Post-debate analysis time.

Sparrow: Why isn’t anybody outside our little Being discussion comm talking about how suspicious that was?

Miranda: Why isn’t anybody talking about how suspicious that was?

Bennett’s media manager: There’s hardly anybody, in the news or on the blogs, talking about anything except how ridiculous your thing with flag pins has gotten.

Bennett: Really? Score!

Bennett’s media manager: . . .

Bennett: I mean . . . that sure is a shame. The American people don’t care about these distractions! They want the media to report on the issues! Thank you for catching me up. Would you mind stepping out now? I’d like to spend the rest of the flight reviewing a bill.

[Painfully obvious lie. Nobody in Congress actually spends any time reading bills.]

Bennett: Okay, my media manager is gone. What happened in there? Did that woman have a Being?

Cybele: I don’t know! She’s the one who saw us leaving Cohen’s. Maybe she’s working with him?

Bennett: And if she had made that a real Being-challenge, is there a way to get out of it without making it obvious what I’m doing?

Cybele: Maybe if you used a language nobody else around you could understand?

Bennett: Is there a way that doesn’t involve me needing to learn Ancient Sumerian?

Cybele: I’m really sorry, boss! You’ll have to be extra careful. You’re getting spied on more than an NSA staffer’s ex!