Monday, March 11, 2024

TV Quote of the Day (‘The Larry Sanders Show,’ As the Talk-Show Host Becomes Involved in Staffers’ Personal Lives)

[With two staffers spotted fooling around all over the workplace—not just in their boss’s office, but within view of him, sidekick Hank, and a guest onstage, where they can be distracted—talk-show host Larry Sanders feels obliged to reprove the couple.]

Larry Sanders [played by Garry Shandling, only his back seen in this picture]: “I’m in the middle of a Peter Falk interview, and if we have to look up and see you doing that, what are you thinking?”

Jerry Capen [played by Jeremy Piven, pictured] [taking Sally’s hands]: “Sally and I are very much in love, and we are spontaneous people.”

[Sally reaches out to protest, but Jerry brushes her off.]

Jerry: “Hold on, hold on. If you’re lucky to find someone…”

Sally [played by Kimberley Kates] [putting her hands together, pleading]: “Mr. Sanders…Can I say something?”

Larry: “Please.”

Sally: “I’ve accepted a position on Saturday Night Live as a talent coordinator.”

Jerry [stunned and angry]: “What?”

Sally: “I’ll be leaving for New York on Tuesday.”

Jerry: “When were you planning on telling me?”

Sally: “I don’t know. I didn’t know when to tell you.”

Jerry [sarcastically]: “Oh, this is a good time. I don’t think you ever were going to tell me.”

Sally: “I was going to tell you tonight.”

Jerry: “Oh, really? You really were going to tell me?”

Larry [philosophically, like a marriage counselor]: “Any time is a good time for open and honest communication. This is a good start.”

Jerry: “I can’t believe this. I—I—I put everything…” [As Larry begins to interrupt]. “Hold on a second.” [Back to Sally] “I put everything on the line for you.”

Sally: “What did you think this was? We had a great time, but this is another great opportunity for me.”

Jerry: “In New York?”

Larry: “Good. You’ll have a little time to get away from each other, test the relationship, and—this is very positive.”

Sally: “Besides that, this gives me a chance to be with my boyfriend again.”

Jerry [shouting]: “You have a boyfriend!”

Sally: “Yes, I do…”

Jerry: “Oh, God!”

Sally: “…a writer on the Letterman Show.”

Larry: “That is wrong on so many levels. I don’t know where to start.”—The Larry Sanders Show, Season 1, Episode 8, “Out of the Loop,” original air date Oct. 3, 1992, teleplay by Marjorie Gross, directed by Ken Kwapis

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