I love the cycle of getting to know someone, letting them know who you are, shenanigans, and the cycle begins anew.

Basically good luck Jess. Dropping the pretense is hard, but so is putting on a show for decades. And so are the reasons for both.

Mmmm. Philosophy.

I like this conversation. :)

I guess Nina means that: Jess is exceptionally smart, but not extraordinarily smart?

I’m assuming she means she knew that Jess was smart, but didn’t see what Ed’s telling her now – that Jess is exceptionally smart. Now Nina sees that Jess is not just normal, but more.

Does that make sense?

So, do you mean that: Nina is saying- that Nina thought that Jess was smart, but after this conversation, Nina now thinks that Jess is super smart.

OK, I think I get it. Thanks! :)

Jessica is in college, maybe 19, and already figuring out how the limit of the world’s needs for science superstars affects her and whether it’s a path for her to persue.

Yeah, Ed’s telling the truth here.

I met a fellow about 17 years ago on a golf course. We just sort of became friends and I used to spend quite a bit of time with him golfing, fishing and playing music together. Over a bit of time I came to realize that he was a very exceptional fellow. He seemed able to just do anything he turned his thoughts to and he would do it very well. He was the most intelligent, well read, and curious person I have ever met. I miss him.

Writing characters that are smarter than you is really difficult. Also characters that are funnier than you. At least we as writers have the advantage of time and research so that we can bridge the gap while keeping it seamless onscreen.

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