October Road (TV series)

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October Road (2007–2008) is an ABC television series about a young acclaimed novelist/screenwriter, who has written a best-selling novel based on his hometown friends. He is at a crossroads in his life when he returns to his hometown to teach at the local university, and face the family and friends he left behind.

Season 1


Pilot [1.1]

Editor: Dufresne College called. They wanna know if you'd be interested in teaching a one-day intensive on the art of the novel.
Nick: Not so much. Dufresne College---that's in my hometown. I haven't been back there in 10 years. There's some people there that might not be so happy to see me.
Editor: Maybe that's why you're blocked. Go back there. Make peace with it all. You've got to get past your fears, kiddo. G. Gordon Liddy was afraid of rats, so he cooked one up and ate it. Fear gone.
Nick: If you're suggesting that I cook and eat my old friends, I can assure you, in their opinion, I already have.

Hannah: You've been gone how long now?
Nick: Ten years.
Hannah: Right. I think it was two weeks before my 18th birthday that you left. Yes, I'm quite sure because I remember getting those roses, thinking they were for my birthday, but they weren't. They were a goodbye present as in, goodbye I'm no longer in your present.
Nick: I can explain.
Hannah: It's not necessary.
Nick: Hannah---
Hannah: Truly, don't sweat it. I should go. Um... are you, are you staying long?
Nick: Leave Sunday.

Nick: How old is Sam?
Hannah: He turns 10 in two months.
Nick: Ten...
Hannah: Ten...
[Owen says good-bye to Sam and Sam goes to the door]
Hannah: Umm... good-bye Nick. Good Luck.
[turns to leave but turns back around]
Hannah: And don't worry, he's not yours.

Nick: Look, I really am sorry, Eddie. I never thought anyone would get torn up in the process, especially you. I left here that summer with every intention of coming back to the Ridge. Then on the last night of the trip... I'm literally packing my bags and... I remembered something mom told me before she died. She said "You gotta promise me, Nicky... never to settle for anything less than unexpected adventure." And I couldn't kick the feeling that if I came back here, I'd be have giving up on that. It's like once I stayed away... staying away became a way. Any of this make sense?

[Flashback: Hannah and Nick are in bed together, Eddie enters the room]
Eddie: Ohhhhh... goodbye sex, huh? It's always the best kind.
Hannah: How would you know? You never say goodbye. You're always around.

The Pros and Cons of Upsetting the Applecart [1.2]

Aubrey: And thus, the arsonist returns to the scene of his last great blaze.
Nick: Going down in flames does seem to be the motive.

Nick: Game over.
Ronnie: Not true. I think we can do much better. Forget about Hannah and aging documents. Nothing beats a live testimonial. It's like I always said--"If you can't deliver the bacon, bring them the pig!"
Nick: You always say that?
Ronnie: Well, I will from now on.

Nick: Look, I'm trying to confront this stuff that I ran from years ago. And I'm willing to face anything, anything that comes my way. I will not leave you, Dean Etwood. Or your students either. This time I'm not leaving anything until it's ready to be left.
Dean Leslie Etwood: Well, what an inspirational tale. But right now, Mr. Garrett, I'm going back to sleep.

[The Commander arrives with a cat he just picked up off the street at Knights Ridge Veterinary Care, only to come closer to Sam]
Hannah: This is yours, Mr. Garrett?
The Commander: Yeah, that's right.
Hannah: How old is this cat?
The Commander: He's 7.
Hannah: This cat is a female.
The Commander: [smiles] Yeah.
Hannah: And, um, what's her name?
The Commander: [looks at a picture of a sunrise on the wall] Sunrise.
Hannah: [notices he made up the name] And, um, what's wrong with Sunrise?
The Commander: I don't know. He's just a little... sluggish.
Hannah: She.
The Commander: She.
Hannah: Well I'll take a look at her.
The Commander: OK that's great well I guess I'll be going now. [leaves the office]
Sam: Mom why did he bring in Bumper?
Hannah: I don't know [turns to look at a confused coworker] This is our cat.

Dean Leslie Etwood: What makes you think you can actually teach? And please, don't tell me it's because you wrote a popular novel.
Nick: No! No. But... the journey. Getting there. The journey that those students wish to embark upon. I can share my experience.
Dean Leslie Etwood: Then let's talk about that journey.
Nick: Let's talk about it.
Dean Leslie Etwood: The, ahm, epic struggle of a coward who left his home, wrote a book about the friends and family that he abandoned for reasons unknown and now is afraid to face his own life. A teacher by nature is a leader and a leader is someone who embraces their life. Not one who runs away from it. In all the world Mr. Garrett, my students have nothing to learn from you.

