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Detective Lionel Fusco (Character)
from "Person of Interest" (2011)

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"Person of Interest: Number Crunch (#1.10)" (2011)
Aide: The police sir; Detectives Olsen and Fiasco.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Fusco!

Harold Finch: Detective, leave your phone on when you talk to Congressman Hallen.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You can hear me all the time?
Harold Finch: Yes... and I'm hearing rather too much of your lower intestines. Can you possibly move your phone from your belt to your jacket pocket?

Detective Lionel Fusco: Carter? What are you doing here? You got shot, take some time off.
Detective Joss Carter: My vest got shot. It can take some time off.

Detective Lionel Fusco: What did you tell 'em about the CI?
Detective Joss Carter: The truth. He was taken out by an unknown shooter.
Detective Lionel Fusco: The guy, you got a good look at him this time, didn't you?
Detective Joss Carter: No. Not his face.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Well, maybe that's a good thing. 'Cause you know, it would be hard. You don't know whether to thank the guy or arrest him.
Detective Joss Carter: No, that'd be easy. I'd arrest him.

Detective Lionel Fusco: [At a crime scene] What the hell are you doing here? You didn't kill her, did you?
John Reese: Lionel, after all we've been through.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Exactly.

John Reese: Find this girl Paula. Address is on the back. Keep your eyes on her.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Paula Vasquez? Why?
John Reese: Don't want her ending up like the lady upstairs.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You think she might?
John Reese: I know she won't. Because you'll throw yourself in front of the bullet.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Funny guy.

Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, that Paula girl? I lost her. She gave me the slip.
John Reese: [Sarcastic] Well, good work, Detective.
Detective Lionel Fusco: I'm sorry, okay? Look, another thing. I think she bought a firearm.
John Reese: You lost her and she weaponed up? You better stick to your day job.

Detective Lionel Fusco: You son have a lot of money on him that night?
Congressman Jim Hallen: I have no idea. Why would that be pertinent?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Two people were murdered. We think they were both at the crash site. We also think they found money in the car.
Congressman Jim Hallen: I'm sorry. I don't know what to say.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Was he dealing drugs?
Congressman Jim Hallen: [sighs] Look, he's dead. Can't we just let it go at that?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Two other people are dead too. So, no.

Detective Lionel Fusco: Wish we could hear what he was saying.
Detective Joss Carter: Unfortunately, we're not the NSA.


"Person of Interest: The Devil's Share (#3.10)" (2013)
Detective Lionel Fusco: [stuck in the backseat of a car with Root] If I'd known about the carpooling arrangements, I would have driven separately.

Detective Lionel Fusco: [to Shaw] Tell me why we're listening to the crazy chick who kidnapped Glasses.
Root: [approaching Fusco from behind] In your right pocket, you have eight-five cents. The change from your morning coffee run. In your apartment there's an old photo of your father at the Franklin Park Zoo taken when he was a child. He's feeding a lion cub. Do you know what that cub's name was?
[Fusco shakes his head]
Root: Lionel. That's where your name came from. I promise... I'm here to help.
Detective Lionel Fusco: [turning back to Shaw] Just when I think life with you people couldn't get any weirder, one of you takes it to the next level.

Therapist: Yeah, well, part of my job, Lionel, is dealing with cops who act tough and end up eating a bullet because of a cascade of untreated post traumatic symptoms. Now, you can hide your real feelings from everyone else, but with me, you need to get real.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Alright. This is a safe place, right? Doctor-Patient, confidential, all that, right?
Therapist: Yes. Everything you say here is completely protected. Use this time to unburden yourself.
Detective Lionel Fusco: [chuckles] It wasn't a good shooting.
Therapist: Well, I'm sure you might feel that way, but...
Detective Lionel Fusco: [Interrupting] it ain't got anything to do with feelings. You see, Jules shot an off duty rookie last year. Twenty four years old. Kid had a baby on the way. But good drug dealers can afford good lawyers, so Jules walked. I had been tracking him for weeks, just waiting to get the guy alone. And there he was, walking out of a bodega with not a care in the world. No protection either. He saw me. He knew why I was there. I could see it in his eyes. So I smiled at him... just before I put two in his chest.
Therapist: You killed a man...
Detective Lionel Fusco: [Interrupts] No. He got the Devil's share.
Therapist: The... what?
Detective Lionel Fusco: That's what we call it when a guy like Jules gets his. it's the way the world evens things out. Guy got what he deserved. And you wanna know how I've been sleeping? Like a baby. But thanks for letting me unburden myself.

