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"Peace! I will stop your mouth." [Kisses her.]
Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing

"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous."
Ingrid Bergman

Isn't it rude to interrupt someone mid-sentence by kissing them? Apparently not. Especially if you're dancing The Masochism Tango—skip the Slap Slap and get right to the kiss.

The cute version occurs when one character is babbling nervously, either because they get tongue-tied around the object of their affections or because they are trying to apologize for something, and the other cuts them off with a kiss to show that they understand. A wordless solution to Cannot Spit It Out.

May also be used on someone pointlessly rambling on, intentionally trying to evade said kiss. Saying "Shut up and kiss me!" is optional but not recommended. Which partner gives and receives is gender indiscriminate. Double points if it's the First Kiss. "Kiss me, you fool!" is the flirtatious variant, for when the partner hesitates too long.

Almost always a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, and also frequently a Crowning Moment Of Freakin' Finally.

May lead to Post-Kiss Catatonia. Not to be confused (or at least not necessarily) with the "Take That!" Kiss. Often overlaps with Forceful Kiss.

Examples of "Shut Up" Kiss include:

Anime & Manga

  • Overused in Hentai along with its sister trope Forceful Kiss.
  • Kaji does this to a drunk and distraught Misato on Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • Yaoi Guys example: Anubituf does this to Guragief in Simoun.
  • This occurs at the end of the 7th Urusei Yatsura ending theme, "Open Invitation". Lum starts chewing Ataru out for some reason; Ataru responds with a smooch.
  • Light Yagami does this to Misa in Death Note. Not because he loves her, but to make her do what he says by keeping her infatuated.
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Kyon kisses Haruhi in the middle of her Freak-Out, not only leaving her speechless, but saving the universe at the same time.
  • This is Aya and Tooya's First Kiss in Ayashi no Ceres. Aya and Tooya hide in a tree while the former is being hunted down by her family. She begins to freak out just as they pass by, he needs her to stay quiet... so... yeah.
  • In Chapter 252 of Mahou Sensei Negima, Konoka does this to Setsuna for their Pactio when the latter was stammering like she usually does around the former.
  • In Marmalade Boy after Yuu shoves Miki into his closet and gets in there with her. Miki panics that they'll get caught and Yuu shuts her up with a smooch that leads to some torrid stuff in that same closet. And to him finding some stuff that will bring trouble later.
  • In Sola, Masuri does this to Yorito after the latter's discovery that he's really a paper golem constructed by his sister and isn't sure whether he's human or not.
  • In Junsui Adolescence Nanao and Matsumoto's first kiss is of this variety.
  • Inverted in Code Geass, where Kallen kisses Lelouch to get him to talk instead of giving her the silent treatment. It doesn't work.
  • D.N.Angel: Dark does this to one of the Harada sisters in an early episode.
  • Haou Airen: Hakuron does this to Kurumi in the first chapter to keep the panicked girl from having a Freak-Out and revealing his position to his pursuers.
  • Junjou Romantica: Usami uses this to stop Misaki's crying.
  • The first thing Idamaria does to Kucabara when he comes back in the finale is punch him across the face and yell at him. This is what he does immediately afterward.
  • This trope features in the highly dramatic and sad climax of Kannazuki no Miko, with Himeko "shut up" kissing Chikane to cut off her "I am a monster" speech, before telling her how much she loves her as Chikane dies in her arms.
  • Done at in the last moments of Martian Successor Nadesico, where Akito kisses Yurika to both shut her up and to complete the last minute Deus Ex Machina.

Comic Books


 Elliot in this [1]

Lampshaded here [2]

... and here [3] and here [4]

and yet again [5]

  • In Dark Wolverine #84, Daken and Bullseye
  • In The New Teen Titans, Starfire did this to Robin. She said it was so she could assimilate English into her mind. Ri-i-i-i-i-ight.
    • And it lead to this exchange:

 Robin: You had to kiss me to do that?

Starfire: Not really. But it was certainly more fun this way.

