Left alone, River wonders if the Doctor would be bothered by how she just massacred an entire room full of people in their own home -- guessing not, given what he just did -- shrugs, giggles, and shoots a Silent standing right behind her. Which in one way I guess is "bad ass," but in another way makes no fucking sense. The last Silent standing, specifically behind her where she can't see it, and she not only knows that it's there and that it exists, but plugs it. So dumb. Anyway, River says a bunch of cute smug things in a row, big melodramatic fake romance thing where Amy explains that she was obviously talking to Rory before, and we're off to once again remind Nixon to be as paranoid as possible. Then, this bullshit:
Doctor: "Canton just wants to get married. Hell of a reason to kick him out of the FBI."
Nixon: "Dare I ask? Will I be remembered?"
Doctor: "Oh, Dicky. Tricky Dicky, they're never going to forget you. Say hi to David Frost for me!"
Dumb, but not as dumb as...
Nixon, alone: "This person you want to marry. Black?"
Nixon: "I know what people think of me, but perhaps I'm a little more liberal..."
Canton: "He is."
Oh, but it gets worse:
Nixon: "I think the Moon is far enough for now, don't you?"
Canton, resigned to being a poor old idiot American: "I figured it might be."
Nixon: (Eyes bug out, green around the gills, pulls on his collar, edges away from the queer.)
It's not just that it's anachronism solely for the reason of being antagonistic, or socking the US with one final suckerpunch. It's not just that gay marriage is a punchline, or the "weirdest" thing they could think of, regardless of how little sense it makes in context. It's not the casual references to miscegenation and the beginnings of the bloody fight for civil rights in this country, about which honestly British people shouldn't even be commenting, or that you're not allowed to point the finger at somebody else for intolerance when you're doing the exact same thing under the self-righteous guise of tolerance... It's all of those things. It's the fact that Stonewall was that year, and Hoover was the head of the FBI, and here you have this hard-headed dude who gets thrown out of the FBI not for being gay but for demanding to get married -- which, what? -- and then acquiescing immediately... Because of the moon landing? Dumb. Hateful and dumb.