Most TV-shows have had at least one moment where a character has felt the need to say some words about something they care about, hate, don’t understand and so on. These moments can be so powerful that they almost define the entire episode, or at least bring some real emotion in the viewers. They can be strictly motivational, it can be a verbal self-defense or it can be calling someone out on their BS. Here’s my top five:
5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 6×22 “Grave” – Xander Harris
Xander is absolutely one of my favorite Buffy characters. He’s a regular guy surrounded by people with special powers. He’s also hilarious – he’s practically the Chandler Bing of the Buffyverse. And most importantly, he is there for his friends, fighting by their side and helping them through some really tough times. This speech that basically saves the world from being destroyed by Willow’s little black magic rampage after her girlfriend Tara’s death, is a good example:
The first day of kindergarten, you cried because you broke the yellow crayon and you were too afraid to tell anyone. You’ve come pretty far. Ending the world — not a terrific notion…But the thing is…yeah, I love you. I love crayon-breaky Willow and I love scary, veiny Willow. So if I’m goin’ out, it’s here. If you wanna kill the world, well, then start with me. I’ve earned that.
4. Doctor Who (new), 1×13 “The Parting of the Ways” – The Doctor
While Doctor Who is not exactly lacking great speeches, I chose this one because the 9th doctor is “my doctor”, and it was very emotional knowing that this would be his last episode. It is obvious that he cares extremely much about Rose. Also, the way Rose just refuses to do as she’s told just made it even better.
This is Emergency Programme One. Rose, now listen, this is important. If this message is activated, then it can only mean one thing: we must be in danger, and I mean fatal. I’m dead, or about to die any second with no chance of escape. And that’s OK, I hope it’s a good death. But I promised to look after you, and that’s what I’m doin’. The TARDIS is takin’ you home. And I bet you’re fussing and moaning now, typical. But hold on, and just listen a bit more. The TARDIS can never return for me. Emergency Programme One means I’m facing an enemy that should never get their hands on this machine. So this is what you should do: let the TARDIS die. Just let this old box gather dust. No one can open it, no one will even notice it. Let it become a strange little thing standing on a street corner. And over the years, the world will move on, and the box will be buried. And if you wanna remember me, then you can do one thing. That’s all, one thing. Have a good life. Do that for me, Rose. Have a fantastic life.
3. How I Met Your Mother, 8×20 “The Time Travelers” – Ted Mosby:
I love HIMYM with all my heart (currently re-watching it). I really enjoy this episode, especially the part where Barney and Ted sings Billy Joel’s “longest time” with the “twenty years from now”, “twenty minutes from now” and “twenty hours from now” versions of themselves. But there’s also a pretty great speech to mention, although it was sort of imaginary. It was great the first time. But I didn’t realize just how great and powerful it was before knowing for sure that Tracy, a.k.a “the mother”, is in fact dead when Ted tells the story to his kids. The feels!
Hi. I’m Ted Mosby. In exactly forty-five days from now, you and I are gonna meet. And we’re gonna fall in love. And we’re gonna get married, and… we’re gonna have two kids. And we’re gonna love them and each other so much. All of that is forty-five days away. But I’m here now, I guess, because I want those extra forty-five days. With you, I want each one of them. And if I can’t have them, I’ll take the forty-five seconds it takes before your boyfriend shows up and punches me in my face. Because… I love you. I’m always gonna love you. ‘Til the end of my days, and beyond.
2. One Tree Hill, 3×16 “With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept” – Marvin “Mouth” McFadden
This is one of my absolute favorite OTH episodes because it is so well-made, and it deals with a serious and very relevant topic – school shootings. That’s what also makes it really hard to watch. It’s so dark. It actually has several really strong speeches, and choosing just one wasn’t easy. When it all comes down to it, this speech where Mouth tries to calm down the gunman (his former best friend Jimmy), and tries to talk some sense into him, hits me the hardest:
It’s not supposed to be this way. The artists, and the scientists, and the poets, none of them fitted in at 17. We’re supposed to get past it. Adults, they see kids killing kids, and they know it’s a tragedy because they used to be those kids – the bullies, and the beaten, and the loners. We’re supposed to get past it. You’re supposed to live long enough to take it back. Just take it back.
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 5×16 “The Body” – Anya Jenkins
Another one from BtVS. It is a great show.
This one is absolutely what I would call episode-defining. Whenever I think about this episode, this speech is what I remember first. Every time. Anya, who is really a vengeance demon, is having trouble grasping the concept of human death and how to act. She asks the others about various things until Willow tells her it’s not okay to be asking those things. So Anya lets them know why she’d been asking :
I don’t understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I mean, I knew her, and then she’s- There’s just a body, and I don’t understand why she just can’t get back in it and not be dead anymore. It’s stupid. It’s mortal and stupid. And-and Xander’s crying and not talking, and-and I was having fruit punch, and I thought, well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch ever, and she’ll never have eggs, or yawn or brush her hair, not ever, and no one will explain to me why.
What is your favorite TV speech?