(On the airplane..)
Nick Young: I always imagined what me proposing to you would be like. You know what? I had it all planned out. I'd bring you to my favorite spot on the island. There's a hidden trail that I used to go to as a child. Now there's a cove there that opens up to this beautiful lake. When the sun hits the horizon, I'd get down on one knee. And the rest of the world would fall away. Because it would just be you... Because it's just you... I know this is a far throw from a hidden paradise. But wherever you are in the world, that's where I belong. Rachel Chu, will you marry me? And make me the happiest man in this world?
Passenger: Yes! Yes! Yes! She will marry you!
Rachel Chu: Yes!
Peik Lin Goh (to Rachel): Good for you! Walking away from Nick and his family's fat-ass property portfolio. You have no one, no net worth, but you have integrity. That's why I respect you.
Rachel Chu: You don't know me.
Eleanor Young: I know you're not what Nick needs.
Rachel Chu: Well, he proposed to me yesterday. He said he'd walk away from his family and from you for good... Don't worry. I turned him down.
Eleanor Young: Only a fool folds a winning hand.
Rachel Chu: There's no winning. You made sure of that. Because if Nick chose me, he would lose his family. And if he chose his family, he might spend the rest of his life resenting you.
Eleanor Young: So you chose for him.
Rachel Chu: I'm not leaving 'cause I'm scared or because I think I'm not enough. Because maybe for the first time in my life, I know I am. I just love Nick so much. I don't want him to lose his mom again. So I just wanted you to know that one day, when he marries another lucky girl who is enough for you, and you're playing with your grandkids while the tan huas are blooming and the birds are chirping, that it was because of me. A poor, raised by a single mother, low class, immigrant nobody.
Nick Young (to Rachel): Ever since I can remember, my family has been my whole life. And I am done making excuses for them. (takes out a ring) Marry me. Marry me, and we'll start a new life together in New York. Just you and me. I'll leave all of this behind.
Eleanor Young: We cannot be linked to this sort of family.
Rachel Chu: I don't want any part of your family. (runs away)
Nick Young: Rachel. (tries to follow, but his grandmother stops him)
Shang Su Yi: Don't chase after her and degrade yourself. I forbid it. If you go with her, you can't come back!
(Nick runs after Rachel)
Michael Teo: You find out I'm having an affair with another woman, and you're worried about making a scene?
Astrid Leong-Teo: You'd rather I scream and carry on?
Michael Teo: Yes. Honestly, I wish you would. It would show you cared about more than what people thought of you and your family.
Astrid Leong-Teo: Don't try and turn this on me. I'm not the one who screwed up!
Michael Teo: Of course not. You're always the prettiest, richest, most perfect girl in the room. While I'm just this lucky bastard who will never measure up.
Astrid Leong-Teo: Don't say that.
Michael Teo: I know what you're thinking, Astrid. That's why you hide your shoes, the jewelry you buy, as if every minute of my life I'm not reminded of it. I'm just tired. I'm tired of having nothing I do matter. Including having the affair.
Astrid Leong-Teo: Of course what you do matters! How can you say that?
Oliver T'sien (to Rachel): You know, it's about time someone stood up to Auntie Eleanor. Well, you, not me. Oh, God! She can't know I was ever here.
Rachel Chu: She's like trying to play a game of chicken with me. Where she's like coming at me, and thinking I'm going to swerve like a chicken.
Peik Lin Goh: But you can't swerve.
Rachel Chu: I'm not gonna swerve. Not for her.
Peik Lin Goh: No. Chickens are bitches, dude!
Rachel Chu: And I'm not a chicken.
Peik Lin Goh: You're not a chicken. You're gonna roll up to that wedding, you're gonna be like, "Bak-bak, bitch!"
Rachel Chu: Bak-bak, bitch!
Peik Lin Goh (yells): Chickens are bitches!
Peik Lin Goh (about Eleanor): Gosh, she's so badass. You know, I bet if you told her you'd leave Nick for a million dollars, she will write that check. They do that around here.
Rachel Chu: And she looked at me like I was nothing.
Peik Lin Goh: Like a $10 million check. I feel like she would do that.
Rachel Chu: I don't even know what I should do. I mean, I can't even tell Nick because he like worships her.
Peik Lin Goh: Yeah, Chinese sons think their moms fart Chanel No. 5.
Eleanor Young: You asked about my ring. The truth is Nick's father had it made when he wanted to propose to me because Ah Ma wouldn't give him the family ring. I wasn't her first choice. Honestly, I wasn't her second. I didn't come from the right family, have the right connections. And Ah Ma thought I would not make an adequate wife to her son.
Rachel Chu: But she came around, obviously.
Eleanor Young: It took many years, and she had good reason to be concerned. Because I had no idea the work and the sacrifice it would take. There were many days when I wondered if I would ever measure up. But having been through it all, I know this much: You will never be enough.
Eleanor Young (to Rachel): I withdrew from university when we got married. I chose to help my husband run a business and to raise a family. For me, it was a privilege. But for you, you may think it's old-fashioned. It's nice you appreciate this house and us being here together wrapping dumplings. But all this doesn't just happen. It's because we know to put family first, instead of chasing one's passion.