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[[caption-width-right:350:Why does this man have a gun in space? Because it's '''[[RuleofCool awesome]]'''.]]

->''We are about to SaveTheWorld with [[ArtisticLicensePhysics questionable physics]]!''
-->-- The Website/RottenTomatoes Show

[-If you want "Armageddon" in the Biblical way, see TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. If you wanted the WebOriginal story "Armageddon???", see TheSalvationWar.-]
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A 1998 HighConcept disaster movie from TouchstonePictures, directed by Creator/MichaelBay, produced by JerryBruckheimer, co-written by Creator/JJAbrams, and featuring an AllStarCast.

The plot: a peaceful summer afternoon in [[BigApplesauce New York City]] is disturbed by meteorites falling, destroying all the recognizable buildings and [[WhatMeasureIsAMook killing a bunch of characters we're not supposed to care about]]. UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} reveals they're the pebbles before the boulder -- a meteor ''the size of Texas'' is going to hit Earth in 18 days, and nothing, not even bacteria, will survive. The big brains at NASA have come up with a plan to save the world: land a shuttle on the asteroid and drill far enough into it to place a nuke inside and split it like an apple.

Although they have some of the best scientific minds in the country at NASA, [[ThisAintRocketSurgery they simply aren't as attuned to the job as the best oil drillers]]. So NASA calls in the best -- [[FullNameBasis Harry Stamper]], lifelong oil rig operator considered the best deep sea driller in the world. Harry brings his daughter Grace with him, because he disapproves of her romance with rebellious hotshot AJ, whom Harry fired for having "hunches". On hearing what's at stake, Harry agrees to head into space to lead the drilling project but only on one condition, he brings in his own team. NASA now has to gather a group of blue collar, lawbreaking roughnecks and get them ''trained in two weeks'' to go up to drill the meteor and break it into two pieces that will miss the Earth, or everyone dies.
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!!This film provides examples of:
* ApocalypseHow
* AnyoneCanDie: Fourteen people launch from Earth, which becomes fifteen when they pick up a cosmonaut. [[spoiler:Seven]] make it back.
* AsteroidThicket
* ArtisticLicenseGeology: If an asteroid the size of Texas (i.e., at least 773 miles wide) impacted Earth in the Pacific Ocean, it wouldn't simply "slam into the ocean bedrock" and "create a tidal wave three miles high…covering California and washing up in Denver," as the NASA scientist in the movie projects. At most, oceanic crust is a few miles thick, and below it lies molten mantle, so the actual geological effects of such a massive impact would be [[FreakierThanFiction far worse than the screenwriters' imaginings]]. See Deus Ex Nukina / Sci Fi Writers Have No Sense Of Scale below.
** The film's opening sequence shows the Chicxulub meteor impact 65.5 ± 0.3 million years ago, but erroneously depicts the continents in their modern positions. Earth at that time looked more the map [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cretaceous%E2%80%93Paleogene_boundary#Chicxulub_Crater shown here]].
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: ''Astrophysics'' to be precise.
** The staggering amount of scientific inaccuracies in this film has [[http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/01/nasa-uses-the-movie-armageddon-in-their-management-training-program/ actually prompted NASA]] to use it as part of their management training to see how many inaccuracies would candidates be able to identify. So far, over 160 have been found and with the film being only 2 1/2 hours in length, that averages to roughly one inaccuracy per minute.
* AvengersAssemble: Once Stamper gets the {{exposition}}, he says he's only the world's best driller because he has assembled the [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits world's best drilling team]]; ergo, he needs [[TheMagnificentSevenSamurai his six best men]] (along with five other {{sacrificial lamb}}s) -- but "once they get off the rig, [[LetsSplitUpGang they scatter]]." Cue Music/TheBeatles. "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnvZP8LTO8c Come together, right now!]]" As sung by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDtoZ8M3Q50 Aerosmith.]]
** [[TheBigGuy J. Otis Curlene Bear]]: "Probably the only black man on a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Dog_Motorcycles Big Dog]] in Kadoka, South Dakota."
--->''(while being chased by army choppers)'' "[[IncomingHam COME AND GET PAPA BEAR!]]"