Tomorrow's So Far Away [1.3]

Nick: Alright, phase one. First things first. You got to get her interest.
Sam: But I don’t play soccer.
Nick: You don’t get her interest by doing things she likes, that just makes you seem desperate.
Sam: Do you have a girlfriend?
Nick: We're just going to keep the focus on you. 'K?

Pizza Girl: Hey, um, you don't write manifestos, do you?
Phil: What do you mean?
Pizza Girl: Tracts, screeds, ideological rants, anti-technology mantras hating on mechanizations and machines in industrial society? I mean, you don't just write those, do you?
Phil: No.
Pizza Girl: I just think critical perspective is really important, that's all, for everything. You know, my dad - when he runs out of staples, he throws out the entire stapler. I'm sorry. I go on. I just feel the need to let conversations linger. It's like I don't know how to end them. You know, my friend Sarah - she says for my birthday she's gonna get me a carton of periods. The punctuation mark, not the menstrual cycle. God, a carton of menstrual cycles. How do you even wrap that?
Phil: I don't know.
Pizza Girl': Yeah. Um, your pizza's getting cold, so... um... I should go. See you later.
Phil: Yeah. I'll see you later.
Pizza Girl: Your eyes...they're off the hinge.
Phil: What?
Pizza Girl: They're beautiful...and...I should know...because I get a lot of looks.

Phil: No, that pizza had plenty of feta on it. I, I called you back because I was wondering if you’d like to go in sometime.
Pizza Girl: Go in?
Phil: It’s like going out only you do it here.
Pizza Girl: So... what they say is true?
Phil: What do they say?
Pizza Girl: You don’t leave.
Phil: Yes, it’s true I don’t.
Pizza Girl: Mrs. Kesler told me.
Phil: She did. I can’t believed she narced. I, I... All those years I pretended to love those Bundt cakes.
Pizza Girl: She said, in this day and age when it’s impossible to count on anyone... what could be better than knowing there’s a guy who will always be there.
Phil: She said that?
Pizza Girl: She did.

Nick: Was the girl impressed?
Principal: Excuse me?
Hannah: Nick!
Nick: I’m just curious. If we’re to assume that he did this to impress a girl, I think it’d be nice to know if it had the desired effect.
Principal: I don’t see how that...
Hannah: Because if he did impress her he may be inclined to do it again.
Nick: We need to know.
Hannah: To dissuade him. Sam?
Sam: I think it did impress her. She laughed and giggled.
Hannah: A laugh and a giggle.
Nick: Wait, wait. What’s the difference?
Principal: What? What difference?
Nick: Between a laugh and a giggle.
Sam: A giggle happens after you realized you’ve...
Hannah: Laughed too much. It’s a subconscious thing.
Sam: Right!
Hannah: You’re embarrassed for laughing overtly so you devolve into a nervous giggle.
Sam: Exactly!
Principal: Excuse me! What are we doing here?
Sam: And I do believe there was a blush.
Hannah: A blush?
Nick: Ah, now did you hear that Principal Harrison? There was a blush.
Principal: Yes, extraordinary. I’d like you all to leave my office now.

Janet: I maybe have a maybe date.
Hannah: What’s a maybe date?
Janet: As in, maybe he won’t call. Uh, maybe if he does I won’t go. Maybe it’s not even a date. Maybe I wish I hadn’t said anything.
Hannah: Who’s the maybe date with?
Janet: Maybe not ready to talk about that yet.
Hannah: Well I think it’s great that maybe you have a maybe date.

Secrets and Guys [1.4]

Ronnie: We gotta talk bro.
Nick: About what?
Ronnie: About the Commander.
Nick: What about him?
Ronnie: I think he’s dating.
Nick: What?! Dating? Like, woman?

Aubrey: I can't tell you how much I liked kissing you at Pumpkin Fest.
Nick: I can't tell you how much I liked being kissed by you at Pumpkin Fest.
Aubrey: I think we should do it again sometime.
Nick: I think so too.
Aubrey: Well, I'm free in four seconds.
[Dean Leslie Etwood walks in just as Nick and Aubrey are about to kiss]
Dean Leslie Etwood: College employees should be honest in carrying out their duties, and avoid conflicts between their private interests and their professional responsibilities. All this in a groovy little tome called the "Dufresne College Teacher Code of Conduct". Allow me to boil it down to its basic bits. Your chances of survival here are determined by which is more important to you; your class or... the lass.

