The Carpool Season 5, Episode 12 - Aired January 22, 2014

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With the bus drivers on strike, Principal Barker (Rachel Dratch) asks the parents to form carpools to get the kids to and from school. But with time management not being one of Frankie's strong suits, her carpool kids find themselves facing the possibility of being on the receiving end of some tardy slips – which could ruin their chances of being invited to the "No Tardy Party." Meanwhile, Axl hits the books and becomes an expert in Astronomy – a class he’s not even taking – in order to tutor a hot student, and when Mike receives two IU basketball tickets, he tries to find someone to accompany him to the game, not realizing that Sue really wants to go with him.

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Guest Stars: Rachel Dratch as Principal Barker, Jen Ray as Nancy Donahue, Pat Finn as Bill Norwood, Alphonso McAuley as Hutch, Troy Metcalf as Jim, Malcolm Foster Smith as Dave, Greg Cipes as Chuck, Nicole Travolta as Sasha, Bryce McBratnie as Aaron, Marc Evan Jackson as Professor Danzinger, Laura Ann Kesling as Dotty Donahue, Molly Jackson as Ella Norwood, Tommy Bechtold as Kenny, Eileen Fogarty as Woman #1, Sonya Leslie as Woman #2, Payden Kershner as Little Sue

Writers: Jana Hunter, Mitch Hunter

Director: Julie Anne Robinson

Viewers: 8.04 million Adults 18-49 Rating: 2.3/7

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