The Ultimate Task


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    Ted Hamilton: So you're Jason's friend?
    Emily: Yes. I am.
    Ted Hamilton: True friend?
    Emily: Absolutely. Pinkie promise.
    Ted Hamilton: So how long have you known Mr. Stevens?
    Emily: We go way back, we're like this.
    Emily: Now where do I sign?
    Ted Hamilton: And, um... , he hasn't promised you any compensation for this friendship?
    Emily: Look at him. Does he LOOK like he has anything to offer?
    Ted Hamilton: So, uh... , you expect this friendship to continue?
    Emily: I plan on knowing Jason for the rest of my life.
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    Red Stevens: When I achieved my dreams, it was like going home to a place I'd never been before. You don't know that feeling, do ya? The first few gifts I've given you have been practical - show up, do this and do that - and then the gifts started needing you to provide input. They needed intuition. Still, your average person is too weighted down. Jason, you need to be free, free to dream. You need to come up with a dream then act on it.
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    Stranger [translating Spanish read by Jason]: "Neither love nor hate thy life; but what thou livest, live well - however long or short may the heavens permit."
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    Miss Hastings [appraising Red's relatives]: It's amazing just how far the fruit can fall from the tree.
    Ted Hamilton: And still roll a great distance.
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    Red Stevens: How can I give you something and not have it ruin you like your uncles and aunts... even some of their kids? So, I wanna give you a gift - a series of gifts, leading up to... well, I wanna call it "the ultimate gift;" but, you fail in any way, it's over. You get nothing. And everything you do must be to Mr. Hamilton's satisfaction. You might wanna make friends with him sooner than later.
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    Red Stevens: Our lives should be lived not avoiding problems but welcoming them as challenges that will strengthen us so that we can be victorious in the future.
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    Ted Hamilton [reading Red's will]: "To Sarah, widow of my late son, Jay Howard Stevens. I am truly sorry for the events of the past. Please know that Jay's death represents the greatest tragedy I have ever experienced. I leave you control of my Myers Park estate where you now reside and a managed trust for expenses as long as you live."
    Sarah Stevens [smugly to her male companion]: There we go.
    Ted Hamilton [continuing]: "Since your choice of male companionship is vast and varied, the deed and title for the house shall remain under the control of my trustees."
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    Red Stevens: What I could not accomplish in life I have done in death. As long as you're still alive, I will be, too.
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    Jason Stevens [laughing down at his dinner]: I'm afraid to ask.
    Bella: Oh, you will love it. It's so rare we catch one.
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    Emily: So, you have a bet with a dead guy?
    Jason Stevens: Mm-hm.
    Emily: Cool.
  11. 2
    Jason Stevens: I need a friend.
    Emily: Explain yourself.
    Jason Stevens: It's complicated.
    Emily: No. It's not. It's pathetic.
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    Red Stevens [chuckling]: Yeah, well, you don't begin to live until you've lost everything.
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    Caitlin [calling on cellphone]: So I'm dying to know. What did you get?
    Jason Stevens: Uh, it's complicated, but it involves land, building materials and slave labor.
    Caitlin: They're giving you a shopping mall?
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    Jason Stevens: I don't need his money.
    Caitlin: Yeah, but one can always use some extra walking around money.
    Jason Stevens: Not if I have to sell my soul.
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    Stranger [reading Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities]: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness..."
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    Emily: Do you know God paints every color on a butterfly with his fingers?
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    Red Stevens: Jason, any process worth going through will get tougher before it gets easier. That's what make learning a gift, even if pain is your teacher.
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    Jason Stevens: You thinking about butterflies?
    Emily: No, Jason. I'm looking at the stars
    Jason Stevens: You know, I set this whole thing up because I thought YOU wanted to go horseback riding, not your mom.
    Emily: Get real. Horses are smelly and sweaty.
    Jason Stevens: So, sweetie, what's YOUR dream. If you could dream of anything - anything - what would YOUR dream be?
    Emily: My dream? My dream was a perfect day... and I'm just finishing it. My dream is to be with people I love, who love each other, and that love me.
    Emily: What about you, Jason? What's your dream?
    Jason Stevens: I don't know. For as long as I can remember, all I wanted to do was have fun. Now, I don't have a clue.
    Emily: It's okay. Guys are clueless.
    Emily: Hey, you have to know this: even if you don't have a dream of your own, you gave me mine. That counts for something.
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    Emily: Yeah, you can kiss me, even though you're a guy.
    Jason Stevens: I missed you, too.
    Emily: Whatever. Let's cut to the chase. You really blew it with us this Christmas.
    Jason Stevens: I... I was unavoidably detained.
    Emily: Okay, yeah. I want Christmas. I want - to ride - a horse.
    Jason Stevens: Oh, I-I got, like, a week or two left with this other thing but, um... , lemme make a call and we'll s...
    Emily: Jason. Now.
    Jason Stevens: Okay.
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    Gus: Don't worry. You'll run out of posts before you run out of Texas.