Which is a legal triumph, but not really a moral one, because the fact remains that the Death Zone is called that for a reason. It's the Cold Equations, have you read that? Some things can't be argued with. Sometimes logic is the best pointer to the most good. You put on your own mask first. You get out alive. Someone lives. Death is defeated.
Because that's the deal you made. These weren't innocent victims, they were willing players. They were climbing, just like everybody else: A choice. When you're walking toward something called the Death Zone, you do it with your eyes open. Compassion isn't something you take, certainly not something you beg for, but in the Death Zone it's not something you can afford to give. Carry someone else, death multiplies. No winners.
Will: "So, you decided against an audit. Smart."
Diane: "Have Alicia and her husband separated?"
Will: "...Is it any of our business?"
Diane: "If there is blowback on our firm, then yes. It is our business."
Literally. It's their business, and their lives. His, and hers. No Zach, no Grace, no Tammy, no Kurt McVeigh. Just a gun, and a dog named Justice. Is there blowback? Have they separated? Is Peter still carrying Alicia, or is it Lockhart, Gardner? Is she dead weight? Diane's high enough that she can't trust her perceptions anymore, but what her perceptions are telling her isn't matching up with what they're all saying.
Will: "Ask her."
Diane: "We can't be the enemy of the State's Attorney. He wants to audit us."
Will: "Because he wants to run a clean office! Stop being wise and intuitive about this or you'll take me down with her because of our affair!"
Diane: "Well, something is going on. If she's not working for us, in every sense of the term, you take her out. We're letting her go."
Cold motherfucker. Way up high.
Next week: Will's (and House's) ex shows up, while Eli fights with Diane. Good, great! Because what we needed is more tension up in here.
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.