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  • The Closing Monologue Daniel gives as Mrs. Doubtfire in response to a letter from a little girl whose parents have split up:
    Mrs. Doubtfire: Oh, my dear Katie. You know, some parents, when they're angry, they get along much better when they don't live together. They don't fight all the time, and they can become better people, and much better mummies and daddies for you. And sometimes they get back together. And sometimes they don't, dear. And if they don't, don't blame yourself. Just because they don't love each other anymore, doesn't mean that they don't love you. There are all sorts of different families, Katie. Some families have one mommy, some families have one daddy, or two families. And some children live with their uncle or aunt. Some live with their grandparents, and some children live with foster parents. And some live in separate homes, in separate neighborhoods, in different areas of the country - and they may not see each other for days, or weeks, months... even years at a time. But if there's love, dear... those are the ties that bind, and you'll have a family in your heart, forever. All my love to you poppet, you're going to be alright... bye bye.
  • Remember the horrendously boring professor talking about dinosaurs? The one that the boss wanted to get rid of, for dragging down the whole afternoon lineup? Well Daniel must have talked the boss into keeping him around, because at the end, he's seen on Mrs. Doubtfire's show as "Mr. Sprinkles," the friendly mailman! Every episode, he brings mail from the viewers.
    • That certainly brings the McFeels.
  • Despite all the issues involving their parents, the children stay close.
  • The absolutely magnificent candlelight dinner Daniel prepares for the family on his first full day as Mrs. Doubtfire. He had to do some quick thinking owing to his lack of cooking ability, but despite the close calls he's able to greet Miranda to a spotless home and a great meal to cap off the evening. Lydia notes that it's the happiest she'd ever seen her mother in what feels like forever, and Daniel is quite touched when he hears it from her.
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  • After the tragic death of Robin Williams in 2014, Mara Wilson wrote this touching and empathetic essay on her blog in tribute to her Doubtfire co-star, in the end paraphrasing her most infamous line to great effect.
  • The bus driver is kind of played for laughs with how he hits on Mrs. Doubtfire and doesn't realize it's a man underneath, but he seems like a sweet guy. This especially comes through in this dialogue:
    Mrs. Doubtfire: He broke the mold when he made me, dear. He made me very special.
    Bus driver: He sure did.
  • While it's diminished by calling Daniel a loser immediately afterwards, Stu telling his friend that he's crazy about Miranda's kids as well as her is really sweet, especially considering that the script originally had him wanting to send them off to boarding school.
    • Even Stu calling Daniel a loser is heartwarming, in a certain sense, given that he hasn't met Daniel and has probably only heard Miranda's side of things. It comes off as him imagining Daniel a much worse person because he's become protective of the kids and views Daniel as having hurt them through the actions that led to the Hillards' divorce.


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