  • Johnny Alpha does it to Durham Red in Strontium Dog when they team up for the first time.
  • Clock King: Rose Wilson did this to The Clock King.
  • Colossus did this to Kitty Pryde during Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men. She attempted to confront him about the state of their relationship, got cold feet and started to babble. What else could he do?
    • Ultimate X-Men has Iceman do this to Kitty Pryde right when she is having a lengthy rant accusing him of deliberately going out with Rogue to avoid physical intimacy. Instead of him getting MegatonPunched for this, Kitty starts responding quite warmly...right up until Rogue catches them and literally knocks her unconscious with one punch.
  • Scott Pilgrim did this not once, but twice, in the same scene. Ramona was trying to apologize to him and he kissed her (guess that means she was forgiven). When she pulled away to finish her apology, he kissed her again. The third time, he just flat out told her to shut up so they could make out.
  • Hildagaard Rail who was a vuloptuos blonde haired woman except for the fact that she had gigantic red lips that took up most of the space of her face does this to Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue #30. In this story entitled Sky Highway, when Raphael was about to leave her he said "It's been funfffh!" His words were cut off because she actually said, "Shut up and kiss me, you dumkoff!" She grabbed him by the streams of his bandana and gave Raphael a gigantic smooch goodbye. The kiss Hildagaard gave Raphael left a lipstick imprint that covered his entire beak.


  • Kiss Me Kate has a particularly flagrant example, though the focus is on the shutting up rather than the kiss.
  • At the end of Shanghai Noon, Chon's utterly silent Indian wife (from an Accidental Marriage) performs this on a babbling Roy, then delivers her only line in the film: "Shut up, Roy; you talk too much."
  • In The Illusionist, Eisenheim delivers one of these to Sophie.
  • Arsenic and Old Lace Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) does this to his estranged newlywed bride to keep her from spilling the beans to the police. She keeps on trying to talk though so he has to give her a shut-up kiss three times in a row, even bodily picking her up during the kiss and dragging her off. Happily this display of passion results in his bride forgetting all about the damning evidence, reconciling with him with the breathless exclamation:

  "Oh! Mortimer!"

  • The Dark Knight - Rachel is worried for Harvey's safety just before they're taken away / kidnapped. Harvey kisses her mid-speech.
  • Inverted in A Fish Called Wanda, when Wanda kisses Ken to clear his stuttering long enough for him to spit out a coherent sentence.
  • It has happened in L.A. Story. Twice in a row.
  • One film version of The Taming of the Shrew has Katharina start to say "I will not!" when asked if she wishes to take Petruchio as her husband... but Petruchio forces a kiss on her before she can get that third word out clearly.
  • Likewise in 10 Things I Hate About You, which is based on The Taming of the Shrew, there are two such kisses. Cameron recives one from Bianca after the beer party, and Kat one at the very end from Patrick.
  • Lampshaded in the Chris Rock movie DownToEarth. I forget who kissed who first, but they talk about how in movies, when couples talk, they're always interrupted by a...
  • Ratatouille has a variant on this. To stop Linguini's babbling to Colette, Remy pushes him into a kiss.
  • In The Empire Strikes Back, Han kisses Leia before she could finish her sentence.

 Han: You like me because I'm a scoundrel.

Leia: I happen to like nice men.

Han: I'm a nice man...

Leia: No you're not, you're-- * smooch*

  • In the movie Waitress Jenna kisses the man she's having an affair with just as he's about to confess his love for her, unable to accept love after years of abuse from her husband.
  • In But I'm A Cheerleader, Megan is in the middle of saying "Screw you!" when Graham kisses her for the first time.
  • Astrid does this to Hiccup at the end of How to Train Your Dragon.
  • Mike does this to Tracy in The Philadelphia Story.
  • This happened in Duets to ex-salesman Todd Woods while nervously protesting about his ability to sing on stage to a karaoke singer that was egging him on. The kiss (along with the beta-blockers she gave him a minute before), gave him the courage to try it for the first time.
  • This is Lincoln 6 Echo and Jordan 2 Delta's First Kiss in The Island. Lincoln breaks off the kiss and asks, "Why didn't we do this before?", but she says "Shut up!" and kisses him again.
  • He's Just Not That Into You has the following exchange between Gigi and Alex:

 Gigi: Look, I just went out with your friend Bill. He might be just exactly what I need. No drama, he calls; he does what he says.

Alex: I can do that stuff too.

