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Daydreaming in math class, Billy Batson is surprised when he is handed a worksheet from the teacher. He reads the first question: "A train leaving New York City at 10:45 AM heads for Chicago at 55 miles per hour. An east-bound train leaves Chicago for New York at 9:10 AM." Billy, realizing he can't

Quote1 I guess there really are some problems you just have to solve yourself. Quote2
Billy Batson



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Synopsis for "Wisdom"

Daydreaming in math class, Billy Batson is surprised when he is handed a worksheet from the teacher. He reads the first question: "A train leaving New York City at 10:45 AM heads for Chicago at 55 miles per hour. An east-bound train leaves Chicago for New York at 9:10 AM." Billy, realizing he can't answer the question, stealthily slips out the window and screams the magic word "Shazam". The boy is struck by lightning and instantly becomes his superhero alter-ego Shazam. Billy flies into the sky to seek help on his math problem.

In a dark cave, Shazam approaches the elders, hoping their knowledge can solve the question. Zeus, the leader, immediately dismisses Billy for wasting their time. Billy politely tells Zeus that he is only requesting the aid of the smartest one of them - Solomon. Solomon begins to answer the question but is interrupted by Mercury, who points out that Chicago is in a different time zone than New York. Zeus chimes in, asking which train is moving 7 miles per hour faster. The gods begin to argue, unable to help Billy with his "simple" math problem. Shazam walks away, saying he has to solve the problem by himself.

In New York City, Shazam picks up a train and throws it on the tracks headed for Chicago. Shazam then flies to Chicago and does the same there. Flying to a point near the middle, Billy records the time that the two trains meet and smiles, having discovered the answer.

Later, Billy is back in class and receives the worksheet back from the teacher. He is outraged to find that he got a check minus on the problem that he worked so hard to replicate! The teacher says that he needed to show his work, not just his answer. Billy points out the window to reveal the two trains sitting next to each other while the elders continue to bicker. Billy's teacher drops her coffee mug in astonishment as Billy victoriously smirks to himself.

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