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Dr. Cassandra Railly (Character)
from Twelve Monkeys (1995)

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"12 Monkeys: Bodies of Water (#2.5)" (2016)
Dr. Cassandra Railly: I hate time travel.

Dr. Cassandra Railly: I need to know about the primaries you see.
Jennifer Goines: No, I'm good now. I'm fully medicated, gluten free. You are not gonna screw that up for me.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Medicated like, through a licensed physician?
Jennifer Goines: Turns out my condition can be managed when my doctor isn't being paid by my father to keep me locked up in an institution. No more voices, no more visions.

[to Jennifer Goines]
Dr. Cassandra Railly: You know, you are a pain in the ass in every time period.

Jennifer Goines: Don't know about monkeys, don't know about primaries. Wasted trip. Next time, vet your sources better.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: YOU were my source, in 2044. You sent me here. Said you could tell me everything about the other primaries. You conveniently left out the part about your BFF pulling a gun on us.
Jennifer Goines: Maybe every version of me thinks you're kind of a bitch.

Dr. Cassandra Railly: If the meds are preventing you from seeing primaries, taking you off of them might bring back the visions.
Jennifer Goines: You know that's not how it works, right? Hallucinations don't come with an on/off switch. You sure you're a real doctor?

Jennifer Goines: You have no idea how exhausting it is being crazy.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Maybe that crazy can help save the world.
Jennifer Goines: Wow. There's some manipulation for you.

[Cassie looks at artwork covering the walls of Jennifer's childhood bedroom]
Dr. Cassandra Railly: How long have you been drawing these?
Jennifer Goines: My whole life. Started at stick figures, got better as I got older. My mother hated them. My disturbing images disturbed her already disturbed mind.

Dr. Cassandra Railly: I know this, Fear City. This is New York City in the 1970s. Fiscal crisis, high crime. Police made pamphlets to give to tourists. I saw it in a documentary about the origins of hip-hop.
Jennifer Goines: Well, aren't you full of surprises?

Dr. Cassandra Railly: Kyle Slade, New York City, 1970s...
Pallid Man: It's 1975, to be precise. We sent two of our Messengers there after him. Or we will send. It's all this time travel, it's tricky to follow. It's rewarding when you do.

Dr. Cassandra Railly: How did you survive the paradox at the book store?
Pallid Man: Oh, me? Um... I have really good genes.


"12 Monkeys: Pilot (#1.1)" (2015)
Dr. Cassandra Railly: What's your name? You know mine already.
James Cole: Cole.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: All right... Cole, let's talk about this.
James Cole: Nothing to talk about. You don't know who Leland Frost is. That means they sent me back too early.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: What do you mean "too early"?
James Cole: Too far back in the past.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: This is the present.
James Cole: No, this is the past. 2043 is the present.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: You think you're from the future. Okay, why did they send you back in time, Cole?
James Cole: About four years from now, most of the human race is gonna be wiped out by a plague, a virus, that it's because of a man named Leland Frost. I have to find him.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: You saw my lecture. Okay, listen to me, Cole. I know you really believe these things, but they're not real.
James Cole: [shows her a watch] I'm not crazy. I'm not crazy.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: That's just like mine.
James Cole: It's not just like yours. This is your watch... from my time, your future. This is your watch.

James Cole: You came.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: I had to see if you were real.
James Cole: Here I am.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Here you are. You know, you're late.
James Cole: It's not an exact science.

James Cole: How long was I out?
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Almost three days.
James Cole: What?
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Whoa, no, whoa, hold on. You're not exactly 100% yet.
James Cole: Ugh.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Although you do heal fast, like, unusually fast. You're lucky. The bullet passed clean through. You know, the one you took before you... disappeared.
James Cole: Splintered.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Is that what you call it?
James Cole: That's what they call it. You believe me now. You don't think I'm crazy?
Dr. Cassandra Railly: No crazier than I am. I mean, I just sewed up a bullet wound I saw you get two years ago. I don't know what I believe, but... you're here.
James Cole: Okay. All right, we got to move.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: W-whoa, hold on. Cole, you've just been shot. Your body has been traumatized. You need time to recover.
James Cole: No, no, no. I don't have time.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: But I just need a second here.
James Cole: We got to go. No, no, no, we don't have a second! We have to...
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Stop! You have no idea what the last two years have been for me. It's been three days for you, but it's been years for me.
James Cole: Listen, Dr. Railly...
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Yeah, it's not really doctor anymore. It's kind of hard to keep your practice when everyone thinks you're a lunatic. Now, you asked me to be here, and I am... but I have a lot of goddamn questions.
James Cole: You're right. It's been a long time for you. You deserve some answers.

