Harcourt is an obese, skeptical and serious individual, never wanting to fund any research into myth and legends such as Atlantis. He believes Milo's grandfather wasted his potential on his search for the lost city and believes Milo is doing the same.
Not wanting to bother the board of directors with Milo's wild theories, he moves around the times for Milo's presentation to deliberately make him late and cause the presentation's cancellation. Milo quickly rushes upstairs after getting his messages and ends up pursuing Harcourt outside, threatening to quit if Harcourt doesn't take his proposal seriously and grant him funding. He mockingly tosses him a nickel and tells him to take a rowboat into the Potomac to jump in and clear his head.