Okay, so in the time it took me to tell that story, the opening credits and commercials ran, and when we come back to the show, Cindy and a bunch of blow-dried Girl Republicans are gingerly carrying a hand-painted banner welcoming Vice-President Bush down the hall. They pass four dark-suited men (who are trying to blend but are obviously Secret Service agents) walking in the opposite direction; the agent in the lead is wearing dark glasses. The posse starts up a flight of stairs, beneath which the Freaks, as is their custom, are loitering. The agent pulling up the rear stops on a low step, leans into the alcove to inspect the Freaks, then continues on his way. A nonplussed Ken mutters, "What, are the Blues Brothers doing a show in town tonight?" Daniel tells him about George Bush's imminent visit. "The porn star?" Nick asks. He was? How did that youthful indiscretion stay out of the "character issue" debates? Ken patiently tells Nick who George Bush is, just as Lindsay and Amy (the sideburn-stroking tuba player) roll up and say hi. Ken beams at the sight of Amy, who makes a beeline for him; he fondly puts his arm around her shoulders, and then asks her what's wrong. She tells him she's nervous because the band will be playing "Hail to the Chief" before Bush speaks and "there's a lot of tuba." Lindsay assures her that Bush probably doesn't know anything about the tuba (uh, you could have stopped after "anything," babe). Ken teases Amy by mimicking the sound of "Hail to the Chief" played on an out-of-tune tuba. Mr. Kowchevski appears at the bottom of the stairs and wearily tells everyone to get out of the alcove. Daniel whines, "Since when?" and Kowchevski says that the Secret Service wants all these areas cleared out for the veep's visit. The Freaks slowly collect themselves and make to leave as Daniel deadpans, "How're we ever going to plan our coup?" Daniel knows the word "coup"? Mr. Kowchevski sternly tells him not even to joke about it: "I could get you thrown in jail just for saying that." Daniel actually looks nervous at this information. Ken and Amy are the last to leave; she tells him she has to practise now, anyway. He asks if she wants to hang out after school, and she tells him she'll have to practise then, too, and that he's "a bad influence." "So, I'll see you at 6:30?" Ken asks, smoothly. Amy smirks. They smooch. Amy is adorable.
Bill and Neal sit alone at their table in the cafeteria. The camera rests on them, straight on, as they monitor another table, from which we hear Cindy's voice yammering about "the game." Sam is sitting between her and Todd, looking morose. Gordon and Harris join Bill and Neal. Gordon asks, "What's happening?" and, as peals of laughter rise from the jock/cheerleader table, Bill sadly replies, "We don't know. It's all going on over there." The camera cuts to the j/c table to reveal Sam looking uncomfortable. Harris remarks, "Once you start down that dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. At least, that's what Yoda always says." Neal and Bill can't muster the strength to answer, and just stare at the j/c table, where Cindy is in the process of declaring, "I mean, not all cheerleaders have to be pretty, but their cheerleaders aren't even remotely pretty. I mean, they're dirty." Vicki gesticulates with a french fry as she enumerates all the ways in which the reportedly "dirty" cheerleaders are "disrespectful."