Otis has been a troubled citizen of the town of Maybury, and when he is honored with an award for being a decent of a famous war hero, he graciously declines the honor. He says he just because he had a hero in his family, does not mean he is a hero. He has made mistakes and took a responsible route by honoring the town mayor instead of himself.
Professor Pitkannan conducts a Harvard class discussion centered around the novelty of the United States Constitution and how it prevents the president from effectively being an elected king. Simon, a homeless man and guest, argues that the genius of the Constitution is that it allows for ordinary people to govern themselves and that it is flexible enough to be modified with the evolution of society. He then states that the president is considered a servant of the people by the Constitution.
Mr. Vivian Thomas receives an honorary doctorate from Johns Hopkins University for his splendid work as a toolmaker, mechanic, and surgeon. He was under the mentorship of Alfred Blalock and was brought from Vanderbilt University to Johns Hopkins University.