(Despite Edger's trying to keep Betty quiet, her blind confidence in him force's him to tell her the hard truth)
Betty: Oh we won't have any problem. No problem at all, right dear?
Edger: Wrong, dear. Dead wrong.
Betty: I don't understand.
Edger: I didn't want to talk about it. but if you want me to tell it to you in front of the family, in front of the whole world, alright. I don't have any prospects!
Betty: But you told me at those interviews they --
Edger: They, "they," yeah, well they all have the same line: "We're sorry Mr. Edwards, there's nothing for you today. Nothing around." If there is anything around, you think they're going to call me, a man of my age with all those kids fresh out of college just begging for jobs, working at half my price?
Betty: Honey, I didn't know --
Edger: No, no, no, you wanted to hear it, well you just sit quiet and hear it all. When I tell them I'll work for less, they run and hide behind their big fat desk, they think I'm too ready to collect a pension. So I'm down to maybe one interview a week.
Betty: Well you get dressed and leave the house every day, what do you do with yourself?
Edger: What do I do with myself? I go to a movie. And I watch it five times! You know what it's like walking out of a theater at 4:30 in the afternoon knowing you should've been at work? You roll your coat collar up and pray you don't meet anybody you know.
James: Yeah but, Edger, a man with your education --
Edger: Yeah, sure, I can't even get a job at a car wash. I'm too educated for a good hot wax!
Betty: Honey, I can get a job. I know I can.
Edger: Sure you can, then we can pay the gas bill, the electic bill, we have got a house with a mortgage, a car, a kid in college -- we're just in too deep. I can't make it. What's happening to me now is there is NO TOMORROW!