Neal: You know everything is not an anecdote. You have to discriminate. You choose things that are funny or mildly amusing or interesting. You're a miracle! Your stories have NONE of that. They're not even amusing ACCIDENTALLY! "Honey, I'd like you to meet Del Griffith, he's got some amusing anecodotes for you. Oh and here's a gun so you can blow your brains out. You'll thank me for it." I could tolerate any insurance seminar. For days I could sit there and listen to them go on and on with a big smile on my face. They'd say, "How can you stand it?" I'd say, "'Cause I've been with Del Griffith. I can take ANYTHING." You know what they'd say? They'd say, "I know what you mean. The shower curtain ring guy. Woah." It's like going on a date with a Chatty Cathy doll. I expect you have a little string on your chest, you know, that I pull out and have to snap back. Except I wouldn't pull it out and snap it back — you would. Agh! Ag h! Agh! Agh! And by the way, you know, when you're telling these little stories? Here's a good idea — have a POINT. It makes it SO much more interesting for the listener!
Del has taken in this bromide. He takes a breath to settle himself.
Del: You wanna hurt me? Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better. I'm an easy target. Yeah, you're right, I talk too much. I also listen too much. I could be a cold-hearted cynic like you… but I don't like to hurt people's feelings. Well, you think what you want about me; I'm not changing. I like… I like me. My wife likes me. My customers like me. 'Cause I'm the real article. What you see is what you get.
— Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), written by John Hughes
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Shame, suggested by Jenny McNabb.
Trivia: Steve Martin was convinced to join the production after favoring two scenes he had read from the script; the seat adjustment-scene in the car, and the F-word tirade at the car rental desk.
More Trivia: John Hughes, in an interview on the 'Those Aren't Pillows' DVD edition, said he was inspired to write the film's story after an actual flight from New York to Chicago he was on was diverted to Wichita Kansas, thus taking him five days to get home.
Dialogue On Dialogue: Neal really lets Del have it which at the time may have felt cathartic, but when Del responds, note the expression on Neal's face. He feels ashamed for his tirade.