Lockhart & Gardner talk about how Celeste Serrano is forming her own firm for a second, and then Diane just opens her mouth and cuts loose.
"I don't want to be careful anymore. I don't want to count every penny and worry more about failing than doing what's right. Legal Aid is losing its office space. Everybody's pulling back because of the economy. I want to bring them in-house. There's room next to Eli. He won't like it, but he'll have to live with it until we find more room. When our lawyers have free time, they can offer it to Legal Aid."
Will: "You should've broken up on the phone!"
Diane: "I want to do this, and I want your okay."
And I mean, her eyes are teared up and she's pretty much begging, not because she holds the purse strings by default and not because she wants him to lie. Just because if you're doing the right thing, you want to do it right: You want to feel good about the good, and that means no side-trips, no detours, no writing yourself a pass, no nothing. I want to do this, and I want your okay. Because at the end of the day she knew she hadn't done enough, and she knew this:
Wishing the world will change is, in the long run, a much bigger hassle than just changing it your own damn self.
JACOB CLIFTON is a freelance writer and critic based in Austin, Texas. He currently recaps Gossip Girl, The Good Wife, Pretty Little Liars and True Blood for TWoP. Jacob can be found online at jacobclifton.com, on Twitter, and on Facebook. IRL work appears in BenBella's SmartPop series of anthologies, most recently A Friday Night Lights Companion and Fringe Science.