Gigi: But you didn't, and that same wise person told me that I'm the rule. That I have to stop thinking that every guy will change, that I have to stop thinking that-...

[He cups her face and kisses her abruptly.]

Gigi: (finishing her original sentence with a new meaning)...I'm the exception.

Alex: (whispering) You're my exception.

[They kiss again.]

  • Sean does this to Christina in Source Code while he's urging her to get off the train early with him and she's arguing the point.


  • A variation in Steven Brust's The Lord of Castle Black: a potential couple engage in awkward small talk for a few minutes before the lady gives up on the dialogue, interrupts the latest dull remark, and orders the gentleman to "kiss me before I die of embarrassment."
  • American Gods uses an inversion (yes, this can be inverted):

 Samantha: I wasn't telling him to shut up, I was telling everybody else in the room. It's complicated.

  • Phury of Black Dagger Brotherhood lays one of these on Rehv, after Rehv taunts him about being a virgin. His intention isn't to seduce Rehv, but to shock and unnerve him. It works, in more ways than one.
  • Andre Norton's short story Long Live Lord Kor! has a variation at the end: the title character isn't babbling or rambling, but deliberately teasing the young lady to whom he's just proposed by starting to detail the political reasons it would be a good match. The final sentence is:

 Then he stopped talking, for a good reason.


 She jerked back. "What are you...?"

"Only way to keep you quiet." He grumbled, taking her chin in a firmer grip and planting his mouth atop hers once more.

  • Subverted slightly in Scott Pilgrim. Scott is talking to Ramona after he gets killed by Gideon, and he pulls a "Shut Up" Kiss on her as she babbles about why she left in the previous volume. She subsequently knocks him to the floor in a compromising position and effectively forces him to listen to what she's saying...
  • Katniss does this to Peeta in The Hunger Games as he's trying to give her an if I don't make it out of this alive speech. He shuts up.
  • In the Conan the Barbarian story "A Witch Shall Be Born", a wounded soldier is babbling feverishly to his girlfriend.

 The trembling girl crooned soothingly to him, as to a wounded child, and closed his panting lips with her own cool sweet mouth.


Live Action TV

  • Battlestar Galactica Reimagined: In the mini-series, Boomer stuffs up her landing and gets into an argument with the Chief over whose fault it is. They duck into a tool room to continue the argument and immediately start stripping off and snogging passionately. Boomer insists on trying to get the last word on their argument though, whereupon the Chief growls, "Shut up, sir", giving her a "Shut Up" Kiss.
  • The Big Bang Theory: In the episode, "The Vengeance Formulation", Howard tells a joke to his new girlfriend, but she doesn't get it. When he tries to explain it, she kisses him.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Variation on babbling getting in the way in the season 4 episode "Hush": Buffy complains to Willow that everytime she sees love interest Riley, she just starts babbling and feels awkward. Luckily for her, the Monsters of the Week's evil plot involves stealing the voices of everyone in town so that they can't scream. This handily allows Buffy and Riley their First Kiss.
    • Oz and Willow get a more conventional example in the season 3 finale:

 Oz: Would it help if I panic?

Willow: (babbling) Yes, it would be swell. Panic is a thing people can share in times of crisis. And everything's really scary now, you know, and I don't know what's gonna happen. And there's all sorts of things that you're supposed to get to do after high school, and I was really looking forward to doing them, and now we're probably just gonna die and I would like to feel that maybe you would ...

(Oz leans forward and kisses her, slowly.)

Willow: What are you doing?

Oz: Panicking.

(Fade to Black)

    • A similar scenario occurs in the Season Five episode "The Body". Willow has been reduced to a complete and utter wreck as a result of Joyce's death. When she starts hyperventilating, Tara gives her their first onscreen kiss, which also calms her down somewhat.
    • Played somewhat darker in "As You Were". Buffy is upset that Riley has gotten married, so she flees back to Spike's arms.

 Buffy: Tell me you love me.

Spike: (eyes widen) I love you. You know I do.

Buffy: Tell me you want me.