** [[PluckyComicRelief Max]]: "Got a weight limit on the shuttle?"
--->"[[BigEater Got any more of those yellow jelly bear claws?]]"
** [[TheSmartGuy Rockhound]]: "We call him 'Hound' because, um, he's horny."
---> "[[LovableSexManiac How old are you, again?]]"
** [[NaiveNewcomer Oscar Choi]]: "Spacey but absolutely brilliant geologist."
---> ({{Big Damn Gunship}}s) "What the--"
** [[TheObiWan Charles "Chick" Chapel]]: "At the craps table, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada."
---> (Rolls lucky seven) "Charles Chapel, game's over."
** As for TheLancer: "The only one knows how to run it as well as I do is A.J."
---> "You know, A.J., [[ExactWords there's not a job on the planet]] that [[TeethClenchedTeamwork I want you to work with me on.]]"
* AwardBaitSong: Music/{{Aerosmith}}'s "Don't Want To Miss A Thing"
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: AJ, Bear, and Lev arrive in the second Armadillo just minutes after the first one gets thrown into space by a gas pocket.]]
* BittersweetEnding: The world is saved. Grace and AJ get married, and large photos of all the roughnecks who died on the mission, in their mission suits, are placed where they would've stood in the wedding party.
** The world is saved, but New York, Paris and Shanghai need some serious cleaning up. (Of ''course'' those things couldn't have landed, like, in the Rub Al-Khali or the Saharan Desert...)
*** They probably did, given the dispersal we're shown ''via'' the scientists' brainstorming sessions/computer screens, but watching empty deserts get hit by giant space rocks is [[RuleOfCool much less exciting]].
* BrickJoke: After Rockhound is selected for the mission, we see him receiving a huge amount of cash from a loan shark. Later, he mentions offhandedly that he's not looking forward to returning safely to Earth because he blew it all on a stripper named Molly Mounds. The real payoff comes at the end, though, when Miss Mounds (who is [[GagBoobs well-named]]) [[TheGlomp greets]] Rockhound as he comes off the shuttle.
** Presumably though, he could make it all back ten times over just doing interviews about the mission, plus whatever actual paycheck the US gov would comp them with afterward.
** Not to mention the fact that part of the compensation for the mission was the roughnecks never paying Taxes again. Ever.
* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: Subverted. Several of the "pebbles" hit a space shuttle and makes it explode, killing the people on board.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Lev ''and then some.'' Rockhound to a lesser extent. {{Lampshaded}} in Lev's case by Truman who warns the shuttle crews that Lev has been "on board the Mir space station for eighteen months ''alone.'' So don't be surprised if he's [[{{Understatement}} a little off.]]"
* ColonelBadass: this trope welcomes Colonel Sharp (William Fichtner) and Colonel Lev Andropov (Creator/PeterStormare) to its ranks.
* ColonyDrop: Really big effing meteor.
** Interesting to note how similar the thing looks to the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Asteroid Axis from the]] TropeNamer. Of course, that one's bizarre, spiny shape was due to having been carved up for minerals by space miners, while the one here has no excuse other than RuleOfCool.
* CreatorCameo: Creator/MichaelBay as a NASA scientist.
* DeadStarWalking: This is more in retrospect since [[spoiler:Owen Wilson]] is a much bigger star now than he was in 1998, but [[spoiler:Oscar]] dies during the crash-landing on the asteroid.
* DeathFromAbove
* DeceptiveLegacy: Chick's ex or estranged wife, incensed by Chick showing up unannounced to see their small son, dismisses him to the boy as "a salesman." Later on, she [[DramaticDrop drops the phone]] and tells the boy the truth when he points out "that salesman is on TV" ... as a member of the Freedom and Independence missions to save earth from the asteroid.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Iron Ferrite." ...yeah.
* DeusExNukina / SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Literally. Suffice to say actively propelling two chunks of several hundred mile-across asteroid rapidly away from each other is going to require a hell of a lot more firepower than you can fit in one nuclear warhead. In RealLife, this scenario of a very large, undiscovered asteroid appearing a few weeks before impact means we die, with no possible way of avoiding the catastrophe.
