Hulu’s hit series Only murders in the building just wrapped season 2 and continued to keep viewers up to date on the grim developments at the Arconia building on New York’s Upper West Side. While the mystery is always central to the story, it’s the comedy that really makes this a special show.
This is largely thanks to the cast. Steve Martin as Charles-Haden Savage and Martin Short as Oliver Putnam continue to delight viewers of the show with their witty, humorous, and memorable dialogue that is worth thinking about.
“Sweet freedom for the innocent and justice for all crime fighters.
Season 2 opens with Oliver continuing to seek attention and stardom. This quote is taken as the media is in a photo frenzy following him descending the stairs of the police station after being warned that he, Mable and Charles are considered suspects.
Martin Short brings this scene home with his overflowing enthusiasm for being a “person of interest.” This quote shows him in a moment where his cup “overflows” making the comedic timing impeccable. You would almost think he was nominated for an Emmy, but he is actually involved in a murder.
“Well, second seasons are tough, you know, but people keep dying, so I guess there’s always a chance.”
Bring two great comedians together and you’re guaranteed some scintillating dialogue. The awkwardness, doublespeak and innuendo between Oliver Putnam and Amy Schumer are brilliant in this scene. The quote above is at the end of a slightly awkward conversation between Amy and Oliver, answering not only Amy’s question about a second season, but her global fans as well.
What’s superb about this series is the depth of celebrity talent and the incredible comedic timing of the greats: Martin Short and Steve Martin with Amy Schumer serving as icing on the cake with that “oh so uncomfortable” elevator scene between Amy and Martin where the words and the silences are just as hilarious.
“We are the heroes of this building. Before us, you could be killed in your own apartment, and no one would know.
Oliver Putnam’s self-infatuation is contagious and hilarious. Martin Short plays the director who is dying to do so, embodying the belief that it is better to be infamous than not famous at all. This quote shows his belief that he is the hero of something important.
Through Only murders in the buildinghis enthusiasm for attracting public attention, even as a very real murder suspect, does nothing to dilute his sheer enjoyment of being famous, giving his character the perfect comedic touch.
“…When you’re in danger, it’s all about passion and sex. But then, when things calm down, it’s hard to know what’s next, which is why Judi Dench and I lost touch after the infamous Concorde ride.
From the start of the series, the generational gap between Mabel and her two co-stars, Charles and Oliver is central to the comic thread of the story. Mabel Mora, though young, is sharp as a whip and is by far the shrewdest of the bunch.
This quote disarms Oliver as he can no longer charm and seduce Mabel with his celebrity relationships who sees through his beautiful white lies in this awkward elevator moment. Selena Gomez and Martin Short’s moment here represents the inescapable truth that as a team, they really can’t hide from each other. It is a highlight of their passage through the secret passages of the building.
“Sometimes it’s easier to find out someone else’s secret than to manage your own.”
While Oliver’s character takes center stage, Steve Martin plays a character whose past slowly unravels in season 2. Audiences discover, for example, that he adored, but was ashamed of, his father. who is at the center of the murder mystery depicted in the film. scandalous painting that was stolen from Bunny’s apartment the night of her murder.
This quote from Charles in a way reveals the essence of his character. This shows that he is more comfortable being a detective for the Arconia murders than unraveling his own messy past.
“You know, I’m thinking of putting myself there again. I mean, I slept with a murderer! It’s a great story to tell on a first date.”
Seeing Only murders in the building witnesses the comedic genius of the one and only Steve Martin. Her portrayal of Charles desperately wanting a girlfriend and the approval of his neighbors in the apartment building is hilarious, as this quote above shows.
He’s half serious here and half laughing at himself, but either way, this quote leaves viewers of this show laughing for most of the show.
“I’ve never broken up with anyone. I usually spend a year getting into a relationship, a year enjoying it, and four years trying to get out of it.”
This quote shows the tense but comedic moments between Charles, Mabel, and Oliver, waiting to catch “a sparkly guy” in a car. When asked how he still keeps in touch with Jane, Charles admits that he still dates her despite her being a psychopath who tried to kill him.
The quote above is poignant as it captures the mistrust and vulnerability of Charles’ character. Over the course of the series, this character weakness is the target of many punchlines, but also complements the swaggering and theatrical aura of his co-star, Oliver.
“I call it the Mariah – a pound of glitter, a pot of rubber cement and just a nugget of Seaford.”
Oliver never disappoints with his goofy, overly dramatic take on the universe. At this point in Season 2, he, Mabel, and Charles are in a dilemma on how to move forward as they know “the twinkle guy” is involved and could be the key to Bunny’s murder, but they keep losing it.
This quote describes the glitter dust left behind as the unknown suspect escapes and captures Oliver Putnam’s endearing yet eccentric way of perceiving the universe, a key part of the series.
“New Yorkers have a particular way of communicating. And by special, I mean direct.”
The iconic Steve Martin is legendary and what makes his role in Only murders in the building so compelling is that he’s an ordinary, goofy person who tries his best to please everyone, but doesn’t quite succeed. This quote is appropriate and comedic coming from Charles because he is anything but direct.
He has abandonment issues stemming from his colorful childhood history with his father as we learn in Season 2, which only multiplies with the discovery of Bunny’s painting of his father with Rose Cooper.
“I wasn’t stabbed, it’s theater.”
It’s fitting that Charles has one of the heartbreaking quotes from the Season 2 finale when the whole “murder reveal party” stages an act to trick Becky Butler into confessing. Charles is stabbed by Mabel’s artistic girlfriend, Alice, which is a pivotal moment as viewers are horrified to see Charles stabbed only to find minutes later that it’s his acting prowess and his deliberate plan with Oliver and Mabel to coerce Becky’s confession.
Drama, theater and surprise are stirred in this final scene of the people of Arconia and the quote succinctly captures this moment.
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