Lynn Bracken: You say fuck a lot.
Bud White: You fuck for money.

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

Liquor Store Owner

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.

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.

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: 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.

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

Bud White

I admire you as a policeman, particularly your adherence to violence as a necessary adjunct to the job.

Captain Dudley Smith

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

Captain Dudley Smith

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

Captain Dudley Smith

Jack Vincennes: What's that about?
Sid Hudgens: Eh, we ran a piece last year, "Ingenue Dykes in Hollywood." Her name got mentioned.