The scene with Mrs. Lovell (with daughter Susan) trying to tell her mother-in-law (who is recovering from a stroke) about the trouble her son is in, and the Cool Old Lady response. Hilarious, D'awwwwww-worthy, AND Awesome all in one.
(To Susan, who begins to cry):"You scared, honey? Well don't you worry. If they could get a washing machine to fly, my Jimmy could land it."
- All the more cool when you realize that director Ron Howard had cast his own mother, Jean Speegle Howard, in the role of Lovell's mom. She got more lines than her husband, Rance ("Sheridan's Dad") Howard, who sat in a non-speaking role as the family priest near the end of the film. Ron completed his goal of casting his entire family with little brother Clint ("Tranya-loving Balok") Howard as NASA engineer Sy Liebergot, EECOM specialist.