Quantum Leap Season 1 Episode 8: "Stand By Ben" Quotes
Leah: I just want to go home.
Stacy: Leah, you can’t go home. You know that, right? Your parents sent you away because they think you’re broken.
Ben: Hey…take it easy.
Stacy: What? I mean, it’s true. I don’t want her to walk in and think they’ll suddenly just accept her for who she is.
The people you know aren’t the answer. They’re the problem. They’ve already made up their minds about you.Roy
Jenn: Janis is a lone wolf. She’s gone to a lot of trouble to stay hidden. I’d be surprised if she hired even one security guard less she risk them stumbling onto something.
Magic: Sounds like admiration.
Jenn: Just one shark recognizing another.
I’m sorry about before, pushing you like that. Worst part is I hate it when my dad puts his hands on me. Promised I’d never be like him. Says every kid ever.Roy
Ben: I have a friend. He’s a physicist. And he does this thing where he talks about life in terms of physics.
Roy: Your friend sounds like a riot.
Ben: It’s actually more helpful than you’d think. For example, he’ll talk about states of matter. Like water. You heat it and heat it and heat it and nothing ever happens so you swear that it will never change, try as it might, until one day, poof! It’s steam. You didn’t try anything new that day. You just never quit trying to change it.
Roy: Your friend couldn’t just say, ‘Don’t quit trying to quit’ ?
Jenn: Every few years, he reaches out, says he wants to reconnect. And every few years, I say yes because I’m an adult and what’s the harm, right? But somehow, every few years, when he disappears after I’ve lent him money, I’m still disappointed, like Lucy with the football.
Magic: Charlie Brown. It’s Charlie who wants to kick the football. Lucy’s the one who always pulls away.
Jenn: You get my point.
Magic: Yes. I do. But take it from a father who’s made a lot of mistakes, it’s better to risk disappointment than to give up.
Jenn: That’s great for a greeting card but it’s not always the case in real life.
Ben: My mom used to say the more scared you are, the more fear you have as fuel to fix things.
Roy: In that case, your mom should know I could power a 747 right now.
Roy: Nice job, imaginary hottie.
Addison: It’s nice to be acknowledged.
Leah: All my life, I just assumed I was a misfit toy, like, broken in the box. Seems like you guys don’t feel that way. Like maybe, to you, I’m not weird?
Roy: We don’t think you’re weird because you’re not weird.
Stacy: Yeah, we think you’re kind of great.
Leah: You do?
Roy: Yeah. Then again, look at us. Really want to be lumped in with this group? That’s a low bar.
God, it feels good to be real.Addison
Stacy: I don’t need one of your speeches, Klepto.
Ben: It’s not a speech, just an observation.
Stacy: An observation, huh?
Ben: You’re a leader, Stacy. You’re the reason we’re all here, and you’re the reason we’re going to make it. But being a leader is hard, especially when it’s not your choice. Like when you lose a parent. You’re forced to grow up fast, right? Too fast. Just know that it’s okay to slow down. It’s okay to let people in. It’s okay to make mistakes. Like kissing the wrong boy. Who knows? Might just end up being the right one.
Stacy: I thought you weren’t going to give me a speech. That was totally a speech.
Ben: It’s not finished. What we set out to do, it’s not finished.
Roy: What did we set out to do? Escape! Leah just gave us that.
Ben: You didn’t set out just to escape. You set out to have lives. And after having spent the last day and a half with you both, you both want to have lives that matter. You go out there now, you’ll never forgive yourselves.
Roy: What do you recommend? We just storm the school? Just tear down walls of oppression?
Ben: Yes, that’s exactly what we do. Once and for all.