Like its source material, Watchmen is greatly informed by history, and Smart's version of Laurie is plenty hung up on her own past. Much of Episode 3 revolves around a joke Laurie tells to Dr. Manhattan, crammed into a blue phone booth advertised as a direct line to Mars -- another part of the show's subtle worldbuilding. She's fully aware that he's not listening, and yet she does it anyway. "Somebody told me that they did something like that in Japan after the terrible tsunami a few years ago," Smart said. "They set up these places where people could make phone calls to their departed ones that were lost and never found. It's heartbreaking. I would do that. I would do that in a minute."
It's the Earthbound heroes that Laurie actually gets to interact with, and she does so with a nastily fun mean streak. "Oh, it was great fun," Smart said. "My first day was in the pod with Tim [Blake Nelson's] character, who she calls 'Mirror Guy.' I still call him that when I send him text messages. 'Hey, Mirror Guy, what's going on, I miss you.'" When Laurie sits down with Looking Glass, the first thing she does is use his reflective mask to get a seed out of her teeth -- in typical fashion, trying to disarm all these weirdos by trying to convince them how uncool they are.
"It's fun, too, because every time she thinks she's got somebody intimidated, a couple of times they come back and cut her off at the knees, like Angela. She's not used to that," Smart said. In one of the best scenes of the episode, Laurie and Angela Abar (Regina King), who goes by Sister Night, have a big confrontation in a mausoleum, but instead of being afraid or impressed by Laurie's big speech, Angela blows her off. "You think, 'End of scene,' but no!"