My So-Called Life Quotes

Angela: [narrating] I couldn't stop thinking about it. The, like, fact that - that people - had sex. That they just *had* it, like sex was this thing people - *had*, like a rash. Or a - a Rottweiler. Everything started to seem like, pornographic or something. Like, Mrs. Krysanowski has sex. So does Mr. Katimsky. They both have sex. They could - have sex together. Like right now. [groans]
Angela: I am, like, the *sickest* person.

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Angela: My entire life became divided into kissing... and not kissing. Kissing... and not kissing.

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Angela: It had become the focus of everything. It was all I could feel, all I could think about. It blotted out the rest of my face, the rest of my life. Like the zit had become... the truth about me.

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Angela: My mother's adopted. So for a while, she was looking for her real parents. I guess that's just what everyone's looking for.

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Brian: Oh, look at me, I'm way cool. I'm off with my way cool friends to sniff floor wax.

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[From a mid-season advertisement]
Narrator: Will Angela ever get over Jordan? Will Rayanne ever stop drinking? Will Brian ever be cool enough? Will Cousin Tino ever actually show up?

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Angela: [voiceover] So, I started hanging out with Rayanne Graff, just for fun. Just 'cause it seemed like if I didn't, I would die, or something. ...Things were getting to me. Just how people are -- how they always expect you to be a certain way. Even your best friend. ...Like, with boys, like they have it so easy. Like you have to pretend you don't notice them noticing you. ...Like cheerleaders. Can't people just cheer on their own? Like to themselves? ...School is a battlefield for your heart. So when Rayanne Graff told me my hair was holding me back, I had to listen. 'Cause she wasn't just talking about my hair. She was talking about my life.

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Angela: [voiceover] My dad and I used to be pretty tight. The sad truth is, my breasts have come between us.

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Rayanne: You want to have sex with him.
Angela: Who?
Rayanne: Who? Jordan! Catalano? Come on, I'm not going to tell anyone, just admit it.
Angela: I just like how he's always leaning. Against stuff. He leans great. Either sex or a conversation -- ideally both.

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Angela: [voiceover] My parents keep asking how school was. It's like saying, "How was that drive-by shooting?" You don't care how it was, you're lucky to get out alive.

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Rayanne: Haven't you ever waited for anything?
Rickie: Yeah, for my life to start.

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Rickie: If you were about to do it, okay, what would you want the other person to say, like, right before?
Rayanne: This won't take long.
Rickie: No, seriously.
Rayanne: Do I know you?
Rickie: No, like, for real. Like, romantic.
Angela: You're so beautiful, it hurts to look at you.
Rayanne: It hurts to look at you?
Rickie: How'd you think of that?
Rayanne: Where would it hurt?
Rickie: I really like that.

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Angela: [voiceover] I've been kissed 3 times. No, 4 times. No, 3 times. All of them were people I never saw again. Which I hope doesn't like, mean something.

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Rayanne: [After Angela has been talking loudly as Jordan walked by] Angela, he's gone. You can talk like a normal person.
Angela: Oh, God.
Rayanne: You have got to progress to the next phase of this. I mean, think of Rickie and me. How much more can we take?
Angela: I just don't want to look like I'm throwing myself at him.
Rayanne: Excuse me. People throwing themselves at people? Is, like, the basis of civilization.
Rickie: She has a point.
Angela: [voiceover] If Jordan Catalano is, like, nearby, my entire body knows it. Like one of those dogs that point? I'll keep talking and stuff, but my mind won't even know what I'm saying. I keep wondering if there's like, a term for this.

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Angela: [voiceover] So I tried to be invisible. It's surprisingly possible. You just sit in the back and keep quiet and let the boys shout out the answers, which they will, even if they're wrong. Boys are less afraid of being wrong.

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Angela: [voiceover] There are certain places in life. Certain places where only certain people go. Like, there's this line that you know not to pass. Like, there's this boiler room, in the basement by the north exit, where only certain people go. For only one reason....

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Rayanne: Angela, I can handle the boiler room. You, however can't!

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Angela: I'm not saying...see, there's thinking about him, right? Which is what I do, all the time, like, like this ...
Rickie: Obsession.
Rayanne: Right, so?
Angela: So, it keeps me going, or something, like I need it, just to get through the day. It -- it's just ...
Rickie: It's an obsession.
Angela: Right. And if you make it real, it, it's not the same. It's's not yours anymore. I don't know -- maybe I'd rather have the fantasy, than even him.
Rickie: I completely understand this.
Rayanne: I totally and completely disagree. You want Jordan Catalano, in actuality, because...there is no 'because'! You just want him! Only you're programmed to never admit it.
Rickie: That does have the ring of truth.

