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Jim Powell (Character)
from "No Ordinary Family" (2010)

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"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Love (#1.17)" (2011)
Stephanie Powell: [about Katie who's been hanging out with the family lately] Look, she just got out of a relationship. She needs to be around people.
Jim Powell: Do those people have to be US?

Jim Powell: Hey. Does this guy look familiar to you.
George St. Cloud: [looking at Jim's latest suspect sketch which looks like George] No, but he's a hell of a good-looking guy.
[Jim glares at him]
George St. Cloud: What? I'm secure in my own masculinity to recognize a good-looking man when I see one.

George St. Cloud: [recalling last night's date with Sophie] Girl smells like angel food cake but she tastes like french toast.
Jim Powell: She sounds... fattening.

Stephanie Powell: Jim, have you lost your mind?
Jim Powell: No. In fact, I-I-I'm seeing things more clearly than ever. A-a-and Sophie - she's shown me what I've been missing all these years. I know this is hard for YOU to accept.
Stephanie Powell: Whoa, "hard to accept?" No, Jim, you're abandoning me, your family, your kids!
Jim Powell: Well, what can I say? The heart wants what the heart wants.
Stephanie Powell: Then what about me? What? Am I just supposed to pretend that the past eighteen years never happened?
Jim Powell: One day maybe we can be friends.
Stephanie Powell: Whoa. You want to go be with your SOUL MATE? Then go be with her. This was our family, Jim, and you ruined it! I hope she's worth it.
Jim Powell: She is.

Jim Powell: Look, I-I'm sorry about what happened earlier, but I really need a place to crash. Stephanie kind of... kicked me out.
George St. Cloud: What, she hosting book club? Didn't want you eatin' up all the mini-quiche?


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Vigilante (#1.4)" (2010)
Jim Powell: [Jim's sign left on an injured assailant at a hospital entrance] "Save me - then arrest me! I mugged a lady in Franklin Park."

Stephanie Powell: You were out late last night.
Jim Powell: Well, crime's up all over the city.

Daphne Powell: What kind of male-binding experience am I being excluded from THIS time.
Jim Powell: JJ and I are going camping - a little reward for his terrific grades.
Daphne Powell: So, the reward is spending Friday night with Dad in a tent? Remind me to flunk my midterms.

Jim Powell: Look, I'm just trying to keep the city safe.
Stephanie Powell: Well, then try to stay off the news while you do it.

George St. Cloud: [on cell phone] How's the costume working?
Jim Powell: [patrolling the park] Stop calling it a costume, George. It's just a hoodie.
George St. Cloud: You're not wearing the glasses?
Jim Powell: No. Or the mustache.


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Sidekick (#1.10)" (2010)
Jim Powell: Aren't you supposed to be getting some sort of award or something?
George St. Cloud: What, the key to the city? Now what would I do with some key that don't open nothing?

Jim Powell: So, instead of stopping one crime, you wanna get an award for not stopping another one. That's good work, hero.

Jim Powell: There's no rule that says sidekicks have to last forever. I mean, Batman could have traded in Robin for some other guy.

George St. Cloud: You ever read that issue of "Superman" where Superman's chasin' around those jaywalkers?
Jim Powell: No.
George St. Cloud: Neither have I, because superheroes have better things to do.


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Visitors (#1.6)" (2010)
Jim Powell: Sorry. Crime never sleeps. Gotta go.
[Jim exits]
Allan Crane: [snickering] What's he got, an emergency sketch?

George St. Cloud: You do know that if you're holding back because of your in-laws, you're letting the terrorists win.
Jim Powell: George, they're not terrorists.
George St. Cloud: Yes, they are - emotional terrorists - and they've been waging war on your marriage for years.

Jim Powell: Let's be honest - You father... he never liked me.
Stephanie Powell: That's not true.
Jim Powell: The man never gave me permission to marry you. If that's not showin' his cards, I don't know what is.

Stephanie Powell: Look, when your mom and stepdad came to visit, I agreed not to have sex while they were in the house.
Jim Powell: As much as I'd like to believe sex is one of my superpowers, honey, I'm pretty sure this belongs in a different argument.


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Marriage (#1.2)" (2010)
Detective Yvonne Cho: You know, you've been turning up at a LOT of crime scenes lately, Powell.
Jim Powell: I know. I'm just trying to do my part.

Jim Powell: [phoning Stephanie] Hi, uh, where are you?
Stephanie Powell: Uh, you know. Out and about.
Jim Powell: Out and about where?
Stephanie Powell: Uh, you know the drugstore down on the corner?
Jim Powell: Yeah.
Stephanie Powell: Yeah, about 500 miles east of there.

Daphne Powell: [Jim just turned off the tv the kids were watching] Hey!
J.J. Powell: Turn that back on!
Jim Powell: Quiet. We are going to spend some time together as a family. Your mother spent a lot of time planning this school fair, so let's go.
Daphne Powell: No thanks.
J.J. Powell: I'm okay.
Stephanie Powell: If we want the world to view us as a normal family, we are going to have to act like one.
Jim Powell: Trust me, we are going to have the time of our lives.
J.J. Powell: You said that before. Right before our plane crashed.

