Two conductors on the 20th Century Limited are doing passenger counts in front of the smoking room’s toilet door. They walk toward the next coach.
Roger Thornhill steps out of the toilet after they pass, and doubles back past the bartender. He spots a newspaper with his face on the front page, and quickly flips it over, and stacks a few magazines on top of the newspaper.
Entering the dining car, the head waiter greets him.
“Good evening, sir,” says the head waiter. “One?”
“Please,” replies Thornhill.
They walk to the far end of the dining car, where Roger finds himself seated across from the helpful blonde woman.
“Cocktail before dinner?” asks the waiter.
“Yes, please,” says Roger. “A Gibson.”
“Right away,” says the waiter, as he hands Roger a menu.
Roger looks at the menu, then glances up at the woman. He glances up at her again. Roger smiles at her.