the great room

How to fix Storm in the Room.

Have everything play out as it did up until the point where he’s yelling at Rose. That still happens, but he doesn’t end up apologizing. He makes Rose disappear and goes into the burning room to find Bismuth. He unbubbles her and have a brief exchanges that goes into a cliffhanger.

Bismuth: Wha-? Steven?

Steven: I want to know everything.

And then the episode ends. It would’ve been so amazing and this episode would’ve meant so much more than, “Steven talks to himself for awhile”.

And in the next episode we can have 11 minutes of exposition, I sure wouldn’t mind getting answers about everything.

American Embassy Shown Complete Zimmermann Telegram

The portion of the telegram referring to possible Mexican gains from the alliance, as officially decoded by Edward Bell at the American Embassy (with Room 40′s help) two weeks later.

February 19 1917, London–The Zimmermann Telegram was sent and intercepted over a month ago.  The explosive secret that the Germans had plans to offer Mexico and Japan an alliance against the United States had been confined to Room 40, and, in the last two weeks, the Foreign Office.  Admiral Hall wanted to make sure that there would be no doubt as the the telegram’s veracity while simultaneously making sure that the Germans would not figure out that the British had cracked their codes.  The latter was ensured by British agents in Mexico, who by February 10 had secured a copy of the (encoded) telegram as received by the German ambassador there.  This was the version that would ultimately be sent to the Americans; with slight differences from the version originally intercepted on its way to Bernstorff, the Germans would think that the telegram had somehow been stolen in Mexico.

On February 19, Room 40 finished its decoding of the original telegram; this included the revelation that Germany would offer Mexico Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico in a peace deal, a move sure to enrage the Americans.  Hall presented the telegram to Edward Bell, a diplomat at the American embassy who was regularly in contact with Hall; it’s unclear whether Hall consulted with the Foreign Office just before or just after doing so, but they did not object.  Bell was initially incredulous, believing that it must be a forgery specifically constructed to enrage the United States.  Hall soon convinced him, however, and Bell realized that he had just been given the key to American entry into the war.

The American ambassador was told the next day; now it just needed to get to Wilson while maintaining plausible deniability for British intelligence.

Today in 1916: German “Spy” Recaptured in New York
Today in 1915: Allied Naval Attack on the Dardanelles

Sources include: Barbara Tuchman, The Zimmermann Telegram; Patrick Beesly, Room 40.

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.