Jim Powell: Well, you've changed. I can't remember the last time you weren't the first one out the door in the morning.
Stephanie Powell: [smiling at him] It's too bad you already had your shower. I was going to ask you to join me.
[walks away]
Jim Powell: [runs after her] I may not be as fast as you but there are still things I'll make time for!


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Brother (#1.12)" (2011)
Mike Powell: You're doing it, that thing you do with your forehead when you're hiding something.
Jim Powell: I'm not doing anything with my forehead.
Mike Powell: Liar. Don't make me call Mom.
Jim Powell: Oh, come on, Mike.
Mike Powell: Come on. I'm your brother. Why don't you trust me?
Jim Powell: Because!
Mike Powell: Because WHY!
Jim Powell: BECAUSE I HAVE SUPERPOWERS!
[pause]
Mike Powell: Oh, screw you. I'm serious.

Mike Powell: [seeing The Lair] I gotta say, Jim, this is a big step up from sketching muggers.
Jim Powell: Yeah.
Mike Powell: You guys must make serious cash for this "Heroes For Hire" stuff, right?

Jim Powell: Where were you Mike? Where were you when dad had his heart attack?
Mike Powell: What? That was ten years ago.
Jim Powell: I know where dad was, he was in the ICU. I know where I was, I was by his bed side. I called you, I begged you, to come and sit with me.
Mike Powell: He was unconscious, and you were there. And it all turned out fine.
Jim Powell: Don't you understand? I didn't need you there for HIM! I needed you there for ME!
Mike Powell: I didn't... I didn't realize that.
Jim Powell: That's the problem. You never do.

Jim Powell: George, what was so important I had to leap right over here?
George St. Cloud: I was checking out the fine print on my homeowner's insurance and guess what I found!
Jim Powell: What?
George St. Cloud: Total umbrella coverage. So think: house and content, earthquake, fire...?
Jim Powell: [realizing what he's getting at] Theft?
George St. Cloud: [takes him into the new Lair] Thank you, Bayside Mutual.
Jim Powell: [overwhelmed by the advanced new equipment] This is amazing! Now this is a Lair!
George St. Cloud: Let's just say that we're way past wi-fi.
[Jim accidentally high fives George across the room]


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Animal (#1.18)" (2011)
George St. Cloud: [looking at the gory picture of a slain girl] Police think it was an animal attack.
Jim Powell: In Montcliff Park?
George St. Cloud: Right. Closest thing I've seen to wildlife there was an obese squirrel eating waffle fries.
Jim Powell: Whatever did this didn't do it for food.

Jim Powell: Look, now that you're part of his project, you've gotta have access to some sort of database, a list of patients and their abilities.
Stephanie Powell: He IS meticulous; I'm sure he keeps records on everything.
Jim Powell: We have to know what else is out there.

Jim Powell: JJ, find Daphne.
J.J. Powell: But I don't know where she is. I swear.
Jim Powell: Yeah, but you can find out... by hacking into her e-mail, her phone - whatever it takes.
J.J. Powell: Dad, if I do that, she'll never speak to me again.
Jim Powell: If she gets killed, she'll never speak to you again, either.
J.J. Powell: You make a good point.


"No Ordinary Family: Pilot (#1.1)" (2010)
Jim Powell: When was the last time we did something together as a family?
Daphne Powell: Last month. You forced us to play charades, and then you pulled out your back miming some scene from "Iron Man."
Jim Powell: That was an old sports injury I re-aggravated.

Jim Powell: [as their plane goes down] Listen, listen! We're gonna be all right, I promise. Have I ever lied to you before?
[Daphne nods]
Jim Powell: About anything this important?
Daphne Powell: Yeah!

George St. Cloud: I can't believe I'm gonna kill you.
Jim Powell: You're not gonna kill me, George. You're just gonna shoot me.
George St. Cloud: I'm a D.A., and according to the law, kinda the same thing.
Jim Powell: I told you. I did this yesterday. I just have to see if I can do it again.
George St. Cloud: What if you can't? Where does that leave us? You dead and me showering with a bunch of guys I suddenly wish I hadn't put away.


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Double Standard (#1.14)" (2011)
George St. Cloud: I just think that maybe you should consider that she has some advantages that you might not.
Jim Powell: Like what?
Stephanie Powell: Like super speed, which is way more effective in fighting crime than strength.
Katie Andrews: Is it? I never read that study.

Jim Powell: Wadda ya say, honey? You wanna take down a super-villain with me?
Stephanie Powell: Thought you'd never ask.

Stephanie Powell: [back from a night out with her old friend Lena] Hey, you should come with us next time.
Jim Powell: Oh, I don't know. It's a little awkward with your single friends - with me sittin' there, big stud of a husband. It's like rubbin' your happiness in their face.


