[first lines]

Thomas Alden: Amy? It's your dad.

Amy Alden: Dad?

Thomas Alden: I came down from Canada. I've come to take you home.

Amy Alden: Where's Mom?

Thomas Alden: Um...

Amy Alden: Mum died, didn't she?

Amy Alden: [Just after Barry and Tom have accidentally seen her after her shower] HE'S SO WEIRD!

Susan Barnes: You're right. He is.

Amy Alden: Who was that guy?

Susan Barnes: Oh, he's just a guy, and he didn't see you.

Amy Alden: He did. And why did he bring that guy to CHOP THEIR WINGS OFF?

Susan Barnes: You're father didn't know he was going to do that. Nobody knew he was going to do that.


Susan Barnes: Amy, listen to me. I know I can never replace your mother. No one can. But if you let me, I can be your friend. And the first rule about friends is they have to trust each other, right? I promise you, nothing is going to happen to those geese. I won't let it and neither will your dad.

Amy Alden: [cries]

DNR Officer: Who's the guy at the house?

Amy Alden: It's my Uncle David. He's got a black belt. We call him KILLER!

Amy Alden: Mama to Papa. That was so cool!

Thomas Alden: Yeah, great. I just made a criminal out of my own daughter. Now we'll both do time behind bars.

Amy Alden: Dad, stop being so dramatic.

Thomas Alden: Now, look, this is just the beginning, Amy. We've got to make 120 nautical miles by sundown, fly across Lake Ontario, cross an international boundary without a permit carrying stolen goods, without filing a flight plan, without any official approval, four days behind schedule. We're on the edge, my dear.

Susan Barnes: Broken promises are the worst. Better not to promise anything.

[watching Amy lead the geese around]

Thomas Alden: It's amazing, isn't it, how they, uh, follow her around like that?

DNR Officer: Yeah, yeah, yeah. It's, uh, called imprinting. The first living thing a goose sees when it's born, it automatically assume is its mother.

Thomas Alden: Huh.

DNR Officer: They'll follow her anywhere.

David Alden: You must be Amy. I gave you Silly Putty once for Christmas. You ate it.

[Startled awake, still remembering a dream]

David Alden: They came at me from the frozen food section. Their lips were so blue...

Amy Alden: Why did he bring that ranger guy here to CHOP THEIR WINGS OFF?

Susan Barnes: Your father didn't know, nobody knew he was going to do that...

Amy Alden: Yes he did and he's coming back!

Susan Barnes: No!

Amy Alden: Yes he is! He said he was!

Susan Barnes: Amy, listen to me.

Amy Alden: No!

David Alden: With this baby you could fly over the Empire State Building.

Thomas Alden: Or end up as a big pound of ground round. One of the two.

Susan Barnes: [about the plan to fly south with the geese] This will never work!

Thomas Alden: [confused] But I thought you liked the geese.

Susan Barnes: [shouts] I *DO* LIKE THE GEESE!

Amy Alden: [the ranger's trying to clip a goose's wing with a nail cutter] WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

[hits him on the head with a metal bowl]

Thomas Alden: GET OFF OF MY LAND!

Thomas Alden: Knock them off!

Hunter: Holy shit!