— Jeremy Goodwin (the fantastic Joshua Malina), Sports Night season two episode “Shane”.
— Nick Miller, New Girl
Tywin Lannister (the oh so great Charles Dance) broke my heart tonight with his speech to Tyrion (the equally oh so great Peter Dinklage).
A great first episode holds promise for a great third season. I’m so glad Westeros is back in my life.
— This was said to/about me tonight. So, you know, today was one of those good nights.
Everyone, sooner or later, gets a thorough schooling in brokenness. The question becomes: What to do with the pieces? Some people hunker down atop the local pile of ruins and make do, Bedouin tending their goats in the shade of shattered giants. Others set about breaking what remains of the world into bits ever smaller and more jagged, kicking through the rubble like kids running through piles of leaves. And some people, passing among the scattered pieces of that great overturned jigsaw puzzle, start to pick up a piece here, a piece there, with a vague yet irresistible notion that perhaps something might be done about putting the thing back together again.
Two difficulties with this latter scheme at once present themselves. First of all, we have only ever glimpsed, as if through half-closed lids, the picture on the lid of the jigsaw puzzle box. Second, no matter how diligent we have been about picking up pieces along the way, we will never have anywhere near enough of them to finish the job. The most we can hope to accomplish with our handful of salvaged bits—the bittersweet harvest of observation and experience—is to build a little world of our own. A scale model of that mysterious original, unbroken, half—remembered. Of course the worlds we build out of our store of fragments can be only approximations, partial and inaccurate. As representations of the vanished whole that haunts us, they must be accounted failures. And yet in that very failure, in their gaps and inaccuracies, they may yet be faithful maps, accurate scale models, of this beautiful and broken world. We call these scale models “works of art.”
There’s a lot more at the link. (Thanks to Fraction.)
Hi. I’m Ted Mosby. And exactly 45 days from now, you and I are gonna meet. And we’re going to fall in love. And we’re gonna get married and… we’re gonna have two kids. And we’re gonna love them, and each other, so much.
All that is 45 days away.
But I’m here now, I guess because… I want those extra 45 days. With you.
I want each one of them.
And if I can’t have them I’ll take the 45 seconds before your boyfriend shows up and punches me in the face, because… I love you. I’m always going to love you, until the end of my days, and beyond.
— Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), in “The Time Travelers”, an episode of television that was entirely in a characters head, and thus completely fictitious, and yet, with that end moment, completely worked in the mythology of the show.
- Sam Donovan: You guys know who Philo Farnsworth was?
- J.J.: Philo Farnsworth?
- Sam Donovan: Yeah.
- J.J.: What's going on?
- Sam Donovan: He invented television. I don't mean he invented television like Uncle Milty. I mean he invented THE television in a little house in Provo, Utah, at a time when the idea of transmitting moving pictures through the air would be like me saying I figured out a way to beam us aboard the Starship Enterprise.
- J.J.: Yeah, look, I-
- Sam Donovan: He was a visionary. He died broke and without fanfare. The guy I really like though was his brother-in-law, Cliff Gardner. He said, "Philo, I know everyone thinks you're crazy, but I want to be a part of this. I don't have your head for science, so I'm not going to be able to help much with the design and mechanics of the invention, but it sounds like you're going to need glass tubes."
- Advisor 1: J.J., I don't think-
- Sam Donovan: You see, Philo was inventing the cathode receptor, and even though Cliff didn't know what that meant or how it worked, he'd seen Philo's drawing, and he knew that he was gonna need glass tubes. And since television hadn't been invented yet, it's not like you could get them at the local TV repair shop. "I want to be a part of this," Cliff said. "I don't have your head for science. How would it be if I were to teach myself to be a glass blower? And I could set up a little shop in the backyard. And I could make all the tubes you'll need for testing." There ought to be Congressional Medals for people like that.
- Advisor 2: Maybe so...
- Sam Donovan: I've looked over the notes you've been giving over the last year or so, and I have to say they exhibit an almost total lack of understanding of how to get the best from talented people.
- Advisor 1: Excuse me, but-
- Sam Donovan: You said before that for whatever reason, I seem to be able to exert some authority around here. I assure you it's not 'cause they like me. It's 'cause they knew two minutes after I walked in the door I'm someone who knows how to do something. I can help. I can make glass tubes. That's what they need. One last thing: the first and last decision-making authority on this show will rest with Isaac Jaffee until Isaac Jaffee says otherwise, and if you disrespect him in my presence again, I will rededicate the rest of my life to ruining the rest of yours. And if you think I'm just mouthing at you, you should ask around about me. I have absolutely no conscience about these things.
- J.J.: Sam, why did you bring us out here?
- Sam Donovan: Because there's the exit. That's it. The meeting's over.
— Sam Donovan’s (William H. Macy) perfect introduction to the world of Sports Night in season two’s “When Something Wicked This Way Comes”.
— Margo Martindale on The Americans for all the wins.
- Dana: What were we talking about?
- Gordon: Dana -
- Dana: That was a joke.
- Gordon: Look -
- Dana: That was a joke.
- Gordon: I know.
- Dana: I'm just saying, I think I'm funnier than you've given me credit for being in the past.
- Gordon: Here's what I've been thinking in the past few days.
- Dana: I'm just saying, if you're calling off the engagement because you don't think I'm funny enough-
- Gordon: Would you stop?
- Dana: You're angry right now?
- Gordon: Dana, I'm not going to-
- Dana: You're mad at me? You spend 6 months making me feel guilty for liking me job, then propose to me, then 2 days later you tell me you slept with the woman who wants my job? I say, "fine". I say, "fine". Then six days after that, you tell me you want to break off the engagement? Here's the thing: I think only one of us should be angry at a time - and I have a hunch it's gonna be me.
- Gordon: I think you're hung up on Casey.
- Dana: That's what this is about?
- Gordon: That's what this is about.
- Dana: I am not.
- Gordon: You are. You don't cover it well.
- Dana: This is a cheap excuse to get out of marrying me, which you never wanted to do in the third place, and the only reason you proposed, in the second place, was out of guilt for having slept with Sally in the first place.
- Gordon: You say, "fine"? I sleep with Sally, you say, "fine"? Casey sleeps with Sally, you have a level-three nervous breakdown!
- Dana: You're calling off the engagement because I wasn't made enough when I found out you were sleeping around? Let's do the whole thing all over again. And this time I'll just beat the living crap out of you.
- Gordon: I'm leaving.
- Dana: Don't go.
- Gordon: Dana -
- Dana: Don't go. [pause] Oh, what the hell, go.
- Gordon: Maybe we can talk more about this later.
- Dana: Yeah, let's talk about this as much as humanly possible. This is yours.
- Gordon: Thanks. I mean...
- Dana: Gordon?
- Gordon: Yeah?
- Dana: I was a lot funnier than you ever gave me credit for being.