* Homer Sr. has a proxy-PapaWolf moment when he sees Roy Lee being beaten by his stepfather, the resident abusive alcoholic. He does the whole grab-you-by-the-collar thing without the punch-you-in-the-face part, all the while plagued by soot-filled lungs:
-->'''Homer Hickam, Sr:''' Now you listen to me you drunken son of a bitch. If that boy's father were still alive, he'd kick your ass. So I'm gonna have to do it for him. If I see him with a bruise... you get a scar. If I see him with a limp... you get '''crutches'''! Do you hear me? Do you hear me?\\
'''Vernon:''' I'm reportin' you to the union!\\
'''Homer Hickam, Sr:''' Screw you and your damn union!