- Javier stalling for time so Akeelah can get back: "Can you use it in a song?"
- And then as soon as he sees Akeelah come back, he says "Never mind" and quickly spells the word.
- After they've sat down again, Akeelah thanks him and he complains (paraphrased) "I was about to do a tap dance."
- Derrick-T telling Akeelah to kick Dylan's butt while watching the national bee on TV:
Derrick-T: B-U-T-T, butt!