These are my favorite quotes from the past week, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.
J‘onn: People in this world don’t have much tolerance for others who look different. I say that as an alien, and as someone who’s worn the face of a black man for fifteen years.
Lucifer: Welcome to Devil Time.
Chloe: What are you doing?
Lucifer: Trying out my new catch phrase.
Dan: “Welcome to Devil Time”? What the hell does that mean?
Lucifer: She knows what it means.
Jamie: I have no idea what that means.
Chloe: A couple days ago, I was in a really bad car accident. And I’ve spent the last few days trying to convince everybody that cares about me that it wasn’t a big deal. The truth is, I’m terrified. I’m scared of how it can all just end, with no rhyme or reason. And what I want to do right now is just go home and read a bedtime story to my daughter. But, you know, that’s not up to me either. We can’t control what happens to us, only how it affects us and the choices we make.
Ian Fleming: Rufus, there are allies, contacts, and women, but never trust. Only the mission.
Hayes: Honestly, Dan, I hope your audience sees through this charade, because this here – Me in these pearls and this stupid suit – this is what privilege looks like.
Dan: Can you elaborate on that?
Hayes: The fact that you’re here talking to me – this is the problem. Rich, famous, powerful people get away with murder all the time, sometimes literally. Coke in the purse, insider trading, sexual assault – you name it. I screw up. Because of my last name, the cops call the DA. He calls my mom. Strings are pulled. I’m out on the street in an hour with a new job – a job I initially had no interest in. Funny thing is, I like causing trouble, busting the system, exposing wrongful convictions. Kind of gets me off. So, really, it worked for me, again. Now, hopefully, it’s also a bonus to people like Penny Price – a mom accused of killing her own son – to have me on their side. Because I may be a hot mess, but I’m a hot mess with privilege. And since Penny Price has none, the least I can do is lend her some of mine.
The West Wing
Senator Marino: It seems to me that more and more we’ve come to expect less and less from each other.
Diggle: You broke me out of prison.
Lyla: For better or worse, Johnny.
Diggle: I told you I wanted to stay.
Lyla: And I figured, if you wanted to make your own decisions then you wouldn’t have gotten married.
Evelyn: Things have really fallen apart without Oliver.
Oliver: It’s a good thing I’m back then.
Rory: Was he waiting for an entrance line?
Curtis: No. He’s just that cool.
Rich Dotcom: The chemistry on this team is all off. I blame the Iron Lady here. This is like when they brought in the second Aunt Viv. You remember that? That was messed up…Everyone could tell. She looked nothing like the first one!
The Good Place
Tahani: I haven’t been this upset since my good friend, Taylor, was rudely upstaged by my other good friend, Kanye, who was just defending my best friend, Beyonce.
Chidi: You just casually cited Immanuel Kant. Yeah, I know we’re in a miserable bind here, but this might be the proudest day of my life.
Eleanor: No offense, but that’s a real bummer of a life.
Jianyu: Don’t worry, I got you. I’ll just tell Michael you’re the bomb and that you got a dope soul and hella ethics.
Jordan: I know what you’re gonna say. Heard it all before. You throw like a boy, you run like a boy.
Ginny: I won’t hold it against you… Whoa. Jordan Collins, you can throw.
Jordan: Never underestimate the powers of the handicapped.
Chuck: Buddy, I need your help on a super top secret mission.
Morgan: Do I get to parachute out of a plane on a wild horse?
Chuck: No, you do not, because nobody ever does.
Good Girls Revolt
Patti: Enjoy your vulva!
Eleanor: As one colored woman to another, I understand how you would feel like this is not your fight. But sister, I’m here to tell you that it is. See, these women have something very important in common with us. They’re second-class citizens. And you and I know exactly how that feels, don’t we? Kept from your full potential. Paid less than you’re worth. Talked down to. Told to shut up, stay in your place. These women live in a box, just like you. So, don’t be fooled because their box is a little more comfortable than yours. It’s still a box. And the only way any of us are gonna break out of this box is if we stand together. Because, when the second-class citizens of the world stand with each other, not against each other, that’s how you change the world. So when you help these women, Denise, the person you free is yourself.