A clerk leaves the committee room and wanders up to Means who’s eating Cheetos. Okay. They discuss Mellon’s testimony but all the clerk can provide is that he’s testifying about Daugherty. Means keeps eating his Cheetos, inscrutably.
Billie’s rehearsing her show and it’s rough. Cantor comes in and joins Nucky, who’s been lurking like a creeping creeper. Nucky wonders what Cantor will tell Schubert and Cantor says he’s seen worse, at funerals, but it’s not Billie. She’s aces. It’s the drip of a co-star. Nucky’s stopped listening to Cantor because the choreographer’s moved in to dance the routine with Billie and Nucky’s all jealous because he doesn’t understand how dancing actually works. Cantor’s embarrassed that Nucky’s still getting smitten and jealous like a teenager but placates his ego because he likes picking up a quick gig in AC on occasion.
You’re like watching a car crash.
Nelson’s agonizing over…something…when Sigrid comes in to tell him the children are napping. He corrects her that when they’re in for the night it’s “sleeping.” Sigrid runs through her most recent “1920s Colloquial American English” Rosetta Stone lesson, telling us she’s “hun-KEE doe-REE’ when there’s a knock on the door. They have no friends so Nelson runs to the door and shushes the baby when he starts crying. Yeah, it’s not obvious someone’s home. Still, whoever it is just slides a card under the door and leaves. Nelson sees it’s that Prohie from the speak and the card has a “?” on the back. Boo. Scary.
Sigrid picks up on Nelson’s mood and wonders if things are still hun-KEE doe-REE. Nelson says they need to talk. It’s not her it’s…oh, no. He says he wasn’t completely honest with her about his past and Sigrid tells him she knows. Then tells a story about the bad man saying bad lies about Nelson but she knows he did not do these bad things. Nelson realizes he’s corrupted a simpleton so he tells her, yup. That’s what happened.
Bjork, bjork, bjork…
Mason’s got a rather graphic and yet comical sketch of the female reproductive system on the chalk board and is explaining the fertilized eggs journey down the long and winding road (TM my friend Jackie in 9th grade biology) and that is how a woman becomes…with child. Margaret’s watching on with a mixture of amusement and pride as Mason fumbles to remember he can’t say the word “pregnant” to a room full of woman or else the nun will rap his knuckles with a ruler.
Class lets out and one of the extras tells Dr. Mason she wished they had those classes when she was 13 so she wouldn’t have thought she was dying and I think back to that day all the girls in my fourth grade class got their little pink boxes and realize just how far we’d come. Then I remember Todd Akin’s running for Senate and remember just how far back we might go.When the class is gone, Mason actually manages to offer Margaret a sincere apology for misjudging her and Margaret seems genuinely touched.
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