top fives: leading ladies | olivia dunham
Call me sweetheart one more time, I’d really like that.
I wish you could see yourself the way I see you. You have no idea how extraordinary you are.
I know that because I am an anomaly.
“I understand that you think I acted too emotionally, putting aside the fact that men always say that about women they work with - I’ll get straight to the point. I am emotional. I do bring it into my work. It’s what motivates me. It helps me get into the headspace of our victims. See what they’re seeing. Even if I don’t want to. Even if it horrifies me. I think it makes me a better agent. If you have a problem with that, I’m sorry. You can fire me… But I hope you don’t.”
EIGHT CHARACTERS » Olivia Dunham
I’m not afraid of anything anymore.
I have one thing, Ms. Dunham, that you do not… I have faith in you.
“People make up explanations, assign meanings to things without knowing, because it’s reassuring, it’s comforting. And I can’t do that. Because I know too much.”
It’s simply an anomaly. I know that because I’m an anomaly. I’ve moved things with my mind. I’ve lit things on fire, I’ve caught bullets mid-air. I’ve seen things that people only dream about. I’ve seen the seams between universes ripped apart. Things that humans shouldn’t see. People make up explanations; assign meaning to things without knowing because it’s… it’s reassuring. It’s comforting. But I can’t do that. Because I know too much.
“The fact that I am here has got nothing to do with anything except feeling. And soon, you’re not gonna be able to feel anything, not for me, not for Etta. She saved my life today with the bullet she brought to us. She’s alive inside us. And there’s nothing that Windmark can do about it because the love that we can share with her now is invulnerable to space and time, even to them. And I know that our hearts are broken and that it hurts, but that’s what makes us human. Peter, it’s our strength, because it’s the one thing that they don’t have. Now, we need to hold on to our connection with Etta, feeling what we felt for her, or she dies all over again. And we cannot let her be erased. Peter, I’m not asking you to abandon her. I’m asking you to hold on to her. You’re not one of them. You’re one of us. I want you to listen to me. I’m not gonna lose you again. Peter… Look at me. I love you. I love you.”
Fringe, 5x08 The Human Kind
You should know what you’re getting into Agent Dunham. I would say this to my own daughter; be careful and good luck.