Before Elwood enters Dr. Chumleys office he mentions that Wilson has offered to give him a manicure. And before he goes into the office he asks Wilson, very politely, to wait. Wilson is beside himself and says “Oh, not at all, Mr. Dowd! Not at all!” looking like he wished he still had the blackjack. Slowly Elwood ambles into Dr. Chumleys office. When he’s in Dr. Chumley closes the door. Dr. Chumley has his hands in his pockets, and is trying somewhat unsuccessfully to say something. Elwood tries to say something at the same time. He is offered a seat and a cigar. Elwood accepts the seat and politely declines the cigar. Dr. Chumley asks Elwood about himself, and leans against his desk. Elwood is a little befuddled as he’s sure he already gave the doctor one of his cards. Then Dr. Chumley asks the question he’s been wanting to ask all evening to ask.
“And where on the face of this tired old earth did you find a thing like - like him?”. The topic is now Harvey. When the doctor was at Charlies Bar with Elwood and Harvey he apparently learned something he didn’t expect. He expected to hear a fanciful tale, one that held little logic, and even less truth. But instead he heard the unvarnished truth about Harvey the pooka. “Yes - it's true - the things you told me tonight. I know it now” the doctor blurts out. He learns a few other things about Harvey from Elwood. Apparently Harvey has the gift to forecast the future.
But the fact about Harvey that interests Dr. Chumley the most is his ability to stop time. Elwood explains it to him this way “Well, you've heard the expression 'His face would stop a clock'? Well, Harvey - can look at your clock and stop it. And you can go anywhere you like - with anyone you like - and stay as long as you like -- and when you get back -- not one minute will have ticked by”. Dr. Chumley is fascinated by what he’s hearing, and sits in a chair close to Elwood so he won’t miss a word. According to Elwood “You see, science has overcome time and space. Well, Harvey has overcome, not only time and space - but any objections”.
“Science has overcome time and space…”
“Harvey has overcome, not only time and space - but any objections”
Dr. Chumley is both entranced by what Harvey can do, and frustrated mostly with himself. “Flyspecks - flyspecks! I've been spending my life among flyspecks - while miracles have been leaning on lamp posts at Eighteenth and Fairfax!”.
He saunters around the office, and eventually goes over to his couch where he lies down. He tells Elwood his dreams and fantasies. He’d go to Akron Ohio, and lie under a grove of maple trees. He’d go there with a quiet, mysterious woman, who’d listen to listen to his inner most thoughts, while holding his hand and saying “'Poor thing. You poor, poor thing”. Occasionally they would have a nice cold beer, and if all went well as they usually do in fantasies, it would last two weeks.
He sits up, plucks up his courage, and asks Elwood “Would he do this for me?”. Elwood responds that he’s never heard Harvey say anything negative against Akron. He then asks the doctor the whereabouts of Harvey. Dr. Chumley is surprised that Elwood doesn’t know. Then Elwood decides he’s most likely waiting for him at Charlies Bar. Before taking his leave Elwood wants to say goodbye to some of his friends. Dr. Chumley explodes at how blind Elwood is. He states that none of the people outside his office are Elwoods friends. He takes great exception to Veta, Elwoods sister.
“This sister of yours is at the bottom of a conspiracy against you! She's trying to persuade me to lock you up. Today she had commitment papers drawn up. She has your power of attorney and the key to your safety box! And she brought you here!”. To which Elwood responds “That Veta certainly is a whirlwind, isn't she?”. Doctor Chumley is angered at hearing this and asks “Good heavens, man! Haven't you any righteous indignation?!”. Upon hearing this Dr. Chumley is treated to Elwood the philosopher. “Years ago, my mother used to say to me -- she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be --' She always called me Elwood. 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh, so smart or oh, so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. And you may quote me”.
At the front of the sanitarium a cab stops and Judge Gaffney, Myrtle Mae, and Veta exit. As soon as she enters the reception hall of the sanitarium she says “Ooh, good! Nobody here but people!”.