Awesome / Boston Public

Season 1

  • Steven slamming a bully up against a locker in the first episode.
    • Earlier in the episode, Guber puts the same bully in his place:
      Guber: Look at me...LOOK AT ME, sir. Do we need to work on eye contact? You'll continue looking at me until further notice.
      • And moments later, they're seen in the same position.
  • Harvey getting revenge on Sheryl Holt by having his granddaughter engineer a computer virus on Sheryl's website.
  • Marla's speech to the school board in the third episode.
    Marla: Let me tell you something, let me tell all of you something—the reason I've had I is because I have to go into a room day after day after damn day and try to break through to a bunch of kids who don't want to listen, don't want to learn and don't want to give me the decency of being quiet! Harry Senate shot off a gun? I woulda rolled in a big cannon if I knew where to get one! I would've tried anything! And you show me a teacher who doesn't almost lose his or her mind sometimes, and I'll show you a teacher who's not trying! I can show you some parents who aren't! You send 'em to school thinkin', "Job's done—it's up to the teachers now." Well, it doesn't work that way! You gotta get in this, too! Kids comin' every day, singin' that jingle—"Those who can't do, teach." They get that from their parents! I know what you think of us! Well, let me tell you—we're in there doing every damn day! And a lot of the doing we do is PARENTING! You want to compare failures? Step right up! Who's first?
    (Silence)
    Board Member: Thank you, Miss Hendricks.
    Marla: (to Superintendent Shinn) And that little whirl you took coming through the school so you could come to this meeting and say "I've been there"—lady, you ain't been there! (as she goes back to her seat) Stuck-up, intellectual, superintendent, frappuccina bitch!
  • Christine finally standing for herself:
    Christine: If you come again—my name is not "The Blob." I don't like being called that. I know it's maybe fun to cheer that, but it's not fun for me. My name is Christine Banks. You want to cheer for me? I ask you to do so using my name. Thank you.
  • Harvey managing to prank Guber as payback for hounding him to go to the doctor. It doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny.
  • Steven standing up to Eleanor Frutt in the crossover with The Practice:
    Steven: I understand you've had a tragedy with one of your partners and these aren't the happiest of times, but if you think you can intimidate me, not gonna happen.
    Eleanor: You project nicely. You don't need to be in my face, but while you're here, look into my eyes. Do I look scared? And by the way, you're not better looking up close.
  • Guber chastising Kevin Jackson, a black student he wants to recruit for his debate team, for his Everything Is Racist mindset.
    Guber: What does it say about how you think of yourself if you were to conclude the only reason I want you on the team is because of the color of your skin? Is that how you view yourself, Mr. Jackson? Are you going to assume the role of "black victim" every opportunity that comes your way? Every gain, every loss, will simply be the by-product of your ethnicity? Why don't you hustle off to your favorite tattoo parlor and have "woe" stamped onto your forehead? Let me tell you, Mr. Jackson—I have no use for victims on my team, no matter what they come in. You have a talent; it's that talent I'm trying to avail myself of. Forgive me for trying to recognize it in the face of your dogged determination not to! (storms off)

Season 2

  • In "Chapter Twenty-Eight," a student steals Meredith's hook, and after Guber finds and retrieves it, he storms into Meredith's classroom where she's in the middle of teaching class, slams the hook down on a desk, orders all the students to stand up, roots out potential culprits, and informs those left standing that by the end of the day, he will have it narrowed down to one. He may be a hard-nosed prick at times, but Guber's badassery is totally undeniable and this scene is just one example.
  • After Steven remains unsympathetic to Louisa's plight after tearing into her for posing as a student and publishing a sex advice column in the student newspaper, Marla calls him out for his harsh attitude and persuades him to give Louisa a chance to regain his trust.
    Steven: What are you looking at?
    Marla: Don't ever underestimate the despair that a person feels over having no purpose. [...] A good man, a good teacher, would be sensitive to that.
    Steven: I'm not.
    Marla: Because you're a big, bald grump, that's why! Steven, you go around giving people second chances, even third chances. Don't you think Louisa deserves the same?
    (Steven grumbles grudgingly)

Season 3

  • In "Chapter Forty-Nine," Guber paying a student, Asa, to practice violin while Guber does some filing. Crosses over with heartwarming.

Season 4

  • A Season 4 episode had a Middle Eastern student, Khalid, being suspected of being a terrorist (he was innocently looking at a terrorist recruitment website in the school library). Students gang up on Khalid's sister, Sabeen, and hurl insults at her, and one even throws a bottle at the girl's feet. Harvey exits the school and pushes a student to the ground, yells at the tormentors, and tells them they're the terrorists before escorting Sabeen back into the school.

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