Jack: Somebody finally arrived. You finally got here. Mr. Prompt.
Mrs Erganian: Oh, remember my kids? Alex, Helen?
Miles: Hi. How areyou?
Mr Erganian: We were thinking maybe you went the wrong way, you went to Tijuana…
Mr Erganian: And they don't let you back.
Miles: Yes! Yes! I had to bribe them.
Chiristine: Hey, Miles.
Miles: Hey. How are you, Christine? Yeah, the freeway was unbelievable. Unbelievable. It was bumper-to-bumper the whole way. People getting an early start on the weekend, I guess. Granted, I got a late start, but--
Chiristine: Well, we're just glad you made it.
Mrs. Erganian: Christine, why don't you ask Miles about the cake?
Christine: Oh, good idea. Come with me.
Miles: What's this?
Jack: We don't really have time for that, 'cause we gotta hit the road.
Christine: Oh, come on!It's just gonna take a second!
Mrs. Erganian: Yeah. Jack tells us you are publishing a book. Congratulations.
Mr Erganian: Yes, congratulations.
Miles: Yes, well, uh, it's not exactly finalized yet. So-- There has been some interest, and—
Mrs. Erganian: Your friend is modest.
Jack: Oh, come on, Miles. Don't be so modest. Indulge them. Don't make me out to be a liar.
Mr Erganian: What is the subject of your book? Nonfiction?
Miles: Uh,no. It's-- It's a novel. Fiction.
Mr Erganian: Yes.
Miles: Oh. Although there is quite a bit from my own life, so I suppose that, technically, some of it is nonfiction.
Mr Erganian: Good. I like nonfiction. There is so much to know about this world. I think you read something somebody just invented it, waste of time.
Miles: That's an interesting perspective.
Chiristine: So, which one do you like better?
Miles: Oh, well, I like them both. But, um, if pressed, I would have to say that I prefer the dark.
Jack: Told ya! Bye-bye.
Mr Erganian: Bye.
Jack: Bye. Where the fuck were you, man? Huh? I was dying in there. We're supposed to be a hundred miles away by now.
Miles: I can't help the traffic.
Jack: Oh, come on. You're fucking hungover. You know you are.
Miles: Okay, there was a tasting last night, yes. But I wanted to get us something nice for the ride up. Check out the box. Why did you tell them that my novel was being published?
Jack: 'Cause you said you had it all lined up.
Miles: No, I didn't. No. No. What I said was that there was some interest at Conundrum.
Jack: Yeah. Conundrum.
Miles: And that one of the editors was passing it up to a senior editor.
Jack: Sounds pretty good to me. Sounds like you're in.
Miles: No. It's a long shot. Besides, Conundrum, it's just a small specialty press. Anyway, I'm not gonna get my hopes up. You know? I've stopped caring. The hell with it. I have stopped caring.
Jack: It sounds like it's gonna happen this time. I mean, I can feel it.
1. Mr. Prompt.
这是一个开玩笑的说法，prompt 有“敏捷的，迅速的，及时的”意思，这里Jack 用来讽刺Miles，因为他很晚才到。
2. It was bumper-to-bumper the whole way.
Bumper-to-bumper 指“（汽车）拥塞的，拥挤的”，自然也就是交通拥堵了，比如： bumper-to-bumper traffic 拥塞的交通。
3. hit the road
意思是“开车上路”，例如：Come on, it's time to hit the road. 快点，该上路了。
4. It's just gonna take a second!
表示“只要很短的时间”，a second 极言时间之少，是夸张的说法。
5. if pressed
6. Told ya
Ya 是 you的一种口语形式。
7. I can't help the traffic.
8. line up
这里的意思是“organize, make ready, make the arrangements for组织好，准备好，安排好”，比如：They lined up considerable support for the bill. 他们召集了很多人支持这个提案。
9. get one's hopes up
Don't get someone's hopes up是一个习惯用语，当你委婉地拒绝别人，不想让别人期望太高的时候，就可以用到这句话。比如：---How did your finals go? 期末考试的结果如何？---It went well, but I don't want to get my hopes up. 还不错，不过我不会寄太多希望。