Remember the scene where writer Melvin Udall, played by Jack Nicholson, and Carol ‘the waitress’ played by Helen Hunt take turns driving his ‘queer neighbor,’ Simon, played by Greg Kinear, from New York to Maine to contact his parents and ask for money?
Simon is relating “his story” to Helen, who is driving at the time, and she asks him to wait while she pulls over because she wants to give her full attention. Pulling to the side of the road and parking, Helen listens intently as Simon goes on and on about how his father beat him when he found out he was gay, handed him a ‘big fat wad of sweaty money’, told him to get out and he never wanted to see him again.
Jack, who is sitting in the back seat, is obviously irritated by the story, especially since Helen, who he is secretly very fond of, seems so taken by it.
Melvin keeps interrupting to try and divert her attention.
Carol holds Simon’s hand and says…It’s ok, we all have these terrible stories to get over.
Frustrated, he finally buts-in and says...
“It’s not true! Some of us have great stories, pretty stories that take place at lakes with boats and friends and noodle salad. Just no one in this car. But, a lot of people, that’s their story. Good times, noodle salad. What makes it so hard is not that you had it bad, but that you’re pissed that so many others had it good.
Now let’s get back on the road and see if we can get another wad of sweaty money out of your father’s hand!”