Regarding Sara and the post-bachelor party, I know her being there was unlikely to have happened during that time, but it was one of my most favorite scenes. Each and every one of the characters there were outsiders for one reason or another. Sara, John, and Laszlo can play their parts but don’t feel comfortable with their high society peers. Laszlo is also foreign and Sara a woman, making them even more out of place. Marcus and Lucius are children of immigrants with unusual names and jobs. Joanna and Cyrus are limited in society due to their race. But in that bar, all of these people who have issues with belonging for one reason or another do belong, and they were at their most relaxed.
What were the girls trying to pull out of the cake? A ring? A gold coin?
I get the feeling the doctor at the maternity hospital is a firm believer in eugenics. I think that’s what the “research” that has been discussed is all about and part of the reason why so many of the woman have been sterilized. The doctor’s conversation with Byrnes solidified if for me.