Party of Five
Party of Five (1994–2000) was a dramatic television show, airing on the FOX network, about five siblings who are left to find their own way in the world when their parents are killed by a drunk driver.
- 1 Season 1
- 1.1 Pilot [1.1]
- 1.2 Homework [1.2]
- 1.3 Good Sports [1.3]
- 1.4 Worth Waiting For [1.4]
- 1.5 All's Fair [1.5]
- 1.6 Fathers and Sons [1.6]
- 1.7 Much Ado [1.7]
- 1.8 Kiss Me Kate [1.8]
- 1.9 Something Out of Nothing [1.9]
- 1.10 Thanksgiving [1.10]
- 1.11 Private Lives [1.11]
- 1.12 Games People Play [1.12]
- 1.13 Grownups [1.13]
- 1.14 Not Fade Away [1.14]
- 1.15 It's Not Easy Being Green [1.15]
- 1.16 Aftershocks [1.16]
- 1.17 In Loco Parentis [1.17]
- 1.18 Who Cares? [1.18]
- 1.19 Brother's Keeper [1.19]
- 1.20 The Trouble with Charlie [1.20]
- 1.21 All-Nighters [1.21]
- 1.22 The Ides of March [1.22]
- 2 Season 2
- 2.1 Ready or Not [2.1]
- 2.2 Falsies [2.2]
- 2.3 Dearly Beloved [2.3]
- 2.4 Have No Fear [2.4]
- 2.5 Change Partners ... and Dance [2.5]
- 2.6 Analogies [2.6]
- 2.7 Where There's Smoke [2.7]
- 2.8 Best Laid Plans [2.8]
- 2.9 The Wedding [2.9]
- 2.10 Grand Delusions [2.10]
- 2.11 Unfair Advantage [2.11]
- 2.12 Hold on Tight [2.12]
- 2.13 Poor Substitutes [2.13]
- 2.14 Strange Bedfellows [2.14]
- 2.15 Benefactors [2.15]
- 2.16 Comings and Goings [2.16]
- 2.17 Valentine's Day [2.17]
- 2.18 Before and After [2.18]
- 2.19 Altered States [2.19]
- 2.20 Happily Ever After [2.20]
- 2.21 Spring Breaks (1) [2.21]
- 2.22 Spring Breaks (2) [2.22]
- 3 Season 3
- 3.1 Summer Fun, Summer Not [3.01]
- 3.2 Going, Going, Gone [3.02]
- 3.3 Short Cuts [3.03]
- 3.4 Deal With It [3.04]
- 3.5 Mixed Signals [3.05]
- 3.6 Going Home [3.06]
- 3.7 Personal Demons [3.07]
- 3.8 Not So Fast [3.08]
- 3.9 Gimme Shelter [3.09]
- 3.10 Close to You [3.10]
- 3.11 I Do [3.11]
- 3.12 Desperate Measures [3.12]
- 3.13 Christmas [3.13]
- 3.14 Life's Too Short [3.14]
- 3.15 Significant Others [3.15]
- 3.16 I Declare [3.16]
- 3.17 Misery Loves Company [3.17]
- 3.18 MYOB [3.18]
- 3.19 Point of No Return [3.19]
- 3.20 Intervention [3.20]
- 3.21 Hitting Bottom [3.21]
- 3.22 Leap of Faith [3.22]
- 3.23 Promises, Promises [3.23]
- 3.24 A Little Faith [3.24]
- 3.25 You Win Some, You Lose Some [3.25]
- 4 Season 4
- 4.1 What a Drag [4.01]
- 4.2 Past Imperfect [4.02]
- 4.3 Handicaps [4.03]
- 4.4 Zap [4.04]
- 4.5 Fight or Flight [4.05]
- 4.6 Immediate Family [4.06]
- 4.7 Positive Attitude [4.07]
- 4.8 Sickness, Health / Richer, Poorer [4.08]
- 4.9 Truth Be Told [4.09]
- 4.10 Adjustments [4.10]
- 4.11 S'Wunnerful Life [4.11]
- 4.12 Empty Shoes [4.12]
- 4.13 Parent Trap [4.13]
- 4.14 Of Human Bonding [4.14]
- 4.15 Here and Now [4.15]
- 4.16 I Give Up [4.16]
- 4.17 Of Sound Mind and Body [4.17]
- 4.18 True or False [4.18]
- 4.19 Go Away [4.19]
- 4.20 Square One (1) [4.20]
- 4.21 Free and Clear (2) [4.22]
- 4.22 Opposites Distract [4.22]
- 4.23 Fools Rush In [4.23]
- 4.24 Fools Rush Out [4.24]
- 5 Cast
- 6 External links
- Julia: Do you ever think about them Bailey?
- Bailey: Yeah, of course I do.
- Julia: Well why don't we ever talk about them. I mean why don't we ever talk about it?
- Bailey: I don't know maybe we feel like we have to put on this brave face for Claud and Owen. But maybe that's stupid. Maybe we should talk about it. Maybe it would help.
- Julia: Sometimes I wonder if these feelings are ever gonna go away.
- Bailey: I don't know, I hope someday they will.
- Bailey: [to Owen] Shh, shh. Listen just to keep you up to date, and don't take this the wrong way, but I'm going crazy here. So unless I come up with some kind of nanny soon, I'm gonna have to sell you off to white slave traders. Now I know that's not how you pictured yourself growing up, but hey welcome to the club. Sleep well.
- Bailey: [to Charlie] We'll give up whatever we have to to get by and we'll let everyone think you're this great guy just trying to hold his family together, who's like a father to us, even if we know it's a lie.
- Charlie: Julia get down here now, family meeting. Me and Doug and a friend of his were gonna by into this co-op. We were gonna fix it up and sell it. The whole thing was gonna take a month tops. We would have doubled our money no questions asked. Except the guy took the money and split.
- Bailey: How much money did you lose, Charlie?
- Charlie: 12 [long pause] thousand.
- Julia: Of your own money right?
- Bailey: So much for your lectures on responsibility. Is this why you wanted control of all the accounts so you could blow it all yourself?
- Claudia: You can't tell me what to do.
- Charlie: Oh yes I can, read the guardianship agreement.
- Bailey: Oh, would you shut up about that already, Charlie? A piece of paper does NOT make you a parent.
- Bailey: [about his crush on Kirsten] Any suggestions?
- Will: Yeah. Snap out of it. Do you have any clue how to analyze the poem "To His Coy Mistress" in terms of its theme, metaphor, imagery and meter?
- Bailey: Not off the top of my head.
- Will: Well you better figure it out, cause if you spend the next 3 days mooning over this babysitter and blow this paper, you get put on academic probation and get benched from the team, and we lose another game. Ten other guys are gonna come to your house and do a job on your face so no girl will find you attractive again, OK?
Good Sports [1.3]
- Charlie: Listen I got this idea. It says here there's a new band at the Armory and they're supposed to be really hot and I get off from the bar early. You free?
- Kirsten: There must be something in the water. Suddenly everybody's interested in my social schedule. Actually I got 2 front row tickets to Liz Phair tonight.
- Charlie: OK, that's just as good.
- Kirsten: I'm going with George. He got them through his law firm.
- Charlie: I can't believe you're going out with a lawyer. I mean isn't that kind of button down for you?
- Kirsten: No, it's kind of perfect. The truth is I kind of owe it all to you. If you hadn't bailed out on me a couple of weeks ago, George and I might have never hooked up.
- Charlie: If I could bring one ray of sunshine into your life...
- Kirsten: You know, I thought we had something going Charlie, but you kind of weirded-out on me.
- Charlie: I was trying to be a lot nobler then I actually am.
- Kirsten: I'm not following you.
- Charlie: Never mind it'll never happen again.
- Girl: So we party on the street corner? Please.
- Julia: Wait a minute. You just need a place?
- [Girl nods]
- Julia: I know a big house, zero hassles, total freedom and immediate occupancy.
- Girl: Are you kidding? Are you serious?
- Julia: You want to say 7:00?
- Mr. Harlen: Charlie Salinger... you didn't set fire to the boys bathroom again did you?
- Charlie: Hey Mr. Harlen.
- Mrs. Peterson: Oh my goodness, if it isn't Charlie Salinger.
- Charlie: Hey Mrs. Peterson.
- Mrs. Peterson: We still talk about the peephole in the girls lockerroom.
- Grunge Kid: You really got to let yourself loose. I practically got trampled to death at a Beastie Boys concert.
- Julia: Oh, really?
