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ALICE MORGAN
"The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven." The universe is not evil, John, it is just indifferent.
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ALICE MORGAN
You'd degrade the law you serve just to protect some woman who cast you aside like offal?
DCI LUTHER
[puts his wedding ring back on] In a second.
ALICE MORGAN
And you think I'm the monster. Love is supposed to dignify us, exalt us. How can it be love, John, if all it does is make you lonely and corrupt? [Luther turns and walks away] Answer the question! Don't turn your back on me!
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DCI LUTHER
I'm coming for you.
ALICE MORGAN
Not if I come for you first.
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ALICE MORGAN
I did this because I don't like you and because I wanted to toy with John. Ah, it's a bit like pulling legs off flies.
MARK NORTH
Why are you here now?
ALICE MORGAN
Because I'm sorry.
MARK NORTH
No, you're not.
ALICE MORGAN
No, no, I'm not. I was just trying to empathise. I'm here because this has gone just far enough, and what I need you to do now is pick up that phone and withdraw the complaint.
MARK NORTH
And if I refuse? What if somebody actually stood up to you and refused?
ALICE MORGAN
Hmm, well, then, I'd have to leave... and then one night I'd have to come back.
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ALICE MORGAN
How do I know you're not playing a double game? One stone, multiple birds, trying to make me speak carelessly in order to entrap me.
DCI LUTHER
That would be illegal. Plus I really need to catch this man.
ALICE MORGAN
More than you want to catch me?
DCI LUTHER
At the moment, yeah. I'm running out of time.
ALICE MORGAN
Because if I thought you were about to lose interest in me, I'd be inconsolable.
DCI LUTHER
I just need a way in, to know what it's like to be him, to not feel anything.
ALICE MORGAN
I feel things.
DCI LUTHER
Not mercy.
ALICE MORGAN
Not sentiment. I can't empathise for this man's state of being any more than you can, because, disregarding a single, ah, alleged act, carried out for different, alleged, reasons, he and I might just as well be from different species.
DCI LUTHER
[sigh] See, I disagree. Murder's murder.
ALICE MORGAN
But it isn't, is it? Not even to you. This man Burgess, he's just a naughty child showing off. You already know his flaw — his compulsion to dominate, to be in control — and you already know how to exploit that.
DCI LUTHER
How?
ALICE MORGAN
Oh, come on. Change the state of play.
DCI LUTHER
Yeah, well, I tried that with you and it failed.
ALICE MORGAN
Only just.
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ALICE MORGAN
Are you trying to beguile me?
DCI LUTHER
[chuckles] No, I wouldn't be so foolish. But I will tell you this, Alice. You can revel in your brilliance for as long as you like, but people slip up. Happens time and time again.
ALICE MORGAN
Well that's just faulty logic postulated on imperfect data collection. What if you only catch people who make mistakes? That would skew the figures, wouldn't it?
DCI LUTHER
Yes, it would. But criminals aren't as smart as they think they are.
ALICE MORGAN
Oh, that must get monotonous for someone as brilliant as you.
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ALICE MORGAN
No games, listen. I did what I did to Henry Madsen because I wanted to help you. I put my liberty at risk because I couldn’t bear to see you hurt. So, what I did I did for wholly unselfish reasons.
DCI LUTHER
I don’t...
ALICE MORGAN
Yes, you do. "The mind is its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven." The universe isn’t evil, John, it’s just indifferent. That hasn’t changed. It can’t. But what I did for you, proved something to me. Something I hadn’t believed until that moment.
DCI LUTHER
What?
ALICE MORGAN
It’s you who’s right. There is love in the world.
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DCI LUTHER
[answering his mobile] Stop stalking me, Alice, you're yesterday's news.
ALICE MORGAN
Yes, I heard about the dead policeman. I was worried about you, John.
DCI LUTHER
About what, that someone else might get me?
ALICE MORGAN
I know how hard men like you take the death of fellow officers. Must be like losing family.
DCI LUTHER
I'm not discussing cases with you.
ALICE MORGAN
Not even interesting ones?
DCI LUTHER
This isn't interesting, all right? These are good cops, doing good jobs, being gunned on the streets like—
ALICE MORGAN
Like what? That's something we all do, isn't it, in the end? Judge who's worth more than whom? Hitler or Gandhi? The very young, the very old?
DCI LUTHER
Though, to be fair, most of us don't do it to the extent that you do.
ALICE MORGAN
But it does mean the difference between us is one of degree, not category. Ask Henry Madsen.
DCI LUTHER
All right, you win, okay? You're too clever for me, Alice.
ALICE MORGAN
Flattery to appease a malignant narcissist. That's a frivolous tactic.
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ALICE MORGAN
I've been wondering, why do you think he does it?
ZOE LUTHER
Why does who do what?
ALICE MORGAN
John, his job. It takes such a toll. Why does he put himself through it?
ZOE LUTHER
I don't see how this is relevant.
ALICE MORGAN
Well, it is. Right this second, you might actually be helping him. What do you think compels him to do it?
ZOE LUTHER
He believes one life is all we have, life and love. Whoever takes life steals everything.
ALICE MORGAN
And do you agree?
ZOE LUTHER
I don't know. I think if he'd read a different book by a different writer at just the right time in his life he'd have been a different man. He'd have been happier as a priest than—
ALICE MORGAN
Than what?
ZOE LUTHER
Than what he is.