Spike: I always want you. (smiling) In point of fact--

Buffy: Shut up. (pulls him down onto the bed)

  • Cheers: Frasier goes on a long-winded spiel to Lilith about how he is going to "kiss you hard and kiss you long". She shuts him up by throwing herself at him.
  • Chinese Paladin III: In this case it's mostly a "stop breathing" kiss — they're surrounded by vampires who track them by the scent of their breath. And promptly followed by a slap.
  • Chuck: In the episode "Chuck Versus the Other Guy", Sarah finally affirms her love for Chuck in this manner. She even tells Chuck, "Shut up and kiss me."
  • Dawson's Creek: Pacey and Joey's second First Kiss
  • Doctor Who: Amy did this to Rory when they were reunited in The Big Bang:

 Rory: I couldn't help it! It happened, it just happened!

Amy: Shut up! (Amy kisses Rory)

The Doctor: Yeah, shut up, because we've got to go!

Rory: I waited. 2,000 years, I waited for you.

Amy: No, still shut up! (Amy kisses him for longer)

The Doctor: And break! And breath! (They're still kissing) Well, someone didn't get out much for 2,000 years!

    • A variation in "The Day of the Moon". The Doctor drops River off at her cell in Stormcage and starts walking off. She asks if that's it, and he walks back asking if he forgot something. River says, "Oh, shut up" before kissing him.
  • Frasier: This happens to the titular character when he's telling Julia that her actions are immoral. She lampshades this, telling him that it was to shut him up. His response is "Oh no, I've been kissed to shut me up before. This was not that." Later in the episode he lampshades it again with "Ah, now that one was to shut me up."
    • The First Kiss between Daphne Moon and Niles Crane in the seventh season is also a "Shut Up" Kiss, slightly subverted by Niles' open admission that he is babbling to forestall an anticipated rejection by Daphne, which leads to Daphne finally exclaiming in frustration, "Oh, for God's sake, Dr. Crane!" and liplocking him.
  • Gilmore Girls: Rory's First Kiss with Jess was a variation. She sees Jess standing by a pond and in shock over seeing him back in Stars Hollow, she immediately kisses him. Once Rory realized what she just did, she runs away from him.
  • Glee: Season 1, Ep 13. Even involved cheesy "finger on the lip" gesture.
    • It shows up again in Season 2's "Never Been Kissed," between Kurt and Karofsky.
  • ICarly: In one episode, Sam and Carly are competing to get a kiss from a certain boy. Carly invokes this trope when she gets the boy to perform a play she wrote, which has a line where the guy kisses her character because she talks too much.
  • Joey has one, from Joey to Lauren when she's having a freak-out:

 Lauren: What was that for?
Joey: To calm. You. Down.

  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: In the episode "Monster A-Go-Go", Tom Servo at one point tries to convince Gypsy to let him kiss her, mainly because he, as a robot, wants to know what kissing is about. He starts to expound on the subject, asking such questions as, "How long should it last?" and "What do you do with your tongue?" Finally, Joel walks up beside him, says, "You know what, Servo, you talk too much," lays a big on on him, turns to the camera and says, "I've always wanted to do that!"
  • Nikita. The titular character does this to Ryan Fletcher in the episode "Free".
  • Primeval: Abby kisses Connor after hearing he got Rex back without telling her it was her brother Jack who gambled him away in the first place.
  • Psych: Juliette shuts up Shawn because she heard him confessing his love to Gus.
  • Rookie Blue: Chris gives Gail one after she's been quarantined.
  • Roswell: Happens in a first season episode, where Maria is freaking out about two of her friends being later back than expected, and Michael grabs her and kisses her to "calm her down".
  • Roswell, New Mexico: When Michael and Maria wander aimlessly, lost in the desert he does this.
  • 7th Heaven: Played straight. Kevin would kiss Lucy to stem her complaints about his new partner on the police force. She eventually called him out for this.
    • Deconstructed in the season 7 opener. Kevin continually responds to Lucy's complaints about his attractive partner by kissing her to shut her up, and eventually Lucy tells him that this is extremely hurtful because to her, it means he's not taking her insecurities and worries seriously. Granted, Lucy has been Flanderized into a Clingy Jealous Girl by this point, but she's also still reeling from the bad end to the last serious relationship she was in and that played into her insecurity.
  • Silent Witness: While waiting for service in a pub, Dr Nikki Alexander, explains at great length to Dr Harry Cunningham how she will end up old and alone. That is until Harry leans over and kisses her, then smiles and says, "Finally she shuts up."
  • Six Feet Under: At an uncomfortable evening where her fiancee met her mother for the first time, the issue of potential future children is brought up in a rude an random manner by said mother (Brenda is very insecure about her relationships). Later in the night, Joe begins to extrapolate on the possibility of them "getting serious," and ponders the way he would be able to become a father. Brenda interrupts his awkward rambling by a sweet, light kiss on the mouth.
  • Smallville: Lois and Clark's first non-mistaken identity, non-mind control kiss.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise: In one episode, Captain Archer is undercover on a pre-industrial alien world, and doing some covert work alongside an alien chick. When his Universal Translator breaks and he can no longer understand her, he smooches the woman to shut her up and distract her long enough so he can fix the translator behind her back. Also used twice more, once in 'Harbinger' and once in 'Bound' where T'Pol kisses Trip to stop him rambling about their relationship.
  • Star Trek: Voyager. In "Day of Honor" B'Elanna Torres finally admits she loves Tom Paris. In the next exciting episode...

