Tuesday, May 18

Your Favorite Dialogue

With Lost winding down I'm feeling inspired to solicit your favorite lines and exchanges from the show - the goofy, the stirring, the profound or the bizarre.

I'll start us out with a few of my own favorites:

Locke: "If it’s not real, then what are you doing here, Jack? Why did you come back? Why do you find it so hard to believe?"
Jack: "Why do you find it so easy?"
Locke: "It’s never been easy!"

Ben: “You guys got any milk?”

Carmen Reyes: "Jesus Christ is not a weapon."

Tom: "Well look at that! You got yourself a fish biscuit! How’d you do that?"
Sawyer: "I figured out your complicated gizmos, that’s how."
Tom: "It only took the bears 2 hours."

Nikki: “Razzle Dazzle!”

Locke: "The man from Tallahassee? What is that? Some kind of code?"
Ben: "No, John, unfortunately we don’t have a code for “There’s a man in my closet with a gun to my daughter’s head.” Although we obviously should."

Hurley: "Let's look death in the face and say: 'Whatever, man'!"

Jack: "John Locke told me I needed to stay."

Post yours in the comments section. As many as you'd like.


  1. My favorite exchange is actually not really a vocal one:

    Ben: "Hello Hugo"

    Hurley: "AHHH" <throws hot pocket that hits the wall. Ben never flinches. Instead gives a look of disbelief.

  2. Ok so it is one of my favorites, there are too many to chose from Morse!

    Carmen Reyes: "Why is there a dead Pakistani on my couch?"
    Jack (to Ben): "Now I know your lying. Red Sox, you should have picked any other team to say who won the World Series."
    and any of the many nicknames or pop culture references that Sawyer makes.

  3. I've been partial to this one since it aired:

    Jacob: Benjamin... whatever he's told you, I want you to understand one thing. You have a choice.

    Ben Linus: What "choice"?

    Jacob: You can do what he asked, or you can go, leave us to discuss our... issues.

    Ben Linus: Oh... so now, after all this time, you've decided to stop ignoring me. 35 years I lived on this island, and all I ever heard was your name over and over. Richard would bring me your instructions - all those slips of paper, all those lists - and I never questioned anything. I did as I was told. But when I dared to ask to see you myself, I was told, "You have to wait. You have to be patient." But when HE asked to see you? He gets marched straight up here as if was Moses. So... why him? Hmm? What was it that was so wrong with me? What about me?

    Jacob: [pause] What ABOUT you?

    I like this summing up of Ben's crisis of faith. I also like the focus on Jacob's obsession over personal choice (particularly after the revelations of Across the Sea). Finally I appreciate the overall ambiguity of the final line.

  4. There's this one, which was so chilling and devastating:

    Tom: "The thing is, we're gonna have to take the boy."

  5. Greg, that brings to mind one that grabbed me from this season:

    Ben: Because no one else will have me.

    Ilana: I'll have you.

    Of course, then she went and Arzted herself.... but the sentiment was striking at the time. And I believe will still be a pivotal turning point for Ben's character.

  6. Locke (great Terry O'Quinn delivery): "I'm an ordinary man, Jack. Meat and potatoes. I live in the real world. I'm not a big believer in... magic."

  7. Shannon: I am so not moving to the rape caves!

  8. Sawyer (to Ben): "You're wasting your time, Yoda."

  9. Excellent choices. This is fun. Here's another:

    Hurley: "That's not cool dude. That guy had a mom, a family, friends, oh and a name. It's not Skeletor, it's Roger Workman."

    Sawyer: "It's Work MAN, ya blockhead! That's his job! He was a Dharma janitor."

    Hurley: "Yeah, well...you should still respect the dead."

  10. My all time absolute favourite, that I say to my girlfriend after pretty much every episode this season:

    LOCKE: We're gonna need to watch that again.

  11. In the same vein as Owen, there's another 'Lockeism' I often find myself saying once the credits roll...

    "I was wrong."

    Usually in a good way, though.

