I was feeling way too sad about this poor persecuted high school child who loves his coach and teacher and gets nothing but grief in return, so I decided between me and myself that Greenberg is actually 21 Jump Street-ing Beacon Hills High, partially looking for drugs (where ARE they getting their juice????), partially keeping in touch with the FBI taskforce about how many students are getting eaten by mountain lions daily, partially trying to see if there are any patterns as to which teachers are brutally murdered, etc.
Except on the day he walked into BHHS, he looked up and saw the man of his dreams. And the feeling was mutual. And Finstock almost resigned hiw position because it was so WRONG of him to be in love with his student, but the principal (whoever was principal on that particular day— I’m guessing it was the dude the Argents had killed? Or tortured until he left town???) was like “ha ha nope he’s a cop he’s actually a year older than you, you’re not allowed to quit now go win us that lacrosse championship.”
But they can’t ACT ON IT. Finstock has to protect “Greenberg” from being discovered as an undercover agent! “Greenberg” has uncovered three drug rings already*, he’s doing amazing work! He’s saving lives! Meanwhile, “Greenberg” knows that he can’t ruin Finstock’s career, and it WILL be ruined if anyone knows of their passion for one another. They try to stay away from each other, but it hurts. IT BURNS. Finstock has to assign him homework and make him run windsprints and the only way he can deal with how unfair it all is with his anger, the anger that hides the LONGING.
What you can’t see from these clips is that there was something else inside that #1 Coach mug. And it was a small box. And the box contained an engagement ring. “Greenberg” can’t wait anymore. A LIFE LIVED IN FEAR IS A LIFE HALF-LIVED.
*”Greenberg” actually feels kind of bad about it— if ever anyone needs the escape of recreational drugs, it is the kids of BHHS. Those kids have seen some SHIT. He ignores the pot and the ecstasy, just focuses on anything that might kill people.