[about the interview with the mayor to become Chief of Police]
Captain Sharon Raydor : Chief, if you don't at least attend this final interview, the women of the LAPD will be completely demoralized, and many of them will never forgive you. Ever.
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson : Well, can I just skip the whole prep part? I'll just go in there and be myself.
Captain Sharon Raydor : That is a *terrible* idea.
Assistant Chief Will Pope : So, when you say you're not interested in the job, it's... it's very disappointing.
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson : Didn't you tell me yourself that I had no real chance at being Chief? That you were only permitting me to submit an ap...
Captain Sharon Raydor : Excuse me? Permission?
Assistant Chief Will Pope : No, that's - that's - that's not what I said. I did not say that.
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson : Yes, you did. You permitted me to apply as a sort of stalking horse...
Captain Sharon Raydor : You did not.
Captain Sharon Raydor : I think that we should capitalize on your feminine strengths.
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson : Which are?
Captain Sharon Raydor : Uh, don't take this the wrong way, Chief - because I have always admired with how little you care about current fashion. And the - the purse. That... That purse. Come on. That - the - the purse. This purse helps people underestimate you - which I think, you know, is a good thing when it comes to criminals. The Mayor - he's somebody you really want to impress - so I was wondering if we could...
Captain Sharon Raydor : May I ask you a question?
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson : Sure, Captain. Why not?
Captain Sharon Raydor : Do you really not want to be Chief of Police?
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson : No, I don't.
Captain Sharon Raydor : And as a woman, don't you feel an obligation to at least give it a try?
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson : As a woman, I feel I've earned the right to options, and one of my options should be to say no.
Captain Sharon Raydor : You don't think that I wanted to spend my career in Internal Affairs, doing a job that leaves me disliked and mistrusted by my fellow officers every day of my life? No, I chose I.A. because I thought it was the quickest way to achieve rank. And I also thought it'd be good for the department to see a woman in a Captain's uniform. And, of course, you got your job the old-fashioned way.
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson : How's that?
Captain Sharon Raydor : By sleeping with the boss. That's not an insult. It is a time-honored way of moving forward, but those roads are not open to everyone, and you have the chance to maybe change that a little
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson : So, you're saying I should take the job whether I want it or not.
Captain Sharon Raydor : Yes. Please make the oh-so-terrible sacrifice of accepting a promotion that offers you more money, prestige, and power than any other job in the city. And, if it will help you with the suffering, you'll not only be a positive role model for little girls all over this country, but I personally will feel very... I will feel very proud to have a Chief that I can truly admire.