“3, 2, 1! 1, 2, 3! What the heck is bothering me?”

From: Family Matters

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Carl Winslow

The story behind the quote: Family Matters was a sitcom that initially started as show about the Winslow family and how they dealt with family issues. That all changed with the introduction of Steve Urkel. Steve Urkel (portrayed by Jaleel White) was the nerdy next door neighbor who wanted to win the heart of the teenage daughter of Carl Winslow (played by Reginald VelJohnson). Although Urkel was only supposed to be a guest character, viewers loved the character so much that he eventually became a regular character and, in fact, became the reason to watch the show since most (if not all) of the stories revolved around him.

The quote comes from the third episode of the fourth season, Driving Carl Crazy. Urkel manages to get an old car and Carl decides to teach him how to drive. But, because Urkel is accident-prone, he smashes into Carl Winslow’s garage. In an attempt to control his temper and his dangerously high blood pressure, Carl starts to recite a poem he learned while in a waiting room. While the doctor did give him suggestions to better control his health, Carl decides against it as they prove too difficult to him.

Geek wisdom: While it’s important to control our temper in order to not lose our cool, it’s not always a good idea to keep things bottled up, especially if you have health issues.

“Sure, blame the wizards!”

From: Futurama

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: A dark wizard

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the sci-fi comedy, Futurama. The show was created by the same mind behind The Simpsons, Matt Groening. While not as popular as his other show featuring yellow skinned people, Futurama is still a good and vastly underappreciated show.

This week’s quote comes from the episode, Crimes of the Hot. With global warming running rampant and the Earth usual solution (dropping a large ice cube in the ocean) not working, the head of Al Gore delivers a speech stating, in order to stop this global disaster, the world has to stop pollution… and dark wizards. This is when the sole dark wizard in the audience delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Rather than trying to solve a problem, some people will be willing to find a scapegoat instead. However, this does not resolve the issue because assigning blame doesn’t fix anything. We do have to put in the work in order to solve them. It can be difficult but definitely more productive in the long run.

“What we have here is a rare opportunity for me to cut loose. And to show you how powerful I really am.”

From: Justice League Unlimited

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: Superman

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the DC Comics animated series, Justice League Unlimited. This was the last series to be produced for Bruce Timm’s shared DC Animated Universe (DCAU for short).

The quote comes from the final episode of the show. Darkseid had just been resurrected by Lex Luthor and is now attempting to invade Earth. All seems lost as the Justice League seems to be no match for the might of Darkseid. However, it turns out Superman, because of his incredible strength, has been restraining himself and, as this is Darkseid, has no fear of actually killing him. This is why he delivers the quote before dishing out a super strong punch to the despot.

Geek wisdom: To quote another superhero, with great power comes great responsibility. Knowing how and when to wield power shows the true mettle of a great person.

“Femputer sentences them to death… by snu snu!”

From: Futurama

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: Femputer

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the sci-fi animted comedy, Futurama. The show has a 20th century male named Philip J. Fry accidentally put into suspended animation and reawakened in the future. He now works for an intergalactic delivery service and flies around the galaxy, getting into a whole mess of adventures along the way.

The quote comes from the 1st episode of the 3rd season, Amazon Women in the Mood. The trio of Fry, Zapp Brannigan and Kif are imprisoned for insulting females. The Amazonians cannot figure out what use are the males but Amy whispers into the ear of one of the Amazonians about sexual intercourse. The Amazonians realize what Amy is describing is “snu snu,” something they haven’t experience but only read about. Femputer, the ruler of the planet, then sentences the trio to a seemingly pleasurable death by the aforementioned snu snu.

Geek wisdom: Too much of a good thing is still too much. While it may seem all fun at the start, after a while, even the most pleasurable activities can become painful and even harmful. Recognize when to stop before you hurt yourself.

“Everybody lies.”

From: House

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Dr. Gregory House

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Fox medical drama television show House. The show is all about Dr. Gregory House and his team of doctors who attempt to diagnose and cure mysterious illnesses of some special patients. Although he is a doctor, House’s bedside manner has a lot to be desired as he’s addicted to pain medication and generally tells the cold, hard truth without the patient’s feelings in mind.

The quote is actually a kind of motto of House (played by Hugh Laurie). As he feels asking the patient for their symptoms as well as their day-to-day habits actually delays him from getting the right diagnosis as they will leave out the more embarrassing moments, even if these facts may save their life.

Geek Wisdom: Sadly, what House is saying is true. People will lie for their own benefit and avoid shame and embarrassment. We just have to understand that not everything a person says, even the people we might trust the most, might not be the whole truth.

“That’s not fair. That’s not fair at all. There was time now. There was… was all the time I needed.”

From: The Twilight Zone (specifically, the episode Time Enough at Last)

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Henry Bemis

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the science-fiction/fantasy anthology series, The Twilight Zone. Created by Rod Sterling way back in 1959, The Twilight Zone is a series of standalone episodes, usually delving into characters dealing with unusual events leading to some major twist at the end. The show was a huge hit and has spawned several reboots throughout the years.

