Marty Dillard, an overachieving Secret Service agent, is at odds with Monica, assigned as an agent to protect a Presidential candidate. While off duty, Marty enjoys fishing and befriends Ulysses Dodd, an older gentlemen who teaches her to enjoy the sport for its own sake rather for sheer competitiveness. Baffled by a series of death threats to Senator Hammond, Marty begrudgingly accepts help from Monica and Andrew, who's posing as a forensics specialist. Working together, they manage to apprehend the would-be assassin and save the senator's life. However, the assailant's wayward bullet strikes Ulysses, whom Marty had invited to the campaign rally. She visits him in the hospital and begins to suspect his diabetes may be more serious than he let on. Hammond, impressed with Marty's savvy, asks her to head up his presidential detail. Yet she doesn't feel like celebrating when she returns to the riverbank and finds that Ulysses is still in the hospital. There Tess, attending nurse, tells Marty the trauma of the bullet wound has caused one of his kidneys to shut down. If he doesn't have a transplant soon, he will die. Commenting on the situation, Tess tells Monica it's ironic that so many people are willing to sacrifice their lives for Senator Hammond but only one can save Ulysses. the next day Marty learns she is a viable donor to save her friend but would no longer qualify to be a field agent. Torn, she asks his advice. Ulysses encourages her to accept the position and be thankful for the time together God gave them. Later that night, despite another campaign victory for Hammond, Marty is still preoccupied with her ailing friend. Revealing herself to Marty, Monica tells her all humans are created in God's image, and they are all the same in his eye's. furthermore, his love is given freely and need not be earned. Realizing she has spent her life always trying to prove herself, Marty anonymously donates her kidney to Ulysses. She rejects Hammond's offer, and to find another person for his detail, telling him she's not sure what's next for her, except that she plans to go fishing.moreless
This episode deals with an old story: a person consumed with ambition for a goal only to give it up upon finding one's soul.
In this episode, we see a woman who has spent the last ten years of her life pursuing fame as a Secret Service agent. Growing up under an unappreciative, unloving father, she has sublimated her disappointment into career success. She finally attains her goal, and then just as suddenly, she gives it all up to help a dying friend. Admirable, but is it realistic? I personally do not find anything wrong with someone who completely blocks out the world in the pursuit of excellence. Read any bio of an Olympic athlete and every one of them will read like this. Yet no one would ever consider holding such single-mindedness against them. In fact, the world celebrates them. I liked the line by Ben Vereen when he stressed to Marty that she should not give up her life to save someone who had already lived his. I think a more challenging ending to this episode would have been if Marty decided not to make the kidney donation without making her look like a bad person.moreless
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