  12. Charlie Pace: Hair spray? Now, I hate to be the one to point this out to you, but...

    John Locke: It's not for me.

  13. Desmond: Brotha!

  14. Here's a quick runthrough of some of my favs:
    Jack: "We have to go BACK!"
    Charlie: "Guys, where are we?"
    Hurley: "You have some...Arzt...on you."

    For humor though, I don't think I have ever laughed harder in Lost than in the bee attack in season 1:
    Kate after Charlie seeing her rip off her shirt: "It was, uh, it was full of bees."
    Charlie: "I would have thought C's, actually."

    And of course the infamous:

  15. Great Charlie Pace, how we miss you:

    Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes: [out of breath] Did either of you see a guy run through here... in a bathrobe... with a coconut?
    Charlie Pace: No...
    Charlie Pace: I saw a polar bear on roller blades with a mango

  16. Just remembered my all-time favourite line from a TV show, full stop:

    Mr Eko: "I did not ask for the life I was given, but it was given nonetheless. And with it, I did my best."

  17. Lots of good ones mentioned already.

    Locke: Okay, it's personal, but why take it out on our best chance of getting off the island? Why would any one of us block an attempt to get home? We're so intent on pointing the finger at one another that we're ignoring the simple undeniable truth that the problem isn't here, it's there. [pointing to the jungle] They've attacked us, sabotaged us, abducted us, murdered us. Maybe it's time we stop blaming us and start worrying about them. We're not the only people on this island and we all know it.

    Eko: Don't mistake coincidence for fate.

    And I've always been really partial to Penny's letter to Des:

    "Dearest Des, I am writing this letter to you as you leave for prison. And I've hidden in the one place you would turn to in a moment of great desperation. I know you go away with the weight of what happened on your shoulders. And I know the only person who can ever take it off is you. Please don't give up, Des. Because all we really need to survive is one person who truly loves us. And you have her. I will wait for you. Always. I love you, Pen."

  18. I'll have you.

    It's positively beautiful, its representative of the good in man, the ability to forgive.

    Three words, and the thought of them, brings a tear to my eye, it makes me sigh and at the same time fills my heart with hope .

    If the writers never write another thing again this scene is something they can be proud of forever.

  19. Miles: That douche is my dad.

  20. Just rewatched episode 1 of season 5. Some great Hurley/Sayid dialogue in that one, such as:

    HURLEY: [to Sayid] Ah, awesome! Want a fry?

    SAYID: No, thank you.

    HURLEY: You know maybe if you eat more comfort food, you wouldn't have to go around shooting people.


    SAYID: I'm not taking any risks after Bentham died.

    HURLEY: Ya mean Locke?

    SAYID: Yes, I mean Locke.

    HURLEY: I need a cool code name.

  21. Carmen Reyes: Maybe if you pray everyday Jesus Christ will come down from heaven, take 200 pounds and bring you a decent woman and a new car.

    Hugo: Maybe I don't want to change. Maybe I like my life.

    *phone rings*

    Carmen: Oh, that must be Jesus.

    Carmen: Yes, it is Jesus. He wants to know what color car you want.

  22. I'll second (actually, third) the "No one else will have me"/"I'll have you" moment from "The Substitute." A moment of interpersonal grace unlike anything I remember seeing on TV in a very long time. It's like something out of Les Mis.

    Moving on, I'm surprised no one has mentioned the overlapping phone call from the end of "The Constant," even though it's nowhere near as touching in black-and-white as it is when Henry Ian Cusick and Sonya Walger breathe life into it:

    DESMOND: I don't know where I am, but--
    PENNY: I'll find you, Des--
    DESMOND: --I promise--
    PENNY: --no matter what--
    DESMOND: --I'll come back to you--
    PENNY: --I won't give up.
    BOTH: I promise. I love you.

  23. @gravyboat - I agree that is one of the best exchanges in Lost as well as television history. I think I blocked that scene out of my mind because of the extremem emotion it envokes. It always brings a tear to me eye, even in black and white.