Saturday, August 05, 2006

Where can I find this?

I caught the series finale of Mad About You last weekend. I just love the whole thing. Even the stupid montage at the end. It's not the best episode of all time but it's close. I found the following quotes from an episode in the last season that I saw for the first time a couple of weeks ago.

Paul is about to go into surgery and he says:

"I just wanna say something to you.

Should anything happen... I mean I know it won't but better safe than sorry.

I want you to know that you are the single greatest blessing I have ever received. I mean I don't know why we were put here on this earth. I don't know what they want from us, except I have always known that I am supposed to be by your side and taking care of you and having a family with you and making you happy.

In a universe that is like ninety-nine per cent dissapointment you are the one sure thing. You are the proof that life is good. You are my life.

After some yelling and whinging and general freaking out Jamie says this:

"Oh my god, don't ever die.

'Give me my Romeo, and when he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars, and make the face of heaven so fine that all the world would be in love with night.'

Did I ever tell you I played Juliet in the fifth grade? I did. Opposite Steven Palumbo's Romeo. Oy. What an actor he was. He started crying during my monologue when he was supposed to be dead, because he said I was leaning on his arm.

Oh my god, don't ever die.

I have so much more to tell you, and I'm not interested in telling it to anyone else. And I'm not saying I'd be helpless. I mean, I'm bright and fairly good with money. I mean, I guess I'm cute, right? You would say, 'What, are you kidding me? You, my little friend, are a perfect example of beautiful.' And so I am. 'Cause I am nothing more or less than what I see in your eyes when you look at me. Do you know how long I waited for you? My mother used to say I was too picky, or afraid of commitment, and that's why I was still unmarried by the age of almost 30. But the truth is, I was just looking for you. Do you know how close I came to being a narrow, cold, mistrustful woman? But you have given me a life so big and full and good ...and fun! I don't even know what we do, really, besides clean up and complain and wish we were sleeping, but with you, somehow... fun.

And I'll tell you a secret. When we got married, I couldn't imagine still wanting to be with anyone all this time later. But I do. It's a miracle to me. You are a miracle. You've made me happy. Which is something I never, ever thought I'd be.

Yes, they're cheesy and silly and perhaps overly romantic but man we're living in a bombs and guns kind of world, we could use a little sappy fun.

These are lovely and all but what I truly want to find are the "real" vows they exchange at the end of the series finale. I have spent way more time combing the internet for them than a person with a full time job should and I still can't find them. Anybody out there know where they are?


  1. For reasons that have never been adequately explained to me, Kizz, Mad About You has never been released to DVD in a season-by-season way. One can get the first and second seasons and something called the "Mad About You Collection" which, I'm gathering, is a culling of particular eposides that Helen Hunt felt illustrated the spirit of the show, but that's it.

    I looked into this a while back when I caught an episode as I was idly flipping through channels one rainy afternoon. It remains one of my all-time favorite shows. Never before (or since - though I'd allow for the possibility of Allison and Joe) has a t.v. couple had more natural chemistry - I truly believed that Jamie and Paul loved each other. It was masterful work and I wish they'd release the whole series on DVD. I'd buy them.

  2. I'm told that the first 2 seasons are out on DVD now but I haven't looked for it. It was a glorious show and I miss it.

  3. Are you looking for the script? 'Cause I think I found it.... try checking out this site:

    It appears to include dialogue from the entire episode, but check it to see if it's what you are looking for.

    And for the record, I LOVE that show. It is so true, and funny, and real, and yet still something you want to laugh about.