- Grunge Kid: It was totally cool when you're this close to having your skull crushed by a skinhead wearing a pair of Doc Martens. You know you're alive on the planet you know?
Worth Waiting For [1.4]
- Bailey: Girls switch boyfriends all the time.
- Will: Well what are you going to do? Just call her up and tell her to break up with him? And go out with you instead?
- Bailey: No, I'm gonna, you know... I'm just gonna... hang around her a lot.
- Claudia: Yeah, you know... Just be there all the time.
- Bailey: Yeah.
- Will: Gee, why didn't I think of that.
- Bailey: And then you know, eventually she'll fall for me.
- Claudia: Like a ton of bricks.
- Will: And why is that again?
- Claudia: Duh... He's Bailey.
- Bailey: Hey Charlie, you ever get the feeling the Gods just don't like us?
- Charlie: All the time, Bay, all the time.
- Bailey:Maybe we should stop exclaiming "God!" all the time...
- Charlie: You know what?
- Kirsten: What?
- Charlie: Nothing. It's, it's stupid.
- Kirsten: Tell me..
- Charlie: I, um... I used to get dragged to church when I was little and uh... I hated it. So I'd just stare at the angels on the ceiling and they always had this... beautiful golden hair like yours. So you just reminded me of an angel, I guess.
- Kirsten: That's really nice.
- Julia: What happened to Greg?
- Nina: He's so immature. Drew is the coolest, Julia. He's cute and he's funny and he's a Senior.
- Julia: Is he? It's a Junior class.
- Nina: Well, I know. He's not Mr. Honor Roll. But he's really sexy.
All's Fair [1.5]
- Julia: Don't say bitch! I don't like you using language like that!
- Claudia: You know what? Maybe you could just come and listen to me play for once, instead of just telling me what NOT to do all the time!
- Bailey: I'm such a moron. I can't believe what a moron I am.
- Will: You are a moron.
- Bailey: I...I just, kinda forced the issue.
- Will: The issue?
- Bailey: With Kate about Tom.
- Will: The boyfriend?
- Bailey: Yep.
- Will: You said him or you?
- Bailey: Pretty much.
- Will: Wow
- Bailey: Yeah
- Will: And?
- Bailey: And what? Would I be a moron if everything would have worked out?
- Will: Good point by you.
- Bailey: Okay so I hire 2 big guys to kidnap him and take him off to some remote island or Hawaii, someplace. Just so Kate doesn't see him for a while and then eventually she forgets all about him.
- Will: Hmm. I don't know Bay. Kidnapping? I don't think they let you graduate from high school if you've kidnapped somebody.
- Julia: You think the only person you have to listen to in this house is Bailey.
- Claudia: At least he cares about me!
- Julia: What are you talking about? Why do you think I've been so concerned about you being in this competition? Because I care.
- Claudia: Right. And that's why you're acting like such a BITCH!
Fathers and Sons [1.6]
- Joe: Are you gonna walk out on me now? Oh excuse me, I forgot who I was talking to.
- Charlie: Hey, you know what? I'm sick of you telling me what's wrong with me and I'm fed up with being reminded every day that I'm not half the man my father was. Especially when it turns out that he wasn't everything he was cracked up to be. I'm not the one who screwed up your business. Blame that on the management whiz. A guy who never lost his cool. Saw everything coming. My father did this to you.
- PK: Would it be cool if I uh...crashed on your sofa?
- Charlie: Uh... I'll get some blankets.
- Julia: You'll have to be quiet though, my sister sleeps in the dining room in a tent.
- PK: Your sister sleeps in a tent?
- Julia: [chuckles] Kind of a weird family.
- PK: Well... you have no idea.
- Claudia: It's not polite to smoke in the house you know. Other people breath that stuff in.
- PK: [puts his cigarette out] Happy?
- Claudia: Have you ever done drugs, hard drugs, anything intravenous?
- PK: Yeah, and I killed a guy once for a cigarette.
Much Ado [1.7]
- Claudia: I'm just gonna stay out here.
- Bailey: All night? Look, Claud, I gotta get back inside, I can't--
- Claudia: Fine! So don't. I'd rather be alone, anyway.
- Bailey: Do you think it's always gonna be like this for us?
- Julia: I don't know. Maybe.... maybe these are the good old days.
- Bailey: [laughs] Yeah. Doesn't get much better than this, huh?
- Claudia: Do you believe in omens?
- Bailey: What do you mean?
- Claudia: Signs that bad things are gonna happen.
- Bailey: No, I don't. I think people need to look for reasons that bad things happen, but... sometimes there just aren't any.
- Charlie: So what, it's one strike and I'm out with you?
- Kirsten: I guess so, yeah! See, that's what happens when you cheat, and when you lie to me!
- Claudia: It's ok...I just bug you, right? I mean, I'm kind of just a big pain.
- Bailey: No you're not, I'm just...I'm just trying to figure out how to work things, Claud. I mean, Kate's the first girlfriend I've ever had, first real girlfriend. And I'm not forgetting about you. I'm not. I promise. Whenever you need me, you come first.
Kiss Me Kate [1.8]
- Charlie: What are you doing?
- Claudia: I want to help.
- Julia: You'll hurt your hands.
- Claudia: But Charlie, you asked me!
- Charlie: What was I thinking about? A big star like you?
- Bailey: Besides, an artist needs her sleep.
- Claudia: It's OK. I don't care.
- Julia: Go to bed, Claud.
- Charlie: You owe it to your public.
- Charlie: I really need your help. What do you say?
- Claudia: Sorry. Too risky.
- Charlie: [to Julia and Bailey] You know, you just can't buy love like that.
- Charlie: I mean, writing things down, it just comes so naturally to you. You're a real good writer, Jul. And I know I'm not the best advice-giver or anything, but...I think whatever you do, you shouldn't stop writing. Whatever you do, you should write about it.
- Julia: You didn't take the dog out.
- Claudia: What makes you think I didn't?
- Julia: A big poop on the floor, that's what!
Something Out of Nothing [1.9]
- Bailey: [about Walter Alcott] He's got his life back. I mean, he's working. I don't know. He can go to dinner, or see a movie, or take his family somewhere.
- Emmett: You really think that, Bay? I don't.
- Bailey: Well, I don't want to take the chance. I mean, he was in jail for nine months. Nine months! That's four and a half months for each of my parents! And good behavior. What is that about, huh? What did he do? Cure cancer? I want him to pay for what he did, and if it can't be with more jail time, then I want him to pay out of his own pocket!
- Emmett: You want to sue?
- Bailey: Can we?
- Emmett: Well, yes, technically. You could file a civil suit against him.
- Bailey: Then let's, then let's do it. Let's sue the bastard for every cent he's got.
- Emmett: And you think that a lawsuit's only gonna make his life miserable? What about yours? You know how long these things can take? What with depositions and continuances and appeals...it's years, Bailey.
- Bailey: I don't care.
- Emmett: You don't care, but what about the others? What about Claudia or Owen? What about Owen, Bailey? Because by the time this thing is over, he's gonna be old enough to understand.
- Bailey: Yeah, well, at least he'll see me doing something.
- Emmett: But doing what? Let's say you lose. What was it all for?
- Bailey: Well, let's say we win.
- Emmett: Fine, let's say that. You win. What has it changed? Exactly what have you won? You take something on like this, and it becomes your life.
- Bailey: It is my life.
- Charlie: [when Joe invites him and his siblings over for Thanksgiving] Look, we've had other invitations, Joe. Bay's friend Will. We just don't feel like it.
- Joe: Charlie, there are gonna be other holidays without them. Are you gonna skip those, too?
- Charlie: Look, we just need to get through this one, okay? It's easier that way for everyone.
- Joe: I know this guy coming back shakes up everybody, and it brings up things that nobody wants to deal with, but you make a meal, you sit down as a family. It's like saying "Life goes on".
- Charlie: We say that every day, Joe, without the turkey.
- Walter: I understand.
- Bailey: I don't think you can. I really don't think that there's any way that you can possibly understand.
- Walter: You don't want to hear anything I have to say, do you?
- Bailey: No, I sure don't.
- Walter: Okay, then.
- Bailey: I want to know what you know about them. About my parents.
- Walter: Well, uh...I know their names. I know your mother was, uh, 45, and your father was...48.
- Bailey: 47. Besides that.
- Walter: He owned a restaurant. She was...a musician. A violinist.
