White Cop: Damn Russians are watching us right now. Sputniks. You girls ever meet those astronauts? Mercury Seven?

Mary Jackson: Absolutely.

Katherine Johnson: Uh, yes, sir. We work with those gentlemen all the time.

White Cop: Those boys are the best we got. I’m sure of that.

Katherine Johnson: Yeah.

Mary Jackson: Yeah.

White Cop: We got to get a man up there before the commies do.

Katherine Johnson: Yes.

Mary Jackson: Absolutely.

White Cop: Whole damn country’s counting on them.

Dorothy Vaughan: That’s for certain.

Mary Jackson: Hard being of service broken down on the side of the road, though.

White Cop: Right, right. Uh, well, do y’all need a tow or something?

Dorothy Vaughan: No, thank you, Officer. I think I got it. Just give me my…

[Katherine reaches in the car and passes something to Dorothy]

Dorothy Vaughan: Just need to bypass the starter.

Katherine Johnson: She’s good at this stuff.

[Dorothy quickly gets the car started]

Dorothy Vaughan: Wooh! Attagirl. We’re all set.

White Cop: Well, hell, the least I can do is give y’all an escort. I imagine you’re running late to work.

Katherine Johnson: Oh, no, sir. We wouldn’t want to bother you.

Mary Jackson: That would be wonderful, Officer. Thank you so much, sir.

White Cop: Follow me.

Mary Jackson: I’m driving. Hurry up, Dorothy, before he changes his mind.

Dorothy Vaughan: We’re coming. Hold your horses.”

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