Game 6 (2005)
Paisley Porter: I didn't understand until today how much pain and anxiety you've been causing everybody with your reviews. Steven, it's completely unfair.
Steven Schwimmer: It's unfair?
Paisley Porter: Yes.
Steven Schwimmer: The truth is always unfair.
Paisley Porter: Well, it doesn't have to be.
Steven Schwimmer: Why do you think I live this way? Why do you think I'm, I'm taking electricity from the lamp-post
[he gestures outdoors]
Steven Schwimmer: and hiding out? Why?
Paisley Porter: Because you choose to.
Steven Schwimmer: No. Because people who write the truth are the outcasts of society. I can't live openly. I can't live in a nice door-man building, with my name on the mailbox, because they'd, they'd come after me in packs!
Paisley Porter: Not if you wrote the truth gently.
Steven Schwimmer: [in an upset tone] But the truth is never gentle.
Anatoli Kaganovich: I opened thousands of brains.
Nicky Rogan: What'd you find?
Anatoli Kaganovich: Big mess every time.
[Nicky Rogan, in a taxi cab, sees his daughter in an adjacent taxi, exits his, and joins her in hers]
Nicky Rogan: How come I don't see you any more? Where are you, all day?
Laurel Rogan: [laughs sardonically] I'm at college. Thought you knew.
Nicky Rogan: You wanna get a coffee?
Laurel Rogan: I don't drink coffee, Daddy. This is not what we should be talking about.
Nicky Rogan: What do you want to talk about? I'll talk about anything you want to talk about. What's this?
[He picks up her radio]
Laurel Rogan: Senior Play tonight, remember?
Nicky Rogan: Why do you need a radio?
Laurel Rogan: So I can listen to the ball game at intermissions! Do you know that Mother is seeing a prominent divorce lawyer?
Nicky Rogan: Don't talk like that! Man! How prominent? What are you implying?
Laurel Rogan: She's doing like those Iranians. I divorce thee. I divorce thee. I divorce thee.
Laurel Rogan: [to her father] You know what Mother said to me? That Daddy's demons are so intense, he doesn't even know when he's lying.
Nicky Rogan: I don't get it. What's the fuss?
Elliott Litvak: He reviewed that one-act I did at the Fulton Fish Market. We did this play at four in the morning. Outdoors. In the rain. One performance. For fish handlers.
Nicky Rogan: And he was there?
Elliott Litvak: Steven Schwimmer. I memorized every line of this review.
Nicky Rogan: That's awful.
Elliott Litvak: I recite it to myself with masochistic relish.
Elliott Litvak: I can't write one word without imagining what his response is going to be. I am paralyzed as an artist.
Nicky Rogan: See, I don't have the problems you artists have.
Elliott Litvak: You've been saying that for years.
Nicky Rogan: What?
Elliott Litvak: "No, I'm just a professional. I'm a dues-paying member of the Guild." You are afraid, Nicky. That's the darkest part of you.
Nicky Rogan: When the Mets lose, they just lose. It's a flat feeling; there's nothing there. Now the Red Sox, now, here, we have a rich history of really fascinating ways to lose a crucial game. You know what I mean? Defeats that just keep you awake at night. They pound in your head like the hammer of fate. Yeah, you can analyze a Red Sox game day and night for a month and still uncover really complex layers of feelings. Feelings you didn't even know you were capable of having. Yeah. That kind of pain has a memory all of its own.
Joanna Bourne: [to Nicky] I just can't take it any more. He forgets simple lines, he forgets where to stand, and we tell him and we tell him and we tell him. I know he's a sweet man; I love Peter; I know it's not his fault. But I have never worked on a show where the leading man has a parasite in his brain.
Paisley Porter: [describing theater critic Steven Schwimmer to Nicky:] Steven not only wears disguises. He goes to the theater armed.
Lillian Rogan: I want to be fair-minded, Nicky.
Nicky Rogan: [taking his attention away from the ball game on the pub's television] All right. All right. Okay. What's going on?
Lillian Rogan: I've been talking to a prominent divorce lawyer.
Nicky Rogan: [very seriously] How prominent?
Lillian Rogan: He has his own submarine.
[Toyota has mistaken Nicky for a murderous gangster, but because he speaks quietly, she speaks fearlessly]
Toyota Moseby: Your problem is, you want to take the easy way out. Losing is easy.
Nicky Rogan: No. Winning is easy. Losing is complicated. Losing's a lifetime's work.