The crew is trying to rob the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and Basher informs them that the only way to pull off the job is to use a "pinch." He describes the "pinch": an electromagnetic pulse that shuts down any power source within its blast radius. He describes the "pinch" as a nuclear bomb without the destruction to make it more concrete.
The Earthlings and Digit have been separated into two different rooms, and they need to set the elevator shaft to the correct height in each room in order to move through Hacker's statue. Both groups decide on a standard unit of measurement, a quarter, and use their length measurement skills to set each elevator shaft to the correct height.
As Billie and Talulah enter the hotel, Billie is denied from using the elevator even with her new fame. Because she's black, she is to use the service elevator. The serviceman then goes on to state that his job is at risk if he allows her to enter, along with the fact that Black men and women are killed in the South. Bewildered, Billie throws her cigarette at him and leaves the establishment.