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Graham Chase

Graham is 40 years old; like many baby boomers, he's going through a bit of a mid-life crisis. Like his daughter Angela, Graham is searching for the nature of his true identity, for his place in life. Graham originally worked for his wife, Patty, at her family's business, "Wood and Jones Printing". He was not truly happy spending his life as a printer, though; because she loves him, Patty fired him once she realized that he was unhappy yet would never dream of quitting. After that, Graham spent a while unemployed, hanging wallpaper and deciding what to do with his life. Eventually, he decided to take a cooking class and ended up teaching it. While in it, Graham met Hallie Lowenthal. Hallie was to become a rather major figure in Graham's life. She may have been the second woman to temp Graham to commit adultery, and it was she who convinced Graham to open a restaurant with her.
Graham's mother is dead. His brother, Neil, is not; they play pool semi-regularly. He greatly values the affection of his daughters, Angela and Danielle. He was rather close to Angela until she began maturing, a process which he has had trouble dealing with (which is to say, her breasts have come between them).


Angela: "I'm starting to like Anne Frank."
Graham: "Is she a sophomore, too?"
Angela: "No, she's dead."
Graham: "Oh."

Angela: "I thought you were on my side."
Graham: "I'm not on anyone's side."
Patty: "Graham. Grow up. Choose a side."

"`Your federal income tax return has been selected for examination.' This is really scary. They must get Stephen King to write these."

(imagining Brian's excuse for not helping him: "Gee, thanks, well, I'd like to help you, sir, but I'm too busy picturing your daughter naked."

Angela: (listing fave bands): "Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine, Porno for Pyros --"
Graham: "Oh yeah, yeah. I love their Christmas album."

"Brian, we're not talking about wallpaper here, are we?"

"Well, I met him, your, uh, friend. He seems, you know... Well, what does meeting somebody prove?"

Patty: "If Rayanne's not seeing you, and we're not seeing you, who is seeing you?"
Graham: "And how much of you?"
Angela: "Dad!"
Graham: "Oh, I'm sorry! I asked a question about your life, didn't I? Woah, what came over me?"

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“School is a battlefield for your heart.”

Angela Chase, Episode 1: "My So-Called Life (Pilot)"