Dr. Cassandra Railly: Hey, we need to come up with a game plan for when we find Leland Goines.
James Cole: We find him, I kill him. That's it.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: No! No, you can't just walk in there and murder someone.
James Cole: 1 for 7 billion? That math works for me.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: That might not solve the problem. Whatever this guy's done to create this plague might already be under way. No, let's say you stop him, how will you know if the future is changed?
James Cole: Oh, we'll know. I'll be erased.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: You mean you'll... You're gonna die?
James Cole: No, it's... It's not death. It's something else. It's... this me will never have been from that moment forward. It's complicated. It's okay - I knew this was a one-way trip coming in.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: And then what about the future?
James Cole: It'll be rewritten into something better. Plague will never have happened. My time will be gone. Trust me, there's nothing there worth saving.

Dr. Cassandra Railly: You look good.
James Cole: Thanks. You, uh... You look like the women we used to see in old magazines.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Which magazines?
James Cole: I mean, uh... you look... clean.

James Cole: I had him. Why'd you stop me?
Dr. Cassandra Railly: I told you, you can't just kill someone.
James Cole: He's already dead! Don't you understand that? Everybody is already dead. You are already dead because of him! 7 billion people dead. I had a chance to stop him.

Dr. Cassandra Railly: What just happened?
James Cole: Something comes back in time, comes in contact with itself, Mother Nature doesn't like it when you rearrange her furniture.

Leland Goines: You can't kill me, Cole... 'cause that would you'd... you'd have no reason to come for me in the first place.
[Cole guns him down]
Dr. Cassandra Railly: He's dead. But you're still here.
James Cole: No. No, no. That doesn't make any sense. That doesn't make any sense. He...
[shouts at Goines]
James Cole: How is that possible?
[in a calmer tone]
James Cole: How is that possible?


Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Dr. Kathryn Railly: Cassandra in Greek legend, you recall, was condemned to know the future but to be disbelieved when she foretold it. Hence the agony of foreknowledge combined with the impotence to do anything about it.

Dr. Owen Fletcher: Kathryn, you're a rational person. You're a trained psychiatrist. You know the difference between what's real and what's not.
Dr. Kathryn Railly: And what we say is the truth is what everybody accepts. Right, Owen? I mean, psychiatry: it's the latest religion. We decide what's right and wrong. We decide who's crazy or not. I'm in trouble here. I'm losing my faith.

Dr. Kathryn Railly: If you don't turn yourself over to the police, they're going to, to kill you, then they're going to shoot me too because I'm going to be the accessory to murder.
James Cole: You're all gonna die.
Dr. Kathryn Railly: Nobody is going to die! You're not going to save the world, okay? You're delusional. You've made all this up out of bits and pieces in your head.
James Cole: No.
Dr. Kathryn Railly: Yes! Let me give you an example. You know Jeffrey Goines. You were both patients at County Hospital at the same time.
James Cole: Jeffrey Goines was a fruitcake!

Dr. Kathryn Railly: You had a bullet from World War I in your leg, James! How did it get there?

Dr. Kathryn Railly: Wh-wh-where are we going?
James Cole: Philadelphia.
Dr. Kathryn Railly: That's more than a hundred miles! We can't...
James Cole: That's why I can't walk there.

Dr. Kathryn Railly: What is the matter with your leg?
James Cole: Got shot.
Dr. Kathryn Railly: Shot! Who shot you?
James Cole: I don't know. It was some kind of war. Never mind. You wouldn't believe me anyway.


