Incredibly drunk, Frank leans against the bookshelf and talks into the phone. Slurring his words, he asks the person on the other end if Rita is there. “No? Thank you…” He then hangs up, dials another number, and asks this person to tell Rita that he has signed her up for her exams.
This scene showcases the intensity of Frank’s interest in Rita. Indeed, his drunken calls suggest that he is perhaps obsessed with her. At the same time, though, he’s only calling to tell her that he has signed her up for her exams, meaning that he is ultimately only trying to be a good teacher and help her with her academic pursuits.