Officer Patrick Simmons: Get it over with, will ya?
Detective Lionel Fusco: That's just it. I could've been just like you, a bottom-feeder who turns on his own kind. For what? Money, power? I got lucky. I had a partner. She was good for me. For a lot of reasons. She reminded me that I could be good again too. i could be a good father, a good friend. A good cop. I'm not gonna let you undo all the good she did. Carter saved my life. She - she saved me from myself. Because she believed in me. And I'm not gonna throw that away on a piece of crap like you. Patrick Simmons, you're under arrest.

Detective Lionel Fusco: Someone t-boned him then interrogated him while the car burned. Guys in the front might make it. Guy in the back may make a good bag of charcoal. Witnesses put our pal, the psychopathic vigilante, at the scene.
Harold Finch: Which one?
Detective Lionel Fusco: You mean both your stray dogs are off the leash? This was the handiwork of tall, dark and deranged. And I shudder to think what the other one's up to.
Harold Finch: I have reason to believe that one or both of them are looking to track down and kill Simmons.
Detective Lionel Fusco: We all want Simmons. Piece of crap killed my partner, then went after my kid. But the scorched earth campaign is only gonna make Simmons harder to find, not easier.

Detective Lionel Fusco: You sure the big guy's here?
[Giant explosion]
Sameen Shaw: Pretty sure.

Yorke: [Hanging from the ceiling] Take me down, you bitch! I told you everything I know.
Yorke: [Fusco and Finch walk in]
Yorke: Hey! Hey, hey. Hey, guys, call the cops!
Sameen Shaw: You wanna take a crack at him? My gun hand's cramping.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Guy's not looking so good. Did you break his legs?

Sameen Shaw: We got a problem.
Harold Finch: You couldn't find Mr. Ransone?
Sameen Shaw: We found what's left of him. Someone used him as an ashtray before putting a bullet through his head.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Reese has really gone off the reservation this time.
Sameen Shaw: Nah, Reese doesn't even smoke.


"Person of Interest: Blue Code (#1.15)" (2012)
Detective Lionel Fusco: [Finch calls him via an ear bud] Easy on the volume there! No wonder Mr. Sunshine is always in a foul mood!

Detective Lionel Fusco: Let me guess, you need another favor.
John Reese: Someone might be selling out an undercover narc to a smuggler named Vargas. Pay some of your dirty buddies in narcotics a visit.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Those guys don't exactly trust me anymore. I've gotten some good collars lately too. Even got a commendation...
John Reese: Your ass got you that commendation...!

Detective Lionel Fusco: [Reese kills Vargas' informant just before the informant shoots Fusco] Cutting it kind of close, don't you think?
John Reese: At least I'm not late.

Davidson: Do you know why I'm so good at my job, Fusco? I can tell a dirty cop when I see one.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You should try looking in the mirror.
Davidson: You know, you may think you've gone clean, found God, Buddha, or some African shaman, but at the end of the day, your hands are still dirty. Always will be. You hear that?
Detective Lionel Fusco: I don't hear nothing.
Davidson: That's right. No sirens, no bullhorns. No one's coming to save you. No one cares. That guy The one who tells you things He used you, then let you rot like a piece of garbage. Might as well tell me who it is. At least you'll have the satisfaction of repaying the favor.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You think you're the first person to put a gun to my head?
Davidson: No. But I will be the last.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, maybe you will. You ever been shot? Craziest things go through your mind. Glad I put on clean underwear, hid that stash of porn. Sorry that your son had to find out that his old man was a dirty cop. Then you realize you're gonna die. You try to go down doing something good.

