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: So, why were you looking for the other church? Daniel Cooper
: I'm the new minister. Alex Stone
: [seeing the angry look on Father Mac's face
] Ha ha ha. Well, Father Mac. It looks like the holy man population just doubled.
: [calling to God in despair at the terrible condition of the community church
] Come on, God! You call this a start? Hope you plan on giving me a hand here.
: Oh, excuse me! You're trespassing on private property. Daniel Cooper
: I am the new minister. Brian Brewster
: Oh, Reverend Cooper! I'm Brian Brewster. Daniel Cooper
: I must have missed you at the ferry. Brian Brewster
: Nub said you weren't on the ferry. Daniel Cooper
: What's a nub? Brian Brewster
: [pointing to Nub who is waving hello from under a heavy stone slab
] There. That would be a Nub.
: [making introductions
] Callie, this is Reverend Cooper. Callie Pender, who runs the island's newspaper. Callie Pender
: Oh, yeah. Hi! Maybe um... maybe I could ask you some questions for your obituary. Daniel Cooper
: I'm not dying! Callie Pender
: We're all dying, Reverend. Here I've written an obit for everyone on the island. That way, I'm ahead of the game.
: Callie, he looks healthy enough to me. Can we concentrate on the footprints, please? Daniel Cooper
: [regarding the footprints in cement
] Whose are they? Brian Brewster
: Only the holiest man that ever lived, that's all! Daniel Cooper
: [in disbelief
] Jesus? Brian Brewster
: [to Callie
] Hey, Callie. You hear that? The Reverend recognized those feet! Brian Brewster
: [to Daniel Cooper
] Atta boy!
: [his first sermon
] I am Reverend Cooper, and I am your minister. I have to admit I don't have anything prepared. Mostly because I didn't think that anybody would be here to listen. Here you are! I'm truly in awe of God's power. Daniel Cooper
: [steps down the pulpit to get closer to the congregation
] Since the moment I got here I have found myself on more than one occasion asking God for help. In fact, I have been so busy needing Him that I couldn't see that there were people who needed me. We all need someone to lean on from time to time. A son needs a father one day, the next the father needs his son. A boy needs a friend. And a reverend needs someone who's a really good swimmer! Daniel Cooper
: [in a sincere tone
] When we lean on each other, and ultimately, when we lean on God. We find the strength to face whatever comes our way. Now I realize I truly hadn't opened the doors of this church until this moment. But they are open now.
: [referring to Dylan acting as his acolyte without Alex's permission
] Told him, just this once. Alex Stone
: Well, just 'cause I don't go to church anymore doesn't mean that he can't. Daniel Cooper
: Thank you. There's always the chance you might find your way back to church. Alex Stone
: [walks away
] Oh, how you clergy love to believe in miracles.
: I don't like being alone. Daniel Cooper
: Alone or lonely? Delores MacMaster
: What's the difference? Daniel Cooper
: Loneliness is a feeling. Being alone is a choice.
: So, what about you and Harry. Are you going out again? Alex Stone
: I don't know, I don't know. I mean, he's such a nice guy, he really is... Daniel Cooper
: Alex, they're the words every guy dreads.
: [concerned that Dylan is being bullied in school
] What do you mean this kid keeps hitting you? What's his name? Dylan Stone
] Rebecca. Daniel Cooper
] Oh, Rebecca. That's a tricky one, Dylan. Sometimes people have feelings they don't know what to do with. Dylan Stone
: Huh? Daniel Cooper
] Maybe she likes you. Dylan Stone
] Rebecca? No way! Daniel Cooper
: It's possible. Dylan Stone
] I'd rather die!
: [reading for an audition
] No matter how much lipstick or how much make-up I wear, I'm still that simple girl you met back in Kansas. Delores MacMaster
: [reading in a bad southern accent
] And I'm that simple boy. Kevin Mitchum
: How I wish you had whisked me up in your strong arms and carried me off that night. Delores MacMaster
: [in an even worse southern accent
] I was a fool. I let my macho ego get in the way. Daniel Cooper
: [stunned at the awful reading of the wrong parts
] I'd like you to read the scenes again. Kevin, you read the part of Rex. And, Delores, you read the part of Lola.
] I guess, it's time for me to move on. Start building a new life. Daniel Cooper
: Haven't you started already? You've got a job, friends, family. It's all here if you want it. Marcus Griffith
: I don't think this is the right place for me. Daniel Cooper
: [laughs softly
] I said the same thing when I first got here. I was surprised how fast this place starts to feel like home.
: [practicing a toast for the wedding
] Love is a game that two can play and both can win. Dylan Stone
: Who wrote that one? Daniel Cooper
] Eva Gabor. Dylan Stone
: She's a lot better writer than that Shakespeare guy.
: If I die, I want to be buried with a fork in my hand. Daniel Cooper
: Why a fork? Nub Flanders
: Because, when I was a kid, my family would have dinner together. And when my mother cleared the dishes, if she told me to hang onto my fork, I knew it was because there was something better coming afterwards like angel food cake or rhubarb pie.