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"The Austere Academy: Part Two"
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Adapted from: The Austere Academy
Main character(s): Violet, Klaus, Sunny
Baudelaire guardian: Vice Principal Nero
Main enemy: Count Olaf
Olaf's disguise: Coach Genghis
Main setting: Prufrock Preparatory School
Library: Prufrock Library
Key crew
Writer: Joe Tracz
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Producer: Neil Patrick Harris
Release details
Story number: 5b
Season/series: Season 2
Premiere network: Netflix
Release date: March 30, 2018
Format: 53 minutes
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A Series of Unfortunate Events
"The Austere Academy: Part One" "The Ersatz Elevator: Part One"

"The Austere Academy: Part Two" is the tenth episode of Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events. It covered the second half of The Austere Academy.

Official synopsis

While the Quagmires keep up the search, the Baudelaires struggle to balance their studies with a punishing workout schedule, courtesy of Count Olaf.


Count Olaf, disguised as Coach Genghis, is the new coach at Prufrock Preparatory School. The Baudelaires try to reveal his identity but nobody believes them. To keep them occupied, Olaf assigns the Baudelaires a special exercise that they must perform at sunset, known as S.O.R.E. Their special exercise is to run around in circles with paint until they create a luminous circle. Vice Principal Nero states that this will not exempt them from his violin recital so they will be owing him bags of candy.

The Quagmires try to help the Baudelaires by going to see the librarian but she hasn't had any luck finding the book. They run night after night which leads to them doing poorly in their classes. The Baudelaires are called into Vice Principal Nero's office and are reprimanded because of this. Olaf suggests that they are homeschooled by him. Nero agrees that if the Baudelaires don't pass their exams tomorrow then they will be homeschooled. He also reminds them that the S.O.R.E. exams will not exempt them from his next violin recitals and that they will owe him bags of candy.

The Baudelaires and Quagmires band together to create a diversion so that the Baudelaires can study and run laps. The Quagmires switch places with the Baudelaires so that they can study while they run laps. This works for a while until the fake baby's rope they've been pulling breaks. Olaf gets suspicious so he goes to kick the "baby" but ends up kicking a bag of flour. The Quagmires realize that the jig is up so they run off and hide in the library.

There they find the missing book and look through it to learn more about secret organizations and their spyglass. Unfortunately, one of Olaf's minions finds them in the library and they are kidnapped.

Arthur Poe shows up to come and check on the Baudelaires while also bringing the bags of candy that they owe to Nero. He tells them that he's brought paperwork for their homeschooling just in case they fail. They try to tell him about Count Olaf but he believes that the computer system would've recognized him. The Baudelaires are called to the stage in the auditorium to be tested.

The librarian leaves disgusted by what's happening. She heads to the library but finds that it's been ransacked. She sees on the floor the book that the kids have been looking for. The Baudelaires manage to pass their test held by Nero, Mr. Remora, and Mrs. Bass. Nero allows them to stay for the remaining trimester. Suddenly, Olaf says that he must also endure a gym teacher evaluation. He challenges them to an arm wrestling match. He takes on both Violet and Klaus at the same time. They win with the help of Sunny. Poe realizes that it is Count Olaf after Sunny reveals his tattoo on his ankle by taking off his shoe.

Olaf runs away but the Baudelaires give chase. He manages to escape but takes the Quagmires with him. Isadora tries to tell them about V.F.D but ends up knocking their half of the spyglass to the ground. The Baudelaires watch as Olaf escapes once again.



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Deviations from the novel

  • In the book, the Baudelaires pretend not to recognize Coach Genghis until they can find out his plan. In the TV series, the Baudelaires immediately announce to everyone who Coach Genghis is, however, due to religious reasons and smelly feet, as well as the "advanced" computer system fooled by the disguise, it is futile.
  • In the books, Violet and Klaus lent the Quagmires their hair ribbon and glasses, respectively, for their disguises, instead of making them. Additionally, they did not make the bag of flour into a human shape for Sunny in the books.
  • Instead of removing them, Sunny had to make staples in the book.
  • The Baudelaires' exams were not public in the books, and Sunny did not have to sort cards.
  • In the books, Violet and Klaus did not have to arm wrestle with Coach Genghis.
  • Vice Principal Nero does not expel the Baudelaires. Instead, Mr. Poe takes them to their next guardian.
  • In the book, Duncan and Isadora reveal they have been searching in newspapers in the library about Count Olaf, and that's how they find out about VFD. In the adaptation they find The Incomplete History of Secret Organizations and find all sorts of things about Olaf and VFD.
  • The children are fast enough in the book to catch up to Olaf's car where the White Faced women are putting the Quagmires in. In the series they are too late, and the triplets have to shout of the car to tell them about VFD.


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