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Ricardo Tubbs (Character)
from "Miami Vice" (1984)

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Miami Vice (2006)
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: [Crockett is holding a live hand grenade] I'm gonna tell you what's gonna happen. People are gonna come in here, and you know what they gonna say? They gonna look around and go 'Ola Hijo. That's some crazy motherfucking wallpaper, what is that? Jackson Pollock?'
Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett: No, viero. That was José Yero. Got splattered all over his own wall.

Det. Ricardo Tubbs: So what's going on?
Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett: As in?
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: As in there is undercover and then there is "Which way is up?".
Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett: What? Do you think I'm in so deep I forgot?
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: [Tubbs and Crockett look at each other closely] I will never doubt you.

José Yero: You seem okay. But him, I don't like how he looks.
[shows Det. James Crockett]
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Do you wanna fuck with my partner or do you wanna do business with us? 'Cause I don't give a shit how you think he looks.

Det. Ricardo Tubbs: They've got eyes on us!

Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Let's take it to the limit one more time.

Nicholas: They are vertically intergrated, they're...
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: You mean they walk around with constant erections?
Nicholas: No, they farm, process, produce, export...
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: I know what it means.

Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett: [while walking through an alley under heavy guard] Why do I get the feeling everyone knows we're here 15 blocks out?
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: 'Cause everyone knows we're here 15 blocks out.

[last lines]
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Nurse!

"Miami Vice: Down for the Count: Part 2 (#3.13)" (1987)
Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: You're not listening, man.
Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett: Yeah, I am. I just don't give a damn.

Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: We could crash and burn.
Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett: I don't give a damn about that either.

Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: Lt. Zito was afraid of needles. He passed out last year when giving blood.

Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: [In Zito's apartment. Notices the snowglobes] Hey, man, check it out!
Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett: [Crockett comes and looks amazed] You see a person everyday for 15 years and you think you know them turns out you don't really know them.
Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: [Fish is next to the snowglobe collection] Hey, maybe Frosty can help us find the fish food!

"Miami Vice: The Cell Within (#5.13)" (1989)
Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: Who gives you the right to judge?
Jake Manning: Nobody ever gave anything to me Rico. I took. I had to.

Jake Manning: There's no end to my disappointment in you, Rico. I thought we'd make a great team. Maybe I expected too much, huh? Maybe words are incapable of... conveying what I feel when I do these things.
Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: [Horrified] God help you... you are a... sick...
Jake Manning: [Shocked] No no, no no no no!
Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: ...twisted man... yeah...
Jake Manning: No no, listen to me, listen to me!
Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: [Screaming] ... yes, you are sick! *SICK!*

Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: You know, I remember when I was a kid growing up, my father and mother would say, 'Rico, if you learn a skill, work hard, and keep your nose clean, eventually you're gonna get your reward'; you know, you think like that today, they call you a 'chump', a 'loser'...

Jake Manning: Prison was a dank dirty hole. But it was only there I was finally able to read the great works: Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Gerard Manley Hopkins - the great poet/preist. From them and-and others, like Saint John of the Cross, I learned that-that everyone has a dark night of the soul, not just us criminals. But every single human being.
Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: Yeah, I agree.
Jake Manning: You know, I also came to understand that, ah, the people have to be held responsible for what they do. And that's what was lacking in my life. That I-I-I-I thought I could just do anything and damn the consequences.

"Miami Vice: Brother's Keeper (#1.1)" (1984)
Sonny Crockett: You ever consider a career in southern law enforcement?
Ricardo Tubbs: Maybe I have...

Ricardo Tubbs: [meets Elvis the alligator] Hey get him away from me man! I don't even like alligator shoes!
Sonny Crockett: Awww, you'll hurt his feelings...!

Sonny Crockett: [after discussing Sonny's college football successes, Tubbs asked why wasn't he in the pros] Some Southeast Asian conference.
Ricardo Tubbs: Vietnam?
Sonny Crockett: [sarcasm] No, Coney Island...!

"Miami Vice: Shadow in the Dark (#3.6)" (1986)
Lieutenant Martin Castillo: [about Crockett's obsessive behavior] I don't want him on the case. I don't want him on the streets; he's too unpredictable.
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: Lt. let me talk to him.

Detective James Crockett: You think I'm crazy?
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: No, just none of us been getting much sleep lately.
Detective James Crockett: You didn't answer my question.
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: There's a thin line between hard work and obsession.

Detective Ricardo Tubbs: So how did you nab this guy?
Detective James Crockett: I didn't nab him, I found him. He fell off the terrace and broke his back. To hear him tell it, you'd think I pushed him.

"Miami Vice: No Exit (#1.7)" (1984)
FBI Agent Nick Pappas: It sounds like he's killing her, what's going on?
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: He pushed her into the pool.
Detective James Crockett: The man is scum.

Detective Ricardo Tubbs: [Tony pats him down roughly] Hey, what're you doing?
Tony Amato: Just checking.
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: [pats him down in return] Just checking.

"Miami Vice: Vote of Confidence (#4.13)" (1988)
Lieutenant Martin Castillo: Pierce's people just called, he says owes you two guys a talk, he'll be more than happy to comply.
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: After three weeks? Huh.
Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett: What is this? Unfinished Business Day?
Detective Gina Calabrese: Sounds like they're trying to cover any toe-holes in the character issue.
Detective Stan Switek: Don't'cha mean, ah, 'Bless me detective, for I have sinned, and I nedd a clean press release'?
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: You got it.

