Road sign, labeled: Quantum Junction, Get In Both Lanes“Cohen maneuvering Bennett onto the Congressional Defense committee” is a dramatic-sounding move…with absolutely no dramatic fallout.

They do talk about it again, way off in chapter 20. At that point Bennett is out of Congress, and Cohen kinda acknowledges his goal was “keep the potentially-dangerous applications of my research under wraps, until I have a sympathetic voice in the part of the government that’s probably going to respond.”

If Bennett got into that role, great! If not…there’s no rush. Cohen can wait.

If I’d had more urgent/plot-essential authorial plans for the idea, Bennett probably would’ve won that re-election. But, well, I didn’t. So that whole plot avenue got blocked, and the traffic re-routed.

Cybele: Now, Mr. Cohen, I get why you’re upset, but try to look at the big picture. Having someone in Congress who’s in your debt could be pretty useful to you, I bet! And my Master can help you in other ways, too. For example: boss, I think Cohen’s had enough to drink by now, don’t you?

Bennett: She’s right. I’m cutting you off.


Cohen: Hey!

Okay, so he’s in Congress now. He’s up for a tough election next month. What if he loses?

Cybele: That wouldn’t be so good for you, huh? But I bet a big enough donation to his campaign could fix it!

Cohen: This is sounding like a better deal for you than it is for me.

Bennett: I’ll make up for it by being the best corporate puppet ever, I swear!

Cohen: Hmm . . .

Can you get yourself on the subcommittee for Defense?

Bennett: Yes! Of course! Definitely! Well, maybe. Why?

Cohen: I’ll tell you if you get there.