There are many things to love about
Moira Rose on : her ridiculous wigs, her over-the-top outfits, that delightfully unplaceable accent. The Schitt’s Creek way she pronounces “bébé” is reason enough for Catherine O’Hara to have won an Emmy. No one could have embodied Moira better than her.
“I have these emails Eugene and I exchanged early on, in which I said, ‘I’d like to inject big words into Moira’s vocabulary,’ and he said, ‘OK.’ Then I said, ‘I want her to wear these kinds of clothes,’ and he said, ‘OK.’ Then I said, ‘And I want her to wear a different wig every day,’ and he said, ‘Now hold on!’”
O’Hara recalled of creating the character in an interview with The Guardian. “In the emails, I can see me becoming Moira and him being Jonny. But they made it all work for me.”
David Rose (Dan Levy) is the one most praised for his one-liners, but no one delivers a zinger better than the family matriarch. After all, David had to have gotten his wit and wry sense of humor from someone.
In honor of the incomparable Moira, read on for her best quotes from the beloved Canadian comedy series.
The Breakfast Of Champions Season 1, Episode 3: "I'm eating egg whites and hoping the building will collapse," a depressed Moira tells Jocelyn. Moira's Mix-Up Season 1, Episode 5: When Moira exclaims that she would never abandon her children, David says, "Didn't you once take the wrong baby home from preschool?" To which his mother responds, "Alexis looked Chinese as an infant! How many times must I defend myself?!" The Ultimate Excuse Season 2, Episode 1: When David runs away, Alexis reminds her parents about the time that she was kidnapped by Somali pirates for a week and no one answered her texts. "I had just had my eyelashes dyed," Moira says defensively. "Everything was cloudy!" The Galapagonian Foot Bath Season 2, Episode 4: When the Roses go to an estate sale, Johnny theorizes about who bought his golf clubs, since they were custom-made. "So was my Galapagonian tortoise-shell foot bath," Moira replies. "And now some lonely hoarder is letting his cats poop in it." The Pelican Comparison Season 3, Episode 1: When Moira catches David's one-night stand, Jake, stepping out of the shower, she tells her clearly uncomfortable son, "David, stop acting like a disgruntled pelican!" The Unwanted Legacy Season 3, Episode 11: Johnny convinces Roland to name a rose garden after his wife, but when she's informed that the other landmarks around town are big hookup spots for teens, she turns down the offer. "As much as I would love to contribute to the population growth of this town by way of teen pregnancies," she tells Roland, "I must decline." The Fundraiser Anecdote Season 4, Episode 3: "I know all about being left in the lurch for a fundraiser," Moira tells Jocelyn as they prepare for their Asbestos Fest. "Eva Longoria and I were supposed to perform our ventriloquist act for the Everybody Nose Benefit for Juvenile Rhinoplasty, when she suddenly drops out due to exhaustion? I had to be both puppet and puppeteer!" The Food Critic Season 3, Episode 2: "A heavy salad might as well be a casserole," Mrs. Rose tells Alexis during an awkward mother-daughter lunch. The Stressed Shakespearean Season 4, Episode 1: Moira turns to her son for support after realizing she may have been responsible for a man’s passing away in his motel room. "I don't know what to do, David," she laments. "The last time I felt this emotionally encumbered, I was playing Lady Macbeth on a Crystal Skies cruise ship during Shakespeare at Sea Week!" The Hypocritical Advice Season 4, Episode 4: "Gossip is the devil’s telephone," Moira tells Twyla, after gossiping at length about her daughter's love life. "Best to just hang up." The Sacrilegious Entrance Season 4, Episode 5 After a rumor spreads online that Moira had passed away, she appears, Christ-like, at the Jazzagals rehearsal. "Fear not," she tells the stunned women. "She hath risen!" The Ghost Baby Season 4, Episode 6 “Who put a picture of a ghost on my desk?” Moira asks after opening an envelope with a sonogram picture, just moments after Roland showed off the envelope and told everyone in office that he was keeping the gender of the baby a secret. The Pen Pal Season 4 Episode 7. David tries to push back on Moira’s assertion that Patrick is the longest relationship he’s ever had by bringing up his pen pal, Tony. “She was in a penitentiary, dear,” Moira says pityingly. The Singles Event Season 4 Episode 9 Moira ends up giving Alexis the Council’s blessing to hold a dating event, but they go back and forth about the name. “We landed on a one-of-a-kind event to celebrate and congregate those who happen to be