Television

“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”

From: Saturday Night Live

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Stuart Smalley

The story behind the quote: We’ve never really published a quote from Saturday Night Live, a show that has a wealth of quotes just rife with Geek Wisdom. Well, that’s all about to change starting now.

This week’s quote comes from one of Saturday Night Live’s cavalcade of characters, Stuart Smalley (who was usually played by Al Franken). Even though Stuart Smalley isn’t a licensed therapist but he does have a lot of experiences with various 12-step programs. Despite this, he does have his own self-help television program called Daily Affirmations. Whenever he starts the show, he would go look at the mirror and deliver the quote to himself.

Geek wisdom: The only one who needs to believe in you is yourself. People will even try to bring you down and say that you’re not good enough for this and that. But you actually don’t need their consent to do or be what you want to be in life. All you have to do is believe that you can do it; what they think is ultimately irrelevant.

“Won’t somebody please think of the children?”

From: The Simpsons

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: Helen Lovejoy

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote was actually popularized by The Simpsons. However, it is important to note that this wasn’t the first time it was used. In fact, the quote was already a rather cliche argumentative point way before it was popularized by the popular cartoon.

In the episode entitled “Much Apu About Nothing,” a bear wanders into the town by accident. Although the animal is immediately taken care of by the town’s authorities, Homer Simpson gets the other townsfolk rally to get Mayor Quimby to create a “bear patrol.” This does cause taxes to increase, which, once again, Homer Simpson and some people to go to city hall to lower taxes. Mayor Quimby, in the hopes of shifting blame to something else, says that the problem of higher taxes is due to illegal immigrants.

Throughout all this, Helen Lovejoy yells out the quote, exclaiming that the children need protection from the bears… and illegal immigrants.

Geek wisdom: Parents love their children and only want the best for them and to protect them from any harm. However, sometimes, they can get a little too overprotective which can be just as harmful to their kids as they will not be able to grow up and experience the world as it is. Sometimes, you have to let go and let them commit their own mistakes so they can learn from them.

“I have to go now. My people need me…”

From: The Simpsons

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: “Poochie” (voiced by Roger Meyers, Jr.)

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the ever popular show, The Simpsons. However, the actual quote itself has now become misquoted as most people remember the line to be “I must go” because of the very meme that made the line so popular in the first place.

The quote comes from the 14th episode of the 8th season of the show entitled “The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show.” In an attempt to boost ratings for the flailing Itchy and Scratchy Show, the show’s producer, Roger Meyers, Jr. decides to add a new character into the mix, a hip dog named Poochie. Homer Simpson is hired to do the voice of the character. However, the character is universally disliked (except by Homer, of course). Homer’s plea to prevent the character from being killed off seems to have touched the show’s writers as he thinks the character can be bigger than every other character before. However, when the episode finally airs, the show airs as such…

Geek wisdom: There are people who think so highly of themselves that they can overstay their welcome. This was certainly true for Poochie in the show, even though he was only in a couple of episodes. Try to avoid those people as they will just bring everyone down.

“I am the danger!” and “I am the one who knocks!”

From: Breaking Bad

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Walter White/Heisenberg

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the critically acclaimed AMC crime drama Breaking Bad. The show is all about a high school chemistry school teacher named Walter White who contracts cancer. In the hopes of making enough money for his family before he passes, he decides to enter the illegal business of making a special kind of crystal meth. However, as the series progressed, the mild mannered Walter White (played by Bryan Cranson) turns more devious and brutal and constructs the persona of Heisenberg in order to keep his normal family life safe.

The quote comes from the 4th season episode entitled “Cornered.” Walter’s wife, Skyler, tries to convince him to turn himself over to the police as the business seems to be getting too dangerous. However, by this time, Walter has become more like his Heisenberg persona and, as he’s really good at making the illegal drug, his pride will not have him stop now. This is when Water gives one of the most memorable and powerful monologues from the show…

Geek wisdom: Everyone has a dark side to themselves. A lot of the times, we try to keep it hidden. But there are going to be times when this side of ourselves will come out. Now, whether it’s right to keep this part of ourselves locked up depends on the situation. There are going to be times when we have to become “the danger” to let everyone know that we can’t be pushed over so easily.

“When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story.”

From: How I Met Your Mother

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Barney Stinson

The story behind the quote: This week’s episode comes from one of the most popular sitcoms in recent history, How I Met Your Mother. More specifically, it comes from the mouth of the most awesome characters in television history, Barney Stinson. True story.

The quote comes specifically from the first episode of the second season of the show. Marshall had just broken up with Lily and the rest of the gang are discussing the issue. Barney (played awesomely by Neil Patrick Harris) is his usual self and rather insensitive to the plight of his friends. He explains that Marshall should just stop being sad and then he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Whenever life gets you down, you have the ability to change how you feel. If you’re down on your luck, do something to change your luck. Don’t mope around. Be the master of your own fate.

“It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life.”

From: Star Trek: The Next Generation

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Captain Jean-Luc Picard

The story behind the quote: There are already several quotes from the old Star Trek cast. Now, it’s time to give a little respect to The Next Generation, the successor to the franchise. Star Trek: The Next Generation successfully introduced new fans to the sci-fi world where humans explored the final frontier. The series also gave us many memorable characters and, thankfully, lots of great quotes.

