In this opening scene, Krennic approaches Galen to convince him to work with him again. He suspects that Galen is up to something and orders his troops to search the house. Krennic states that he wants to preserve peace in the galaxy, but Galen points out that he's confusing peace for terror.
Akeelah makes it all the way to the final round of the National Spelling Bee, but prior to it, she overhears a heated conversation between her rival, Dylan, and his father. She decides to lose on purpose so that Dylan will win the competition and the affection of his father. Dylan later states that he wants to win only when Akeelah is trying her best.