"12 Monkeys: The Night Room (#1.5)" (2015)
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Notice anything weird about that place?
James Cole: I'm from the apocalypse. Everything here looks weird to me.

Dr. Cassandra Railly: You're insane.
Pallid Man: No, insanity and rationality may be on opposite sides of the animal, but lately, Doctor, the snake is eating its own tail. And if you were to ask *him*, he would tell you that 99.9% of all species that have ever existed, are now extinct. The natural order.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Him? You mean God?
Pallid Man: No, no. Not God. The Witness.

Dr. Cassandra Railly: [when learning that Cole has killed Henri] I trusted you. I had a good life before I met you. A full life. Now there's just... death.

James Cole: Ramse and I, we, uh... we had rules for ourselves. Never kill in anger, only for self-defense. And that became food and shelter. There was one day we raided this farmhouse. And there was this... old couple. The husband went down easy. But the old lady, she, uh... she was quick. She got a knife in me before I... And, uh... so I did it. She, uh... she looked up at me, and she smiled. Like she forgave me! And I never knew it before that moment. That was what I wanted.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Forgiveness?
James Cole: [nods] I don't deserve it. I know that. But still, ever since, that's what I've been rushing towards, you know, just trying to make everything make sense. And that's what this is. You know, if I can... if I can fix this. If I can fix it... then all of it won't have been for nothing.

Dr. Cassandra Railly: You're willing to do what is needed and I'm not. I can't. I just want to heal people. Fix things.
James Cole: That's good. You don't wanna be like me.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: No.


"12 Monkeys: The Keys (#1.7)" (2015)
James Cole: Listen, I want to tell you something. It won't make any sense to you now, but it will the next time you see me.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Okay. Okay.
James Cole: It's the Keys. Huh... I couldn't tell you before, because I was too embarrassed. It's the Keys in Florida. I saw a... picture of a... beach there in a magazine once. That's where I'd go.

[Cassie is discussing the monkey symbol on a Middle Eastern artifact with Dr. Garret]
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Have you ever heard of the Army of the 12 Monkeys?
Edward Garret: You know what? You're a beautiful woman. You should've stuck with that. We're through here.

Dr. Cassandra Railly: Put me on the phone with Cole right now.
Michael Pratt: Not happening.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: I know there's a virus. It's not going where you sent it. I need to get him to destroy it.
Michael Pratt: Right now, you're looking like an accomplice in this.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: You don't understand what you've done. If this is M5-10, and it's released, the symptoms might start innocently enough, a-a cough, a sneeze. But the rate of infection from a single carrier will be exponential. If just one of the people exposed reaches a town, within days, the number of infected people will be in the thousands, then millions. Within weeks, everything collapses. Everyone dies.
[she lets that information sink in for a moment]
Dr. Cassandra Railly: How long since you've heard from your courier? If your op were going as planned, you wouldn't even be speaking to me. You need to know what's going on in Chechnya.

Dr. Cassandra Railly: Cole?
James Cole: I'm here. I'm still here.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Okay.
James Cole: I'm glad I got to know you, Cassie.

[last lines]
Dr. Cassandra Railly: What do you think will happen, when this is over? I know you say that the future will be saved and that you won't exist, but... what do you think happens? To you?
James Cole: I don't know. Wind up a better me in a better place, I hope.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: And what is that, that... place? What does it look like to you?
James Cole: [chuckles] I was in foster care, when I was little. The other kids used to have this game they'd play, talking about where they'd go if they could go anywhere. Exotic places, mostly, just stupid kid stuff.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Where was your place?
James Cole: [from Cassie's memory] "It's the Keys."
[Cole grunts; a soft rumbling starts]
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Cole, wait.
James Cole: What is it?
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Goodbye.
[he splinters]


"12 Monkeys: Lullaby (#2.8)" (2016)
Dr. Cassandra Railly: I did what you asked me to do. I shot you several times.
James Cole: So did I.
Katarina Jones: Oh, I must be bulletproof!

Dr. Cassandra Railly: What do you think Jennifer really meant?
James Cole: She said time knows Jones invented time travel, and it needs her to do it.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Did she also tell you that time has a long, white beard and a list of commandments - "Thou shall not splinter and kill the creator of time travel"?