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Quake (#1.5)" (2010)
Stephanie Powell: Your son has superpowers.
Jim Powell: My... what? What are YOU talking about?
Stephanie Powell: For lack of a better term, he has a genius-level intellect.
J.J. Powell: Technically, it's just heightened cognitive function facilitated by rapid somatic transfer between neurons.

Stephanie Powell: Are you sure you're okay?
Jim Powell: Yeah, I'm-I'm fine. I'm perfectly fine. I promise.
Stephanie Powell: Good. Now I can be furious with you.

George St. Cloud: [after Jim's thwarted by a perp] Why do bad guys get all the cool powers?
Jim Powell: My powers are cool.
George St. Cloud: She must be hard-core, too. 'cause you're supposed to be more powerful than a train.
Jim Powell: It's a locomotive, and I think you're confusing me with someone else.


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Mobster (#1.7)" (2010)
Daphne Powell: This modernist art crap - how did YOU learn it all?
Jim Powell: Well, it helped not to think of it as "crap," for one thing.

Jim Powell: Way to go, Olivier.


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Accident (#1.8)" (2010)
Jim Powell: I was gonna block the car's path, and... I don't know what happened. It's like my strength just gave out.
Stephanie Powell: Did you feel anything strange beforehand, like a nerve pinch, rush of fatigue, headache?
Jim Powell: No. Nothing specific. Just weaker.
George St. Cloud: You know, it could be a confidence problem, like performance anxiety.
Stephanie Powell: The only thing ruining his performance are your phone calls.

Jim Powell: This is all my fault. If I'd stopped those carjackers the other night, they wouldn't be driving around crashing into math teachers.


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Beginning (#1.20)" (2011)
Jim Powell: [to Dr. King] A word of advice - when you shoot a man and leave him for dead, you better be sure his kryptonite hasn't worn off.

[last lines]
Jim Powell: That's horrible, but why do you think any of this has to do with us?
Agent Hawkins: Because it has recently come to our attention that the four of you are no ordinary family. And these were no ordinary passengers. Mr. and Mrs. Powell, the government needs your family's help.


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Proposal (#1.16)" (2011)
George St. Cloud: [trying to determine who stole Stephanie's serum] Chris Minor?
Jim Powell: It HAD to be. Look at his record - underage driving, truancy. My daughter's dating a criminal.
George St. Cloud: He's not exactly Al Capone, Jim.
Jim Powell: Not yet, but these are gateway crimes.
George St. Cloud: Gateway to what? Loitering?

Jim Powell: George, if I hit you, I gonna take your head off.
George St. Cloud: That's a big "if." Go ahead.


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Anniversary (#1.9)" (2010)
Stephanie Powell: [disbelieving what she's just heard] George hit you with his car?
Jim Powell: It was a rental.

Stephanie Powell: Are we bad parents leaving our kids alone like this.
Jim Powell: Hey, they're not alone. That's why we had two.


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Friends (#1.11)" (2011)
Jim Powell: I'm freezing out here watching this museum. And hungry, too. You don't think anyone would ever deliver a pizza to a rooftop, do ya?

Jim Powell: I-I-I don't know what I was thinking, accusing him like that. We don't have any hard proof, and now it's cost me a friend, and I don't have many of those, either.
George St. Cloud: Well, get used to it. You don't see Batman cultivatin' a wide circle of friends. Peter Parker's always pissin' off one of his buddies.
Jim Powell: So with great power comes great loneliness?


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Detention (#1.13)" (2011)
Jim Powell: Wait a second. Did you ever see "Die Hard"?
George St. Cloud: Did you just ask... I am insulted that you asked me that.
Jim Powell: Air vents. I'll bet these go to anywhere in the building.
George St. Cloud: So? Like you said, Jacobs will get a little suspicious if you jumped down in the middle of the squad room and took out four armed felons.
Jim Powell: That's why John McClane didn't take on all the terrorists at the same time. He picked 'em off one by one.
George St. Cloud: Oh, I get it. But in order to get them alone, you need a man on the inside.
Jim Powell: Oh, no, it's too dangerous.
George St. Cloud: Hey, Bruce Willis would've never had gotten out of there alive if he didn't have that black dude helping him. Jim, let me be your black dude.

Jim Powell: [in an air vent - just like in "Die Hard"] Yippee-ki-yay.


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Ring (#1.3)" (2010)
Jim Powell: It'd just be a hell of a lot easier if everyone knew what I was doing.
George St. Cloud: Easier how? You reading those comic books? There's a reason those guys have secret identities, 'cause the minute someone finds out it's you, it's over. Somebody gets robbed, you don't stop it - Jim's fault. Can't be in two places at the same time, somebody gets killed - Jim's fault. Kid gets hurt just trying to be like you...
Jim Powell: So that's IT? I gotta lie every day for the rest of my life?
George St. Cloud: I'm a lawyer. Trust me, you get used to it.


"No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Future (#1.19)" (2011)
Jim Powell: Listen, honey, maybe you should take it easy. Injecting you with the Trilsettum, on top of the powers you already have, it's like having an expresso with a defibrillator chaser.