Nicole Wallace: In American literature, the descent into madness is usually preceded by obsession. A consuming obsession. Example, anyone? Alright, I'll get you started. Moby Dick. What characterises Ahab's obsession? Yeah, in the back.
Robert Goren: The dogged unrelenting pursuit of evil.
Nicole Wallace: Interesting. Evil. I always fancied it was man's unrelenting pursuit of his own potency. Alright everyone, I expect you to make a dent in Moby Dick by the end of the week.
Robert Goren: Sometimes a whale is just a whale.
Nicole Wallace: Nothing is ever just something. Not even detectives.
Robert Goren: Or professors. Or graduate students for that matter.
Nicole Wallace: That sounds a bit ominous.