- Bailey: I mean the important stuff. She had hair all the way down her back. Did you know that? Beautiful dark hair my father wouldn't let her cut. They were married 26 years last January, and my dad would still come home in the afternoon and claim he had a headache, and he and my mom would go upstairs, and we all knew what they were doing. They loved each other. They were in love. My sister asks me questions that I can't answer because I don't know. Like, like why didn't he wear a watch? Or, or what was that song she used to sing to us when we were little and had fevers? And Owen. God, he won't even know to ask. There's just gonna be pictures on the piano and stories that we all tell that everyone remembers a little differently. And he's gonna walk soon, my brother. He's a couple weeks away, and they're not gonna see it because of you! Because you had a few drinks, and you got in your car, and you went through that intersection, and you killed them!
- Walter: What can I do? What do you want me to do?
- Bailey: I want you to step on your damn brake and stop at that red light!
- Walter: So do I, but I can't. I can't take it back. So what I have to do is figure out a way to go forward.
- Bailey: I don't want you to get past this. I can't. Why should you? See, I want to hurt you. I want to take something from you. Something that is so much a part of you that you don't know who you are without it, and I want you to spend the rest of your life knowing that's what you did to us. And I want to make sure you never forget.
- Julia: Just stay out of my stuff, got it? God, I am never going to forgive you for this.
- Claudia: That seems fair.
- Julia: I'm telling you, it's hard. But it's not the hardest thing in the world to say 'I forgive you.'
- Charlie: Yes, it is.
Private Lives [1.11]
- Claudia: [to Mrs. Gideon] What else do you want from us? Tell me! What more are we supposed to do--are we supposed to be perfect?
- Mrs. Gideon: Of course not.
- Claudia: [starts to cry] Are there really that many people who do much better? We made it through the last nine months. I don't think it can get much harder than that. Do you?
- Mrs. Gideon: I am not the enemy here, Claudia.
- Claudia: Yes you are. You might not think so, but you are.
- Claudia: [to siblings] If you want to blame someone for this, blame yourselves! I'm growing up, and I'm becoming a woman! And you're missing it.
- Claudia: [to Mrs. Gideon] The only thing that's gonna ruin this for us, and that's going to stop us from being a family, is you.
- Mrs. Gideon: Claudia, two days ago, I got a phone call because your brothers and sister had no idea where you were, and that scares me.
- Claudia: That's because you only look at what we do wrong.
- Mrs. Gideon: Claudia.....
- Claudia: What about all the things we do right? Like the fact that Bailey gets up in the middle of the night, every night, for Owen? I mean, he's 16 and on Friday nights, he babysits! Julia trims my bangs, and she doesn't let me watch movies on cable, and Charlie has this rule about eating vegetables for dinner...and Bailey took my class on a field trip to the planetarium with, like, 3 other mothers! And I'm trying to think of everything else, but--
- Mrs. Gideon: Claudia--
- Claudia: What more do you want from us? Tell me!
Games People Play [1.12]
- Bailey: Is this like some kind of big emergency, Claud?
- Claudia: Well....kind of, yeah. The thing is...I just got my period.
- Bailey: Oh...
- Bailey: All right, let's see here...these look good! Come on, let's get out of here.
- Claudia: Bailey, these are tampons! Super plus! Jesus...there sure are lots to choose from.
- Bailey: These have wings. Wings...what's up with that?
- Julia: I can make popcorn and read Charlotte's Web to you like I used to.
- Claudia: You really wanna do that? How come? I thought you were way too old to be sharing a bedroom.
- Julia: [smiling] Who said that, huh? I'm not too old.
- Charlie: [to Claudia] Are you afraid of having an accident or something?
- Bailey: She's afraid of spilling.
- Julia: Staining.
- Claudia: Oh God, I'm going to die.
- Charlie: For God's sake, Claud, I don't have time for this! You think you're gonna miss school every time you get your period?
- Claudia: I just don't feel like going! I'm moody.
- Charlie: You're moody all the time.
- Julia: Problem?
- Charlie: Claudia's not going to school, she got her period.
- Julia: So? It's her first time. She's nervous.
- Claudia: I'm not nervous! I just don't feel like going!
- Bailey: What's going on?
- Charlie: Claudia's period.
- Claudia: Why don't you just invite the neighbors over, and we can all talk about it!
Not Fade Away [1.14]
It's Not Easy Being Green [1.15]
In Loco Parentis [1.17]
- Charlie: So I take it Jill told you about our conversation?
- Bailey: Yeah. Yeah, she did. And I can't believe you would just out of nowhere accuse her of being on speed!
- Charlie: She's on speed, Bay.
Who Cares? [1.18]
- Bailey: I'm sorry I missed your birthday. It's just that with Jill and everything, it was...
- Claudia: More important. Yeah, I know.
- Bailey: No. Not more important. But...I guess it seemed more urgent. I'm really sorry.
- Julia: I'm sure you did everything you could, Bay.
- Bailey: I don't know. Maybe that's just the way it is with people. Maybe there's just nothing anybody can do to help anyone else.
- Charlie: Bailey, you help people all the time.
- Julia: Yeah. I mean, look what you did for Claudia.
- Bailey: What, blow off her birthday? Yeah, I'm expecting a medal for that one.
- Julia: You remembered the charm.
- Charlie: Oh my God, the charm.
- Bailey: You forgot the charm???
- Julia: We both did.
- Bailey: Oh God, no wonder she was so pissed!
- Charlie: I don't know, Bay. Maybe the thing to do is look for people who actually want your help and just help them.
Brother's Keeper [1.19]
- Julia: That's not fair, Charlie. That is not fair! There's one of you and four of us, and each of us has something here that's every bit as important to us as your work is to you. And this is our home!
- Charlie: All right. Then I'll tell you what. I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. We're moving to Seattle.
- Bailey: You can't do that, Charlie.
- Charlie: The hell I can't!
- Bailey: There's no way you can do this, Charlie, OK? You can't! So you go. You go, and you do what you have to do. We're not going with you.
- Claudia: We're gonna get split up.
- Bailey: That's right. That's right. I hope you can live with that, Charlie.
- Claudia: I was just making a list of who would take what... I mean, if we get split up.
- Bailey: Look, Claud. The thing is... if Charlie goes to Seattle, we'll go with him.
- Claudia: Even after what you said?
- Bailey: Yeah.
- Claudia: I can't imagine living anywhere else.
- Bailey: Yeah, me neither. But maybe if we're all together, it won't be so bad.
- Bailey: I don't know...it's like I'm trying to keep from drowning, and I keep getting reminded of how easy it's been for you.
- Julia: It hasn't been that easy.
- Bailey: But at least you have Justin.
- Julia: Yeah...I guess.
- Julia: I'm not the one who failed, this is so unfair! I'm having a great time, for the first time in so long. I want to spend time with Justin, that's all I want to do! And now all this stuff about Seattle and having to study with you...
- Bailey: So...what, is that a good reason to just ditch me?
- Julia: You know what? You treat me like some baby with brains, you know? Like there's something silly or cute about being in love. Why should I help you?
- Bailey: Because I'm in trouble. And I'm your brother.
The Trouble with Charlie [1.20]
- Charlie: [in response to the party Claudia threw at the house] I thought I said...
- Claudia: You said I was grounded, that I couldn't go out. Well, I didn't go out. I brought everyone in.
- Charlie: You eat way too much sugar, that's the whole problem.
- Claudia: I do not!
- Charlie: Yes, you do! Why don't you have a nice piece of fruit when you get home from school?
- Claudia: Why don't you get a haircut?
- Charlie: I'm serious, Claud, when was the last time you had a vegetable?
- Claudia: When was the last time you put down the toilet seat?
- Charlie: So, how many?
- Claudia: A couple....a few....some....six.
- Charlie: Six? Six cavities? That's, like, 20% of your teeth, Claud!
- Charlie: You are NOT doing this to me anymore, have you got that? When I tell you to do something, you say 'Yes, Charlie,' 'Thank you, Charlie', and you DO IT! You obey me, and you treat me with respect, or I swear to God...
- Claudia: WHAT? What are you gonna do? What are you gonna take away from me next?
- Charlie: That is not what's going on!
- Claudia: And in front of all my friends? Forget it! Why do you get to boss me around?
- Charlie: Cut it out, Claudia!
- Claudia: You never listen to a thing I say!
- Charlie: I don't wanna hear this...
- Claudia: Why do I have to listen to you?
- Charlie: Because I am the father around here!
- Claudia: I don't care!
