You know, when they forced Khruschev out, he sat down and wrote two letters to his successor. He said "When you get yourself into a situation you can't get out of, open the first letter, and you'll be safe. When you get yourself into another situation you can't get out of, open the second letter." Soon enough, he gets into a tight situation, and he opens the first letter. It says "Blame it all on me." So he blames it all on the old guy, and it worked like a charm. When he got himself into a second situation, he opened the second letter. It said - "Sit down, and write two letters."

General Ralph Landry

Eduardo Ruiz: This is coercion.
Montel Gordon: Coercion. That's a pretty big word for a fisherman.
Ray Castro: Big-ass word.
Eduardo Ruiz: Oh, yeah? I know another big word: immunity.

This could be our last chance! Now get out of the car and shoot him in the head!

Helena Ayala

You like baseball? We need lights for the parks, so kids can play at night. So they can play baseball. So they don't become burros para los malones. Everyone likes baseball. Everyone likes parks.

Javier Rodriguez

Ray Castro: Hey Sugarfoot! How do you like your new place?
[all the agents Laugh]
Eduardo Ruiz: This is not what my lawyers negotiated.
Montel Gordon: Fuck your lawyers. You aren't getting any cappuccino or Biscotti either. You don't like it, call 1-800-CRIMINAL.

Caroline Wakefield: Is this like freebasing?
Seth Abrahams: Not like. It is.

If there is a war on drugs, then many of our family members are the enemy. And I don't know how you wage war on your own family.

Robert Wakefield

In Mexico, law enforcement is an entrepreneurial activity.

Eduardo Ruiz

Francisco Flores: [about assasinating Eduardo Ruiz] I want to use a bomb.
Helena Ayala: Are you kidding? Can't you just shoot him or something?
Francisco Flores: I don't really like guns. You shoot someone in the head three times and some pinchy doctor will keep them alive.

Robert Wakefield: Look, we need to take down either of these cartels: either Juarez or Tijuana. Not because they're a symbol but... hell, they are a symbol! But because we need to send a message! When Carlos Ayala hires Michael Addler as his attorney, I send Ben Williams down to San Diego as a prosecutor, why? Because it's a symbol. It's a symbol that we are sending the best! It's a message that we're going after their top guys.

Juan Obregón: If you want to smuggle narcotics in Senore Espastico Jacobo, that is nothing new, Senora.
Helena Ayala: No, not IN. The doll IS cocaine. High-impact, pressure-molded cocaine. It's odorless. Undetectable by the dogs. Undetectable by anyone...
Juan Obregón: I don't believe you, Senora.

Helena Ayala: My husband was working on something called "the project for the children." Were you aware of this?
Juan Obregón: I don't know. Perhaps I remember something...

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