Stop shredding paper

I’ll admit, I totally did not see this coming. I never expected the emotionally damaged and possibly Asperger Syndrome-inclined Will McAvoy to be suddenly hit by such a violent epiphany that it would actually drive him to not only make up with Mackenzie McHale, but also propose to her, in the season finale of The Newsroom Season 2. And true to form, he made the most perfectly imperfect proposal to her that trumps all those other wildly orchestrated bended knees.

Will: There’s a story about a little kid who keeps shredding paper, and his parents take him to all kinds of doctors to get him to stop shredding paper. And finally, they take him to the most expensive doctor in the world, who looks at the kid and says, “Kid, if you stop shredding paper, your parents will stop dragging you to doctors,” and the kid turns to his parents and says, “Why didn’t you just say so?”

The point of the story is that the kid could make himself happy, by just stopping. I think that’s the point. I don’t know, I’ve been trying to figure it out. But I didn’t return [the ring], because I’m in love with you, and because — will you marry me?

Mackenzie: Wait —

Will: I said, “Will you marry me?” And before that, I said I’m in love with you. That’s… that’s… that’s what I’m getting at. That’s the… I feel like I could do this so much better if —

Mackenzie: What in the fuck is happening right now?

Will: If, uh… If I… I don’t ever want to not be — No, I love you — I’m going to go back to that — and will you marry me? And let me just say, I really think you should. I think you should say yes. But no matter what you say, there’s no chance I am ever going to hurt you again. And no matter what you say, I am going to be in love with you for the rest of my life. There’s no way out of that; that’s just a physical law of the universe. You own me. No matter what you say, I will never stop —

Mackenzie: Yes. Yes. I’m saying yes.

Will: You’re saying yes?

Mackenzie: Yes.

Will: Thank God.

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