 Paris: "About what you said. I mean, the part about...being in love with me. I realise you were suffering from oxygen deprivation and we were literally seconds away from death, so I know you probably didn't mean it..."

Torres: "Oh no, I meant it...but I don't expect you to reciprocate. Really, you can just pretend that I didn't say fact let's just pretend that I didn't..."

Paris (grabbing her for a passionate snog): "Shut up."

  • That 70s Show: In the episode "Garage Sale", Donna does this to Eric, because she wants to try a new kissing technique.
  • 30 Rock: Liz and Floyd's First Kiss comes after a long, rambling, increasingly uncomfortable soul-bearing monologue on the part of Liz in order to atone for pretending to be an alcoholic so she could sit in on Floyd's AA meetings. It's cuter than it sounds.
  • Victorious: This trope delivers a Crowning Moment of Funny in the Season Two finale when Tori lays one on Rex and tells him 'Is that what you wanted?' Rex immediately tells Robbie 'Take me home...!'
    • Cat does this to Robbie so he would shut up about his and Trina's stage kiss in Stage Fighting.
    • Beck to Jade in Jade Dumps Beck.
  • The West Wing: Josh and Amy, where he's unsure how to proceed and tells her so (at length). She interrupts with "maybe not so much with the talking..."
    • This also happens with CJ and Danny's first kiss, where CJ is babbling while trying to sell Danny the idea that if she kisses him once, she can get over her crush on him and focus on her work. Danny cuts her off in mid-explanation. CJ's plan, needless to said, does not work.
  • What I Like About You: Vince does this to Holly several times a season, and Holly turns it around and does it to him in the Series Finale, effectively cutting off his babbled apology and ending their breakup.


  • The aptly titled "Shut Up and Kiss me" by Mary Chapin Carpenter

 Oh baby I can feel this feeling

that everything that you do gives me.

It's been too long since somebody whispered:

Oooooo, "shut up and kiss me."

  • Michael Jackson's guitarist for his last concert, Orianthi released a song named "Shut Up and Kiss Me".

 You say you can’t handle it

But there’s no way to stop this now

So shut up and kiss me

  • From Taylor Swift's "Last Kiss":

 I loved...

How you'd kiss me when I was in the middle of saying something

There's not a day I don't miss those rude interruptions.


Newspaper Comics

  • A Sunday strip of Zits had a subversion of this trope. The girlfriends word bubble is filled with text, Jeremy kisses her and the text continues out of his ear. The other time he does it, she starts yelling at him:

 Jeremy: I need to stop getting all my relationship cues from Dawson's Creek.


Other Games

  • This is sometimes done in games of Humans Versus Zombies when a person needs to make a silent kill either as a zombie attempting to discretely pick people off, or as a human trying to sneak past zombies later in the game. While it is definitely downright controversial, if not against the rules and certain conduct codes. Employ at your own risk.

Professional Wrestling

  • John Cena once kissed Maria to calm her down before a big intergender match against Edge and Lita.



  Beatrice: "Speak, cousin; or, if you cannot, stop his mouth with a kiss, and let not him speak neither."