- Charlie: God! [raises hand to hit her, quickly stops himself]
- Claudia: Some father.
- Charlie: Claudia, go to your tent!
- Claudia: I'm eating an apple.
- Charlie: [doesn't look up] Yeah, well, good for you.
- Claudia: It's really delicious. I'm really enjoying it. I'm going to be eating lots of them from now on, broccoli too.
- Charlie: Have you seen the checkbook?
- Claudia: I'm sorry, Charlie.
- Charlie: Yeah, well, just help me look for it.
- Claudia: No, I mean...I'm sorry about before. You know, with the sleepover. You got so mad...I didn't think it would make you that mad. You almost hit me...
- Charlie: I don't want to talk about that, OK?
- Claudia: But I...
- Charlie: OK?
The Ides of March [1.22]
- Bailey: [Claudia's crying about Jill's death] Why are you crying?
- Claudia: Because. Why aren't you?
- Bailey: Would you please just get out of here, Claudia?
- Claudia: [to Ross] You'd make such a great father. You, like, never yell. And you never do that thing parents do when they're pretending to listen, but really they're just noticing you have a lot of wax in your ear.
- Bailey: I can't love anymore, it's too hard. So I'm not going to love anyone, and I don't want anyone to love me.
- Charlie: That's too bad... you don't have a choice... because I love you, Bailey. I love you, man.
Ready or Not [2.1]
Dearly Beloved [2.3]
Have No Fear [2.4]
Change Partners ... and Dance [2.5]
- Charlie: You know, Claud, when the doctor says there's a 98 percent chance you're gonna be fine, that's a good sign.
- Claudia: I know.
- Charlie: Well, if you know, then what's the problem?
- Claudia: What if it's that 2 percent?
- Charlie: It won't be. That's what 2 percent means.
- Claudia: No, that's what zero percent means.
Where There's Smoke [2.7]
Best Laid Plans [2.8]
- Julia: I love this song.
- Justin: I hate this song.
- Julia: Justin, this was our song.
- Justin: Exactly.
- Charlie: Yeah. I'm the boss. I'm the boss, and kind of the dad... a couple of hours from now, I'll be the husband. If I had a clue how to be even one of those I'd be happy. [pause] There was this woman tonight. Last night, whatever it was. She wanted me to go to bed with her... and she was pretty and needy. Always a good combination, right George? It felt like this test, you know? The snake offering the apple, that kind of thing. And I said no. So if it was a test I passed it. Which means I ought to be feeling pretty good about it now. So, let me ask you a question. How come I still feel like I want to run away someplace? How come I feel like I can't breathe? How come it feels like someone's got their fist around my lungs?
- Julia: Are you bringing anybody to the wedding?
- Bailey: A date? No. You?
- Julia: No. Griffin never would have come anyway. He probably doesn't even own a tie.
The Wedding [2.9]
- Kirsten: I can't wait another six months, Charlie. Because in six months we're going to be exactly where we are today, and I don't ever want to feel this way again.
- Bailey: I'm starting to think I should have expected things to turn out this way.
- Sarah: What's that supposed to mean?
- Bailey: It turns out all the Salinger men make the same mistake.
- Sarah: What mistake?
- Bailey: They walk away from the one thing that's actually the best thing that ever happened to them.
- Kirsten: I would have given you everything today. For God's sake, Charlie, I would have given you me! I can't give you more than that---I don't know how to.
Grand Delusions [2.10]
Unfair Advantage [2.11]
Hold on Tight [2.12]
Poor Substitutes [2.13]
Strange Bedfellows [2.14]
Comings and Goings [2.16]
Valentine's Day [2.17]
Before and After [2.18]
- Sarah: Julia...
- Julia: What?
- Sarah: Um...I'm not the right person.
- Julia: What?
- Sarah: I'm not trying to make you feel bad. I'm really not. Please don't think that. It's just that I have problems for myself, because of being adopted. I mean, if my mother had made the same choice as you, I wouldn't be here.
- Julia: Oh. Right. Right. Um...[long pause] But see, you have to understand--
- Sarah: No, Julia. I know you need somebody on your side. I know that, and I want to...but I can't. I'm sorry.
- Charlie: I know you feel alone in this, Julia, but you're not. You're not the first one to ever make this decision. Something like a million women every year--
- Julia: I know the statistics, Charlie. Thanks.
- Charlie: I went with a girlfriend once to get one. In college.
- Julia: You did?
- Charlie: Yeah. Debra...Debra...Debra Lots of Bracelets Debra. [laughs] We didn't talk much beforehand about the decision. I mean, it just made sense for both of us. We weren't even 20, and it's not like we were in love with each other or anything. So...I felt really bad about it for a while afterwards, but that feeling...it goes away. You don't carry it around with you forever, Julia. You really don't. I mean, before this happened with you, I hadn't even thought about it in, like, years.
- Julia: And what about her?
- Charlie: Well...it took a little time, I guess, but yeah. After a while, she was okay.
- Julia: So you stayed in touch?
- Charlie: Well...no. Not exactly.
- Julia: So how do you know that she doesn't still carry this around with her?
- Claudia: [about Julia aborting her baby] I don't get it.
- Julia: What?
- Claudia: How could you even think about doing this? What about Owen? He was an accident, too. Do you think Mom and Dad should have never had him?
- Julia: This is different!
- Claudia: How is it different? It's not different at all!
- Julia: Claudia, I am too young to have a baby! Claudia, please.
- Claudia: If you do this...there are people who are gonna say that it's murder, and you have to tell me what to say when they say that about you. You have to tell me what to say to them! Please!
- Julia: I don't know...but I would not be doing this if I thought that was true.
- Claudia: God, I swear, sometimes I feel like the only thing anyone in this family ever says to me is 'Go away.' Justin, can I hang out with you? Justin?
- Justin: Go away, Claudia, OK? Just get out of here.
Altered States [2.19]
- Charlie: Can we sit down for a second? (they sit and he takes a deep breath) I want you to know that I think you're a really great person.
- Kathleen: Okay...
- Charlie: You've been incredibly good to me...I mean, really, really generous. So I want to be fair. That stuff you said last night about us moving forwards and about us not being so casual...the thing is, Kathleen, I like casual. Casual really works for me. Casual is what I thought we were doing here. But I don't know...I guess you're right. We can't be casual forever. And if you're not ready to get serious, well that...that says something. I guess eventually you either fall in love or you don't.
- Kathleen: And I'm guessing you're in category B.
- Charlie: I'm sorry. Since you've been so honest with me, and I thought that I owed it to you...
- Kathleen: [upset] Uh huh. Thank you for being honest. [walks off]
- Griffin: I'm sorry. I just thought maybe if you came to do something fun, it'd make you forget about the other stuff.
- Julia: Griffin, it's not your fault. It's like, what am I doing having fun. You know?
- Griffin: Why shouldn't you?
- Julia: I don't know. Whenever I made a mistake before I could always fix it. But this...there's no way to undo it. It's just there. Always. I get a knot in my stomach when I think about it.
- Griffin: Yeah, I know that feeling. I used to get drunk when I'd get that.
- Julia: I just want to feel like I'm still an okay person. Everyone tells me that I am, but it doesn't mean anything. I just look at them and think, what the hell do you know?
- Julia: You go to church?
- Griffin: Well, I kind of have to. Part of the military school plan.
- Julia: My dad used to take us to church...
- Griffin: Yeah. My parents too. Every Sunday, my mom and I would have a huge fight over wearing a tie. When I came here, it was like one more thing I have to do, you know? Punishment, great. I don't know. One day, I started to see things differently. I actually started to listen to what the guy was saying. A lot of the stuff I could care less about. But the main stuff, the overall feelings...it's cool. This is the only place where all the bad stuff that I've done...all of the mistakes that I've made, don't matter. [pause] They matter. They just don't change what I'm worth. As a person. Here I'm...loved. No matter what. My parents would never say that to me. Even if they thought it they wouldn't say it. I guess yours can't either, huh?
- [Julia rests her head on his shoulder]
- Julia: Maybe I'll stay. It's nice here.
- Griffin: No it's not. The music sucks and the people talk funny.
- Julia: Well, it's nice being with you. What do you have at that place, a bunk? Maybe you could hide me in your bunk.
- Griffin: You probably shouldn't joke about that.
- Julia: Yeah, probably not.
- Griffin: Because, uh, I mean, you've got a life back there. You've got...well, a lot of things back there.
- Julia: Yeah. But I feel so far away from them now. I don't know if I can, you know, feel like this back there.
