- “You know what makes humans different from other animals? We are the only species on Earth that observes Shark Week. Sharks don’t even have Shark Week, but we do. For the same reason I can pick up this pencil, tell you its name is Steve, then go like this [snaps pencil] And part of you dies just a little inside. Because humans can connect to anything. We can sympathize with a pencil, we can forgive a shark, we can give Ben Affleck an Academy Award for screenwriting. People can find the good in just about anything but themselves.”
Jeff’s speech works on multiple levels. On the one hand, he’s bullshitting yet again, telling them the pablum they want to hear in order to get the meeting over with so that he can get in Britta’s pants, so he’s not being genuinely earnest about this and we know it…but in truth, he’s also inadvertently telling himself an actual truth he needs to hear.
We can tell that he’s giving this statement of theme sarcastically, which lowers our defenses, but both he and we realize only at the end that what he’s saying is actually true and accidentally-but-genuinely meaningful.