"Well," I asked, "how did court go today? Any luck lifting that CBS injunction against the show?"
"I wouldn't call it luck, Professor. I'd call it excellent layering."
"I'm not sure that's a word."
"Yes, well, if it's not, then it soon will be. The sharks from the CBS legal department were determined to play hardball, but after some very intense negotiations, I finally got them to make an offer you couldn't refuse."
"What offer?" I asked skeptically.
"Technically I know I should have called first to run it by you, but I know you're up against a deadline what with the Race about to start."
"It already started! The Race began yesterday! I went ahead with it, telling everyone it was taken care of. You better have gotten the injunction lifted!"
"Well then you will be glad to hear that I accepted their offer and injunction has been lifted."
Whew. I let out a sigh of relief. At least I wouldn't be facing jail for contempt of court. "So what are the terms of this offer then?"
"Er, nothing to onerous. You agreed to have the Amazing Mutant Race 3 broadcast on CBS."
"Really? Well I suppose that's not too . . "
"And you agreed to do a press blitz to promote the show."
"What! Absolutely not! I'm not going to parade myself around on-"
"Professor. We had no choice. The only way-"
"I did not agree to do that. I am not some kind of media . . media . . whore. I have to maintain a professional and respectable profile due to my status as a leader-"
"It was the only way to get them to let you do the race. I had to agree to their terms. It's no big deal. You just have to go on a few of the chat shows and do some magazine interviews and things. It will be over before you know it."
Great. Just great. I'm going to be the laughingstock of the other Illuminati.