They clink. They wallow. Will has no idea what he's in for. Also it is amazing. Diane is the best, when she's not being the worst. Which, to be fair, is rarely. But in all the storylines this week, I think there's another interesting thing Diane is doing, having to do with mission creep. You don't get personal. You don't start thinking you are the Cheese, because inevitably somebody is going to move your cheese, and you must remember that it isn't you.
It's hard for men to understand this, because 99% of the time they are the Cheese. But Diane was born knowing it, and she wouldn't be Diane without it: The system is already gamed -- like Jackie, like men and women, like dogs and red, like fish and water -- so the facts on the ground are this:
When you're a woman, you don't ever really win. You get best of three, because you started one down. So that means losses don't count as losses, until the game is over and the dust settles: It just means you double down. Something Eli is going to need to learn; something it may already be too late for Will Gardner to figure out. But it's something Diane knows, and Wendy Scott-Carr; it's something Alicia is learning.
Verdict: Twelve counts of murder, of course. Alicia takes out her thoughts and lays them down, one by one, sorting them out on a bench outside chambers. Judge Kuhn passes her by, they nod darkly; Kuhn rethinks and steps back. There's something in Alicia's mournful look that trips her up.
Kuhn: "You thought it was unjust. Why?"
Alicia, too emotional for this conversation: "She was scapegoated! She's being sent to prison because she was used as a scapegoat for an inaccurate drone program..."
Kuhn, shaking her head: "No. She was convicted because she did wrong."
Alicia: "She was a woman..."
Kuhn: "Oh, please. Do you know what that defense says about the thousands of women who serve honorably? We don't want that defense."