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The PBS documentary on ethics and values in America, it shows how Julia was being honored for her ongoing hard work to achieve bigger and better opportunities for many less fortunate students. Julia’s achievement was a milestone in her career. Finally, everyone in the ceremony toasted Julia and the sponsoring corporation, and the evening at the ceremony comes to end. Julia and her friend are now driving back to their homes. Julia is driving down a dark rural road. As Julia drives, she’s conversing with Allison on how great the evening went, chuckling as she spoke.

In that moment, Julia drops a piece of paper and decides to reach for it while driving. As Julia reaches for the piece of paper, she shifts into the incoming lane in a fraction of a second. She corrects her shift, but there is an oncoming driver who sees his lane being invaded, and veers to his right, hitting the guard rail and sending him down into a cliff. Julia and Alison are freaked out, and scared to death. Julia steps out of the car to survey the accident. Meanwhile, Allison is calling 911 repeatedly with her cell phone, but not getting a signal.


Julia makes it to the car that had flipped over, she checks the driver who appears to be a man in his fifties he has no vital signs. She suggests since they could not get a phone signal, to drive to the nearest precinct, which is further up the road not taken analysis. When they reach the intersection where they would need to make a left turn to the precinct, Julia changes her mind. Julia keeps revisiting and reminding Allison of all her hard work to gain sponsorship for her programs. She could not afford to let it all go down the drain. And fall the students who have depended on her.

Julia persuades Allison to wait until the following morning to call the police and inform them of what happened. The accident makes it to the news,” man found dead in car accident, leaving behind wife and two children”. Allison walks in on Julia classroom, to learn Julia had not made the call to the police. Allison challenges Julia to do the right thing, to come forward. Julia is no longer willing to do so. Allison finds herself in a tough situation whether to blow the whistle on her best friend or live with the guilt.

Another day goes by, and a local newspaper reports that the dead driver was drunk. Julia now feels that she is not guilty and has no reason to step forward and report the accident. Even on that she was not willing to do what was right and ethical. Only days ago she was considered an honest, promising, solid citizen. She has become so afraid and obsessed that no one will believe her. The right thing to do would be to turn her in a deal with the consequences. She needs to step up and tell the truth, an accident can happen and she did not cause it on purpose.

Although, Julia and Allison should have ever left the scene of the accident it is not too late to do the right thing, they most go to the police and report the accident, in my opinion is always better to tell the truth, because sooner or later the truth would be found and Julia and Allison will be in a big trouble, but if they tell the truth now the consequences can be in favor of them don’t forget that the other driver was drunk that night and we all know that if he were sober he could avoid Julia’s car without going into the cliff and he may be survive the accident, but anyway no matter how was the other driver the important thing is to tell the truth always, that is how I feel about this documentary.

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