MH. On the Barthelona to London flight, Mr. Tall is pushing the call button. Jackie chooses this moment to tell Emma that he wanted to speak to her supervisor. In his seat, Mr. Tall threatens bodily harm to the guy in front of him if he tries to recline again. And I have to say, as little sympathy as I have for Mr. Tall, I do think that if airlines are going to shove their seats so close together, they should stop them from reclining at all, because there's no way to do it without punishing the person behind you. ["Yes! Screw guns in cockpits -- where's that law?" -- Wing Chun] Emma walks up to Mr. Tall, and he says, "About bloody time." And then she asks him to mind his language. Wait, is "bloody" still a serious swear word over there? He starts yelling at her, demanding a bulkhead seat. She tells him he's stuck with whatever he was assigned at the check-in desk, and he insists that the check-in desk told him that the flight attendants could help him out. He also claims that Jackie told him Emma would help him, and when Emma points out that she can't help him because the bulkhead seats are all full, he accuses Jackie of lying. Mr. Tall claims that he has been on this flight fourteen times, and that every time, the same thing happens. I think Mr. Tall should use his frequent flyer miles to buy a clue. If the check-in desk keeps telling him the attendants can help him out and the attendants consistently can't, he might want to take that up with the check-in desk. He's really screaming now. Emma suggests that if he checked in earlier, he could pick whatever seat he wanted. And now he's standing and screaming at her. She tells him, "Either you sit down, or..." He calls her bluff, wondering what she will do to him.
TWW. Back in the debate hall, the audience is all "rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb." Except for that one guy who's muttering "peas and carrots, peas and carrots." Forrest establishes that they really just want him to ask questions without time limits or rules, and they confirm that they do. Forrest throws the first question to Vinick, asking him about preventing illegal immigration along the Mexican border. Vinick would double the Border Patrol. Santos wonders why he wouldn't triple the Border Patrol. And, since they've thrown out the rule, he really insists that Vinick answer. Vinick's answer is basically that it would be too expensive. Santos thinks it would be too expensive to double it, what with Vinick's proposed tax cuts. And increasing the Border Patrol won't really cut down on immigration, since it turns out that the Border Patrol has already been tripled since 1990, with no real effect. And then Vinick argues that the Central American Free Trade Agreement ("CAFTA") is the other essential piece of controlling immigration, because it will provide jobs in Central America. They get into the whole "he voted for it before he voted against it" bit. Blah blah blah, it was a good bill before it got amended, blah blah blah. And then they move on to discussing Vinick's guest worker proposal. Santos wonders why Vinick ignored Santos's own earlier efforts to pass a guest worker bill and has just found religion on the issue in the middle of the campaign. Forrest asks if Santos is accusing Vinick of emphasizing border issues because he's running against a Latino candidate, and Santos backs down. Wimp. But he calls on his own background to establish his moral authority on the issue, and points out that the problem will never go away until the Mexican economy is much stronger.