James Cole: I remember this one time. Ramse and I were kids. Bumped into this group of guys coming out of a gun store. They were much older than us. There was five of them - just armloads of guns. They had these... green boxes of ammo at their feet. And they saw the two of us, out in the open, broad daylight. And they just lit us up. And we thought we were dead. Not a single bullet hit us. We thought it was some kind of miracle. Now, there's two ways to look at that story. The way I like to look at it: it wasn't our day to die. God or time, whatever, didn't want us to die. Thinking like that helped us through some hard times, believing that... there's something out there helping you out.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: What's the other way to look at it?
James Cole: Remington makes blanks. And they come in a green box.

James Cole: [Cole gently presses Cassie's hand] Cassie.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: You and I both know that we're gonna lose so much before this is over.
James Cole: I'd rather have that moment and lose it than die never having had it at all.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: You say that now. But it's the losing that haunts us.


"12 Monkeys: One Hundred Years (#2.3)" (2016)
Dr. Cassandra Railly: This is a relationship I will never understand.
James Cole: You should hear what you just said.
Deacon: Oh, you're sore about us? I trained her to survive, just like I trained you. I'll tell you something - she's got a lot of talent.
James Cole: Except for that blind spot when it comes to pieces of shit like you.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: What is that suppose to mean?

[James has arrived in 1944 ahead of Cassie]
James Cole: Hey, you want to sit down, grab a drink or something? I've been drinking whiskey sours. You ever have one of those?
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Oh, my God. You like it here.
James Cole: What's not to like?

[an FBI agent is asking James about his - alleged - time in the war]
James Cole: Listen, I really don't want to talk about it.
FBI Agent: As former G.I.s, we have an obligation to share our stories here.
James Cole: Listen, ass-hole, I'm just trying to have a drink.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: [butting in] There you are, James!
Dr. Cassandra Railly: [to the agent] Is my brother troubling you?
FBI Agent: Not at all. I just wanted to hear about this Seventh he was stationed with, what with him being a war hero and all.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: [matter-of-factly] My brother was in the Philippines, in '42.
FBI Agent: [taken aback] Bataan?
Dr. Cassandra Railly: He fought the Japanese for three months straight, before he was taken prisoner and forced to march 60 miles from Mariveles to San Fernando. When he finally escaped, he was shot twice, including... down there. So you will forgive him if he doesn't want to share his stories.
FBI Agent: I'm sorry, kid. Goddamn Japs. No hard feelings?
James Cole: No hard feelings.
[he shakes the man's hand and leaves with Cassie]
James Cole: Why did it have to be "down there"?


"12 Monkeys: Cassandra Complex (#1.3)" (2015)
James Cole: [teaching Cassandra to shoot] That's good. You're steady. First time I shot a gun, the kickback knocked me on my ass. You're steady.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: That's because I'm tougher than you.
James Cole: [chuckles] I believe that.

Dr. Henri Toussaint: [about the virus spreading on Haiti] What do you think this thing is?
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Something we shouldn't underestimate.

Dr. Cassandra Railly: I hope I'm wrong.
Dr. Henri Toussaint: [debonair] I imagine you rarely are.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: [smiles] It depends on who you ask.
Dr. Henri Toussaint: I don't need to ask.


"12 Monkeys: Immortal (#2.6)" (2016)
Jennifer Goines: [of the Witness] What did he say to you?
Dr. Cassandra Railly: He, um... He told me he wants to destroy time. So there'd be no more death. He made it sound almost beautiful.
Jennifer Goines: Well, it's not. Death is like... everything. It's a time clock that makes us better. Makes us love harder. I don't know. I think it's, like, maybe what makes us human.

Dr. Cassandra Railly: You're not safe here anymore, especially around me. You need to find someplace else to stay for a while, someplace I don't know about. If the witness can find me, he can find you too.
Jennifer Goines: Okay, please know that I appreciate the irony of what I'm about to say, but what if it was all in your head?