Officer Patrick Simmons: To what do I owe the pleasure?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Smuggler by the name of Neil Vargas. You ever heard of him? Want to twist his arm a little bit, see if I can get a percentage of his scores. Thought maybe you might want to get in.
Officer Patrick Simmons: I don't hear a peep from you for three months, then all of a sudden you show up with this new score. Hard to trust a guy whose buddies wind up in prison. You want to shake down this Vargas? You gotta be a good boy and ask permission. If this guy isn't already paid up with HR, you could have at it.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Who do I contact if I want to contact HR?
Officer Patrick Simmons: You already have.

John Reese: I can't have you coming clean, Lionel. I need you inside HR. Get close to them.
Detective Lionel Fusco: There are cameras inside of 1PP. People will know that I've left with this guy. We're talking murder one.
John Reese: Don't you get it? That's the point. You'll need your friends at HR to help you cover this up.
Detective Lionel Fusco: I was just starting to enjoy being a good guy for a change.
John Reese: You've done some nice work, Lionel. I'm sorry, but you're more useful inside.

Officer Patrick Simmons: Looks like you got yourself in a little trouble.
Detective Lionel Fusco: It was an accident.
Officer Patrick Simmons: Most accidents don't require a shovel.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Help me make this go away. I'll be indebted.
Officer Patrick Simmons: You'll be a little bit more than indebted, my friend. You belong to HR now.


"Person of Interest: Get Carter (#1.9)" (2011)
Detective Lionel Fusco: [Speaking to a crowd at the scene where Rodney was shot] My name's Detective Fusco with the NYPD. If anyone has seen or heard anything pertaining to what happened here tonight, you can call me at...
John Reese: [Appears as the crowd disappears] I already have your card, Lionel.
Detective Lionel Fusco: What the hell are you doing here?
John Reese: Just checking in. What happened here?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Lead poisoning. It's going around the neighborhood.

Detective Lionel Fusco: You know, Carter, we've been working together for a while now. My friends call me "Lionel." You got a first name?
Detective Joss Carter: Sure. "Detective."

Detective Lionel Fusco: What, do you miss me already?
John Reese: You're a hard man to miss, Lionel.
Detective Lionel Fusco: I'd say this Carter situation's got you worried. What are you gonna do, follow her around from now on?
John Reese: I'm not. You are. Don't let her get in any trouble.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Carter's gunning for you. Hell, she's probably going to catch you. Why you spending so much time trying to protect her?
John Reese: She's a good cop. Good person. Hell, you should try it sometime, Lionel.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, thanks, look, I'm just saying, if she wasn't around, it would probably solve a lot of your problems, now, wouldn't it?
John Reese: If anything happens to her, Lionel, I'm coming for you next.

Detective Joss Carter: I work homicide, Mrs. Kovach, okay? I'm the one who ha to investigate it when your husband finally beats you to death.
[She's silent]
Detective Joss Carter: Look, every time you tell us it was an accident, you're strengthening the story he's gonna use to get out of it - That you were clumsy, accident-prone. Do you hear me?
Mrs. Kovach: [Lamely] The stairs. I fell down the stairs.
Detective Joss Carter: If he puts his hands on you again, call me.
[Hands her a card]
Mrs. Kovach: [Sees her husband] Sorry. I have to go.
[Takes the card at leaves]
Detective Lionel Fusco: I don't know why you bother, Carter. You can't save 'em all.
Detective Joss Carter: That's a homicide waiting to happen. Figured I'd try to stop one for a change.

Detective Lionel Fusco: They got me working with Detective Carter, and, uh I'm starting to hear some things.
Captain Lynch: Yeah? Like what?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Maybe she's not so well-liked by, uh, a certain element.
Captain Lynch: Listen, Lionel things are going back to the way they used to be.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Used to be?
Captain Lynch: Thing about organized crime? It was organized. Things worked. Trains ran on time. This new guy... he knows the rules.
Detective Lionel Fusco: New guy... You mean Elias.
Captain Lynch: Runs a tight ship. Low profile. Not like these cutthroat Russian idiots. He knows who to grease - all the way up to city hall. Look, the economy's in the toilet. Detective Carter doesn't understand the rules. She's bad for business.
Detective Lionel Fusco: What'd she do?
Captain Lynch: Sniffing around, trying to build a case. She's gunning for Elias. She's got to go.
Detective Lionel Fusco: It's a tricky business, getting rid of a cop.
Captain Lynch: Went through the proper back channels, up the chain of command. Permission granted.

