Chris Rock: Can we bring a box of canned goods?
Mrs. Morello: Oh, you don't have to do that, you need those things yourself!
Chris Rock: What are you talking about? My family's doing fine.
Mrs. Morello: [Sympathetic] I know. I know.
Narrator: She made it seem like We were having a bowl of steam for dinner that night!
[Chris won't be getting any presents for chirstmas because he's parents need the money for a new boiler]
Rochelle Rock: Oh baby, you'll be able to use up all hot water you want.
Narrator: [Narrating] So all I'm getting is a clean ass.
Julius Rock: Steaming hot.
Narrator: [Narrating] My mother would give away all the food we had, if she thought it would prove we didn't need it.
Tanya Rock: [about her new doll] I wanted a Cabbage Patch doll with long hair!
Rochelle Rock: How about you have no doll with no hair?
Tanya Rock: Thanks.
Narrator: [Narrating] My mom had amazing hearing. You couldn't do anything in that house without her hearing.
Rochelle Rock: Chris! Quit throwing cotton balls all over the place!
Narrator: [Narrating] If you had a Walkman, you could even listen to bad music, and no one would know... unless you were dumb enough to sing along.
Tanya Rock: I know there's no such thing as Santa Clause.
Narrator: When my mother heard Tonya say those words, it was like she wasn't her baby anymore.
Tonya - Age 30: [Rochelle imagines Tanya aggressively confronting her years later as a young adult] So, what else did you lie to me about? Are you really gonna kick me out if I get pregnant? Is it true you ain't takin' care of no baby? Can I really not bring a white boy home? Does the Foreman Grill really knock out the fat? Can I really get a loan with no money down? Are you my real mother? Momma, I want ANSWERS!