  • "Kiss Me" from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street consists of Anthony and Johanna doing this to each other repeatedly while plotting their elopement.
  • In My Fair Lady, Eliza manages to sing an entire song dedicated to the fact that she doesn't want Freddy to say anything, but rather to DO something. "Show Me", she demands, while apparently being oblivious to the fact that she's the one doing most of the talking. Given her frustration regarding Higgins, it's less about wanting him to kiss her and more aimless ranting.
  • "Small Talk" from The Pajama Game is the prelude to a "Shut Up" Kiss:

 Why don't you stop all this small talk?

I've got something better for your lips to do,

And that takes no talk at all.

  • In Mary, Mary, as Mary starts to get sarcastic again with Dick, he says, "I'll tell you something you ought to learn. You really ought to learn when to shut up," and takes her in his arms and kisses her. In classic Tsundere fashion, her reaction to being kissed changes from cold to hot in a few seconds.

Video Games


 Silk Fox "Come over here and kiss me before I remember who I am supposed to be"

  • Lili Zanotto from Psychonauts partially inverts this trope by merely thinking "When are you going to shut up and kiss me?" -in full knowledge that protagonist Raz can read her mind.
  • Graham Nelson's Jigsaw: Text adventure example: the game goes so far as to make this a solution to a puzzle.
  • Brutal Legend has one of these as Eddie and Ophelia's first kiss.
  • The Mass Effect trilogy:
    • In the Mass Effect 2 DLC "Lair of the Shadow Broker", Shepard can give Liara one of these, if s/he was in a relationship with her in Mass Effect 1, when she claims that Shepard and her are two different people and she doesn't want to push him/her.
    • Inverted in the Tali romance scene in the second game, where the babbler is the one delivering the kiss.
    • If you romanced him in the second game, a Paragon interrupt in Mass Effect 3 lets Shepard give one of these to Thane.
  • In Dragon Age Origins, you can give one to Leliana while she babbles nervously about being attracted to you.
  • Marta does this to Emil in Tales of Symphonia Dawn of the New World, cutting him off in the middle of confessing his love for her.

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation

  • At the end of Toy Story, Woody was dragged over by Bo Peep. He glanced upwards and began commenting about the mistletoe above them when Bo Peep jumped on him for a kiss. Several in fact.
  • Teen Titans: Cyborg and Sarasim, in addition to Robin and Starfire.

 Cyborg: Sarasim, if this doesn't go well, there's something I've gotta say, something I shoulda said before--

Sarasim kisses him

Sarasim: You already have.


 Suki: Look, I'm sorry about last night. We were talking and... saying things... I just got carried away, and before I knew it I--

(Sokka kisses her)

Sokka: You talk too much.

    • And the next season, Aang and Katara:

 Aang: Everything's going to be different after today, isn't it?

Katara: Yes, it is.

Aang: What if... what if I don't come back?

Katara: Aang, don't say that. Of course you'll--

(Aang kisses her)


 Danny: If we make it through this-

Sam: When we make it through this.

Danny: Right. When we make it through this, there's a few things I need to talk to you about.

Sam: I think I'd be willing to listen. And no matter how this thing ends, this whole ride we've been on together, I wouldn't change it for the world. Not. One. Bit.

Danny: Me neither. I- * Sam kisses his cheek* * Danny grabs her chin, tilts it, and kisses her on the lips*

  • In The Fairly Odd Parents episode where Timmy lent his fairy godparents to Tootie for her birthday, he pulled this on her to prevent her from blurting out that she had them.
  • All Grown Up!: Olivia does this to Tommy during the Evasive Chatter scenario.
  • The Simpsons: Nelson gave Lisa her first kiss to shut her up.

 Lisa: [thinking] My first kiss! I always wondered what it would be like!

Nelson: [thinking] This ought'ta shut her up. Hey, this is kinda nice.

  • Manny and Frida in El Tigre. Frida grabs Manny, shouts 'Kiss me, you fool!' and proceeds to kiss a flabberghasted Manny before tossing him away.
  • Total Drama World Tour had one when Gwen was asking Duncan if he still liked Courtney and this is the obligatory response. Bonus points for the ensuing exchange:

 Gwen: "Was that just to shut me up?"

Duncan: "Not entirely."