Zack Mayo
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Zack Mayo (Character)
from An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

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An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Foley: Mayo, I want you D.O.R.
Mayo: No sir. You can kick me outta here, but I ain't quitting.
Foley: Get into your fatigues, Mayo. By the end of this weekend, you'll quit.

Mayo: I am talking to you, motherfucker!
Foley: What did you call me?

Mayo: [while hoisting and securing the "morning colors," Zack glances up at the barracks' orderly-room. He notices a stone-faced Sid coming down the steps, in street clothes, escorted by Foley] ... You didn't kick him out, did you? Wait, sir! Didn't he tell you what he's been going through?
Foley: It doesn't matter what he's been going through; that's what bartenders are for. What DOES matter is that he freaked out for SOME reason at twenty-five thousand feet, and that can't happen. Period.
Mayo: There's this girl he's gotten pregnant, and she's putting him through hell, sir.
Worley: He's right, Zack. It doesn't matter.
Mayo: Just like that? It's all over? With less than two weeks to go, you're out?
Foley: It can still happen to you too, Mayo-naise.

Mayo: [after discovering that Sid has hung himself] ... Sir, this officer candidate requests permission to see you in private... Sir.
Foley: [gently] ... Mayo, the whole class already knows about Candidate Worley, and we're sorry.
Mayo: Oh, I'm sure you are.

[first lines]
Mayo: [whispered to sleeping father] Hey.
[flashback to Manila]
Byron: Hey, kid! Are you Zack?
Young Zack: Yes, sir.
Byron: I'm Byron; nice to meet you. Come on, let's get your bags, OK?
Young Zack: Yes, sir.

Foley: You can forget it! You're out!
Mayo: Don't you do it! Don't! You... I got nowhere else to go! I got nowhere else to g... I got nothin' else.

Lynette: [justifying why she dumped Sid] I don't want no Okie from Muskogee! I can get that right here!
Mayo: You little bitch! Who the HELL do you think you are? Playing with people like that! He LOVES you! And you just *shit on him*!
[beat]
Mayo: You made this whole thing up, didn't you? There was never any baby, was there?
Lynette: Of course there was a baby! I would never lie about something like that! Would I, Paula?
[they look at Paula; Paula looks away]
Mayo: [stares at Lynette with disgust, then walks away] You selfish CUNT!
Paula: [stares at Lynette with disgust, then walks away] God help you.
Lynette: [as Zack and Paula are leaving] You're no different than I am, Paula!
Paula: Oh, yes I am!
Lynette: [as the door closes behind them] Oh, no you're NOT!

[Mayo presents a silver dollar to Foley, who accepts it, slips it into his right pocket, and salutes]
Foley: Congratulations, Ensign Mayo.
Mayo: [returns the salute] Won't ever forget you, sergeant.
Foley: I know.
Mayo: Wouldn't have made this if it weren't for you.
Foley: Get the hell out of here.
Mayo: Thank you, sergeant.

Zack Mayo: [getting ready to eat in the mess hall] Sit. Adjust. Pray. Attack.

Byron: I'm out at sea three weeks out of every month, and when I'm back at port I don't have time for this daddy stuff 'cause that's not who I am.
Young Zack: That's okay, sir
Byron: Wait a second, kid, you don't understand. I'm too old for this. I don't care what the Navy says. This is no place to bring up a kid like I told you on the telephone. You're better off at that state school back in Virginia.
Young Zack: I'm never going back there. They treat me like shit.
Byron: Maybe that's not for you to say. Goddamit, don't look at me that way. What happened to your mother had nothing to do with me.
Young Zack: It did. You said you were gonna come back. You promised.
Byron: Is that what she said? That's a female lie. That's bullshit! That's a lie!
Young Zack: I found your letters. I read them right after she did it. You said you were gonna come back for us. You said you loved her, and she believed you. You're a liar!