** Even more insane is the "backup plan" where the nuke will be detonated on the surface. Lampshaded by earlier discussion that this would be entirely ineffective but still done anyway because of some "Presidential Scientific Advisors" who apparently failed Physics 101.
** And, in the words of Creator/RogerEbert:
--->''"OK, say you do succeed in blowing up an asteroid the size of Texas. What if a piece the size of Dallas is left? Wouldn't that be big enough to destroy life on Earth? What about a piece the size of Austin? Let's face it: Even an object the size of that big Wal-Mart outside Abilene would pretty much clean us out, if you count the parking lot."''
** He's not far off. An asteroid the size of a house would destroy the better part of a city. If it's as big as a 20-story office building, it could wipe out an entire city and all its suburbs. A rock [[http://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/natural-disasters/asteroid-hits-earth.htm one mile wide]] would cause a mass extinction; a rock six miles wide wiped out the dinosaurs.
** The six-part Discovery Channel documentary ''Miracle Planet'' features a nightmare-inducing and brutally realistic CGI depiction of a 300-mile-wide asteroid hitting the modern-day Earth (that's less than half the width and around a ''tenth'' the volume of the Texas-sized monster in ''Armageddon''). The asteroid is shown plowing through the planet's crust as though it's tissue paper and plunging into the underlying mantle. This creates a "tsunami" in the molten/semi-liquid mantle that literally peels off a sizable chunk of the Earth's surface. Said ripped-off crust gets flung up into space and rains back down in city-block-sized chunks. Vaporized rock from the asteroid and crust superheats the Earth, until the oceans completely boil away, and what's left of the Earth's crust begins to melt. The only life that could possibly survive such an event would be those bacteria that live deep in the Earth's crust. Emphasis on ''possibly''.
* DisasterMovie
* DramaticDrop: Chick's wife drops the phone she's on when she discovers [[spoiler:Chick is on the team to go try to destroy the asteroid]].
* {{Eagleland}}: Type I of course.
* EmergencyPresidentialAddress: The President delivers an address before the team is launched, wishing them luck in their mission to destroy the asteroid.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt
* EpicMovie
* ExplosionsInSpace: The explosion of the Russian Space Station, for starters.
* FatalFamilyPhoto: Averted. Lev saves one picture of a woman (presumably his wife) from the space station, but never looks at it for the rest of the film and survives.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Rockhound]] wanted to be the one to make the HeroicSacrifice. In his own words, [[spoiler:"I owe a hundred grand to a fat-ass LoanShark, which I spent on a stripper named Molly Mounds"]]. He's ''really'' not looking forward to being kneecapped until he pays back all that money.
** Fortunately, since Team Stamper saved the world and are pretty much BigDamnHeroes, said LoanShark will probably get paid back relatively quickly because Rockhound and company probably made lots of money very quickly on deals, interviews, merchandising, etc... (Plus, he won't be paying taxes ever again.)
** And, most importantly, [[MarshmallowHell Ms. Mounds]] met Rockhound at the spashdown to [[{{Glomp}} welcome him home]].
* GatlingGood: Both of the Armadillo vehicles are armed with these, one of which Rockhound starts shooting wildly when he goes loopy from so-called 'space dementia'.
* GentleGiant: Bear, despite his appearance.
* TheGlomp: Molly Mounds is ''very'' happy that Rockhound made it home safely.
* GloveSnap: Done by a fearsomely large nurse.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: The Russian cosmonaut has been alone on Mir for a while, so he's become a little eccentric.
* GutPunch: [[spoiler:The destruction of the shuttle Independence, ''before'' they even land on the asteroid.]]
* TheGovernment
* HappyFlashback: Right before the nuke detonates, Harry sees visions of happy times with his daughter.
* TheHeroDies: Stamper himself at the end.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Harry kicks AJ back inside the shuttle to go back to Earth and marry Grace while he sticks around for the necessary manual detonation]].
* HollywoodScience
* {{Homage}}: Internal, on a crazed Rockhound's part, to ''DrStrangelove''.
