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: You know what I find interesting? If you lose a spouse, you're called a widow, or a widower. If you're a child and you lose your parents, then you're an orphan. But what's the word to describe a parent who loses a child? I guess that's just too fucking awful to even have a name.
: We could still leave. Brenda
: Why? What are you afraid of? Nate Fisher
: Humiliating myself, wasting someone's valuable time... Brenda
: Don't be so left-brained.
: Everybody dies, we all die, everything we ever care about will disappear, so what's the fucking point of living?
: You really spooked me, Bren. Brenda
: What? The idea of me dying? Nate Fisher
: Yeah. Brenda
: I will die someday. We die, Nate. We all die.
: [just after leaving David and Keith
] Oh, my God, I think David is gay! Brenda Chenowith
: I think David is lucky; did you get a look at that guy he was with?
: [Introducing Brenda to David and Keith
] This is Brenda, my, uh, my girlfriend. Brenda
: I prefer the term fuck puppet.
: You don't really believe in god do you? Nate Fisher
: Well yeah. I mean, I don't believe in some bearded old white man up in a cloud, but I believe in something, some sort of undefinable creative force. Brenda Chenowith
: I think it's just all totally random. Nate Fisher
: Really? Brenda Chenowith
: Yeah. We live, we die, ultimately nothing means anything. Nate Fisher
: How can you live like that? Brenda Chenowith
: I dunno, sometimes I wake up so fucking empty I wish I'd never been born, but what choice do I have?
: I don't want any children. Nate Fisher
: Whoa, who said anything about children? Brenda Chenowith
: I was referring to you.
: You can't control things, nobody can. Nate Fisher
: Shut up. Brenda Chenowith
: There's only one thing that's certain. Everything changes. Nate Fisher
: Shut... up.
: [Making a toast
] To Nate. David
: To Nate. Bettina
: To Nate. Claire
: To Nate. Officer Keith Charles
: To Nate. Ruth
: To my firstborn. Anthony
: To Uncle Nate. Durrell
: Yeah, to Uncle Nate. Brenda
: [to Maya
] Can you say "To Daddy"? Maya Fisher
: To Daddy! Brenda
: To Nate.
: If my experience is anything to go by, motherhood is the loneliest thing in the world. Nathaniel wasn't even here when Nate was born. He was still in Vietnam. Even when he came home and David was born. And having terrible asthma, Nathaniel was never really here for me. Whether it was the war or just him, I don't think I'll ever know. Brenda
: You know Nate and I were. Ruth
: I know, I know. I know he loved you the very best he could. And I know you needed more. So did I. And I hope and pray that you put everything. Everything behind us and let me help you, because I know you're gonna need it. Ruth
: Thank you. I will need it. I do need it.
: Well, here's my number if you ever want to, you know, go out on a real date. You know where you buy me dinner before I put out.
: So... how's it going? Nate Fisher
: Oh, it's great... great. My father's dead, my mom's a whore, my brother wants to kill me, and my sister's smoking crack. I think I win.
Lisa Kimmel Fisher
: [about Brenda's miscarriage days before her wedding
] You don't have to worry about a thing like my wedding. I had a three-month old baby when I got married, so it was a *much* happier event, obviously, really joyful. It all came very naturally to me, but I was always maternal, unlike you. Brenda Chenowith
: I'm fucking maternal!
: You're just bitter because you had to get pregnant to get Nate to marry you. Lisa Kimmel Fisher
: I'm bitter? Who's drunk and yelling at a dead woman?
: [on first visit to Nate's funeral home, which is also his family's home
] Not quite as Addams Family as I'd expected.
: There'a a lot of sadness in this house. Nate
: It's a funeral home.
