Heroes always arrive late
— Masahiro Sakurai, in the Smash Bros Dojo
Mal: Well, look at this! Appears we got here just in the nick of time. What does that make us?
Zoe: Big Damn Heroes, sir!
Mal: Ain't we just?
— Firefly, "Safe"
That was too close... you were almost a Jill Sandwich!
It was, she though, the first time the experience had differed from one of her sci-fi anime series. There, when the kill-sats inevitably went out of control and targeted the good guys, they'd only be stopped from firing at the last instant, even as the villains were giving the fire command. Not so here. If her screen was accurate, they'd had all of forty-seven seconds left over.
Chloe: "Clark, why do you always have to wait until the last second?"
Clark: "It wouldn't be as funny otherwise."
"That's the thing about rescues. They only happen in the nick of time."
—The Fourth Doctor, Babblesphere
'"Thank God for that. For one ghastly moment I thought I was... too late. If only more people would call in the nick of time."
—Veterinarian, Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Confuse-A-Cat"
Come along! ♪ We're gonna find adventure! ♪. ♪ Hurray! ♪ Around the world! ♪ Together we're Justin Time. ♪ ...
From the show's Title Theme Tune