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1.17, Letters from Pegasus: Quotes

Weir: So, recommendations?
Beckett: Other than panic?
Weir: Other than panic, yes.

Teyla: If this is to be our end, it is best that we face it with both dignity and honour.

McKay: To that end, I actually have an idea in addition to panic.
Sheppard: Let's hear it.
McKay: It's really a long shot but I think it's most likely worth the effort. Of course, it'll mostly be my effort, so...

McKay: Approximately 1.3 seconds, give or take.
Beckett: That's not much time.
Ford: Time enough to say 'S.O.S.'
McKay: Don't be so analog.

Weir: We have to warn Earth.
Sheppard: Even if it's the last thing we do?
Weir: Especially if it's the last thing we do.

Weir: That's good.
Sheppard: Yeah, well, I have my moments.

Weir: Go, get what intel you can and get back before Rodney sends his message. I need the both of you here.
Sheppard: Won't even stop at the duty free.

Sheppard: Don't take on an alien armada single handedly. Understood.

Weir: We have a whole extra second to fill?
McKay: Hmmm. A whole extra one, yes.

Ford: I can tell my Grandma what I've been up to all this time.
Weir: Well, if your grandmother had security clearance, yes, you could.

Teyla: So, in fighting the Wraith we are to give up that which makes us different from them?

Sheppard: You can only fight the battles you can win.

Ford: I'm hoping that I'll be able to get home sometime soon but, you know, if I'm stuck here a while I want you to know that I'm good. I'm doing things, seeing things, I never thought I'd see. I wish I could tell you all about it. Who knows, one day maybe I'll be able to. But I want you both to know that you're right here (places his hand over his heart). Always. All the time.

Beckett: I must warn you, I'm not very good at this sort of thing.
Ford: Well, don't worry. The only people to see it is gonna be your family.
Beckett: Aye. And you and the US Military.

Beckett: What shall I say?
Ford: Uh, I miss you? I wish you were here?
Beckett: I wish who was here?
Ford: I don't know. Who do you wish was here?
Beckett: Nobody. I wish I wasn't bloody here!

Beckett: Hello, Mum. I hope this message finds you well. I trust your petunias are in full bloom by now. Oh, and I do hope you're keeping up with the ointment I gave you. If you've adhered to the regime the fungus should have cleared up by now.

Ford: But, fungus?
Beckett: What then should I talk about?
Ford: I don't know, it's your mother. Tell her you love her.
Beckett: No, no. I can't do that, I'll get all emotional.

Sheppard: Look, Ford and I are military. We've spent a lot of our lives learning how to survive.
Teyla: I have spent my life surviving the Wraith.
Sheppard: Part of that training is knowing who you can save and who you can't.

Sheppard: I said that I'd wait for your friend if there was time. Now there's time. What else do you want from me?
Teyla: Too much, I fear.

Zelenka: (talks in Czech about Atlantis rising to the surface of the ocean, whilst gesturing excitedly.)
Ford: You didn't say anything that would require security clearance, did you?

Ford: You ready to record your message?
McKay: Already done. Actually, I took the liberty of doing mine in private. Now, it may require some, uh, editing.
Ford: Editing?
McKay: Yeah, I, uh, I went on a bit. Actually, I used the entire tape.
Ford: You talked for an hour?
McKay: You see, I found it rather theraputic, actually. Now, I'm fairly confident I've come up with several valuable insights - in fact, I'm sure of it - but I've only slept six hours in the last few days so um...
Ford: Who's it for?
McKay: Humanity in general. My sister. Look, I don't expect you to cut it down to just a few minutes. I mean, there is gold in here.

McKay: This is Doctor Rodney McKay speaking to you from my base of operations in the lost city of Atlantis, located deep within the Pegasus galaxy. I record this message on the eve of our darkest hour. As I speak, an alien armada of biblical proportions is on its way, bent - dare I say hellbent, in keeping with the metaphor on our destruction. We will do our best to stave off their attack but I am afraid that defeat is all but inevitable. I, and the other members of my team, face the most horrific deaths imaginable, as our very lives are sucked from our chests in a, in a, horrific - Okay, uh, starting again. Starting again. Ford, just cut that.

