Lisa competes against other students in a regional essay competition. The students present their essays, and each essay contains descriptive language to emphasize the greatness of the United States of America. Lisa wins the competition with a particularly strong conclusion.
While in prison, Henri Fortin talks to an accountant who briefly describes his time working on the Eiffel Tower. Afterwards, Henri and the accountant argue about the letter Henri would like him to write for his wife. Henri wants the letter to contain only the phrase, "Je t'aime," which means "I love you" in English. The accountant argues that the letter will be monotonous and that it should instead paint a picture in his wife's mind and be something she will want to re-read several times.
Lucy starts writing a novel about Ethel, Fred, and Ricky. She reads an excerpt that describes Ricky's journey to the United States from Cuba. After Ricky points out the inaccuracies, Lucy states that writers twist the truth in order to make their work more exciting. Everyone tries to read the novel to see what Lucy wrote about them, but she stops them since she is not yet ready to share it.