Anyway, Richter may be suffering from all kinds of disease at the moment, but he sure as hell ain't no dummy. He announces that "Smilla" is actually his wife's name and that he loves her so very much. He starts laughing and sobbing at the same time. Sloane grimaces at Richter, pulls back, and growls, "Just kill him."
Random University Of Test-Designing Professors. Will pays a visit to the professor who designed the test that none of us understand. The prof is all, 1982, right? Popular test. Will's all, whoa! Hold the phone! Did you say "popular"? Why "popular"? Professor Test is all, well, I got a call once from someone at ETS and they wanted my originals of the test. The Strings Of Impending Danger And Destruction are working overtime in this episode, lemme tell you. It goes a little something like this:
Will: Can you remember if you put any questions in about spatial reasoning? [Dun dun DUNNNN]
Professor Test: Why would I do that? [Thrumm! Thrumm!] There's no statistical utility in asking questions maybe one in ten thousand first graders could answer. [Buzzzzz...thrummm...ping...]
Will: Well, how would you explain a question like this, then? "How can rainbows be seen? Only when the sun is behind the observer." [Whooosh! Thrumm! Thrummmmm!]
Professor Test: This wasn't in the test I sent to ETS. I design the questions, I proof the test booklets they print up, and then, when they send the final corrected copies, I put them on file. [Plink! Plink ping! Thrummmmm!]
Will: About how many first graders took this test? [Drip. Drip drip. Ping. Plink. Shhhhhhh.]
Professor Test: They administered this test in thirty-three states. That's over five million children. [BONG! BUM! DUN DUN DUNNNNNN! THRUMMM! PING! PINGGGGGGGG!]
I wish I were kidding. It's a two-minute scene, but the Strings are clocking in at ten hours, thirty-two minutes.
Subbasement Of Dreams And Desires. Spy Daddy's taking Vaughn's place (ew! Not like that! Shut UP!) as Syd's handler, and he's giving her the lowdown on the Tokyo op. Officer Oops I Did It Again is staying at some inn in central Tokyo, and Syd's supposed to contact Sark as soon as she's in position. "Tell him we will hand him Sloane the night before his Alliance meeting," finishes Spy Daddy. Syd's all, then you're with me on this, right? We have no choice in the matter? Spy Daddy's all, well of COURSE we have a choice, honey. "It's a moment I never wanted you to face," he says. "To kill someone. I'm not talking about self-defense. I'm talking about premeditated murder. To be there when the door closes on him for the last time. Knowing you are responsible. That is something you never came close to considering before getting to know your mother."