Detective Joss Carter: Analyst from the real-time crime center sent over footage from some of the cameras around Bodega La Nueva.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Some? There's more cameras than this?
Detective Joss Carter: Yeah. Mayor wants one on every corner.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Wow, no wonder I feel like I'm always being watched.

Detective Joss Carter: I know somebody saw something.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, getting them to talk is another matter.
Detective Joss Carter: I'm sure you'll charm something out of them, Fusco.


"Person of Interest: The Contingency (#2.1)" (2012)
Detective Lionel Fusco: "John"? You're on a first name basis?
Detective Joss Carter: What do you call him?
Detective Lionel Fusco: "The bane of my existence".

John Reese: Like I told your associate, I just want to find my friend. See, I don't have many friends.Just the one, in fact.
Detective Lionel Fusco: [Gagged] Hey!
John Reese: Okay, maybe two.

Detective Lionel Fusco: [after being rescued from the Aryan Brotherhood] Not a word. You hear me? We're going back to my cruiser in total silence.
John Reese: Sure thing, Lionel. Like a gag order.
Leon Tao: Hey, hey, guys, think you could uncuff me?
John Reese, Detective Lionel Fusco: No!

Detective Lionel Fusco: You think Mr. Tao is gonna help you with the whereabouts of our four-eyed friend?
John Reese: You almost sounded concerned, Lionel.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Frankly, I'm not sure I want to find out what you're like without his direction.
John Reese: Let's hope you don't have to.

Detective Lionel Fusco: Never thought I'd see you almost lose.
John Reese: I wasn't losing, I was just... resting.

Detective Lionel Fusco: You know, I'm thinking about charging you overtime.
John Reese: Leon Tao.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Does he know anything about the abduction of Mr. Vocabulary?
John Reese: I'm afraid not, but he's about having an run in with the NYPD. I need you to make sure that nothing happens to him in jail.
Detective Lionel Fusco: I'm getting sick of doing your dirty laundry. Go ask Carter.
John Reese: Carter's busy working a murder investigation for me.
Detective Lionel Fusco: See, she gets a good case and I get stuck wasting my time with this Leon.
John Reese: Didn't you take an oath as a cop to protect and serve?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, so?
John Reese: So, go be a cop!

Detective Lionel Fusco: Leon faked a heart attack and walked right out of the police station. You know, next time, you should be careful who you entrust me to.
John Reese: I entrusted him to you!


"Person of Interest: The Crossing (#3.9)" (2013)
Sameen Shaw: What kind of cop doesn't use a vertical deadbolt?
Detective Lionel Fusco: What the hell? Where'd you come from?
Sameen Shaw: It doesn't matter. It's where we're going that's important. Grab your gun, Lionel.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Let me guess, Mr. Congeniality's in some kind of trouble.
Sameen Shaw: You could say that. Reese and Carter nabbed the head of HR. They need a little help escorting him into FBI custody. You ready?
Detective Lionel Fusco: I don't care who you are. You break into my house again, you're gonna be sorry.
Sameen Shaw: I'm already sorry. I'm gonna have to listen to your whiny ass all the way into Queens.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Me? You know the dog's the only one that likes you, right?

Detective Petersen: Looks like your fortune's run out.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Never did have very good luck. Turns out neither did Officer Miller. My friend killed him. My boy is fine.
Detective Petersen: Doesn't change your fate. I got a full mag. The only question is where to shoot first?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Ever kill someone, Petersen?
Detective Petersen: Not recently.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Can't take down a group of bent cops without having casualties. Someone was always gonna end up in a casket. Truth is, guys like you and me, we're all gonna catch a bullet sooner or later. Best you can hope for is someone to hold your hand while you bleed out.
Detective Petersen: Oh, that's sweet. You want me to hold your hand, Fusco? Oh, I forgot, we broke your fingers.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, you did. Which made it no big deal for me to break my thumb.
[Slips his hands out of his cuffs]

Sameen Shaw: Heard you took a bullet.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, stupid bastard shot me where I had plenty of padding.
Sameen Shaw: Would've gone for the head shot myself. Course, you got plenty of padding there, too.