The quote comes from the ending of the episode Time Enough at Last. After miraculously surviving a nuclear attack, bookworm Henry Bemis (played by Burgess Meredith) finds out that, while he has enough food to survive an entire lifetime, he is all alone in the crumbling city. About to commit suicide, he stumbles upon the wreckage of the public library. Being someone who was always shamed for reading a lot of books, he is astonished that most of the books have survived. He then collects all the books he needs to entertain himself but, just before he can start reading, he slips and breaks his glasses, rendering him unable to read. He then delivers the quote in despair.

Geek Wisdom: Even when you think you have all the time in the world, that doesn’t mean that fate will cooperate the way you think. Something can and will come up. It will come unexpected so don’t postpone what you can do right now because you might not be able to do it in the future.

“…Baby, you’ve got a stew going!”

From: Arrested Development

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Carl Weathers

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Arrested Development, a sitcom that was first released on Fox. It was then picked up on Netflix six years later, showing the longevity of the series that focuses on  the Bluths, a dysfunctional family who lost their wealth when it was discovered that the patriarch of the family, George Bluth, Sr. (played by Jeffrey Tambor), had been stealing from the company.

The quote comes from the 12th episode of the first season, Matha Complex. A running storyline from this season was Tobias Funke (played by David Cross) has hired Carl Weathers to be his acting coach. During a party, Tobias is about to toss a bone but Carl Weathers stops him as he notices there’s some meat left on the bone. The seasoned actor then advises to save the bone as it can still be made into something else. This is when he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: In a way, Carl Weathers is right as there are always ways to make use of things that people would think is just garbage. It’s just realizing the potential. As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

“Your problem is you’ve spent your whole life thinking there are rules. There aren’t.”

From: Fargo

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Lorne Malvo

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the anthology series from FX, Fargo. While none of the seasons are directly linked to each other, they do follow the same theme of crime stories that take place in or close to the city of Fargo.

This quote comes from the very first season and very first episode of the show, The Crocodile’s Dilemma. After learning his neighbor and bully was murdered, Lester Nygaard (played by Martin Freeman), he recalls encountering a man named Lorne Malvo (played by Billy Bob Thorton) offered to kill him for free. He confronts the Malvo in a diner and they discuss the situation. Malvo reminds Lester that, while he never said he wanted to kill him, he didn’t say he didn’t. Malvo also reminds Lester of the terrible things he did to him. This is when he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Bad people will always try to take advantage of good people. On a certain level, the quote is true as there is no one who will step in to defend the latter when the former attempts to take things by force. It is all our responsibility to defend ourselves when we need to.

“Because when you really know who you are and what you like about yourself, changing for other people isn’t such a big deal.”

From: Community

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Abed Nadir 

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the geek cult comedy Community. Created by Dan Harmon, the show focuses on the Greendale Community College and a specific study group of six eccentric personalities. The show has become a geeky cult classic and fans may have gotten their six seasons… but we’re still screaming for six seasons and a movie.

The quote comes from the 17th episode of the 1st season, Physical Education. When the group finds out that one of their classmates has a crush on Abed Nadir (played by Daniel Pudi), the group forces him to pursue a romantic relationship with her. It turns out the girl already has a boyfriend who looks exactly like Abed.

The group think Abed is crushed but he reveals he isn’t. He recognizes that a lot of people want to help him and the group wanted him to change as they were worried for him that he wouldn’t find a girlfriend. He tells them was going along with what they wanted as he knew it would make them happy and he was willing to change to do that. This is when he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: You can’t force another person to change and, if you do, they might resent you for it. They have to be willing to change.

Also, it is okay to change for others as long as it doesn’t contradict who you are on the inside.

“Stop trying to tell me you can’t change what you are. You can do it, too. ‘Cause after all, unlike me, you’re not a failure.”

From: Naruto

Genre: Cartoons, Television, Anime

Who said it?: Naruto Uzumaki

The story behind the quote: This week’s quotes come from the manga/anime series Naruto. The story focuses on a young ninja named Naruto who has the spirit of the Nine-Tailed Fox sealed in him, making him an outcast. The manga/anime follows his and his friends’ adventures.

The quotes comes during the last part of the Chunin Exams. Naruto battles another ninja in training, Neji, who is supposed to be a natural and gifted student. During the climax, it appears that Neji has defeated Naruto after a long bout. However, it turns out Neji only downed one of Naruto’s Shadow Clones. Naruto uses this to his advantage and manages to perform a sneak attack, winning the bout.

Neji expresses that he should have expected this as the Shadow Clone technique is supposed to be Naruto’s specialty. Naruto then replies that he failed the exams several times because he could not execute the Shadow Clone technique properly before. However, he only became an expert at it through a lot of practice. After this reveal, he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: You are only a failure if you give up. You cannot better yourself if you just quit early on. Even masters have to have failed in the past. But they soldiered on and tried to improve; that’s the only reason why they became masters in their craft.