Det. Sgt. Ed Brown
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Det. Sgt. Ed Brown (Character)
from "Ironside" (1967)

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Ironside (1967) (TV)
Det. Sgt. Ed Brown: [upset because Ironside might be dying] You know what he once told me? The only reason a cop should take a day off is for death. His own!

Robert Ironside: [Inspecting a small envelope] Some miscellaneous nuts.
[Looks at Ed]
Robert Ironside: Some miscellaneous nuts?
Det. Sgt. Ed Brown: I tagged that one myself.
Robert Ironside: I don't believe it. You wrote "some miscellaneous nuts"?
Det. Sgt. Ed Brown: Well, what's the matter with it?
Robert Ironside: Why nothing at all. Except that in police work there is no such things as "some," numbers are important. And miscellaneous means a lot of different things, and these are all the same. And nuts is too general and happens to be incorrect. Otherwise, a splendid piece of labeling. One, two, three, four, five, six. Not some miscellaneous, just six. Now, six what? Not nuts, what?
[Toss the object to Ed]
Robert Ironside: Ed, what is that?
[Ed inspects it and then tosses it to Eve]
Robert Ironside: That's right, Miss Whitfield has had the benefit of an expensive classical education, perhaps...
Eve Whitfield: It's an acorn.
Robert Ironside: An acorn. Exactly. Six acorns. Now, what do we know about acorns? Come, come. Has no one ever told you that mighty oaks from little acorns grow? The acorn is the fruit of the oak, but do you see any oaks in among those sycamores. The nearest oak is a hundred yards from those sycamores. Now, query: how came those acorns among those sycamores?

"Ironside: Reprise (#2.10)" (1968)
Officer Eve Whitfield: What sign were you born under?
Det. Sgt. Ed Brown: It said Wesley Memorial Hospital. Why?
Officer Eve Whitfield: Not that kind of sign. Sign of the zodiac, astrological sign.
[Ed doesn't answer]
Officer Eve Whitfield: Here's my horoscope for today: "You will have a dramatic surprise." How about that?
Det. Sgt. Ed Brown: Now it's my time to say, "Oh boy."
Officer Eve Whitfield: All right. Listen to this: "Born leader, shrewd, decisive, commanding, warm, and generous, and yet an implacable foe of injustice." Whom does that describe?
Det. Sgt. Ed Brown: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Robert T. Ironside, but not necessarily in that order.
Officer Eve Whitfield: Right. But it happens to be the people born under your sign.
Det. Sgt. Ed Brown: Mine?
Officer Eve Whitfield: Right. Cancer - the crab.

"Ironside: Eat, Drink and Be Buried (#1.4)" (1967)
Det. Sgt. Ed Brown: Chief, it'll take time.
Robert T. Ironside: Query: Why are the young always worried about time? They got a corner on it. Now move!

"Ironside: The Past Is Prologue (#1.13)" (1967)
Det.Sgt. Ed Brown: Chief, is it true that you're ruthless?
Robert T. Ironside: Only when I want something.

"Ironside: Programmed for Danger (#3.9)" (1969)
Officer Eve Whitfield: [after surviving a dangerous undercover job] The truth is, I was terrified. But I knew that if I had shown how really frightened I was...
Det. Sgt. Ed Brown: You hear that Chief? Fearless and dauntless - I'd say she's our girl.
Officer Eve Whitfield: What?
Robert T. Ironside: Well, Eve, it seems there's this night club owner who's hiring topless waitresses without a license. Now, if you'd care to volunteer...

"Ironside: Five Days in the Death of Sgt. Brown: Part I (#6.1)" (1972)
Det. Sgt. Ed Brown: You know what he told me once? There's only one excuse for missing work. Death... your own!

"Ironside: The Taker (#1.5)" (1967)
Robert T. Ironside: I want to see if there was anybody else who might have wanted to kill Andy.
Det. Sgt. Ed Brown: Every man he arrested, I'd say.
Robert T. Ironside: You'd be wrong. Those crooks don't take it personally any more than prizefighters or ballplayers or any other pros. They beat each other's brains out and when the bell rings or the whistle blows, so much for that. It's only the amateurs who hold grudges.