Detective Lionel Fusco: The hell am I?
Officer Patrick Simmons: Someplace no one will hear you scream, since you'll be doing a lot of that. Meet your new best friends.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Petersen, right? Always remember a pretty face.
Detective Petersen: [Holds up the key Carter gave Fusco] How about this? Look familiar?
Detective Lionel Fusco: You emptied my pockets. Think there's some lint in there too.
Officer Patrick Simmons: You're a funny guy, Fusco. Must have had your ex-partner in stitches. When's the last time you saw Carter?
Detective Lionel Fusco: I don't know. Let me check my day planner.
Officer Patrick Simmons: We know you met with Carter tonight. She handed you something, looked an awful lot like this. What does it open? See, Carter has information on our organization, hidden it somewhere. From the size and shape of this key, I'd say it opens up a safe deposit box.
Detective Lionel Fusco: It's my locker at the Y. You're welcome to my dirty jock.

Detective Lionel Fusco: [Being tortured] That the best you got?
Officer Patrick Simmons: No. You know us, Lionel. It's gonna get so much worse.
Detective Lionel Fusco: What are you gonna do, read some more fortune cookies? Huh? Bore me to death?
Officer Patrick Simmons: See, that's the problem with you, Fusco. You never listen. It's like talking to a child. You have a kid, don't you? What's the little guy's name? Lee. I feel sorry for that kid, I do. He's got defective genes, just like you.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You touch him, and I'll send you to hell.
Officer Patrick Simmons: Is that a promise? Huh? Because when I make a promise, I keep it. Where's the safe deposit box? Which bank? Or I kill you and your kid.

Harold Finch: Ms. Shaw, I'm afraid I've lost contact with Mr. Reese.
Sameen Shaw: Well, at the risk of stating the obvious, Finch, you could just ask the machine for his location.
Harold Finch: I don't speak to the machine, and the machine doesn't speak to me, Ms. Shaw.
Sameen Shaw: Well, it speaks to her.
Harold Finch: I might not know where our friends are, but I certainly know where they're headed. 26 Federal Plaza, to be exact. Based on their last location, there are two direct routes into Manhattan; the Long Island railroad and the BQE to Brooklyn Bridge. HR will be patrolling both spots heavily.
Sameen Shaw: So are you saying Fusco and I need to split up?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Is that glasses? Tell him this is the last time I chauffeur your ass.
Harold Finch: Divide and conquer, I assume that's all right with you.
Sameen Shaw: I thought you'd never ask.


"Person of Interest: 2 Pi R (#2.11)" (2013)
Detective Lionel Fusco: [to Finch] Hey, I'm checking on the boy genius. Not you, the other one.

Harold Finch: I hope you have your service weapon with you, Detective.
Detective Lionel Fusco: [Rolls eyes] Yeah, I got you a machine gun too.

Harold Finch: They never seem to stop texting. Beginning to feel like I'm on another planet.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Get used to it. Their planet's gonna be running ours in about ten years. High schools are different nowadays. Gang fights, drug searches, and pregnancies. This kid could be into anything.

Harold Finch: Caleb just got a message. He's supposed to meet his supplier at 2:00. We have to follow him.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Tricky little bastard, keeping his identity a secret. He's better than most dealers twice his age.
Harold Finch: I'll be sure and tell him how impressed you are with his criminal aptitude.

Detective Lionel Fusco: Kid's got it tough. But picking a fight with a drug dealer? A dumb move for a genius.


"Person of Interest: Flesh and Blood (#1.19)" (2012)
Detective Lionel Fusco: How long you think we can stay here?
Detective Joss Carter: Until we know they're safe.
Detective Lionel Fusco: They're mob bosses, Carter. That ain't gonna happen anytime soon.

