Eli: "Okay, well. Check out this video I sent you that you didn't bother looking at."
Alicia: "Wait, a video of a high school? I thought you cut that shit out back when Dreama Walker sold her pilot!"
Eli: "Not me -- the other campaign. Keep watching."
Alicia: "Hold up, that's Grace. The other side's tracking Grace now? To school? That is so gross!"
Eli: "Team Edward is smoking a cigarette while they giggle together, Alicia. Your teenage daughter might as well be pregnant. And can we keep in mind that Kresteva's kid has cancer? You gotta work with me, man."
Redhead: "Jay, where are you?"
Zach: "Sorry, I just..."
Redhead: "No, dude. It's not about feelings or schoolwork or whatever. I mean the campaign is actually falling apart without your gigantic hacking strength."
Zach: "Maybe I'll call you later. I just feel dumb and I'll get in huge trouble if anybody finds out. Eli, Alicia and maybe other people have expressly forbidden me from working for the campaign."
Redhead: "I would like you to imagine me as your own personal Eli Gold."
Zach: "Then imagine I'm Alicia, hanging up on you."
Alicia, meanwhile: "Grace, I know it's hard for you to have a fucking conversation. It's like pulling teeth even getting basic information out of you. But this is super creepy stuff we're dealing with so I need you to focus."
(One million Grace years later...)
Grace: "I don't smoke and I only have nerdy friends. I'm not doing anything weird. I'm just getting interested in giving handjobs to boys that kill their girlfriends. I don't know why you're always so down on my hobbies. Also, I'm thinking of starting up being a cutter."
No joke, they actually have a long conversation about how Team Edward's girlfriend was a cutter. Out of nowhere. It's so jacked up. I think it's a metaphor for something -- "Maybe it's because it feels good to heal," Grace offers -- but who knows. If you start throwing around the self-cutter thing as a metaphor on this show, name a person that wouldn't get hit by it. You can't.
One thing I've always loved about this show is how often they do it to themselves. Not only because it makes the random acts so much more horribly random, but because of the way that responsibility, acknowledging that responsibility, makes the moral character of the show itself so much stronger. If you could really get down in the feeling of how much of your life you actually do control -- if you knew that half the time you're just a blackout drunk, affecting lives left and right with your own petty shit -- it would be a very bad feeling. It would also be a wonderful feeling.