“The hottest guy at Thomas Jefferson is on the faculty,” says Sam Kingston, speaking about her calculus teacher Mr. Daimler. A former student—and one-time prom king—at Thomas Jefferson, Mr. Daimler is tan, tall, and he dresses just like his students do, in trendy clothes. Sam nurses a serious crush on Mr. Daimler, but it is a totally hypothetical one—until day five of the time loop, the day on which Sam, frustrated by the repetitious events of the day and her inability to change her fate, decides to lash out and act recklessly all day, knowing that nothing she does will matter. She flirts recklessly with Mr. Daimler during class, and oversteps a serious line—he holds her back after class to reprimand her, but when Sam tells Mr. Daimler that she “wants” him, he throws himself onto her, kissing her and pinning her against a desk. Sam is not turned on by the experience, though, and finally realizes what a predatory sleazeball her teacher is—unable to move on from his high school glory days, he roams the same halls he did as a teenager, stuck in his own kind of purgatorial time loop.
Mr. Daimler Character Timeline in Before I Fall
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...Lindsay didn’t satisfy her urge to do something reckless. She arrives at calculus, and Mr. Daimler jokingly—but inappropriately—tells her that it’s “a little early in the season for beach clothes.” Sam... (full context)