REWATCHING: WITNESS FOR THE EXECUTION Feb 7, 2010 1:47:47 GMT -5
Post by witness on Feb 7, 2010 1:47:47 GMT -5
David accepts any client and follows a strict "Judge not lest you be judged" guideline. Everett's plea strikes a chord within David, who wants this strong, fighting spirit set free from its afflicted body. In the end, though, something calls out to him: his conscience, being rebuffed by Maddie, perhaps a combination, making him aware that in theory, assisting this man was a good idea; in practice, it was too unsettling, to say the least.
Maddie may not believe in God, but she certainly lives by a strict moral code. She equates euthanasia with murder. The fact that Everett is only alive via the "miracle" of modern science, is of no consequence. So while she has sympathy for the poor little man who's clearly given up hope, she also must consider how their involvement in his request will affect the agency.
Maddie has never seen David like this before, so visibly shaken and traumatized by the evening's turn of events. I think their relationship is irrevocably changed from this moment. David can be certain that putting his trust in Maddie was the right decision. And because David offered to find out the truth about her father, Maddie knows once and for all that his concern and care for her are genuine. She feels the need to return the favor and be his support system. They have truly become one another's safety net.
May I just say that I am in awe every time I watch this scene. The first time I watched the episode and saw Bruce pull out all the stops, the raw emotion, I thought, "There it is. A star is born." (Well, he was already a star by then, but ya know what I mean). It just makes me wonder if Cybill knew Bruce had all that within him when she handpicked him for the role.