George: It was an inferno in there! An inferno!
Eric: There he is! That’s him!
Robin: That’s the coward that left us to die!
George: I…was trying to lead the way. We needed a leader! Someone to lead the way to safety.
Robin: But you yelled “get out of my way”!
George: Because! Because, as the leader…if I die…then all hope is lost! Who would lead? The clown? Instead of castigating me, you should all be thanking me. What kind of a topsy-turvy world do we live in, where heroes are cast as villains? Brave men as cowards?
Robin: But I saw you push the women and children out of the way in a mad panic! I saw you knock them down! And when you ran out, you left everyone behind!
George: Seemingly. Seemingly, to the untrained eye, I can fully understand how you got that impression. What looked like pushing…what looked like knocking down…was a safety precaution! In a fire, you stay close to the ground, am I right? And when I ran out that door, I was not leaving anyone behind! Oh, quite the contrary! I risked my life making sure that exit was clear. Any other questions?
Fireman: How do you live with yourself?
George: It’s not easy.
Jason Alexander, Melanie Chartoff and Lawrence LeJohn in the superlative sitcom Seinfeld (1989 – 1998). My love of the ‘show about nothing’ should not be a surprise. You can find many more posts about George’s exploits and more here