Quotes / Could Have Avoided This Plot

"Why does he have to kill them to prove his point? Can't he just show them a pie chart or something?"

Chris: Honestly, Lex seems like a pretty good kid at this point. He even makes a joke about the accident, referring to himself as “the maniac in the Porsche” on the card. The card he sends with the NEW CAR HE BOUGHT FOR THEM.
David: As far as I can tell, Lex turning super-evil is entirely the result of Jonathan being a total douche to him. At this point, Lex clearly thinks his dad is kind of a dick.
Chris: You get the feeling that if he Jonathan would’ve let him come over and hang out and refer to him as “Mr. K,” everything would’ve been all right.
David: Rather than being about how the Kents were moral paragons who inspired Clark to become Superman, this show is really about the Kents being spiteful dicks who inspired Lex to become a mass murderer.
Chris: Pretty much!
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Pilot")

"You know, all this crap could have been avoided if Lelouch just kept his mouth shut and not make a stupid joke like go kill the Japanese in front of Euphy."
D180, commenting on a scene from Super Robot Wars Z 2: Hakai-hen. (Warning: Code Geass R1 Spoilers)

"Meet Juliet from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. She is about to take her own life. This fate could've been avoided, if she'd had a Sassy Gay Friend."

"Why didn't you just knock on the door? I could have gotten it for you."
Mr. Mertle, The Sandlot

Applejack: Y'know, this all could've been avoided if y'all just came to me in the very beginning.
Sweetie Belle: That's what I was trying to say!