In the mayor's office, Gray has problems tying his shoes. Sigh. Eric and Emily enter and show Gray a stack of new history textbooks the school just got from J&R. The book is called A New America: A Comprehensive History, and J&R wants them distributed by the end of the week. As usual, Gray doesn't get it. Emily tells him to look at the chapter titles: "The section after World War II is called 'The Decline and Fall of the First Republic.'" Eric adds, "Talks about how the United States died because we got weak. That the Cuban Missile Crisis was a failure because we didn't attack the Russians; that we pulled out of 'Nam in '75 too early. I mean, it goes on!" "How should we handle this?" Emily wonders. Well, first, get Bush out of office. Gray -- still miraculously not getting it -- shrugs, "I dunno." Emily repeats it incredulously. "What do you want me to tell you?" mutters Gray. "Teach from it or don't teach from it -- it's your classroom, make a decision." Eric angrily points out that there's a bigger issue here. First the flag, now their history -- where will it all end? With impeachment, I hope. "These people have saved this town from annihilation, to say nothing of the millions of people who are still alive right now because of them," says Gray. "I don't know, I think that earns them the right to a point of view." Wow, look upon the frightening danger of ignorance, my children. I think they should take the textbook and shove it up Gray's budget initiative.
Situation-mobile. Emily's face flashes up on Jake's monitor as a flagged Jerichoian. "These terrorists just keep getting better-looking, don't they?" a voice comments. Jake looks over at a reporter named Alex Utley from the Modesto Bee. "Second largest paper in California now!" Utley yuks, as Darcy slips into the Situation-mobile. "Of course, we had a little help getting there," Utley adds. "Is that supposed to be a joke?" Jake demands. Utley surveys Jake: "Guess not." Yes, all journalists are jaded and covered in gallows humor. I'm sure it won't be long before we see him as a whiskey drunk, and then we'll have a hat trick of stereotypes. Changing the subject away from Jake's murderous stare, Utley nods up at Emily's face and asks if she's a friend of Jake's. "She's a schoolteacher," Jake tells him angrily. "This says she's flagged because of her father," Utley asks, and Jake explains about Emily's father being the leader of a road gang. Jake adds, "Though I'm not quite sure why that makes her a threat." "Well, I think they'd say that there's no such thing as being too careful," says Utley, nodding sagely at Jake. Jake demands, "Are you reporting on them or for them?" Utley considers for a moment. "Yes," he says definitively, and walks away. Jake eyes him briefly before being distracted by Darcy slipping a walkie-talkie into her bag. Disconcerted, Jake looks around to see whether any of the Secret Service noticed this. Of course, they did not. Jake follows Darcy out just as we hear a crackling announcement: "Condor is arriving."
Flashing black SUVs squeal into town, and the Jerichoians gather to salivate over their first look at the Usurper President. George Newbern -- the actor with a convenient name who was the cute guy in Adventures In Babysitting and the groom in Father Of The Bride -- jumps out and shakes hands with everyone. He snaps a few photos with kids before smarming into the J&R edifice. Jake watches the Usurper President briefly, but sees Darcy slipping through the crowd. He follows her.