Caitlin: "...Anyway, I'll just ask on behalf of Eli's side of this, since the proxy vote is his entire reason for engaging with this storyline. Due to Colin Sweeney being the personification of crisis and damage and all the things Eli contains by being even worse than them."
Will: "Oh, that was easier than we made it seem. They're talking about Tenley Mutual."
Caitlin: "Where Diane just happens to be, having locked them down a second ago. Got it."
Diane: "Great meeting, you guys! Glad I can count on your votes, and I'll see myself out... Oh hey, Caitlin. What's that you say? They fuckin' what?"
Diane subsequently: Regulates. We don't even need to see her do it, just a smash cut from her going, "Did you lie to me, Mr. Tensley?" and that's it. Although I wonder if this too weren't intended to play into the overall story with Caitlin-Alicia-Diane, that even for stern patrician Diane, who can work the Boys' Club in her sleep, there are still ways in which she gets underrated or underestimated, just like they do... And then that thought, too, becomes part of the story: Did I just think that because she was a woman, in a room full of gross old white guys? Did I just think that because they lied to her face, which somehow implies weakness on her side that she didn't notice? Or because she had to walk back into that room and shrug and be like, "This is not how we do business"? What made me go there?
This is a story about that, that thought right there. The thought we train ourselves to think around, because it makes things too complicated. It's the centipede that thought about his feet too much, when you do that, because when you're in a fight for survival the last thing you can think is, Feminism and paranoia are not mutually exclusive, because if they catch you thinking that, they'll destroy you. So you can't think about that. But if you don't think about that, you race to the bottom, and then you make things worse for everybody. Injudicious feminism that can do more damage than the misogyny, if you try hard enough. So you have to think about that: Am I being selfish or playing the card, or is this really happening. And if you think about that, it paralyzes you, so you can't think about it. And that's what this episode is really about.