* InfantImmortality: Kind of. It's a small dog who survives the opening destruction scenes, rather than a child.
** On the other side, they did show many kids playing in Paris and Shanghai before these cities fell to RocksFallEveryoneDies...
* InkblotTest: To see if the roughnecks are capable of dealing with space travel.
** Instead, it proves that Rockhound sees breasts everywhere, and AJ is insecure about [[WellDoneSonGuy Harry's attitude towards him]].
* InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace
* JerkWithAHeartofGold: Col. Sharp.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Of all the drillers, Oscar is by the far the most enthusiastic about going into space. [[spoiler: So of course he's the first to die.]]
* LaughingMad: After Rockhound goes quite nutty in space, Rockhound, during the dig, ends up utilizing a Gatling gun and starts shooting indiscriminately while laughing.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: The Russian Space Station is clearly supposed to be the Mir. But considering what happens, it's obviously not called that.
* {{Lzherusskie}}: Creator/PeterStormare, from Sweden, portrayed the loony cosmonaut. Of course, considering it's Peter Stormare, [[OneSceneWonder whose characters often steal the whole damn movie despite having limited roles]], said loony cosmonaut is one of the best characters in the movie.
* LetMeGetThisStraight: Done twice.
* ManlyTears: shed by AJ and by most of the surviving roughnecks during Harry's big speech.
* {{Melodrama}}: This isn't meant to win awards, so it doesn't try.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: None of the named female characters in the film are killed.
* MoodWhiplash: From the roughnecks's reunion outside of the government building to their reactions to why they're there.
* MoreDakka: No, we've got no idea why they fitted a BFG to the Armadillo, either.
** It's a ''ballistic obstacle removal device''. Yeah...
* MutualKill: Hello, Harry vs. Asteroid. (Man destroys asteroid he's riding.) It's really a HeroicSacrifice when he stays on the asteroid to detonate the bomb but the asteroid is cursed at so frequently as to become somewhat personified.
* NationsOfTheWorldMontage
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Only mentioned; while Grace is arguing with Harry about her and A.J.'s relationship, she brings up a laundry list of all the things she had to deal with on her own because he was a distant parent.
-->'''Grace:''' First time I got my period, Rock had to take me to Taipei for Tampax. Then he had to show me how to use them.
-->'''Rock:''' Hey!
-->'''Harry:''' *DeathGlare*
-->'''Rock:''' I ''told'' [[DiggingYourselfDeeper her how to use them]]. I didn't ''show'' her, Harry.
* NuclearOption: Avoids DeusExNukina only by using the nuke to supply the one thing that nukes actually supply -- very large explosions. Unfortunately, even a nuclear explosion wouldn't have been enough to cause the results seen in the movie.
** Though using it to cause a chain reaction with the massive, volatile gas pockets inside the asteroid may well.
*** With what oxygen would it burn?
* NumberTwo: A.J. may be TheLancer, but Chick is clearly Harry's right-hand-man.
* OhCrap: ''Lots'' of them, particularly when they're on the rock itself.
--> '''Chick''': (eerily calm voice) Harry... The clock on that nine foot nuclear weapon is ticking.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: A.J. apologizing too fast lets Harry know he's hiding something. Like Harry's daughter in his bunk.
* OvershadowedByAwesome
* PapaWolf: Harry, of course. He goes ballistic when he thinks his daughter needs to be protected, and you do ''not'' want to be the one in his path. Leads to a CrowningMomentOfFunny when he chases AJ around the oil rig after finding out that he and Grace are together. Harry's PapaWolf qualities ultimately lead him to [[spoiler: sacrifice himself and go down destroying the asteroid in order to allow AJ to live and marry Grace so that she can be happy, leading to the most emotional scenes of the movie]].
** Harry's crew members point out that they all had a hand in raising Grace, so they all feel protective of her. Doubles as a nice CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
* ParentalAbandonment
** DisappearedDad: Chick's gambling problem resulted in his wife taking him to court and removing his paternal rights, so he wasn't willingly disappeared.
*** Technically, Harry Stamper himself.
** MissingMom: Grace was raised by roughnecks because her mother walked out on Harry when Grace was very small, and Harry wouldn't leave the rig.
