Barbara Novak
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Barbara Novak (Character)
from Down with Love (2003)

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Down with Love (2003)
Barbara Novak: We're acting just like two people... in love.

Catcher Block: [as Zip Martin] Can you keep a secret?
Barbara Novak: Yes.
Catcher Block: [as Zip Martin] Me too.

Barbara Novak: [looking through a telescope] I've never seen anything so beautiful.
Catcher Block: [looking at Barbara] Neither have I.
Barbara Novak: But you're not even looking through the telescope.
Catcher Block: I know.

Catcher Block: I'm so sorry, Miss Novak, the darndest thing. I got waylaid by the sweetest Swedish Lapphund who kept me up half the night, and I'm afraid I'm still in bed.
Barbara Novak: My, you do get way laid.

Barbara Novak: Another ruse, Catcher? You know I have no interest in seeing you.
Catcher Block: But you know you have to, and you know I know you have to. I'm sure you know how things are at KNOW ever since your new NOW.
Barbara Novak: I have no way of knowing how things are now at KNOW. I knew how things were at KNOW before NOW.
Catcher Block: Then you should know now at KNOW things are a lot like they are at NOW, we have to interview every applicant for every job, and so do you or you'd be going against NOW's definition of discrimination and you wouldn't want the readers of NOW or KNOW to know that, now would you?
Barbara Novak: Have a seat, Mr. Block.

Barbara Novak: I'm not gonna storm out of here, Catch. And I'm not gonna admit that you got Barbara Novak to fall in love... because I'm not Barbara Novak. There is no Barbara Novak.
Catcher Block: Huh?
Barbara Novak: And I didn't fall in love with Zip Martin. I fell in love with Catcher Block. And that was a year ago, when for three and a half weeks, I worked as your secretary. I don't expect you to remember me. I wasn't a blond then. But you did ask me out. And it broke my heart to say no, but I loved you too much. I couldn't bear to become just another notch in your bedpost. With your dating habits, I knew that even if I was lucky enough to get a regular spot on your rotating schedule... I would never have your undivided attention long enough for you to fall in love with me. I knew I had to do something to set myself apart. I knew I had to quit my job as your secretary... and write an international best-seller controversial enough... to get the attention of a New York publisher as well as "KNOW" magazine... but insignificant enough that as long as I went unseen, "KNOW" magazine's star journalist would refuse to do a cover story about it. I knew that every time we were supposed to meet, you would get distracted by one of your many girlfriends and stand me up... and this would give me a reason to fight with you over the phone... and declare that I wouldn't meet with you for a hundred years. And then all I would have to do was be patient and wait... the two or three weeks it would take for everyone in the world to buy a copy of my best-seller - and then I would begin to get the publicity I would need for you... to, one, see what I look like, and, two, see me denounce you in public as the worst kind of man. I knew that this would make you wanna get even by writing one of your exposés. And in order to do that, you would have to go undercover, assume a false identity and pretend to be the kind of man who would make the kind of girl I was pretending to be fall in love. And I knew that since I was pretending to be a girl who would have sex on the first date you would have pretend to be a man who wouldn't have sex for several dates. And in doing so, we would go out on lots of dates to all the best places and all the hit shows until finally, one night, you would take me back to your place - that you were pretending was someone else's - in order to get the evidence you needed to write your exposé... by seducing me until I said, "I love you." But saying "I love you" was also my plan. I just wanted to tell you the truth so that when you heard me say, "I love you" you would know that I knew who you were, and you would know who I was. Then you, the great Catcher Block, would know that you'd been beaten at your own game... by me, Nancy Brown, your former secretary. And I would have, once and for all, set myself apart from all the other girls you've known, all those other girls that you never really cared about, by making myself someone like the one person you really love and admire above all others: you. Then, when you realized that you had finally met your match... I would have at last gained the respect that would make you wanna marry me first and seduce me later.
[after looking at Catch's face]
Barbara Novak: I just wanted you to hear all this from me before you heard it from your private eye.

[repeated line]
[as Barbara answers her phone]
Barbara Novak: This is Barbara Novak!

[last lines]
Catcher Block: I love you, Barbara.
Barbara Novak: I know.

[last lines in post-credit sequence]
Catcher Block: Here, this'll put hairs on your chest. Not that I would want that.
Barbara Novak: Mmm-hmm.
Barbara Novak, Catcher Block: [singing] Here's to love.

Barbara Novak: I'd like to get to know you better.
Catcher Block: How much better?
Barbara Novak: All the way better.
Catcher Block: Well, I can't know you all the way better till I know you much, much better
Barbara Novak: Do you feel you know me well enough for me to buy you a drink?
Catcher Block: I sure could go for a Tang.

Barbara Novak: Have a candy bar for your trouble, and thanks again for thinking of us.
Catcher Block: But I'm always thinking of you, Miss Novak. I can't stop thinking of you, and I'd like you to reconsider considering me.
Barbara Novak: Even at a pay cut of 96.6%?
Catcher Block: It's only money. Besides, I've been on top so long I thought it might be nice to try a new position
Barbara Novak: And you think you could be comfortable in a position under a woman?
Catcher Block: I look forward to it. Starting at the bottom, working my way up slowly to the top.

Barbara Novak: Vegas?
Catcher Block: We can get married there right away. I'm not letting you get away again
Barbara Novak: Oh, Catch.
Catcher Block: I love you, Barbara.
Barbara Novak: I know.

Barbara Novak: Oh, I'd like to Zip, really, I would. But just the fact that I'd like to give you another chance is the very reason I absolutely must not. Goodbye, Zip
[Catch kisses her as she tries to leave]
Barbara Novak: Ok, one more chance. I'll just um... say goodnight, and goodbye.
[takes chocolate]

Peter MacMannus: It's not like Catch to be late.
Barbara Novak: No, he usually calls to cancel right on time...

Catcher Block: [as Zip] Well then, let's get to bed... I'll call you a taxi.
[picks up the phone]
Barbara Novak: [confused] Taxi?
Catcher Block: ...Oh. When I said "bed," you thought I meant... *bed*.