Walter Kasper is coming home form a night at the bar when he happens upon one of the neighborhood thugs, Mario Tudesco, with his buddy Mittens Malone, harassing and threatening one of the old queers whose in the Bowery to see a jazz show at one of the back-alley clubs (this one is called the Torch Song).
Walter grabs Mario’s hand and tells him to back off, and after a few tense moments, he agrees, slinking off with Mittens. The fellow who Walter saved from a beating introduces himself as a theatrical agent, Clyde Tolson. After presenting his card, Tolson asks Walter if he’s ever considered security work, and takes his number as a prospect.
A couple of days later, Agents Colson and Jones show up at his building and invite him to join the Esoteric Investigations Office.
Eileen Amsel is home preparing for dinner when Agents Colson and Jones arrive at her door and introduce themselves. After an awkward introduction, Agent Colson explains that they understand that she’s upset the Bureau wasn’t able to pursue the Cronus case further than they were. But they agree that there’s some irregularities there and that if she can help with their inquiries into Esoteric Investigations, they may be able to reopen the case after the heat has died down.
Eileen agrees to join the Office, and her mother nervously sees her out the door on her way to Washington.
Liana Lane is hosting a big gala for a bunch of Washington types and greeting them as they arrive. Her mansion, as usual, is fabulously appointed, and the guests are all important political movers and shakers. Clyde mentions to her his encounter with Walter, and floats the idea of employing him.
Lana’s hosting duties are interrupted by an encounter with Joseph Kennedy, J. Edgar Hoover, and Werner von Braun. It rusn out that Dr. von Braun is a big fan of her work, and imagines her cast as his Moon Queen, the first woman in space. Lana managed to eventually disentangle herself from von Braun for a private meeting with Hoover, who dragoons her into working for the EIO by dangling protection for Clyde Tolson and hinting at some answers about her weird dreams (“We’ve been chatting with your shrink”).
Billie Karlsen is ushered into the suite where the team will be training and locked into her room for a bit. After a brief chat with Agent Colson, she meets Eileen, and Colson informs them that a member of the team will need to be the legal guardian of record on file for Billie. She and Eileen size each other up, and after bargaining with Colson a bit, agree. Eileen signs and Billie extracts a promise from Colson that he will investigate the possibility of emancipating her.
Dr. Worth is engaged in a typically intense day when his secretary Penelope Grant informs him that he has a meeting with a potential investor. After much complaint, he agrees to meet with the man, an older aristocratic Polish man named Viktor Symanski (who turns out to be ‘Baron’ Symanski). Symanski turns out to be both intelligent and enthusiastic, a talented Engineer who grasps Worth’s designs and evinces an enthusiastic interest in seeing them built. He and Worth talk for hours, and eventually Dr. Worth works well into the night. As he leaves, he find a government car parked next to his in the lot. Hoover rolls down the window, and invites the Doctor to go for a ride…