"Miami Vice: By Hooker by Crook (#3.20)" (1987)
Detective James Crockett: Izzy, what are you doing with these women? Taking it out in trade?
[after walking in and disrupting Izzy photographing a woman in a bikini]
Izzy Moreno: Ahhh, have some respect Crockett, eh? I will do what ever is necessary to attain attitudinal composity. And that includes the arousal of certain photogenic voluptuaries.
Detective James Crockett: Okay, enough of the myst-o-babble you hispanic Hue Hefner.
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: You ever photograph a model named Ali? Brunette, lot's a hair, lot's a inseam.
Izzy Moreno: I am like a lawyer and a preist when I am immortalizing women.
[makes a noise with his mouth and runs a finger over it like a zipper sound]
Izzy Moreno: Sacred vows.
Detective James Crockett: I get it; kind of like a monk.
Izzy Moreno: Yeah, exactly.
Detective James Crockett: Ah huh. The only difference is, ah, the only monestary you're gonna go back to doesn't believe in chastity. Or abstinence.
Izzy Moreno: Cops and preists. When ever I see them I got a weird feeling I gotta make some kind of confession.
Detective James Crockett: Now you're getting warm.
Izzy Moreno: I am sizzling, mon ami. Ali, there you go.
[hands Tubbs a photo]
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: Nice posture...
Detective James Crockett: Um hum. Ah, does she have a last name or did that come off with her cloths?

"Miami Vice: Viking Bikers from Hell (#3.22)" (1987)
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: You know, it's funny how dawn makes everything look clean.

"Miami Vice: The Dutch Oven (#2.4)" (1985)
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: [to Trudy] Whatever play you pick, we'll back you on it.

"Miami Vice: Evan (#1.21)" (1985)
Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: Excuse the hell out of me.

"Miami Vice: Heroes of the Revolution (#3.24)" (1987)
Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: Do I look like a Russian to you?

"Miami Vice: The Prodigal Son (#2.1)" (1985)
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: [Over the phone] That's TUBBS: Tough, Unique, Bad, Bold and Sassy.

"Miami Vice: Definitely Miami (#2.12)" (1986)
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: [During heat a wave and dripping in sweat] Man, I can dig tropical, but this is outta bounds.

"Miami Vice: Indian Wars (#4.15)" (1988)
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: Hey, wait a minute, man. Where you goin'?
Joe Dan: To protect my people.
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: You're gonna start a blood bath.
Joe Dan: Trying to prevent one.
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: By takin' the law -
[cut off while speaking]
Joe Dan: The law into my own hands? That's right. You're starting to sound like my father, Cooper.
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: Well, maybe your father is right about some things, huh?
Joe Dan: What about Little Rock and Selma, Cooper? You folks broke the law of the land for a higher good, right?
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: Civil disobedience doesn't include blowing people up.

"Miami Vice: Freefall (#5.17)" (1989)
[final dialogue of series finale]
Sonny Crockett: What you doing here? Figured you'd be halfway to New York by now.
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Everything always takes longer than you think.
Sonny Crockett: Well we had one hell of a run, didn't we partner.
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Yeah we sure did Sonny.
Sonny Crockett: So you really gonna go back up to the big bad Bronx?
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Yeah it looks that way. How about you?
Sonny Crockett: I don't know. Somewhere further south, somewhere where the water is warm, the drinks are cold, and I don't know the names of the players.
Sonny Crockett: I'm gonna miss you man.
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: I'm gonna miss you too Sonny.
Sonny Crockett: I give you a ride to the airport...
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Why not.
Sonny Crockett: ...with my stolen car.
Sonny Crockett: Hey Tubbs, you ever consider a career in southern law enforcement?
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Maybe. Maybe.

"Miami Vice: El Viejo (#3.7)" (1986)
Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett: One Riot, One Ranger. I read about this when I was a kid.
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: What does it mean?
Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett: It means this old man was a Texas Ranger.

"Miami Vice: Redemption in Blood (#5.2)" (1988)
Detective James Crockett: [after Sonny has returned and the gun battle has begun. Sonny to Tubbs] Thanks for coming!
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: I didn't think I was invited.
[Refering to the past 2 episodes of Sonny thinking he was Burnett]

"Miami Vice: French Twist (#2.17)" (1986)
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: I don't like you!
Danielle Hier: Your partner does!

"Miami Vice: Tale of the Goat (#2.7)" (1985)
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: [Watching Marie on a stake out] Umm-mm! She is fine!
Detective James Crockett: [laughs into the mic] Easy there Romeo!

"Miami Vice: Too Much, Too Late (#5.21)" (1990)
[Last lines]
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: Valerie, where are you going?
Valerie Gordon: After the hearing, if they drop the charges, back to New York.
[Holds up badge]
Valerie Gordon: I'm going to give them this.

"Miami Vice: Bushido (#2.8)" (1985)
Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: Castillo doesn't give an inch.
Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett: He can't.

"Miami Vice: Red Tape (#3.19)" (1987)

"Miami Vice: Smuggler's Blues (#1.15)" (1985)
Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: We can close each others eyes real fast, but then nobody's gonna make any money.

"Miami Vice: A Rock and a Hard Place (#4.11)" (1988)
Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: You know, man, I would've brought the limo, but, um, it's in the shop.
Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett: Don't get me started.