Best Lines of the Week (March 19-25): ‘Time for Me to Step Up and Be a Father’

William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher in Shameless

As the spring ushers in a new period of warmer weather, it also brings the introduction of some new TV staples! Marvel fans jumped right back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the action-packed premiere of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+. Also, Country Comfort lived up to its name and gave us a heartwarming family sitcom filled with some great tunes.

As usual, This is Us delivered on the sentimentality, and The Amber Ruffin Show once again reminded us why Amber Ruffin is a late-night name to watch.

Continue reading for some of the best lines TV had to offer this week!

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver HBO

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

“So out of the seven [types of plastic], only two are really much good. And that is a pretty bad ratio for a group of seven. Ideally you’d want to balance a little more like BTS. There’s not a weak link in that unbreakable chain of heartthrobs.”

John Oliver laments the fact that so few plastic types are recyclable and asks the obvious question: Why can’t our plastic be more like the flawless K-pop septet BTS?

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes Disney+

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (Disney+)

“It’s a dance to these things. You gotta warm up, and I haven’t danced since 1943… it feels like.”

—Bucky (Sebastian Stan) quickly backpedals after he lets on too much information about his true age… of 106.

The Great North Fox Beef Honeybee

The Great North (Fox)

Honeybee: “He’s right, Beef. I’ve seen it before, in Fresno. Charlie was everybody’s favorite lifeguard until he was involved in a neighborly dispute. Then he couldn’t even show his face at the community pool.”

Beef: “Really? What was the dispute?”

Honeybee: “Oh, he drowned a guy.”

— Honeybee (Dulcé Sloan) warns her father-in-law about what could happen if people in town believe the accusation that he knocked over an elderly woman’s Garden Gnome.

The Amber Ruffin Show NBC Peacock

The Amber Ruffin Show (Peacock)

“The Ken doll turned 60 last week, and he sure looks good — but most of it is plastic.”

—Amber Ruffin cracks a joke about an aging Ken doll’s dependence on “plastic” surgery.

This is Us Jack Pearson Milo Ventimiglia

This is Us (NBC)

Sally: “Jack! You have a very proud, determined energy. Cancer?”

Jack: “Uh, no. I’m fine.”

—Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) mistakes a comment about his star sign for a question about his physical health.

Country Comfort - Katharine McPhee as Bailey - Netflix

Country Comfort (Netflix)

“I heard this voice calling out to me. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Stand a little taller… somethin’ somethin’ somethin’ when I’m alone. And that’s when I knew God was trying to send me a message via Kelly Clarkson.”

—Bailey (Katharine McPhee) reflects on what she deemed to be a sign from God… or more likely the lyrics of a Kelly Clarkson song.

Shameless Showtime Carl Gallagher Ethan Cutoksky

Shameless (Showtime)

Frank: “Time for me to step up and be a father.”

Carl: “Why would you start now?”

—The Gallagher kids have seen Frank (William H. Macy) fail them time and time again, which is why when he attempts to step up to the plate of fatherly duties, Carl (Ethan Cutoksky) is not phased.


The Walking Dead Eugene Porter Season 10

The Walking Dead (AMC)

“To be blunter, all my kinfolk are counting on me to be a cross between Santa Claus and a guardian angel, if you will.”

—Eugene (Josh McDermitt) expresses the large amount of pressure riding on this mission in the most distinctly Eugene way possible.

The Good Doctor - Fiona Gubelmann as Morgan

The Good Doctor (ABC)

“Wow. That statement has the absolute ideal ratio of heartlessness, humble-bragging, and machismo. Bravo.”

—Morgan’s (Fiona Gubelmann) retort to Alex’s (Will Yun Lee) very self-centered advice

Superman & Lois Jon The CW
The CW

Superman & Lois (The CW)

Clark: “There was a time in my life when I felt just like you.”

Jon: “Yeah, well I’m sure. When was that? When you were, I don’t know, lifting an oil tanker? Or maybe flying laps around Saturn?”

—When Jon (Jordan Elsass) gets dumped, Clark (Tyler Hoechlin) tries to console him, but instead further fuels his anger.