McKay: My friends. I'm Doctor Rodney McKay of the Atlantis expedition and as the facts of our heroic struggle against the Wraith and our untimely demise are already known to you, in that light, I'd like to pass along some final thoughts. Now my extensive education, training and first hand experience in the field of astrophysics has given me a unique perspective that few on Earth or, uh, well, on any other planet, for that matter, can match. I'd like to take a few moments now to, uh, pass along that perspective to you. I'll begin with em, a few observations on a subject that is both near and dear to my heart: leadership.

Miko: I am keeping busy with my job. I work hard like everyone else to ensure the success of this expedition, and also to please the leader of our science team.

McKay: No, no, no, no, no. No. This sequence first, then the secondary code. Unless you're intentionally trying to blow us up, in which case, excellent work.

McKay: I once caught mono kissing a girl in Algebra Club. Missed an entire month of school. Still, the kiss was, uh, something, so it was, uh, probably worth it. April Bingham. Cute blonde. God. You see, I love blondes, especially with the, uh, the short hair. Mmm. Samantha Carter, if you're watching, the torch is still burning. Sadly, soon to be extinguished, but, uh...You know, you should know I think you are, you're great. You're really, really great, and, uh, I would go so far as saying you're the hottest scientist I've ever worked with. In fact, there's probably not a night that goes by that I don't, uh, find myself, uh...okay, Ford, let's, let's lose that. And, uh, let's get back to... leadership.

Ford: (to Kavanagh) You know what? How 'bout I leave the room and let you record your whining in private.

McKay: I never cared for dogs. Too much work, too needy, too unpredictable. I mean, you leave one door open the tiniest little cracks and they're gone. You look for them, you put up flyers, it's no use. And since your father refused to pay for a license, the animal shelter has no way of tracking them. You know, god knows what happened to that little guy. Now, cats. Now, that's a while different story. I mean, cats are self-sufficient, they're dependable. You shake the box, they come running. A cynic would say that's because of the food, but my cat? See, I truly believe he enjoys my copany. There's something very comforting about coming home from work and the end of the day and having a familiar face waiting for you, you know? Still, I digress. Where was I? Uhhhh... Right. Leadership.

Weir: Finally, I would like to say something to the families of every member of this expedition. I wish I could tell you more about what your loved ones are doing and someday, I hope you find out because you will be amazed. But I will tell you that I could not be more proud of each and every one of them. Their heroism has amazed me. Their resourcefulness has staggered me. We face a terrible enemy and an uncertain future, but if we are never heard from again know that your loved ones did not face that uncertainty alone. We are facing our future together.

Beckett: And if there's one thing I've discovered about we Earthlings - we're a scrappy bunch. I wouldn't be surprised if I bring back-
Ford: Doc! You can't say 'Earthlings'. Your mother doesn't have security clearance.
McKay: She knows I'm from Earth, son. It's not a bloody secret.

McKay: That's another sight I'll die without having seen. See, to be fair, when you've travelled as much as I've travelled, you'd think that missing Niagra Falls would be no big deal, but you know what? It gnaws at you. A lot of movies I wish I'd seen, won't see now. Never saw Grease even though I had a thing for Olivia Newton John when I was a kid. I always wanted to see Ghandi. I only saw the first half of The Sixth Sense. I've always wondered how that ended.

McKay: My sister... Ford, if you cut everything else, just, um, keep this part, OK? Jeannie? This is your brother, Rodney ... obviously. I wanna say, um ... I wanna say something. Uh ... family is important. I-I've come to realise that because the people here have become a sort of a ... kind of a surrogate family to me. Now, I know what you're thinking: I've never really been the poster child for that kind of sentiment but, uh, when ... when one's contemplating one's own demise, one tends to see things more clearly. I really do wish you the best, you know, and I'm sorry we weren't closer. Perhaps, um ... if by chance I make it out of this, perhaps one day we can be, and I would like that.