Arthur Edens might be a manic depressive, but that doesn't mean the character doesn't come to his senses in Michael Clayton. Edens is at the center of controversy in the film, as he's set to expose the dirty deeds of his high-priced New York City law firm.
Michael Clayton: You are the senior litigating partner of one of the largest, most respected law firms in the world. You are a legend. Arthur Edens: I'm an accomplice! Michael Clayton: You're a manic-depressive! Arthur Edens: I am Shiva, the god of death.
Arthur Edens: If you wanted to commit me you should have kept me in Wisconsin where my arrest, the videotape, and the eyewitness statements would have been enough to satisfy jurisdiction. I have no criminal record in the state of New York. And there's only one standard for involuntary commitment: danger. Is the subject a danger to himself or to others. If you want to do this Michael you better have your balls in order because the one place you don't want to see me is in court!