[Sam finds Eddie at the barbecue, after he stood up Janet]
Sam: Interesting.
Eddie: What?
Sam: Or maybe disappointing is more like it.
Eddie: Your mom here?
Sam: No, she couldn’t make it. She’s too busy convincing the nicest person in all of Knight's Ridge that you’re not as bad as you seem right now.
Eddie: You’re a little out of your station here Sam, don’t you think?
Sam: Why didn’t you bring her? ‘Fraid of getting teased?
Eddie: It’s a tough lesson about getting older Sam, but everyone has a role in the big picture. If somebody stops serving that role, then, the whole thing crumbles.
Sam: So what’s your role?
Eddie: To date a…certain kind of girl…the really beautiful kind
Sam: You know when horses make poop? My grandmother calls it pucky.
Eddie: So?
Sam: Everything you’ve just said, I’m pretty sure is horse pucky. And Janet? I think she is the beautiful kind.

Ronnie: Dad?
The Commander: Ronnie... hey. Ahh...
Ronnie: [to Leslie] Who are you?
The Commander: Now, I, I know you’ve had your suspicions and I should have done this a lot sooner, but…this is Leslie.
Dean Leslie Etwood: It is so nice to meet you Ronnie.
Ronnie: What’s going on?
The Commander: Ronnie... Leslie’s my girlfriend.
[Ronnie looks at Leslie in disbelief]
The Commander: Ronnie... Ronnie, please.
[Ronnie hugs Leslie]
Ronnie: Thank you, he’s been so lonely. Thank you very much.

Forever Until Now [1.5]


Best Friend Windows [1.6]


Season 2


Let's Get Owen [2.1]


How to Kiss Hello [2.2]

Eddie: Hey Janet, can I get a beer?
Janet: You know this whole you and me going to the homecoming game? It's a bad idea. It's not going to work. Cause here's the thing. I'm not taxes. I'm not the dentist. I'm not something you get out of the way.
Eddie: What?
Janet: I'm also not like the other girls you've been with. I'm not a cute cashier. I don't know how to make waffle cones. I'm not another stop along the Eddie Latekka conquest trail... I'm not perky like Susan. I don't know how to bat my eyes like Lottie and I definitely don't have double D cups like...
[Eddie kisses her]
Eddie: You know what? You're not like the other girls I usually date. You're smart and funny and beautiful inside and out. And you're absolutely NOTHING like taxes.
[Janet laughs a little, Eddie smiles and looks at her]
Eddie: Excuse me.
[Eddie kisses her again]

The Infidelity Tour [2.3]

Sam: So I guess that means you'll have time to open your window business
Nick: Yeah I guess, truth is it's something that Eddie and I always planned on doing since we were kids. Best Friend Windows is what we called it
Sam: Kind of a dorky name isn't it?
Nick: We were ten
Sam: I'm ten
Nick: Yeah, but you're...
Sam: different kind of dork?
Nick: Different kind of 10.

Owen: He pulls over? He can't comfort her with one hand? One hand on the wheel, one hand comforting? How bout no hands comforting? Why do hands have to be involved at all in the comforting process?

Deck the Howls [2.4]

Emily: I can't believe I don't get to meet your parents tonight.
Physical Phil: And I can't believe you made a reindeer out of a soda can. He's beautiful.
Emily: "He"?
Physical Phil: Santa's reindeer are all male.
Emily: Are not.
Physical Phil: They have strong, masculine names like Dancer, Dasher, Prancer, Comet.
Emily: Nope. No sale, bub. Male reindeer lose their antlers long before December 25th, while females retain theirs until January.
Physical Phil: So?
Emily: So the reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh are always shown with antlers, which makes them female.
Physical Phil: See, now, I could argue that, and we could get into this whole disputation on gender bias in caribou, or I could simply rejoice in the fact that my girlfriend possesses that kind of arcane knowledge.
Emily: And I could rejoice in the fact that you just called me your girlfriend.
Physical Phil: Well, you are. You are the wind beneath my hooves.

Eddie: Where did you get this dog?
Janet: Monk McGillicuddy came into the bar last week with a litter of puppies.
Eddie: Monk McGillicuddy who set fire to the church our senior year of high school.
Janet: Um, I guess. Why?
Eddie: No reason except that this is not a puppy.
Janet: What do you mean it’s not a puppy?
Eddie: It’s a wolf.
Janet: What do you mean it’s a wolf?
Eddie: I mean it’s a wolf.
Janet: I got you a wolf?
Eddie: Yeah, you got me a wolf. I was gonna get you a leopard, but they were fresh out.

Once Around the Block [2.5]

The Commander: You need to go out. Find a girl.
Nick: That is the last thing I need. I need a vacation from girls. A girl vacation. Do you know what a girl vacation is dad?
The Commander: Prison?
Nick: No. It's spending some time with me. Just me. I need to spend some quality time with me.

