!!1989 film
* Gil laughing after his youngest son trashes a school play, showing he can take joy in the roller coaster of life.
* Tod, bonding with Garry and showing signs of being a positive parental substitute for Garry's worthless DisappearedDad.
** Highlighted by Tod's speech about parenting:
--> ''You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car. Hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they'll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father.''
* Paired with {{Tearjerker}}, Frank's achingly simple, yet bizarrely gentle version of BrutalHonesty in his conversation with grandson Cool:
--> '''Cool''': My dad's going away.
--> '''Frank''': Yes.
--> '''Cool''': He's leaving right away.
--> '''Frank''': Yes
--> '''Cool''': Is he ever coming back?
--> '''Frank''': No.([[{{Beat}} beat]]) Would you like to stay here with us?
--> (Cool nods)
--> '''Frank''': Okay, then.
* Gil and Frank finally bonding.
* The ending. Admit it, you teared up.

!!2010 TV Series
* Zeek's "I did not give you permission to mess with my dreams" speech in the season 2 finale.
* Towards the end of season 3 when Sarah trusts Amber to figure out her own problems when [[spoiler: she and her boss have romantic feelings for each other]]. Also a show of CharacterDevelopment on her part.