Eddie: John always said everything happens for a reason. He refused to believe in coincidences, even how we all met. People always assumed John, Gary, Rome and I went to college together. John was always quick to say. "you think these douchebags could get into Harvard?"

The real way we met was so random. We were all on an elevator and got stuck. And there are two kinds of people on elevators: people who don't talk to strangers and John. John started talking and talking, and he got really deep at some points. And then he found out we were all Bruins fans, even Rome. And by the time the Boston fire department pried open those doors, John had convinced us to go in on season tickets.

Forty-one home games a year. In that decade, our friendship has moved outside the garden. A couple of us got married. A couple of us had kids. One of us beat cancer, and one of us got sober. John was the one who pulled me outside after Theo was born and told me that I needed to stop drinking.

I haven't had a drink in seven years because that random guy I spent two and a half hours in an elevator with was there for me, and it absolutely kills me that I wasn't there for you buddy. John, you say everything happens for a reason. I can't find a reason for this.

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A Million Little Things Season 1 Episode 1: "Pilot"
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Maggie: Maybe he just lost sight of the horizon. I was watching this documentary on JFK Jr. You remember when his plane went down? ... Anyway, Kennedy was a novice pilot. He was flying at night, and the clouds came in, and his instruments were telling him which way was up, but he didn't trust them. The truth was right in front of him, and he couldn't see it. He lost sight of the horizon and nosedived, and by the time he realized what was happening, it was too late, and he couldn't pull up.
Gary: What does this have to do--
Maggie: That's depression. Now maybe he wasn't depressed; maybe something else was going on. People keep secrets from loved ones, and sometimes, you don't even know they have these secrets until an event like this happens.

John: Friendship is when you don't care when your buddy throws up in your car when you're taking him back from chemo.
Gary: And yet he keeps mentioning it.
John: Friendship is believing that your friend will one day make his movie.
Rome: What do you think I'm doing?
John: Friendship is holding a friend's hand when she loses her restaurant even though you know she's going to open up a better one. It's the person that you trust with your wallet, and your keys, and your wife, and your kids and it's being able to have the hard conversations and willing to listen. It's a million little things.
Everyone: A million little things.
John: A million little things.