Lewis Rothschild: Who're we calling, sir?
President Andrew Shepherd: I'm calling the organization of the United Brotherhood of It's None of Your Damn Business, Lewis. I'll be with you in a second.

Lewis Rothschild: Can I just state very clearly I can't be part of anything illegal.
A.J.: Good for you, Lewis.
Lewis Rothschild: You can say what you want. It's always the guy in my job that ends up doing 18 months in Danbury minimum security prison.

President Andrew Shepherd: I'm sorry about this. We'll do it better next time.
Sydney Ellen Wade: Well, I'm no expert but I think we did it pretty good this time.

Sydney Ellen Wade: Oh, Andy, a C minus in Women's Studies.
President Andrew Shepherd: Yeah, well, that class wasn't about what I thought it was about.

President Andrew Shepherd: I want to buy her some flowers. That's what men do when they break a date.
Robin McCall: That's not what men do. I know no men who do that.

[interrogation] Reciprocity, Mr. Hudgens, is the key to every relationship.

Captain Dudley Smith

Don't ever try to fucking bribe me or I'll have you and Patchett in shit up to your ears.

Bud White

Bud White: I know it. That prick Exley shot the wrong guys. I... If I could work Homicide like a real detective, I could prove it. But I'm not smart enough. I'm just the guy they bring in to scare the other guy shitless.
Lynn Bracken: You're wrong. You found Patchett, you found me. You're smart enough.

Lynn Bracken: Where'd this come from?
Bud White: When I was 12, my old man went after my mother with a bottle. I got in the way.
Lynn Bracken: You saved her.
Bud White: Not for long.
Lynn Bracken: I'm sorry, Bud, it's none of my...
Bud White: He tied me to the radiator. I watched him beat my mother to death with a tire iron. He left us there. It was three days before a truant officer found us. They never found the old man.
Lynn Bracken: Was that why you became a cop? To get even?
Bud White: I don't know.

Bud White: There's blood on the wall here. I thought everybody but the cook got shot in the men's room?
Ray Pinker: That is Stensland's blood.
Bud White: Stensland?
Ray Pinker: He took a blow to the head. Was probably unconscious when they dragged him in the john.
Bud White: Did they hit anybody else?
Ray Pinker: No. But he was a cop, he probably tried to do something.

Ray Pinker: Bud White, what brings you to the basement?
Bud White: I got a couple Nite Owl questions.
Ray Pinker: I don't know if you'd heard, but that case has been solved.
Bud White: Isn't there anything bothering you about it?
Ray Pinker: Yeah, the fact that you guys haven't carted all this shit away yet.

If I ever get held up, you guys better be here.

Liquor Store Owner

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