- Griffin: I just think you've got to hang in there and do the time. I mean, that's the one thing you know is going to change. For every sucky day you live, you don't have to live it again. It's done...you did it. Move on. Maybe the next one won't suck.
- Julia: And if it does?
- Griffin: Same philosophy. Just...do the time.
- Bailey: Hey, why do you have to be so cold?
- Sarah: Why do you have to be so judgmental?
- Bailey: I'm not...I 'm not. I'm just...I'm just trying...I'm trying to find you, is what I'm trying to do.
- Sarah: Well, here I am.
- Bailey: No, I know. But it's not you you. You're different. It started when you hooked up with the band...that when you guys were singing, you would cop this attitude. And now it's like you're a completely different person all the time.
- Sarah: I'm 16, Bailey. I'm still finding out who I am, and maybe...maybe who you're seeing, maybe that's the real me.
- Bailey: Well, she's not the you that I fell in love with.
- Sarah: Which means what...that if I change you're not going to love me anymore?
- Bailey: That's not what I said.
- Sarah: Because I might change, Bailey. But that should be a good thing. And if being with you means that I can't change, then there's something wrong with being with you, not something wrong with changing. [walks away]
Happily Ever After [2.20]
Spring Breaks (1) [2.21]
- Charlie: You called Joe?
- Bailey: Yeah, sorry, we just didn't happen to have $2500 bucks lying around to bail you out. Take him home, Joe, will you? I can't look at him right now.
Spring Breaks (2) [2.22]
Summer Fun, Summer Not [3.01]
Going, Going, Gone [3.02]
Short Cuts [3.03]
- Charlie: Miss Levin. Boy, I haven't thought about her in years...She always liked me.
- Claudia: Yeah? 'Cause when I told her I was your sister, she kinda had to grab hold of the desk and her face got all pale.
- Girl: Hi, Justin.
- Justin: [to Julia] She's just a friend.
- Julia: So am I; a friend who's seen you naked.
Deal With It [3.04]
Mixed Signals [3.05]
- Bailey: I have a feeling you're one of those girls. One of those never-a-dull-moment girls.
- Callie: The kind you're attracted to?
- Bailey: Nope. Not any more. Recovered.
- Callie: Recovered, or non-practicing?
Going Home [3.06]
Personal Demons [3.07]
Not So Fast [3.08]
Gimme Shelter [3.09]
Close to You [3.10]
I Do [3.11]
Desperate Measures [3.12]
- Sarah: You can't drink or have sex...you did one...why not the other?
- Bailey: I did both. It's not your fault. I can't lie to you. Callie...I ...with Callie.
- Sarah: [crying] Wow.
- Bailey: Fine, I'll stop by sometime.
- Julia: Oh, that's great. Another one of your "drive-bys."
- Bailey: What do you want from me?
- Julia: I want you to come home for Christmas.
- Bailey: I'm not doing Christmas this year.
- Julia: Oh, get over yourself, Bailey, okay?
Life's Too Short [3.14]
Significant Others [3.15]
I Declare [3.16]
Misery Loves Company [3.17]
Point of No Return [3.19]
- Grace: Are you okay? Maybe you should--
- Bailey: You know what, Grace? You tell too many people what to do. Maybe if you were less of a bitch, more people would like you.
- Claudia: Bay, are you gonna be okay?
- Bailey: Get out of here, Claudia.
- Claudia: Come on, Bay, please don't be like this. You're just... you're just upset or something--
- Bailey: I'm not upset. I just don't want to hear your stupid, whiny voice! Now get the hell out! [slams door in her face]
- Claudia: [after her siblings ask her to lie to Bailey about Owen being hurt in an attempt to get him to come to the house] No. Uh uh. No way.
- Charlie: Claud.
- Claudia: No. Forget it. That's a terrible thing to do.
- Julia: Yeah, it is. It is. But how else, Claud. How else can you get him here?
- Claudia: I don't know. But that? No, no. You can't tell him that. I mean, you can't have him get in his car and drive all the way over here thinking that. [to Sarah] You don't think this is, like, the cruelest thing you could do to a person? I mean, you're actually okay with this?
- Sarah: I know it'll get him here, Claud. So yeah, I am.
- Claudia: Well, I don't care. I won't. I don't care, and you know, if you think it is such a great idea, you call.
- Julia: It won't make any sense coming from Sarah. Or me, or Charlie.
- Charlie: It's you, Claud. If you call him and say that you need his help, that you don't know what to do, then he'll believe you. And he'll come.
- Julia: He's in trouble, Claudia. I mean, aren't you willing to do whatever it takes to help him? I am.
- [Claudia looks torn; starts dialing]
- Claudia: [crying hysterically on phone] Bai! Bai, um, it's Owen. He...I wasn't looking and he...he fell down the stairs and he hit his head...hard. I don't know...I don't know if he's breathing...but he's not moving, Bailey. And I don't know what to do! You gotta...you gotta...okay. Okay, but hurry. [hangs up. To Charlie] Shame on you.
- Bailey: Sarah. So, you too, huh?
- Sarah: Yeah, me too.
- Bailey: What is this...is this like your way of getting back at me for Callie? Is that what this is?
- Sarah: You really think this is about revenge?
- Bailey: It sure as hell feels like it to me.
- Sarah: I'm not trying to get back at you, Bailey. I'm here because...because I've seen how you drink. How much you drink and what it does to you.
- Bailey: Uh huh. So you think I'm an alcoholic.
- Sarah: I think you have a problem, Bailey.
- Bailey: [raising his voice] You think that I'm an alcoholic. Why don't you just say it? That's what you came here to say, isn't it?
- Sarah: I think you're an alcoholic.
- Bailey: Well...well I think you're full of crap. I think you're all full of crap. And if you think I'm gonna hang around here and listen to you all tell me what a lush you think I am, as delightful as that sounds...it's been real.
- Sarah: If we're all wrong then why are you running away? See, you leave now, and all that does is say to us, Bailey's got a problem and he's too afraid to deal with it. So, so okay. So I'm wrong. So we're all full of crap. So set us straight, Bailey. Explain it. You know, make us see it from your side. [pause] Stay.
- Joe: [after telling Bailey that their father was also an alcoholic] I'm sorry, Claudia. I didn't know you were standing there.
- Claudia: It's OK. I should know, right? Who my father really was...
- Joe: That wasn't who he was. It was just a small part of him.
- Claudia: It isn't small. It's everything. He was an alcoholic.
- Joe: He stopped drinking long before you were even born, Claudia.
- Claudia: But it...it changes everything.
- Joe: How?
- Claudia: Because I thought I knew him!
- Joe: You did, sweetie! Everything you remember about your father is still true. He wasn't perfect, Claudia. He made mistakes, he had faults... it didn't make him any less of a person. Just made him human.
- Bailey: I um, I was thinking about us...about you and me.
- Sarah: You were?
- Bailey: It's funny. Because this is, like, what we used to talk about. Remember? And, and I finally have an answer to that question that you asked me.
- Sarah: I don't...
- Bailey: When you were looking for your mom. And you'd say to me, I wonder what I got from her. My voice, or my dark hair. Remember? And you asked me what I got from my parents.
- Sarah: Bailey...
- Bailey: It's like, Claudia plays the violin, and Julia looks like her, and Charlie looks like him. And this is what I got. This is what my father gave me.
- Bailey: I don't need to be taken care of. And I don't need any AA contact. I mean it's okay, Charlie. I kind of feel better, actually.
- Julia: You do?
- Bailey: Yeah, I do. Anyway. I guess you guys were right about me. Turns out you were right. Of course you were. I mean, I'm my father's son, right? Which is...which explains a lot of things. I mean, I can finally stop looking at myself and thinking, what is going on here? What am I turning into? Who am I turning into? Because it's him. I'm turning into him. And it's not my fault. It's not my fault. It's his fault. So...so I'm gonna stop beating myself up and I'm gonna stop letting all of you guys beat up on me. Because this is just who I am, and this is what I do. I drink. Anyone seen my coat?
- Claudia: That's it?
- Bailey: Yeah, Claud, that's it.
- Claudia: [upset] No. No no no no no no no. I can't take this, Bailey. I mean, you can't do this anymore.
- Bailey: Claudia...
- Claudia: [crying hysterically] No, Bailey. I mean it. That's it...that's it! I mean if you don't...if you don't get help, I don't want to see you. You can't talk to me...and you can't talk to Owen...and you can't come over to the house...and I'm not going to come and see you...and I'm not going to call you...and I'm not even going to think about you.
