So says Seymore Berkhoff in Season 4, Episode 3 of “Nikita”. Now I am sure that every once in a while, a TV script writer comes up with a great aphorism all on their own, but three+ seasons in of trite, simplistic dialogue (it’s still fun to watch), this was unexpected. I was struck by the phrase, so I investigated. My first guess was that it was lifted from some philosophical or religious text, but if it was, I couldn’t find it. I was only able to find the quote in two places, both long before the episode aired: here, featuring this man, and here. The photo blog is the earliest incidence of the phrase I could find. I’d love to know if it started there, and how it got to the celebrity therapist turned rock star and then to the script of Nikita.
Sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you.