unattached,” Moira says. When Alexis asks if it’s a singles event, Moira corrects her. “That word is now considered derogatory. I believe they prefer to be called independents.” Comfort in the Casino Season 5 Episode 6 During a casino trip, Jocelyn laments to Moira that inside she feels 19 years old, but the mirror tells her differently. “Oh, Jocelyn, you'll soon learn that we aging mortals are blessed with weakening eyes and memories so we don't have to really see ourselves,” Moira says kindly. “If you love the number 19, you go be 19. And while you're at it, bet on it.” The Cabaret Critic Season 5 Episode 7 Once a star in Cabaret, Moira cannot believe that Jocelyn, of all people, is putting on a local production of it. “I just thought it could be a fun thing to do,” Patrick says, to which Moira responds, “Yes, the exact sentiment expressed by the passengers as they stepped aboard the Titanic. What? They were having a rip-roaring bash before that bloody iceberg.” The Circle of Life Season 5 Episode 10 After accidentally running over a pet, Moira tries to comfort Johnny. “Oh, it's the circle of life, John. You've just provided a nice Passover Seder for a family of hawks.” The Fan Con Allergy Season 5 Episode 11 As her mom’s publicist, Alexis tries to convince Moira to attend a soap opera fan convention, but Moira resists. “Alexis, there's a good reason I've avoided these conventions in the past,” she snaps. “Showing up, taking your picture with a motley crew of pale, dewy-faced salamander people. I haven't hit rock bottom quite yet.” When Alexis brings up that she did a commercial for adult diapers, Moira shoots back, “In Japan! In full-face Kabuki makeup!” The Bashful Clam Season 5 Episode 13 After a small muscle pull, Moira reprimands Johnny for not being a more communicative husband. “How long has this affliction been operative?” she demands. “How was I to know you were in peril? You keep everything inside, like a bashful clam!” The Wig Mom Season 6 Episode 1 A smoky piece of toast sends Moira into a panic that she’s about to lose her children to the fire — as in, her wigs. “My babies!” she wails at Roland, pointing for him to go back inside. “My girls. Lorna, second from the left. If she takes on smoke she’ll never recover! And Cindy! I just gave her a blowout.” Cutlet Pet Season 6 Episode 3 Alexis gets a turtle as a pet, but Moira is not amused. “Alexis! Turtles do not pets make,” she says. “The poor things are riddled with a myriad of diseases. You may as well tie a leash around a raw chicken cutlet.” Fearful Of The Dark Season 6 Episode 4 Moira is eager to show her family the first Crows trailer, but jumps when Johnny closes the room curtains: “John, it’s practically obsidian in here!” Moira Rosé Season 6 Episode 7 While tasting samples for a wine in her name, Moira attempts to give David some drink-related romance advice. “You and Patrick are two good grapes. Different notes, different tannins, but... together, you've managed to make one perfect blend,” she says sagely. “That being said...If I may impart a slice of marital sagacity: you and I, we're two potent grapes. You know, there's a lot of your father in Patrick. But just because their notes are subtle doesn't mean they require any less attention. Your father and I have produced beautiful wine together for over 40 years!” “Ew,” David adds. The Bad Motel Season 6 Episode 8 Moira is supremely unimpressed with the motel’s new presidential suite. After shrieking that the water in the sink is too cold, Johnny tells her that she needs to actually turn the hot knob along with the cold knob. “Oh, well, I'm sorry I'm not an alchemist, John,” she says. “Excuse me while I try to pass through,” she adds, dramatically falling over in the doorway. “Oh, John, these door frames. It's like trying to force oneself through the eye of a needle.” The Wedding Officiant Season 6 Episode 14 Moira’s speech at David’s wedding in the final episode of the series is both sweet and full of flair, just like Moira herself. “We are gathered here today to celebrate the love between two people, whose lives were ostensibly brought together by the fated flap of a butterfly wing. It is all but impossible to explain why things happen the way they do,” she says, decked out in a bedazzled pope outfit. “Our lives are like little bébé crows, carried upon a curious wind. And all we can wish, for our families, for those we love, is that that wind will eventually places us on solid ground. And I believe it's done just that for my family here. In this little town. In the middle of nowhere.”
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This article was originally published on
Jan. 16, 2019