- Charlie: Claudia...
- Claudia: No! I love you, Bailey. More than anyone. I love you the best. You know that. This is the only thing I have that I can take away from you...to make you stop. So either you get help right now...or get out of here.
- [long pause; Bailey finds his coat and leaves]
Hitting Bottom [3.21]
- Avery: Claudia, please. I really don't--
- Claudia: No! Because I know what you're doing. You're trying to protect me. But see...you're not.
- Avery: How does it help you to think bad things about your father?
- Claudia: I don't want to think bad things, Avery. I want to think good things, but I can't, because whenever I try...whenever I remember him posing us for one of those stupid Christmas cards, as a human pyramid or something...it seems fake, like I'm remembering something the way he wanted me to, but not how it really was.
- Avery: He drank too much, Claudia. What more do you need to know?
- Claudia: I want to know what he was like. What he was really like.
- Charlie: Why did you tell Claudia all that stuff about our father?
- Avery: Well, she came in all upset, and I just--
- Charlie: Exactly. Exactly! She's upset. She's upset about drinking in our family, so you tell her that her father was some kind of abusive drunk? Why would you do that?
- Avery: Charlie, wait--
- Charlie: Because this whole alcoholism thing, the way it works, she's gonna think that whatever happened to Dad is gonna happen to Bailey!
- Avery: She asked me what I remember. All I did was--
- Charlie: The fact of the matter is that Dad was never that bad! I remember him from back then too, you know, and I don't remember any of the stuff that you told Claudia. I mean, he drank too much, sure, and there was some yelling, definitely, but he got his act together pretty quickly, and Bailey will too. So as far as all this stuff you told Claudia, I don't know, maybe you have your own reasons for believing it, but we don't need to hear it, okay?
- Avery: You think I'm carrying out some sort of old grudge against Nick?
- Charlie: Everyone knows you were in love with her, so of course you're going to blow up every flaw he had. You didn't want to believe that he belonged with her.
- Avery: That's not it.
- Charlie: You're just trying to get back at him.
- Avery: That's not even close, Charlie. Because there's so much worse that I could have told her.
- Charlie: I'm sorry, Claud. I shouldn't have yelled at you. But I don't get it. I don't get why you're so mad at him.
- Claudia: Because of what he did to us.
- Charlie: But what did he do to you, really? Because he didn't make Bailey drink. I know you think he did, but--
- Claudia: Yes, he did. He gave him his problem.
- Charlie: No, Claud. Even if he did get the alcoholism from him, Dad couldn't help that, any more than Mom could help giving you her music.
- Claudia: Maybe not, but…he could help what he did to her. He could help being a bad husband and a bad father.
- Charlie: He wasn't Claud. He quit drinking. He made himself better, and the guy he was after that, you loved him. You thought he was a great father.
- Claudia: I don't care. I don't think that anymore.
- Charlie: You know, I've made a lot of mistakes, too, stuff that's hurt this family, and I tell myself that you need to screw up before you can learn, you know? Maybe you've got to be a lousy person before you can be a good one. And Owen, I mean…what if someday, Owen looks at me the way you're looking at Dad? Because if he does, there's no reason he won't decide to hate me.
- Claudia: You're different, Charlie. The stuff you did, it's just not the same thing.
- Charlie: Yes, it is. It's exactly the same. He was a good father, Claud, and if he was still around, he'd be a good father now. [long silence] Claudia?
- Claudia: Is Bailey gonna be okay?
- Charlie: I hope so. But I don't know.
- Bailey: Who's your favorite brother? [Owen doesn't answer] Bailey, stupid!
- Owen: Bailey, stupid!
- Bailey: Okay, we're gonna have to work on that one.
- Charlie: Where the hell were you?
- Bailey: I took my little brother out... what the hell is so the hell about it?
- Charlie: Have you been drinking?
- Bailey: Is that what this is about? God, just when I thought my family couldn't love me any less...
- Charlie: Let me smell your breath.
- Bailey: No...okay, I had one beer. That's all.
- Charlie: You drank and you drove with your little brother in the car! I don't believe you!
- [He grabs Bailey by the shirt, and the others run to stop him]
- Bailey: He's my brother too!
- Charlie: No he's not!
Leap of Faith [3.22]
- Sarah: So, do you have a plan? I mean, is there, like, some sort of treatment or something?
- Bailey: Yeah. AA. I'm gonna go to my first meeting tonight.
- Sarah: That sounds good.
- Bailey: I guess I better practice. "Hello, my name is Bailey Salinger, and I am an alcoholic."
- Sarah: Bailey, um, it's Alcoholics Anonymous. You're not supposed to give your last name.
- Bailey: Oh. Well, then, it's a good thing I practiced.
- Bailey: [about his AA meetings and the man who killed their parents] They're all the same. Everybody sits around and talks about how you have to believe in a higher power. You have to surrender yourself to God. It's written in the first couple of steps, and when has God ever taken care of us? We're sitting here without Mom and Dad! Come on! Walter Alcott is living proof that there's no way there's a God.
- Sarah: You have to go to AA, Bailey. You have to.
- Bailey: And say that I believe in stuff that I don't? Lie? No, I don't want to do that. I'm sick of lying, Sarah, so no.
- Sarah: No! No, Listen to me, okay? I'm here, and I'm here with you because you promised me you were going to get help.
- Bailey: I tried!
- Sarah: So try again, okay? This isn't optional! Look, you don't have a choice here. You have a disease, and you need to do whatever it takes to get well, okay? So skip the God part, do the rest!
- Bailey: No, it doesn't work that way, dammit! Don't you think that I wanted AA to be it? I know there's something wrong with me, and if I could believe that there was really someone who would protect me and help me not want to drink 24 hours every stupid day, don't you think... Sarah, don't you think that I would want that?
Promises, Promises [3.23]
A Little Faith [3.24]
- Bailey: I know you said you didn't want me to be here, but wow, Claud. You were incredible! The couple next to me, they were clapping so hard for you, if you didn't do an encore, I think they would have ended up in the hospital! So, you want to do something? You want to get some dessert and celebrate? Or we could check out--
- Claudia: Just cut it out, okay?
- Bailey: Cut what out?
- Claudia: Being all nice and concerned and "What do you want, Claud?" You're only doing it because you screwed up.
- Bailey: Claudia. Look, Claudia, what do you want me to say? I'm sorry.
- Claudia: You're always sorry, and I'm just getting sick of it, okay?
- Bailey: Well--
- Claudia: Because all I do is worry about you, Bailey, and...what happened to you worrying about me?
- Bailey: Of course I worry about you, Claud.
- Claudia: Do you? Do you know what a big deal tonight was? Do you really know how scary it is to stand up in front of a thousand people who have heard it a zillion times, only, only played by Itzhak Perlman or Isaac Stern? It's...it's hard to breathe, and your fingers, they...they feel all thick, and you...you, you feel...you feel...
- Bailey: What?
- Claudia: [crying] Alone. I felt alone. I can't count on you anymore, Bailey, and I can't go to you to make me feel better, because you're...all of a sudden, I'm the one taking care of you, cleaning up after you, watching out for you, and it's not fair!
- Bailey: Why not? Why isn't that fair? Because I'm older than you? Because you need to be taken care of, and I don't? Will you stop? [Claudia stops walking] Listen, Claudia, I wish more than anything that you didn't have to watch me fight this the way I am, but you do. Look, I am sorry, but that is just the way it is.
- Claudia: Great.
- Bailey: Hey, you know what? You know what? You're not a baby anymore, and you're not gonna be a kid for that much longer, either, so maybe...maybe you could come through for me.
You Win Some, You Lose Some [3.25]
What a Drag [4.01]
- Julia: Do I have to sign Mrs. Holbrook?
- Mover: Lady, you can sign Hillary Clinton for all I care.
- Bailey: How could you lie to me like that all summer?
- Sarah: Wow, let's see. My parents said they didn't want me seeing you anymore because you're irresponsible and dangerous. I couldn't figure out a nice way to put that.
- Griffin: Absence definitely makes the heart grow weirder.
- Bailey: How long am I gonna be persona au gratin?
Past Imperfect [4.02]
- Sarah: What can they do? I mean they say they don't believe me, I say, hey, let's break a windshield over your head and see how much you remember.
- Schuyler: I gotta tell you. I look at you guys and I think how often do you get to see a good man find an even better woman... Yeah, I just wish I knew which was which.
