Washington, Washington! D.C.! The Capitol Building! The Washington Monument! The Lincoln Memorial! The, um, statue thing of a lot of guys raising the flag that is some way incredibly important to our country and its rich history of taking nine people to lift a stitch of cloth affixed to a twig! A hook of patriotic music plays as a slo-mo pan of a flag (I swear I am not making this up) welcomes us to our nation's capital, where bills become laws, even though the greater majority of us learned about that process from Jennifer Keaton.
And now, things that make the location utterly irrelevant. Not that D.C. exactly presents itself as an "exotic" location, but I guess when the only other place the girl has been outside of Andrews, Texas is Andrews Township, Texas (the taxes are higher but the schools and pageants are SO much better), this is kind of a rip, maybe.
Oh, and remember that time Jesse said he was falling in love with two women? Then there's this date. Jesse tells us he was looking forward to seeing Mandy Jaye, and they share a hilarious moment of meeting when he sits down on a park bench that she's not sitting on! And pretends not to see her! Dude, when someone says "blind ice skater," that dude sure knows how to stay in character.
Jesse complains in a pre-date confessional that he feels like he still hasn't seen the "real" Mandy Jaye, worrying that he always gets "the politically correct answer" when he talks to her. So she's always answering his questions about how she feels about him with lengthy screeds about affirmative action and Title IX? What's politically correct about her? I think he means that she's stiff, rehearsed, and overly formal in all social settings, and that he got nervous when he saw the buildings that have all the politicking going on in them and said something about politics because he thought it would sound smart. It did not sound smart.
Mandy Jaye, meanwhile, thinks that "the stakes are fairly high" for her. She wants to be sincere and honest. Bench hilarity ensues, and Jesse and Mandy Jaye greet each other like reconciling siblings who haven't talked in a few years. Jesse marvels over the beauty of "this day," marveling, "look at that!" with an indication toward the Capitol Building. And again, my architecture history is a little vague and I haven't visited the seat of freedom in our nation in, oh, eighteen years, but aren't I right in assuming that building is kind of there EVERY day? But if I'm wrong, tell me and I'll fix it. In response, Mandy Jaye indicates the grandeur of the Washington Monument, which is quite pointy and the subject of a song I wrote once that no one will ever, ever hear again except Wing and maybe my mom. But only because they asked. ["And because you mentioned it, this day's heaven-sent. Will you sing it to the tune of a down of hoe?" -- Wing Chun]