Best Lines of the Week (February 17-23): ‘If I Have to Choose, I’m Going to Pick Me’

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey in 'Grey's Anatomy' on ABC

March is just around the corner, but February isn’t letting up with all this great TV!

Just like spring, TV this week was full of new beginnings. Outer Banks returned for its third season, just as full of teen drama and treasure hunts as ever before! Higgins (Perdita Weeks) and Magnum’s (Jay Hernandez) relationship blossomed in the Season 5 premiere of Magnum P.I.. Though marked by disappointment, this week’s episode of The Bachelor saw a bud of warmth when the contestants shared a rose.

On a more bittersweet note, we had to say goodbye to Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) on Grey’s Anatomy as she left Grey Sloan and Seattle for greener, Bostonian pastures to take a new job and enroll her daughter Zola in the school of her dreams. We have always chosen you, Mer — we’re glad you chose yourself!

Sometimes new beginnings are painful. On the more metaphorical side, The Last of Us gave us Joel (Pedro Pascal) emotionally reuniting with his brother Tommy (Gabriel Luna) and confronting his fears in a rare moment of vulnerability for the hardened character. On the more literal side, judge Katy Perry jokingly suggested a contestant on American Idol slap her to provide motivation for a performance. We all have our own methods.

Keep reading to see some more of our favorite lines from this week!

Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins in 'Magnum P.I.' on NBC

Magnum P.I. (NBC)

Higgins: “I’m not sure you’re aware of this, but our friends are actually kind of invested in the idea of you and me as a couple.”

Magnum: “Oh, I’m aware. They even have a text chain about it.”

— Higgins attempts to set some boundaries for her and Magnum’s new relationship by having it remain secret, for now.


Bob's Burgers (Fox)

“We told him not to put the word ‘mold’ on the menu, but he hates money.”

— Louise (voiced by Kristen Schaal) pokes fun at the burger of the day, The Mold Man and the Sea Burger, for the visiting rower Quincy Cox (voiced by Rhys Darby).

'The Bachelor' on ABC

The Bachelor (ABC)

Greer: “Do you want the rose? Do you want the rose? Does anyone want a petal?”

Kaity: “I think we should all take a petal!”

— After being stood up by Bachelor Zach Shallcross on a group date, Greer and Kaity cheer up the rest of the ladies by sharing the coveted rose.

Lukita Maxwell and Harrison Ford as Alice and Paul in 'Shrinking'
Apple TV+

Shrinking (Apple TV+)

Alice: “That hat is ridiculous.”

Paul: “Now you’re just lying to hurt me.”

— Alice (Lukita Maxwell) lashes out at Paul (Harrison Ford) after she finds out her crush, and her father’s patient, Sean (Luke Tennie), is moving out.

Pedro Pascal as Joel in 'The Last of Us'

The Last of Us (HBO)

“I mean, it’s why you took off on me, right? To make up for the things we did? Well, here’s your chance to bring your kid into a better world.”

— Joel tells his brother Tommy to take Ellie (Bella Ramsey) to Colorado out of fear he’ll fail her.

Amy Acker and Warren Christie in 'The Watchful Eye' on Freeform

The Watchful Eye (Freeform)

“I am so angry. I am angry at her for leaving Jasper, for leaving you. For leaving me.”

— On the first birthday after her untimely death, Tory (Amy Acker) expresses anger at her sister Allie (Emily Tennant) to her brother-in-law Matthew (Warren Christie).

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey in 'Grey's Anatomy' on ABC

Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

“I want you in my life if you want to be in my life. But if I have to choose, I’m going to pick me. I pick my kids and what’s best for us. And I am not going to beg you to love me.”

— In the character’s final episode, Meredith tells Nick (Scott Speedman) that despite his frustration at her moving away, she will always choose herself in a touching callback to her iconic “Pick me. Choose me. Love me” line.

Masked Singer

The Masked Singer (Fox)

“As a Jew, we’re not supposed to put lobsters or shellfish in us because it’s not Kosher. It’s so weird for a Jew to be in a lobster.”

— The Rock Lobster is revealed to be comedian Howie Mandel.

Josh Banday

Not Dead Yet (ABC)

“I have a gay moon and a heterosexual rising, otherwise known as bi.”

— Dennis (Joshua Banday) explains why he is an expert in setting up straight people.

Rudy Pankow as J.J. in 'Outer Banks' on Netflix

Outer Banks (Netflix)

John B.: “J.J.! What is it? Snack time? What are we doing?”

J.J.: “You know what? I feel very judged right now.”

— While searching a crime scene, John B. (Chase Stokes) discovers a clue as J.J. (Rudy Pankow) raids the fridge.

Katy Perry

American Idol (ABC)

“I need you to come here and slap me across the face as hard as you possibly can.”

— In an attempt to get contestant Lyric Medeiros to sing with more grit, judge Katy Perry jokingly tells Lyric to slap her across the face.