thought about such a question before, he has never been able to to come up with an answer, which seems to be more important now on this immediate milestone of graduation. He and Maynard discuss the topic to no end, Maynard who uses jokes to hide the fact that he too is scared of not knowing what his future holds. Dobie, in turn, jokes that his and Maynard's future may be another year of high school if they can't complete the assignment. So will Dobie be able to figure out an answer to Mr. Pomfritt's satisfaction? Written by