Revenge of the Cupcake Kid [2.6]

Ikey: Minus the last few months, we've been friends for almost 20 years. I know that because every time I look in the mirror and see my bent nose, it reminds me of how I met Owen Rowan's elbow on the playground, before I met the rest of him. I just moved to the Ridge. I didn't know Jack from Jill. I remember, he felt so bad afterwards, I was just some grimy kid with a wad of toilet paper up his nose but you introduced me to your friends - and that changed everything. I wasn't David Eichorn anymore. I was Ikey. That's how Owen introduced me to you guys. I was Ikey. And Ikey's all I've ever been. You guys are a part of me. Nick, remember these skid marks? Huh? Yeah, when you dared me to ride down North Hill Road on my bike during a storm. And this gimpy pinky finger huh, Phys? I got this from those home made fire crackers you told me were 100% safe. I got my man Eddie Latekka of course, to thank for my best pick up line. [Rolls up left sleeve and reveals a scar] I tell all the girlies I got this in Desert Storm from a bayonet when actually, you just nicked me with a hedge trimmer. I know, we've come a long way since that playground, Owen. You brought me into the fold back then. I'm hoping you'll let me back in now. I can't lose you guys anymore than I can lose my own skin. You're who I am! I'm Ikey because of you guys. And while maybe, Ikey ain't so much, he's a lot less when he ain't got you guys in his life.

Spelling It Out [2.7]

Janet: [to Eddie] We've been dating for a while now. A while! And we still haven't seen it... "On the Waterfront". So I was thinking we should hang out at my place tomorrow night, and we should most definitely watch "On the Waterfront". Because if we don't watch "On the Waterfront" we may run the risk of never watching it. Ever. Okay?

Dancing Days Are Here Again [2.8]

The Commander: Life isn't then. Life isn't when. Life is this. Here. Now.

The Commander: When you were a little boy I warned you never to speak to strangers, never knowing that years later I'd qualify as one.

Jody: We're both single, no one will find you particularly attractive, and I can tell you find me a little unpleasant, but it's a lovely night, there's rain in the forecast, and I've got a great bottle of absinth back at my nest. So why don't you come over and we'll get alcoholized and bend our backs in bed?

We Lived Like Giants [2.9]


Hat? No Hat? [2.10]

Eddie: [At seeing Phil naked] Whoa!
Nick: What's... goin' on Phil?
Physical Phil: Hey Guys! Just cataloging my CDs.
Nick: Yeah, that's not what I'm talkin' about.
Physical Phil: Oh, Pizza Girl had to sketch a nude for her drawing class. I was her model. And then, when we were done, it occurred to me, I wasn't really in the need to put my clothes back on.
Eddie: Why not?
Physical Phil: Oh, because sometimes I feel trapped in here. But without my clothes... [takes a step closer to the boys and they grow uncomfortable]
Eddie: Whoa, okay, so... you're just gonna be naked from now on?
Physical Phil: Not naked. Nude!
Eddie: Right.
Physical Phil: Naked implies, embarrassment and vulnerability, exposure...
Nick: Yeah.
Physical Phil: ...Nude, does not. Nude implies 'the sun on my bum', the air on my snookle. Nude implies, free!
Eddie: [Pointing in opposite direction] I'm going over here.
Nick: I'll go with you.

Physical Phil: [Sees Eddie sitting naked on the couch] Whoa! Okay. What're you doing?
Eddie: Savoring every last bit of this hot peppers and steak.
Physical Phil: I mean why aren't you wearing any clothes?
Eddie: Well, you made such a fuss about the virtues of being set free I figured I'd give it a try. And you know what? It is really liberating! I may never wear clothes again either.
Physical Phil: But you can't... if, if I'm... Fine. Done. My days of nudism are over.
Eddie: What? Why?
Physical Phil: Aw, c'mon Eddie. We can't live like this. One guy naked it's charming, it's quirky! But two guys, it's... It's not something I'm comfortable with.
[Walks away with a towel around his waist]
Eddie: [Triumphantly] I said it before and I'll say it again; Pizza Girl ain't the only one who delivers.

Stand Alone by Me [2.11]

Eddie: Pack a bag.
Janet: What for?
Eddie: We're going to Rhode Island. I got tickets for Bye Bye Birdie, Providence. Figured me and Gramps can get some naptime in.

The Fine Art of Surfacing [2.12]


As Soon as You Are Able [2.13]

Ronnie: I'm in love with you, Aubrey. I've been in love with you ever since Nick brought you home on taco Tuesday on that Wednesday. And I know it's weird because he's my brother and you guys are dating, but since he's leaving I have to tell you that. I love that when you talk you flap your hands, or sometimes you use big words that make no sense to me. And I love that no matter what room you're in, the light attaches itself to you. And most of all, I love the way that I feel when I'm near you.

Hannah: Sometimes it takes him ten years. Or ten hours or ten minutes, but Nick always does the right thing. He always did. He always will. You just have to have a little faith.

Stratton Lorb: Knights Ridge, baby! Ain't that America!


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