: Why am I here? Why was it necessary for me to be here with you for this? Because you needed a fucking audience! Margaret Chenowith
: Not everything is about you, Brenda. Brenda Chenowith
: Look at mammy! Isn't mammy pretty? Isn't mammy fabulous, free spirited and uninhibited. Validate mammy kids, because she's incapable of doing it herself. No wonder Billy ended up in a psych ward. Not that you care! Margaret Chenowith
: For you information, miss high-and-mighty: this is life! People have crises, they push each other's buttons, they inflict pain on one another and once in a fucking blue moon they bring out the best in each other. But mostly they bring out the worst. Brenda Chenowith
: You're pathetic. Margaret Chenowith
: Don't you dare judge me! You think you're the paragon of mental health because you have been dating the same man for the past few months. That's real, compared to what your father and I have? Brenda Chenowith
: You're just jealous. Margaret Chenowith
: Pfff... Of what? Brenda Chenowith
: Of the fact that I haven't allowed you to totally destroy my life like you have everybody else's. Margaret Chenowith
: What life? You've spent thirty-two years being your little brother's nurse maid... Brenda Chenowith
: Fuck you! Margaret Chenowith
: ...only to avoid having any emotional life of your own. And now that he's been put a away, you're gonna have to face your own demons. And sweetheart, they are legion!
[Brenda slaps her mother in the face
] Margaret Chenowith
: Get out of my car! Brenda Chenowith
: I'd be happy to.
: All we have is this moment, right here, right now. The future is just a fucking concept that we use to avoid being alive today. So be... here... now.
: I can't believe how much money I've spent fucking up my life.
: [in a store
] Anything I can help you with? Brenda
: Yes, I'm looking for clothes so expensive only an idiot would buy them. Oh, there they are...
: Do you think you could give me a ride? I have to go get an abortion. Brenda
: [sparking up
] Sorry, he's obviously off his meds. Nate
: What, intentionally? Brenda
: No, it happens occassionally, it's been a while. Nate
: Uh Brenda, come on! Brenda
: Sorry Nate, I can't. I'm all he's got when he's like this. Nate
: You are letting him manipulate you. Brenda
: You don't know him. You don't know what he's doing. Nate
: Well I know he didn't like me, and I have a feeling he doesn't like any man in your life, am I right? Brenda
: ... Nate
: Answer me! Brenda
: What, you think I fucked my brother? Nate
: Jesus, I never said that! Brenda
: Nate, he's sick! He's my brother and he's sick, and he needs me! This is who I am, this is what you get...
: [handing her mother a cactus
] I got this for you. It doesn't need watering or caring about in any way.
: I've missed you. Through this. Nate Fisher
: I missed you too. I mean, it's not like I don't know how much being with you changed me. How much it woke me up as a person. I wouldn't be who I am today if I never met you. I certainly wouldn't floss everyday, that's for sure. Brenda Chenowith
: You're keeping up with that? Nate Fisher
: After every meal. Brenda Chenowith
: You changed me too. Nate Fisher
: Yeah? How so? Brenda Chenowith
: You're the first person I've lost for really costed me something. That's why I haven't been with anyone since. Nate Fisher
: Nobody? Brenda Chenowith
: It's too scaring, the thought of screwing it all up again. Nate Fisher
: Yeah, you'll find somebody. Brenda Chenowith
: That is so not the answer. You know what I think? Nate Fisher
: About what? Brenda Chenowith
: I don't know. Life. Nate Fisher
: What? Brenda Chenowith
: I think it's all about timing. I think timing is everything. Nate Fisher
: I think you might be right.
: So how's it going with Olivier? Margaret
: He's a very passionate man. He's lot of fun if you don't take him too seriously. And he's completely supportive of my decision to have vaginal rejuvenating surgery. Brenda
] Awww, mom! Margaret
: Darling, I've had a couple of children. You expecially took your toll. I mean, c'mon, no one wants to fuck a glass of water, if you know what I'm saying. Brenda
: [puts away the glass of water she's drinking
: We're all wounded. We carry our wounds around with us throughout life and eventually they kill us. Things happen that leave a mark in space, in time... in us.
: You know that blouse might actually work if you got rid of the bra. Brenda
: Yeah? Well that skirt might actually work if you got rid of that ass.
: Brenda, I am pretty sure that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are brother and sister and they're making it work. Brenda
: Just shut the fuck up.
: You know, vodka is for Russians what therapy is for Americans. Brenda Chenowith
: Yeah. Habit-forming and destroys your ability to lead a normal life.
: Do you think you could give me a ride? I have to go get an abortion. Brenda Chenowith
: So, what's new? Brenda Chenowith
: Actually, I spent all night doing it with this couple from Orange County, and I have absolutely no idea why.
: I can't believe they pressured you into sacrificing your life for your brother. Brenda Chenowith
: Nobody pressured me... I wanted to stay.