TWW. Forrest asks Vinick if he would favor reimporting prescription drugs from Canada, where prices are much lower. Vinick is opposed to Canadian price controls, which he claims punish drug companies. He asks, "You know how many lifesaving drugs are invented in Canada? None." To which I have just one thing to say: Insulin. Jackass. ["Yeah! Although technically, insulin was a naturally biologically occurring hormone before it was available in prescription form, but still." -- Wing Chun] Vinick argues that U.S. drug companies have developed drugs that save lives and reduce costs by eliminating the need for more costly treatments (like surgery). Blah blah blah, AIDS drugs are too expensive in Africa, blah blah blah, they've gone down dramatically. Vinick suggests that it's the fault of African governments that people are dying of AIDS. Santos says the solution for that is debt relief. Vinick supports debt relief, but thinks it won't really solve anything. Forrest asks what will help, and Vinick says, "Tax cuts." He claims that taxes in some African nations are too high, and that the punishing tax rates make investment impossible. And then he claims that the reason the tax rates are so high is because those nations are trying to prove that they can repay their debts. Which leads me to believe that removing those debts would enable those nations to lower their tax rates. But what do I know? They're shooting Vinick from a low angle at the end of this scene, and he looks positively cadaverous. Kind of like Grandpa Skeletor. Commercials.
MH. Back at the sexy flat, Jason, Marco, and the Swedes are playing strip poker. I see London, I see France, I see Swedish breasts. Hmmm, that really doesn't scan. The girls win a hand, and Jason and Marco start to unbutton their shirts. Speaking Swede stops them, explaining that since the girls took off each other's shirts, the boys have to do the same. All while Silent Swede takes pictures. The boys decide to go along with it after Speaking Swede threatens to cut off their access to her Swedish panties. But then they act like total prisses about it while they're unbuttoning each other's shirts. Come on, everybody knows that real men aren't afraid to get naked and wrestle with each other. At least, that's what I've read on the internet. While the boys strip, Speaking Swede offers to get more drinks. Jason tells Marco that the girls must be cheating in order to win, since the boys are already cheating by using marked cards. Speaking Swede is pouring the drinks, but Lehann walks in on her just as she drops some powder into a couple of them. Lehann demonstrates why she's the brains of the outfit when she starts yelling at Speaking Swede. Jason takes the Swedes' side, but they start getting dressed and prepare to leave. Jason won't hear of them going out into the dangerous city alone, so he calls for a cab so that he and Marco can do the chivalrous thing and escort them back to their hotel. Marco doesn't want to go, but Jason tells him, "Stop being such a mummy's boy. Now go get your toothbrush and I'll call the cab." Heh.