- Charlie: My little brother Owen, he is the most important thing that I have ever had to take care of. I'm not taking any chances with him. None. And I don't care who it hurts. You, me. I would hurt anybody to protect him. So I'm doing it. Because that's the only thing I know how to do.
- Claudia: I mean who leads off with their crummiest characteristics? "Hi, I'm Charlie. I have a frequent body odor, a limp and a tendency towards violence. You wanna make that dinner and a movie or just dinner?"
- Bailey: [to Sarah] Besides I told you you shouldn't live with me out of fear. And you're not living with me out of fear. You're living with me out of desperation.
- Sarah: Apparently there is a nice, clean, safe stud on the third floor.
- Charlie: You're never going to guess what I have.
- Nina: Is it contagious?
- Charlie: I hope so.
- Sarah: We should take all of the energy that we used to devote to constructive things, like school work, and instead apply it to an elaborate plan to drive her out of her mind and apartment 14.
- Sarah: We are going to look back on this as one of those most important times in our lives. You know like like our Season of Self-Reliance.
Fight or Flight [4.05]
- Bailey: Hey, can I have some of your milk? I know I still owe the cookie jar, but if I have to eat my corn flakes with root beer again...
- Charlie: That is why, Owen, that you need to take time when you meet new friends. You go slow just for this reason, to save yourself needless suffering. And the other thing we've learned here O, is that your big brother, he is always right okay? You feel better now?
- Charlie: Don't touch that Owen, that fish is covered with feathers.
- Nina: It's a bird, Charlie.
Immediate Family [4.06]
- Kirsten: Well, the endive is just right, and the, uh, balsamic's perfect, and I'm married Charlie. I, uh, I got married.
- Charlie: I'm happy for you. And you know what? I really, really mean that. 'Cause I really am. And I don't know - I guess that means that things must be going okay for me too. That's all I ever wanted, was to see you happy. I guess I always thought that meant we'd be happy together, but I lost you - but I still get what I wanted most. I still got what was most important... I love you Kirsten.
Positive Attitude [4.07]
- Charlie: I keep looking at everything, and I'm like...what's 75% of that tree over there? Is that a lot? Is it a good chance? Does it mean I'm gonna live?
- Claudia: If I owned an Armani anything, I would wear nothing else. I mean, what is your problem with this suit?
- Charlie: Okay, you want to know what it is... Kathleen gave it to me. Like as a tip so every time I put it on I feel like a gigolo or something.
- Claudia: That's very moving Charlie, but my feeling on this is unless you're going to say that in your wedding toast, you should put on the suit.
- Claudia: Charlie, what happened to you?
- Charlie: Nothing, I guess. I just haven't been eating much since Nina went on that trip.
- Claudia: Get her on the phone, we gotta fatten you up.
- Griffin: A cake I like... a cake I like is an ice-cream cake.
- Julia: A cake that melts. Are you insane?
- Sarah: How does this smell?
- Bailey: That depends. What kind of insect are you trying to repel?
Sickness, Health / Richer, Poorer [4.08]
- Bailey: You don't get to choose, you just fall, and then you have this person, this weird person, who's all wrong and all right at the same time.
- Charlie: There are things that you do for people you love. And they're not the same things you do for people you like. Not even people you like a lot. Because I look at you and I think this is too much for her...Because if you know this is too much for you, you have to tell me that too.
- Charlie: One month into a relationship we should be talking about the latest movie, not the latest trend in radiation.
- Griffin: I'm worse than married, I'm in love.
Truth Be Told [4.09]
- Charlie: I just gotta know, Julia. What are you waiting for, Julia? My funeral?
- Julia: What?
- Charlie: I mean, I can't get Claudia to shut up about it, and you, I don't hear a word from! Nothing! You don't even stop by! It's like I'm going through all this, and you couldn't care less!
- Julia: You think that? You think I don't care?
- Charlie: What am I supposed to think? What's take, Julia? How much effort is required to pick up a freakin' phone?
- Julia: Maybe it takes, I don't know, some sign, something that I'm a part of your life! I mean, you want me to care, Charlie, but you didn't want me to know!
- Charlie: But you do know! Now you know!
- Julia: But you didn't tell me! Claudia did.
- Charles: Look, I don't have time to play games with you, Julia.
- Julia: Games? You are the one playing games, Charlie. You let me go on and on about my stupid money problems. You don't interrupt. You don't say a word about your health, like your cancer isn't important enough to mention! Like how could Julia possibly care about anything but herself? God, what am I supposed to do Charlie, except take my cue from you? If you have wanted anything from me, if you had expected anything from me, you would have treated me like I was capable of coming through for you. But obviously, you don't. So congratulations, Charlie. I guess you have me pegged.
- Charlie: What is this? What is your...God, I'm sick! I'm sick, and you've got a problem with, with my process? Get over yourself, Julia! Man, I thought Owen was the baby of the family!
- Sarah: What else?
- Bailey: What else?
- Sarah: Yeah, what else do you want to yell at me about. Because if this helps you to be angry and scream about how unfair this all is... how helpless you feel, how helpless you are, well then that's what you need to do. Go ahead, I can take it.
- Kirsten: I don't want to be the only one Charlie. Because what happens when I disappoint you some day...and I'm scared cause if I'm the only one I have to watch what I say and what I do...I hear what you are saying about them and it's like, I'm next in line to make the same mistakes they're making. I'll call you too much or not enough. Or you're going to get insulted about some analogy I make from my life.
- Claudia: It must be bad, otherwise you would have leveled with me. You would have said it's cancer and one in four people who get it die. But you didn't. You said it was one hundred percent curable and then you bought me ice cream.
- Claudia: Are you going to die?
- Charlie: No, I'm NOT going to die.
- Claudia: Why should I believe you?
- Annie: [to Bailey]] Don't you dimple me. I can't take that kind of pressure.
- Sarah: Julia, a job is like waiting tables or cleaning toilets. It's not supposed to be fun. That's why they call it work.
S'Wunnerful Life [4.11]
- Julia: Oh, I can beat you misery for misery.
- Justin: Okay. New Haven is the bleakest, coldest, most depressing place in the world.
- Julia: Wow, that's good. Try living in a shed.
- Annie: You're the oldest twenty-year old I know.
- Bailey: Actually, I'm nineteen.
- Justin: I always hated you.
- Griffin: Oh man, what a coincidence. I always hated you too.
- Sarah: Must be the nutmeg.
- Will: I love nutmeg.
- Sarah: Or maybe it's the vanilla.
- Will: I love vanilla.
- Bailey: I'm thinking it's the rum.
- Sarah: I didn't put any rum in this.
- Bailey: No, but those guys did.
- Will: Love those guys.
Empty Shoes [4.12]
- Julia: What about Owen? Should I call a doctor or something?
- Charlie: Which color food is it now?
- Julia: What? He's done this before?
- Charlie: Yeah, when Bailey went to college last year he wouldn't eat anything that wasn't green. It means he's a little freaked by what's going on.
- Julia: Yeah, well this year it's white.
- Charlie: Well, then my advice is cook white food.
- Bailey: He's eating popcorn for breakfast?
- Julia: Hey, it's white!
- Charlie: C'mon back. I'll throw up on both of you.
- Bailey: How am I supposed to run this place without waiters?
- Waitress: John Dory's a fish.
- Bailey: Well, how am I supposed to run this place without fish?
- Bailey: That restaurant needs you Charlie. Everyone there is like, "How can we radiate him faster. Can we pop him in the microwave or something?"
Parent Trap [4.13]
Of Human Bonding [4.14]
- Charlie: Julia, when I'm in that bed I'm either waiting to get well or waiting to die. I'm not living. I'm just.....waiting.
- Sarah: I'm the honest virgin and you're the lying, stinking, creepo virgin.
Here and Now [4.15]
- Claudia: The only thing that matters. The only thing that's real is the Here and Now. No matter how much you love something or how much you take it for granted, nothing lasts forever.
- Elliot: [to Sarah] It's not that simple. Because I wasn't sure. I didn't want it to be true. When I realized how I felt about you I thought you were my salvation or something. I thought, if I could love this woman that would make it all go away.
- Sarah: Wow, I just don't get men, like, at all.
- Elliot: Yeah? Welcome to the club.
- Kevin: I feel like a groundhog. If I see my shadow that means six more weeks of radiation.
I Give Up [4.16]
- Professor: If you want to stay enrolled at this college, you have to get this paper done and you have to get it done right away, or...