Jennifer Goines: You know, some people think that ghosts are just replays. Traumatic events recorded into their surroundings. Into time. You don't believe in ghosts, do you?
Dr. Cassandra Railly: I don't.
Jennifer Goines: You've gotta open your mind, Doc, before someone opens it for you.


"12 Monkeys: Divine Move (#1.10)" (2015)
James Cole: Look, I know this is hard for you to understand...
Aaron Marker: No, I get it. The world is ending. You're a time traveler who doesn't know what he's doing.
James Cole: Back off.
Aaron Marker: You got her killed!
James Cole: And then I got her back!
Aaron Marker: Yeah, how many times're you gonna be able to do that? How many times does she have to die before you figure your shit out?
[Cole stands up]
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Cole.
Aaron Marker: You don't know. Do you?
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Stop it!
Aaron Marker: You're right about one thing. The future's pretty bleak, if you're all they got.

Dr. Cassandra Railly: Peters is recreating M5-10 for the 12 Monkeys, he'll need animals to test it on. The CDC can get a list of suppliers, and then I'll be able to track him down. Just like the Big Burn and the Night Room. Then splinter, apocalypse, rinse, repeat.

Dr. Cassandra Railly: [referring to Peters] It's too late to stop him from making the virus. That damage is done. I think that's enough.
Aaron Marker: Okay. But he's not innocent.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: He thought he was saving his husband. But he still made a choice.
Aaron Marker: And I get it.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: You do? Helping to destroy the world to save just one person?
Aaron Marker: One person that you love. In the end, isn't that all that matters?
Dr. Cassandra Railly: No.


"12 Monkeys: Year of the Monkey (#2.1)" (2016)
Dr. Cassandra Railly: I shot Ramse.
Katarina Jones: I imagine that was quite difficult for you, being a doctor.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: It wasn't.
Katarina Jones: That's good. Grieving over who we were only gets in the way of who we need to become.

[Deacon has ordered Cassie to stab the guard in the neck]
Deacon: Don't hesitate, don't miss, or we die. Clear?
Dr. Cassandra Railly: I'm a doctor.
Deacon: Believe me when I tell you: 'Do no harm' died 30 years ago.


"12 Monkeys: Yesterday (#1.8)" (2015)
Dr. Cassandra Railly: I know this is crazy, traveling halfway around the world to make sure someone *isn't* there.

[Chechnya, in 2015]
Dr. Cassandra Railly: [on the phone] Aaron, it's me. Cole's not here, I'm sure. I've bribed officials, talked to locals, and now I'm standing in front of the blast site. No one survived. And there's no body. He did it. He saved the future. He was erased. It's over.


"12 Monkeys: The Red Forest (#1.6)" (2015)
Dr. Cassandra Railly: Why're you doing this?
Striking Woman: Because you're important. He has plans for you.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: The Witness.
Striking Woman: He wants to meet you.


"12 Monkeys: Shonin (#1.11)" (2015)
[last lines]
James Cole: They were one step ahead of us the whole way. Now I know why.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: How?
James Cole: I know who the Witness is.


"12 Monkeys: Memory of Tomorrow (#2.13)" (2016)
James Cole: Never thought I'd see Jones packing.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: And not every caterpillar becomes a... butterfly.


"12 Monkeys: Emergence (#2.4)" (2016)
José Ramse: [in 1944] Almost time.
James Cole: [to the FBI agent] You're gonna want to see this.
Dr. Adler: [in 2044] Katarina! Katarina, it worked, he did it. Mr. Ramse placed the ad and gave us the encrypted coordinates.
Katarina Jones: Lock into these. Let's bring them home!
[in 1944, Ramse, Cole and Cassie are waiting to splinter back to the future. Ramse disappears first]
Dr. Cassandra Railly: [to FBI man] Yeah, you won't forget it.
[disappears as well]
James Cole: H. G. Wells.
[chuckles, and vanishes into thin air]
FBI Agent: Holy shit.


"12 Monkeys: Paradox (#1.12)" (2015)
[Cassie and Jones are threatening each other]
Katarina Jones (2015): It's time for you to go.
Dr. Cassandra Railly: I have a gun.
Katarina Jones (2015): Yes. But I have a knife, and unlike your gun, my knife is real.