Just beyond where Josh and Donna were talking, in the lobby, Sam walks up to Hector Elizondo, who must be playing Dr. Dalton Millgate. They shake hands, and Sam says it's been a long time. Millgate concurs. Sam remarks, "And now the student becomes the teacher, huh?" Dr. Millgate: "Not really, no." Sam retorts, "Well, I'm going to be President someday! POTUS told me so! So nyah nyah nyah!" No, he doesn't. But given some of the other dialogue in this episode, you could be forgiven if you were fooled for a moment.
Sam and Millgate walk toward Sam's office as Sam asks, "So, did I disappoint you when I didn't go into physics?" Millgate: "No. You were bad at it." Sam begs to differ. Millgate begs to differ. Sam says he just needed a little encouragement. Millgate thinks not. Sam says, a little testily, "Look, Congress isn't going to fund your damn superconductor, all right?" But I think he's joking. Millgate corrects him: "Supercollider. Superconducting supercollider. This is exactly what I'm talking about. A fifty-four-mile tunnel, 150 feet below ground, in which protons and anti-protons would be flung into each other at the speed of light." Cool. Millgate asks, "Can you remember that?" Sam can. Millgate: "Good, because when you talk about it, you shouldn't sound like an idiot." I get on the horn to Professor Frink, who's up to his ass in various project rollout-related alligators, to get the customized Physics for Dummies version of supercolliders. He sends along this little joke for y'all: An electron, a proton, and a neutron walked into a bar which had a sign, "All drinks $1.00." The electron said, "Hey guys, we only have $2.00 among the three of us." The proton said, "Don't worry, there's no charge for the neutron." The electron said, "Are you sure?" The proton answered, "I'm positive." I know, I know. He's at HaHa's in Cleveland on the 16th. Back to Millgate: "There's no lobby for this, Sam. There's no presence in Washington. It's just me on the Amtrak coming to see you. That's how seriously the government takes it!" Sam points out that Congress spent $2 billion on this already; Millgate indicates that all they did was clear the land and build the lab. "We need the thing...now is he there?" These particle physicists, they're never happy. Sam: "The Senator?" Millgate says yeah. Sam says he is. Millgate plants his butt and tells Sam to go talk to him. Sam says he will, but thinks Enlow will say that this is an "unaffordable luxury." Millgate states, "We're losing the race for discovery, Sam. For discovery. Tonight it's just me and you." Sam: "That doesn't really sound like enough." Millgate: "No." Sam leaves, asking what hotel Millgate's staying at. He's not. He's sitting there in Sam's office until he gets an answer. Frankly, if Millgate isn't going to talk to Enlow himself, why does he have to take a train to Washington to sit in Sam's office? It's not like he has to put Sam in a headlock to get him to do this for him. ["Contrivance must have bought Millgate's ticket and driven him to the station." -- Wing Chun] Sam argues that the West Wing is not like a drive-up window, but he doesn't get very far; the good doctor barks that Sam's wasting time. Sam takes off.