* ParentalSubstitute: Dan Truman takes over as father figure for Grace once Harry has left the planet. When the military starts manhandling her, he gets them to let her go, and stands protectively over her.
* PercussiveMaintenance: [[spoiler:[[PunctuatedForEmphasis "This! Is how we fix things! On Russian! Space! Station!"]]]]
* PlanB: Subverted. Harry insists NASA has to have a Plan B, and freaks the hell out when he learns they don't.
-->'''Harry Stamper:''' What's your contingency plan?
-->'''Truman:''' Contingency plan?
-->'''Harry Stamper:''' Your backup plan. You gotta have some kind of backup plan, right?
-->'''Truman:''' No, we don't have a back up plan. This is it.
-->'''Harry Stamper:''' And this is the best that you c - that the-the government, the ''[[{{Eagleland}} U.S. government]]'' can come up with? I mean, you-you're NASA for cryin' out loud, you put a man on the moon, you're geniuses! You-you're the guys that think this shit up! I'm sure you got a team of men sitting around somewhere right now just thinking shit up and somebody backing them up! You're telling me you don't have a backup plan, that these eight boy scouts right here, that is the world's hope, that's what you're telling me?
-->'''Truman:''' Yeah.
-->'''Harry Stamper:''' Oh Jesus, dammit.
* PowerWalk - an AffectionateParody of ''TheRightStuff''
** "Man, talk about the ''wrong stuff''..."
** Done two more times. By the roughnecks and astronauts, on their approach to the shuttles and then again at the end. The one at the end deserves special mention, [[spoiler:as the line-up is about 60% thinner.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: "This is one order you shouldn't follow and you ''fucking'' know it!"
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Harry won't work with anybody but his own team, so NASA has to round them up. HilarityEnsues.
* RaceLift: Subverted. Owen Wilson's character was supposed to be Asian American. The surname "Choi" is of Korean origin, but [[ThrowItIn they didn't bother changing it]] when Wilson was cast.
** Which, let's face it, is a mild and unintended case of TruthInTelevision: not everyone has the same ethnicity one's surname might indicate.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: the Roughnecks
* RealityIsUnrealistic: The "slingshot effect" of the shuttle, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Rockhound, who pointed out it didn't ever work out well for [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Wile E. Coyote]].
* RealMenLoveJesus: Mild version of this with Harry Stamper. Of all the characters, he does not indulge any vices on-camera, and several times mentions God or prays outright.
* RedshirtArmy: The other astronaut team [[spoiler: gets killed when their shuttle is hit by meteors. They never even make it to the asteroid]].
* RidiculouslyFastConstruction: In the time Harry goes to NASA and accepts the mission (roughly one or two days), his crew spreads around the world, and AJ even starts his own oil company. Apparently, in earlier versions of the script, NASA was supposed to discover the asteroid several months before it was due to hit, but this was changed to differentiate the plot from ''Film/DeepImpact''.
** It's also a ShoutOut to the role of JamesDean in the film ''Giant'', which similarly involved a rebellious young man going and making his own fortune in oil. Has similar scenes, too.
* RidingTheBomb: See homage, above.
* RuleOfCool
* SanitySlippage: Rockhound ends up losing some of his sanity while undergoing the mission, eventually culminating in him using a gatling gun to to shoot everything in sight.
* ScaryBlackMan: Michael Clarke Duncan's "Bear" is a surprising subversion. He's [[BruiserWithASoftCenter rather a softy]], despite looking huge and menacing.
* SceneryGorn: The post-meteor shower shots of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity; Paris also counts. Bigtime.
* SeinfeldianConversation: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD25aAsDqZ8 Animal crackers]]. And the thing is, it's not played for laughs. It was actually meant to be deep and romantic.
* SigilSpam: The giant decals all over the interior of both shuttles bearing the shuttles' name and insignia. Apparently, NASA's art department isn't afraid of the end of the world.
** Or more accurately, they consider it morale-boosting to remind these guys that they're brave heroes doing important work.