This week’s quote comes from The Next Generation Episode entitled Peak Performance, wherein Picard and Riker (played by Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes, respectively), take part of a series of war games to test their mettle as part of their training. During the episode, Lt. Commander Data (played by Brent Spiner) plays a competitive game against the the war games observer in a strategic game aptly named Strategema. To his surprise, Data, who just so happened to be an android, loses. This makes Data start to lose faith in himself as a strategist as there was supposedly no way he should have lost.

The quote happens during the second act. Picard asks Data to come to the bridge but the android has second thoughts. This is when Picard, after ordering him on to the bridge, gives the quote.

Geek wisdom:  Life isn’t fair all the time. Sometimes you will given lucky breaks and sometimes unlucky ones. There are also going to be times when, even if you think you’ve thought of every possible bad thing that could happen and prepare contingencies for them, things may still not swing your way. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try things anymore. The important thing is that you try.

“Hello, Newman…”

From: Seinfeld

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Jerry Seinfeld

The story behind the quote: We’ve already noted in a previous post that Seinfeld has a lot of memorable quotes. So… here’s another one! The quote is actually said throughout the entire show.

Jerry Seinfeld isn’t particularly a nice guy. He can be selfish and loves to mock others and, once he sees the girl he’s dating have one flaw, he can’t help but fixate with it. But Seinfeld still can get along with pretty much anyone, except for one particular person, and that would be Newman, his “sworn enemy.” Jerry has a particular distaste for Newman (played by Wayne Knight) but he will still greet him with the quote when their paths do cross.

Geek wisdom: It’s still common courtesy to be cordial to the people that we meet. Even if we may not like this person, we still have to be man enough to be civil with each other, even if we may not really mean it. It’s important to do this because, in the future, we may actually find a way to get along with these people that we dislike and just building animosity won’t solve any of our problems anyway.

“I’m ready! I’m ready! I’m ready!”

From: Spongebob Squarepants

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: Spongebob Squarepants

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from a certain creature who lives in a pineapple under the sea, Spongebob Squarepants. One of Nickelodeon’s most popular cartoons, Spongebob Squarepants features the titular character who gets into different crazy adventures in Bikini Bottom (and sometimes outside the town).

The quote actually comes from the very first episode of the series, “Help Wanted.” Spongebob Squarepants notices that his favorite restaurant, The Krusty Krab, is looking for a new fry cook. As this is his dream job, Spongebob marches out, incessantly saying the quote.

Geek wisdom: When opportunity knocks, we always have to be prepared to answer it. We have to always be ready, or, at the least, psyche ourselves up to the point that we feel that we are ready to tackle any problems that may come our way.

“Stop, stop! He’s already dead!”

From: The Simpsons

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: A kid at the opening of a Krusty Burger

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the long running animated sitcom, The Simpsons. Specifically, the fifteenth episode of the show’s sixth season entitled “Homie the Clown.” The episode has Homer Simpson who, because of his uncanny likeness to Krusty the Clown, becomes a stand in for the clown. Homer gets sent to events that Krusty thinks are too demeaning to him.

The quote comes from the middle of the episode where Homer is sent in Krusty stead at one of the Krusty Burger openings. There is supposed to be a skit where the Krusty Burglar (a pastiche of the McDonalds Hamburglar) is stealing burgers. However, Homer thinks that the Krusty Burlar is real and proceeds to pummel the diminutive costumed individual in front of of a crowd of children, one of which delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: We can overdo things sometimes. It could be reacting to something bad that happens to us and then say it’s the worst thing to ever happen. We could overdo basic things like eating, leading to stomach aches. Or we could overdo even things that can be considered healthy, such as exercising to the point of exhaustion. The point is that we shouldn’t overdo or overreact to things. We should try to take things at what they’re supposed to be and nothing else.

“Grappling hook!”

From: Gravity Falls

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Mabel Pines

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the rather short lived but much beloved animated series, Gravity Falls. The show follows twins Dipper Pines and Mabel Pines as they vacation in the sleepy town of Gravity Falls with their great-uncle/grunkle Stan. On the surface, the town seems like your regular (backwater) town, but underneath the surface are different supernatural things and the twins gradually discover the town’s darker secrets…

The quote comes from the impulsive of the twins, Mabel Pines (voice by Kristen Schaal). At the end of the first episode and their first adventure, Grunkle Stan (voiced by show creator Alex Hirsch) gives the twins any item that they want in the shop for free. Dipper (voiced by Jason Ritter) picks a cap while Mabel roots in a box and selects a grappling hook.

Throughout the majority of the season, the grappling hook is never put to good use and Dipper actually mentions that it’s caused more trouble than it’s worth. However, Mabel’s grappling hook does eventually proves its worth…

Geek wisdom: Some things may seem useless at the start and you may feel that it’s better to get rid of it. However, it is possible that item just hasn’t proven to be useful yet and can prove to be invaluable at the start. Try to always look at the intrinsic value of an item and not take things at face value.