The police officer becomes suspicious of the couple
When the couple finds out the officer is taking the mouse for tests they run away
Hope is very busy in the diner serving food to many customers. She gives a man and a lady their food and all of a sudden a loud scream. This causes everyone in the diner to look over see what is going on. A lady finds a a dead mouse in her salad but Hope never saw it when she was serving the food. This causes Hope and G.T to be confused.
A police officer comes in because she hears all the yelling but as see look closer into the situation she realizes that these people might have setup G.T to make it seem like he put the dead mouse in the salad. The police officer asks the couple for the mouse so that she can do tests on it. The couple refuse and start to act suspicious.
The couple becomes friendly and leaves the diner, leaving everyone involved to conclude that they were hired by the other person running for mayor to attempt to make G.T look like a bad person. This scene is the first scene in the book to show the level of sabotage G.T's rival is willing to reach to win the election. This is also important to the book because it helps develop his enemy's character by showing that he is unfair and has no respect for G.T or himself since he is acting childish.