- Bailey: Actually, what I have to do? I have to go to the hospital right now because my brother's there with pneumonia. And then I have to cover for him at his work. Then I have to go to a parent conference at my little brother's daycare, 'cause he doesn't have any parents. And then after that I have to go to my other job -- the one that actually pays my rent. So, you'll get the paper when you get it, OK? That's the best I can do.
- Bailey: The doc says you're doin' much better and what you really need now is some high-quality REM sleep, and then...
- Charlie: Then what? I'll only have cancer? ... Just let me be OK with 'whatever happens is gonna happen.' It's so much better that way. If I get better, I get better -- that's great. If I die, I die -- that's not so great. But, you know what -- it's there. So please, just let me stop pretending that it's not.
- Paul: [about her spending time with Charlie] I don't want your apology Kirsten. I just want your.....I just want you.
- Kirsten: You can't tell me you're jealous?!
- Paul: I can't? Are you kidding? How many times have you been near or at an altar with this man?
- Charlie: I've gotta be okay with whatever happens to me. But you guys - I want to know that you're gonna be okay. It's not like I've spent enough time thinking about how I'm gonna live through this. I've also got to spend some time figuring out how I'm gonna die.
- Bailey: I'm really tired of being the guy who just....no sweat, bring it on. I can handle it. I can handle everything. Because you know what? I can't. I can't handle everything. It's easier to just....not.
Of Sound Mind and Body [4.17]
- Social Worker: Is there a plan in place if Charlie doesn't recover?
- Bailey: Hey, he's gonna get better.
- Julia: He really is.
- Social Worker: I'm sorry, but you don't know that. I know you don't want to hear this, but I believe these kids are being neglected.
- Bailey: But that's...come on. It's not like they're living on the street, or they're not eating.
- Social Worker: No, but frankly, I think the two of you are in way over your heads, and look at the cost. You've got a 15-year-old who practically dropped out at school, and nobody noticed! That's neglect. And as far as I can tell, she's the one who ends up looking after Owen a lot of the time. Now, this is a girl who has not yet demonstrated that she can take care of herself, let alone a 4-year-old. And does anybody make time for that little boy, or is it just about shuttling him to and from daycare? Because that's also neglect.
- Julia: Look, we're really trying.
- Social Worker: You know what I see? I see a family that is one step away from complete disaster, and I will not let that happen.
- Claudia: I don't have anybody.
- Julia: What?
- Claudia: You've got Griffin. Bailey has Annie. I don't have anybody.
- Julia: [to Social worker] I know how to do this. I had a really good mother.
- Kirsten: [to Charlie] You know Paul's a good man, right? ... He just never wanted any of his own. ... I wanted to be able to do this for you.
- Bailey: Mr. Optimism here is working on his will. Just so you know - I was about to say, dibs on Owen; you can have Claudia.
True or False [4.18]
- Julia: I guess I just sometimes wish I went to college, that's all.
- Griffin: Instead of what?
Go Away [4.19]
- Bailey: [at 3:00 a.m.] Wrong number. My heart is pounding.
- Julia: God, phone calls in the middle of the night, huh?
- Charlie: Phones used to ring all the time in the middle of the night. It just meant Dad was hung up at the restaurant or Mom's car battery died after rehearsal, that's all. 'Til that night. Some police officer, Sergeant Dubrowsky. Darrell Dubrowsky, saying "There's been an accident, son." Saying it real slow. Saying it twice. March 22, 1994, at 11:45. That's when phone calls in the middle of the night stopped being nothing. And nothing's ever been nothing since, you know? You don't see your brother when you pull up to daycare -- he's been kidnapped. Your sister gets home late from a music lesson -- she got hit by a bus. Doctor tells you your test results turned up an irregularity -- you're gonna die. I guess that's the way life works, you know? I know that now.
- Julia: Charlie.
- Bailey: Come on, man -- don't do this to yourself.
- Charlie: Did I do it to myself? I don't know, Bay. For 24 years I believed that everything always turned out OK. And then March 22, 1994 happened, and now I don't.
- Annie: [to Sarah] There are good answers for people who have money, and there are good answers for people who have people to take care of them, but there are no good answers for me.
- Bailey: Why do I feel like I did something wrong?
- Julia: 'Cause that's you, Bay.
- Bailey: Why? Why is that me? Because I wasn't always like this, Jul. You remember, when I was, like, 15 years old? I was getting in trouble all the time, blowing off my curfew...
- Julia: Well, that's just being a kid. You were a kid.
- Bailey: Right. And then they died. They checked out and the next day I was, I was this adult. I went from being 15 one day to 45 the next.
- Charlie: [to Bailey & Julia at the cabin] I don't wanna play any more games, OK? I'm not some little kid who's afraid of the dark. I mean, I wish, I wish, I wish that's all there was to be afraid of. Wouldn't that be simple?
- Claudia: That's exactly what everyone said when Mom and Dad left. "Try to get back to normal Claudia." So I tried that, I really tried. And I was getting pretty good at it. But that's it, I'm not doing it anymore. I'm not going to try to be okay with people leaving me ever again.
Square One (1) [4.20]
- Daphne: So, you beat the big C! I mean, now what? Join the Peace Corps? Shave your head?
- Charlie: Well, I thought I'd do another load of whites.
Free and Clear (2) [4.22]
- Griffin: [to Julia] God, what was this whole year -- was this an experiment for you? 'Cause that's what it feels like. Like you've just been slumming around for a whole year. Got a couple of jobs, a marriage. And if that doesn't work out, you can always go back to school, 'cause that's what everyone thought you were gonna do anyway.... I'm not lucky like you, Julia. This is it for me.
Opposites Distract [4.22]
- Julia: [about Griffin] It feels bad coming home to an empty house. Except it feels empty even when he's here.
- Justin: Well, I guess you gotta decide which feels less bad.
- Bailey: Are you finding this really sad?
- Sarah: You mean Charlie's acting?
- Charlie's Review: A word to Charlie Salinger, who according to the program is making his stage debut -- if you have a day job, sir, I beg you not to quit it. And if you don't have one, please get one immediately.
- Julia: [to Charlie, about Daphne] That's who you're going to for career advice? Someone whose main source of income is taking their clothes off?
- Bailey: It's like we jumped into bed so we wouldn't have to talk, you know?
- Sarah: I'll take your word for it.
Fools Rush In [4.23]
- Griffin: [to Julia] I'm such a sap... You say you wanna be with me and I start doing cartwheels down the beach.
- Charlie: You have an unusual occupation, Daphne. They are curious.
- Daphne: Like people are curious about mad cow disease... I want you to let them know that I have other incredible qualities besides being able to unsnap my bra with my teeth.
- Grocery clerk: Just not your day, huh?
- Griffin: It's not my decade.
Fools Rush Out [4.24]
- Jay: [trying to figure out why Bailey asked Annie to marry him] Was it because you knew, all of a sudden, that you couldn't live without her? Was that it? Did you wake up one day and realize that the biggest mistake of your life was letting her go? Did you just realize that you would give up everything you have... everything, just for a shot at getting her back? Because if that's what it is, then I apologize. If you love her that much, then I'm way off base. I just hope that you really want this. Because if you don't, if you don't love her that much, then what you're doing here, you're trying to take away a wife and a daughter from someone who does.
- Annie: [to Bailey] And all I do it just run it over and over: Natalie and Jay and you, and the drinking and Oakland, and you. And there's all these reasons on one side, and on the other side, there's just you.
- Griffin: [to Julia] This is real life. Having to make hard decisions, and compromising what each other wants, and trying not hurt each other. That's what our whole life together's been about. It doesn't mean that we don't love each other, it just means that maybe we shouldn't live with each other. It's this weekend, I saw that you were so happy. I was thinking, what is it that I can give you that would make you that happy in real life. And the one thing I could think of was to let you go off and be on your own. I could give you that.
- Sarah: [to Bailey] It's no big deal. I mean it's what it was always, pretty much. I love you. That's all.
- Charlie: [to Kirsten] I want you to love him.... 'Cause I know how incredible that feels to have you in my life, and I want him to have that too.
- Scott Wolf - Bailey Salinger
- Matthew Fox - Charlie Salinger
- Neve Campbell - Julia Salinger
- Lacey Chabert - Claudia Salinger
- Jennifer Love Hewitt - Sarah Reeves
- Jeremy London - Griffin Holbrook
- Paula Devicq - Kirsten Bennett
- Scott Grimes - Will McCorkle
- Michael Goorjian - Justin Thompson