* SmurfettePrinciple: The two shuttle crews have only one woman between them. Incidentally, [[MenAreTheExpendableGender her shuttle isn't smashed up during the approach]].
* SomeoneHasToDie: [[spoiler:Due to the DeusExNukina getting damaged such that someone has to stay behind.]]
* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay:
** Why on Earth would they want to make the Russian space station ''rotate'' before they started docking with it? It'd just make the docking maneuver that much more complicated, and the ArtificialGravity you generated would be directed radially -- toward the outer edge of the rotation -- not top-to-bottom as was shown.
*** Well, given NASA seems to have mastered ArtificialGravity inside its space shuttles (note the unrestricted movement of crew members ''inside'' the shuttle as opposed to ''outside'' the shuttle on the asteroid) maybe this had something to do with it.
* SpaceIsNoisy: It's an ActionMovie. Enough said.
* SpaceMadness: Rockhound's "space dementia" and the Russian cosmonaut's behavior.
* SpaceSuitsAreScubaGear: So that [[spoiler:Harry can subvert his future son-in-law's HeroicSacrifice by yanking his air line and taking his place.]]
* TakeThat
** In the first scene, a bunch of toy Godzillas are attacked by a small dog.
** Also the victim of a TakeThat from ''DeepImpact'': When the tidal wave hit, the first structure we see it taking out is an oil rig.
* ThisAintRocketSurgery: The engineers at NASA couldn't properly assemble Stamper's drill.
* ThrowAwayCountry: France and China.
* TitleDrop: "Literature/TheBible calls this day ''Armageddon'', the end of all things."
** Though the word actually refers to the place where the battle for the final days will happen - which somehow fits the title as they go to the asteroid to destroy it.
* TooDumbToLive: Under advice from his idiot advisers, the President decides to detonate the bomb when Harry's team runs behind schedule, even though this would ''do absolutely nothing''. He even ignores the head of NASA when told, point-blank, this exact fact. '''The entire planet is at stake,''' and the President nearly sacrifices it to a knee-jerk reaction.
* TwoWords: Harry likes to do them.
* TheWarRoom
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Freddy Noonan. One of the oil-drillers on AJ's team who, along with Oscar, died when the Independence crashed on the asteroid. Compared to the rest of the oil-drill cast, you hardly ever see this guy except to say a forgettable one-liner here and there. ''He doesn't even get a spot in the montage of hilarious introductions to the drillers-turned-astronauts''.
** Some of the astronauts as well. The two who died flying the Independence in particular; Lt. Halsey doesn't even get a single line of dialogue.
* WhoShotJFK: One of the requests made by Stamper's team was to be told this in exchange for going on the mission. All they get are blank stares.
** Might be a ShoutOut to Creator/MichaelBay's previous film, ''Film/TheRock''.
* WildlifeCommentarySpoof
* WireDilemma: Played straight when the Pentagon activates the nuclear bomb on the shuttle because they believe the mission is doomed to failure, and the Air Force nuclear specialists on the mission have to disarm it. In this case, the airmen can't shut the bomb down directly because it has been remotely activated, and they have to cut the wiring. The usual dilemma is subverted; the airman disarming the wires briefly hesitates when determining which wire to cut, but he remembers exactly which one to cut after a second of thought.
** Also justified in that they weren't trying to disable the bomb, as they still needed to use it. They just needed to disable the activated timer and stop the Pentagon ordered launch. It's also unclear if cutting the wrong wire would cause the bomb to detonate, or if it just wouldn't stop the countdown.
* WithThisRing: Rockhound puts the mack on a hot blonde in a bar by informing her her shiny new engagement/wedding ring is not a real diamond.
** AJ puts a dinky little ring on Grace after she accepts his proposal. You'd think that a skilled oil rig worker could afford a better ring, but considering his relationship with Harry, he may have GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity.
*** They might have discussed it beforehand, with Grace telling AJ she ''wanted'' a small ring. Not all women like to flash around big jewelry, even for an engagement ring. And given the fact she works on oil rigs losing a tiny ring would not be as huge a financial loss as a sentimental one. Likewise, a bigger ring might get snagged on the machinery.

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