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] Melanie Carmichael
: Look at you, you have a baby... In a bar.
: You dumb stubborn redneck hick.
: [of Bryant the dog
] Can he swim? Jake
: Doesn't look like it.
: [not recognizing Melanie in her sunglasses
] Can I help you? Melanie Carmichael
: Well, for starters, you can get your stubborn ass down here and give me a divorce. Jake
: You're shittin' me, right? Melanie Carmichael
: I never fully understood that expression, but no, I am not "shitting" you.
Mayor Kate Hennings
: Why don't you go back to your double-wide and fry something. Melanie Carmichael
: ["decks" Kate
] Nobody talks to my Momma like that! Earl Smooter
: Praise the Lord, the South has risen again!
: The truth is I gave my heart away a long time ago, my whole heart, and I never really got it back.
: Well, you must be Jake's hot date. I'm Melanie, Jake's snotty Yankee bitch wife whom he refuses to divorce.
: You're the first boy I ever kissed, Jake, and I want you to be the last.
: What'd I ever do to you? Melanie Carmichael
: Oh, you didn't do anything to me, darlin'... or any other girl in town!
: You know he went up there? Melanie Carmichael
: Who? Jake? Lurlynn
: I'm not supposed to know but Clinton let it slip once. Melanie Carmichael
: When? Lurlynn
: About a year after you left. He told Clinton he'd never seen anything like it. He knew that it would take more than an apology to get you back. He'd have to conquer the world first. He's been trying ever since. Melanie Carmichael
: That's why he kept sending the papers back.
: I forgot how beautiful it is around here. Bobby Ray
: Guess it doesn't take much for you to forget a lot of things. Melanie Carmichael
: Bobby Ray, it's not like that. Bobby Ray
: No I'll tell you what it's not like. It's not like Jake's the only one 'round here that you run out on.
: You show up here, after seven years, without so much as a "Hey there, Jake, remember me... your wife!" Or a, "Hi honey, lookin' good. How's the family?" Melanie Carmichael
: You expect me to tell you look good? What, did they run out of soap at the Piggly Wiggly since I left?
: It's funny how things don't turn out... Melanie Carmichael
: ...It's funny how they do.
: [on her cell phone
] I can't. I'm in Alabama. Tabatha Wadmore-Smith
: [in New York
] Oh... my God.
: Bobby Ray, it's not like that. Bobby Ray
: No, I'll tell you what it's not like. It's not like Jake's the only one you run out on.
: C'mon, I wanna show you something. Melanie Carmichael
: I can't. Jake
: Can't? Or won't? Melanie Carmichael
: Both. Jake
: The girl I knew used to be fearless. Melanie Carmichael
: The girl you knew didn't have a life. Jake
: Guess you better get on with it then.
: And don't even pretend like you missed me. Jake
: Oh, I missed you all right, but at this range, my aim is bound to improve.
: [referring to Bobby Ray
] Oh why don't you just go to a gay bar! Eldon
: [walks up and puts arm around Bobby Ray
] Now, what would Bobby Ray do at a gay bar?
[realizes, takes arm away and backs up
: Your daddy... Lord, but I was a fool for that man. I couldn't even put one foot in front of the other. I just kept thinking, "Oh, preacher, hurry up before he changes his mind!" Now that man makes me so crazy sometimes I could wring his neck! Melanie Carmichael
: You still love him, though. Pearl Smooter
: God knows I do. And only He knows why.
: [gets up to leave
] Jake, I can't do this. Jake
: [grabs her arm so she faces him
] I know.
: [eventually pulling away
] Go home, Mel.
: People need a passport to come down here.
: [breaking up Melanie and Jake's kiss in the rain
] What the hell are you two tryin' to do... get yourselves killed? Melanie Carmichael
: What seems to be the trouble, officer? Wade
: I'm here to bring you in, young lady! Jake
: What did she do this time? Wade
: Well, the way I hear it... seems she run out on a perfectly good cake!
: Oh God honey, what if they hate me? Andrew
: No, they're critics Mel. They hate themselves.
: The law is the law and she has done nothing wrong. Jake
: I supposed shoplifting steaks from Winn Dixie's okay? Melanie Carmichael
: Oh, Oh! I took 'em back and you know it! Jake
: What about that incident of vandalism in the stockyard... totally her! Melanie Carmichael
: Like I could tip a cow... by myself! Jake
: Wade, isn't there some outstanding for whoever drove your mama's tractor into the fishing pond? Melanie Carmichael
: [horrified realizing what he meant
: Hi honey! Looking good! How's the family? Jake
: Cut the shit! Where's my stuff? Melanie Carmichael
: Now what kind of wife would I be if I didn't pick up after my husband? Jake
: The kind that don't live here! Now I'm gonna ask you one last time, where is the hide-a-key? Melanie Carmichael
: I had the sweetest talk with Wade's mama about her tractor. Jake
: Nice to see you got your accent back. Melanie Carmichael
: Oh, I stubbled across a few things today. Jake
: Holy shit, what happened to the stove? Oh and where are them little magnets I had over here huh? What the hell is this? Chick food? Melanie Carmichael
: Light beer. Less calories. I tried to pick out a new bed but have you been to the Sit and Sleep lately? Yuck. I suppose I'll just have to order something from New York. Jake
: Whatever blows your dress up darlin'. You go right ahead and spend your money. Melanie Carmichael
: Oh but darlin', I thought you said we should think of it as our money? Just a guess, but I'm thinking the words "joint checking" are flashing into your head right now? Jake
: How much did you take? Melanie Carmichael
: All of it! Jake
: Son of a bitch!
: My life in New York works, Jake. But then I come down here... and this fits too.
: Why would you want to marry me for, anyhow? Young Jake
: So I can kiss you anytime I want.
[they kiss, and lightening strikes