Who said it?: Abet 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 Abet 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 Abet.
The group think Abet 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.
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.
Who said it?: Nathan Ford
The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the TNT crime drama, Leverage. The show is all about a group of criminals consisting of a hacker, a hitter, a thief and a grifter. They were put together by a man named Nathan Ford, a former insurance investigator who had managed to foil their earlier crimes. He now has them helping law-abiding citizens who have been abused by various corrupt people in positions of power.
The quote actually comes from the introduction of the show starting from the second season. Nathan Ford (played by Timothy Hutton) gives the basic premise of the show and delivers the quote in the process.
Geek wisdom: Sometimes, the end does justify the means. There are times when we have to do bad things in order to achieve something good. It can be distasteful but it’s is true at times.
From: Disney’s Recess
Genre: Television, Cartoons
Who said it?: Spinelli
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Disney original series, Recess. The show focuses on a group of friends who, well, enjoy the recess period from school as it represents a time when they can be themselves. However, it is during this recess period wherein they also have to contend with the other groups of the school.
The quote comes from the episode “The Beauty Pageant.” The Ashleys, a group of stuck up girls, decide to enter Spinelli, the tomboyish girl who hates girly things, into a beauty pageant as an act of revenge for a prank. However, as she gets deeper into the contest, she and the gang and even the Ashleys start getting serious about winning. During the final question and answer portion, Spinelli is supposed to give a rehearsed spiel about what she will do if she wins. However, she relents as this really isn’t her. This is when Spinelli delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Sometimes, we force kids to grow up too fast and take on responsibilities. While that’s fine and good to teach them about those topics, we should also allow them to enjoy being young and carefree as well. Allow them to discover who they are and not force them into the image you think they should follow.
From: The Simpsons
Genre: Cartoons, Television
Who said it?: Mr. Blank
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the long running animated sitcom, The Simpsons. Specifically, the first episode of the fourth season, Kamp Krusty. The episode has Bart and Lisa Simpson going to summer camp, which is supposedly run by Krusty the Clown himself. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case as Mr. Blank, a corrupt businessman, has just licensed the name and, to ensure that his profits are high, equips the camp with rickety amenities. This is all while Mr. Blank and the “camp counselors” he hired, who happen to be Jimbo Jones and his gang of bullies enjoy a luxurious lifestyle.
The quote comes from the middle of the episode wherein we do see Mr. Blank, Jimbo Jones and the rest of the bullies enjoying a banquet while the camp kids have to eat gruel. Jimbo asks for another brandy and this is when Mr. Blank delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: While we would like to see the good in people but there are always going to be people who will do corrupt and immoral things for various reasons. Maybe it’s because they want to enrich themselves off the backs of other. Maybe they want to show they’re “better” than everyone else. Or maybe they just enjoy it. Whatever the reason, we all have to recognize that there will be bad people in the world.
Who said it?: Richard Castle
The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the ABC crime drama Castle. The show features prominent crime novelist Richard Castle who managed to rope in Detective Kate Beckett to investigate crimes and murders for inspiration for his new books. The two do form a cohesive unit, with Castle using his imagination to help solve the crimes Beckett is investigating.
The quote comes from the episode entitled Last Call. Richard Castle (played by Nathan Fillion) and Detective Kate Beckett (played by Stana Katic) learn of a secret basement that was used during the prohibition. Castle fantasizes how the murder could have taken place there but Beckett quickly shoots holes in his theory. This is when Castle delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: When we have a good and imaginative story in our heads, we sometimes do not see the flaws in them.
From: Rick and Morty
Genre: Television, Cartoons
Who said it?: Rick Sanchez
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Cartoon Network’s Rick and Morty, which is aired during their late night programming schedule called Adult Swim. The show was created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland and follows the sci-fi misadventures of the nihilistic and cynical drunkard Rick Sanchez and his rather paranoid and nervous grandson Morty Smith (both voiced by Justin Roiland). The show has become a huge hit due to its dark humor and creativity.
The quote comes from the episode “Morty’s Mind Blowers,” the 8th episode of the 3rd season. The episode deals with both Rick and Morty (voiced by Justin Roiland) trying to recover their memories. The duo are locked in a vault that has stored most of their memories they wished to forget (or, in some instances, were forced to forget). One of the “memories” has Morty trying to put up a shelf but Rick disparages Morty because he was using an ordinary level. Rick then creates a platform that is “true level” and Morty, as he steps into it, is so enraptured by the feeling. This is when Rick delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Science and our current knowledge of what is fact is constantly evolving. What you currently know may not be the truth or, at the very least, not the whole truth. You might have to keep an open mind to new thoughts and ideas.
From: Better Call Saul
Who said it?: Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the prequel to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul on AMC. The show follows Jimmy McGill, a fast talking lawyer who has some ethical problems, who will eventually take on the moniker of Saul Goodman.
The quote comes from the 9th episode of the 4th season, Wiedersehen. Jimmy McGill (played by Bob Odenkirk) is devastated by the news that he will not get his license reinstated despite giving very eloquent answers. He rants to Kim Wexler (played by Rhea Seehorn) and she identifies the issue: the board found him to be insincere as he didn’t talk about his troubles with his brother. Jimmy claims that Kim doesn’t believe him as she has seen him do cons and scams (one of which involves slipping on ice and suing people, hence the nickname Slippin’ Jimmy) in the past. This is when he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: A reputation can be very difficult for others to forget. This can be both a blessing and a curse as people will have trouble seeing past any changes you have mad, both in the positive and the negative. If you want people to see you in a different light, you will have to work doubly hard for them to see the new you.
From: Dr. Who
Who said it?: The Doctor
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the long-lived BBC science-fiction television program, Dr. Who. The show features The Doctor, who is portrayed by different actors, as he travels through different points in time.
This week’s quote comes from the 11th incarnation of The Doctor (played by Matt Smith) in the holiday special, aptly named A Christmas Carol. A family pleads with Kazran Sardick (played by Michael Gambon) to unfreeze their relative to celebrate the holidays. As Kazran Sardick refuses, The Doctor arrives via the chimmey. After a quick speech, The Doctor looks at the frozen woman and asks who she is. When Kazran Sardick says she’s “nobody important,” The Doctor, in his amazement, delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Everyone means something to someone in the world. Even when you feel like you are insignificant, there is still definitely someone who thinks you are important to them.
From: The Simpsons
Genre: Cartoons, Television
Who said it?: Kent Brockman
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the longest running animated series in the United States, The Simpsons. And, with the current situation affecting the world thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s a rather apt quote.
The quote comes from the 11th episode of the 5th season of The Simpsons. The episode is entitled Homer the Vigilante, wherein a spree of cat burglaries occur in the town of Springfield. Kent Brockman (voiced by Harry Shearer) who quickly heighten the fears the citizens of the town by insinuating that the cat burglaries will escalate into mass murders. He then turns to a professor and delivers the quote, to which the professor agrees.
Later, when the entire population is hunting down a mysterious treasure, Kent Brockman then escalates the issue again.
Geek wisdom: In times of crisis, it’s always best to try to keep a cool head. If you panic, you will be prone to do more unsafe and even dangerous actions that may do more harm than good. This goes for everyone, especially for the citizens and the people who are supposed to protect them.