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Angela: [voiceover, regarding Jordan] We both stopped talking. Part of his sleeve was touching my arm. I don't know if he knew. Then everything started to seem perfect for some reason. The feel of his shirt against my elbow, the fact that I still had an elbow. It was the perfect moment for him to kiss me, for him to anything me.
Jordan: [leans closer, then opens her car door] Well, I gotta go, so... Later.
[Angela gets out]
Angela: [voiceover] I could have killed him.

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Angela: Dad, I don't feel like talking. No offense.
Graham: Oh, I don't feel like talking. Certainly not to you. You want me to warm up that spaghetti?
[Angela hands it over]
Angela: [voiceover] I have to say, when my father warms something up, it tastes better than when anyone else does.
Graham: So how did your experiment go? with Brian?
Angela: He did most of it.
Graham: So was this like, a date?
Angela: Dad! It's...they're not...people just hang out. They're not -- it's not dates. There's people. Together. In a bunch.
Graham: So was there someone else like?
Angela: [voiceover] It's so strange how parents can, out of nowhere, turn psychic. It's unnerving.
Graham: It's okay to like someone. But, I mean, boys your age can sometimes --
Angela: Dad, I know. [pause] 'Can sometimes' what?
Graham: Can sometimes not know how to be what you want them to be. My point is's really...hard to figure out how to be a man. Practically every man I know is still working on it.

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Angela: [voiceover] Grown-ups like to tell you where they were when President Kennedy was shot, which they all know to the exact second. Which makes me almost jealous -- like I should have something important enough to know where I was when it happened. But I don't, yet. And the fact that it was a better time then, and people knew what they were supposed to do and how to make the world nobody knows anything. We know who's popular, or that Social Studies is boring, or that Brian always has stomach trouble -- but nobody knows anything important. Instead of changing the world, people sit in class and write notes about other people.

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Patty: I'm Patty Chase.
Amber: Hi.
Patty: Angela's mom?
Amber: Oh, WOW. Angela! Oh, Rayanne talks about her all the time. She's in love with her! She wants to be Angela.
Patty: Really! Gosh, they seem so different.
Amber: Oh, you know kids. They find one person and they just can't get enough of them! It's like being in love, only they're not allowed to have sex.
Patty: Riiiight.
Amber: No, don't you remember? There'd be, like, this one person, who had, like, perfect hair, or perfect breasts, or they were just so funny, and you just wanted to eat them up -- just live in their bed, and just be them. It's like everybody else was in black and white, and that person was in color. Well, Rayanne thinks Angela is in color. Major color.

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Angela: [voiceover] When I was twelve, my mother gave me my sex talk. I'm not sure either of us has fully recovered.
Patty: Now that you and Jordan are um...
Angela: Oh, my God. Mom, please...
Patty: Angela, I can accept that you have a boyfriend.
Angela: I don't have a boyfriend!
Patty: Fine. A pal. A male pal.

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Angela: [voiceover] It's such a lie that you should do what's in your heart. If we all did what was in our hearts, the world would grind to a halt.

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Angela: [voiceover] It's amazing the things you notice, like the corner of his collar that was coming undone. Like, he was from a poor family and couldn't afford new shirts. That's all I could see. The whole world was that unraveled piece of fabric.

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Rayanne: Do you ever get, like, hypnotized by food?
Graham: Hypnotized By Food could be my Indian name. [to Angela] Do you want to flip one?
Angela: Rayanne can do it.
Rayanne: I can't believe I'm cooking something, like, not in the pouch.

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Angela: [voiceover] When you're not sure you trust a person anymore -- say, a person you really trusted; say your father -- you start wishing they'd do something, like, really wrong, just so you could be right about them.

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Rayanne: So, not to shock you, but your dad's attractive.
Angela: Oh, I'm sure!
Rayanne: Not that I'd attack him, or anything, but I wouldn't leave me alone with him, either. It's not just physical. He's...nice. You just have a really nice dad. He's really nice.
Angela: [voiceover] When someone compliments your parents, there's, like, nothing to say. It's like a stun gun to your brain.
Rickie: Plus, his stubble is the perfect length.
Angela: He doesn't have stubble! He ran out of disposable razors that morning; he was all disturbed about it.
Rayanne: Oh! In-touch-with-his-emotions Dad!
Angela: [laughing] Shut up!
Rayanne: Ignore Angela! She can't help herself -- she's the product of a two-parent household!

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Angela: [voiceover] You know how sometimes the last sentence you said, like, echoes in your brain, and it just keeps sounding stupider? And you have to say something else just to make it stop?

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Brian: Angela, wait. Did you ever think that I could actually be doing something that does not involve you? I mean, that I may not just be sitting around in case you decide like that moment that you need my car?
Angela: So what were you doing?
Brian: Nothing! Do you want my sweater?
Angela: OK.
Brian: Just, try not to sweat into it.
Angela: Why do you have to say things like that?!

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