Detective Lionel Fusco: Shouldn't we call for backup?
Detective Joss Carter: You are my backup.

Detective Lionel Fusco: I got a real job, you know.
Officer Patrick Simmons: HR is your real job, Fusco. I need some intel on that guy who's been stirring things up around town. Tall guy with a suit. Likes shooting people in the kneecaps.
Detective Lionel Fusco: I thought he was yesterday's news.
Officer Patrick Simmons: Not to the feds. They set up a new task force trying to locate him. We wanna know everything they do, see if we can get to him ourselves.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Why, you looking to put him on the payroll?
Officer Patrick Simmons: You ask a lot of questions, Fusco.
Detective Lionel Fusco: I got an inquisitive mind.

Carl Elias: You're good at your job, Detective. I'm good at mine. I was hoping we could avoid further bloodshed.
Detective Joss Carter: This is where it ends. Right here, right now.
[Hear sirens]
Detective Lionel Fusco: I called for backup. You gotta trust somebody, Carter. This guy doesn't own every cop.
[Elias concedes defeat, he gestures to his guys to drop their weapons]
Detective Lionel Fusco: Get down, get down!
Detective Joss Carter: Carl Elias, you are under arrest. I'll have to check my notes for the list of charges, but murder and kidnapping are at the top.
Carl Elias: You can't stop the inevitable, Detective. Change will happen whether you embrace it or not.

Detective Lionel Fusco: Who owns this place again?
Detective Joss Carter: A friend.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You got some weird friends, Carter.


"Person of Interest: Most Likely to... (#3.19)" (2014)
Detective Lionel Fusco: Hey, I just got to the crime scene, and I'm not the only one. Feds decided to drop by too.
John Reese: I'm sure you'll charm them, Lionel.
Detective Lionel Fusco: I already tried. These suits aren't letting me within a mile of their investigation.
Root: [Root appears] Augusta King, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Give me a break.
Root: Lionel, you don't want to be uncooperative with a federal agent.

Harold Finch: I'll be traveling to DC.
John Reese: And we're not invited?
Harold Finch: It's important that we not let Mr. Reed out of our sight. We can't risk losing another number. Detective Fusco has offered to accompany me.
Sameen Shaw: This trip to Westchester, is this some kind of punishment?
Detective Lionel Fusco: [Entering the library] Got the car all packed. AC/DC or Dixie Chicks?
Harold Finch: [to Shaw and Reese] I believe I'm the one being punished.

Detective Lionel Fusco: Portable package X-ray? What are you, gonna inspect some pipe bombs?
Harold Finch: Most modern safes come equipped with a lead shield. However, the government has been remiss in updating their equipment. By placing this device on the safe's door, I can see the safe's internal mechanisms while I turn the dial.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Wait, now you wanna crack the safe?
Harold Finch: Well, not just the safe, Detective. First, we have to break into the FBI's evidence lockup. Then we crack the safe.
Detective Lionel Fusco: 'Cause nothing's ever easy with you, Finch.

Detective Lionel Fusco: Good luck cracking that safe. Try not to give yourself cancer with your little X-ray machine.

Peter Collier: You know, I've been studying you and your associates for some time. That's two ex-operatives, an NYPD detective.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Sorry, partner. I had to surrender. They were gonna kill the guard.
Harold Finch: If you harm Detective Fusco...
Peter Collier: Please. We both know you're not a man of violence. You help people, people who are about to be in a lot of trouble - Kruger, Sloan, Claypool, Wainwright. You knew something bad was about to happen to them before it even happened. Now, the fact that that's possible proves something I've speculated. That the government has a secret surveillance system that spies on us every hour of every day.
Harold Finch: I'm not part of the government.
Peter Collier: But you are protecting the system. And I think whatever was in that safe is gonna give me more information about the secret system. The documents, please.
Harold Finch: Mr. Collier, you may find this hard to believe, but I sympathize with your cause. Just not your methods. If you jeopardize this system, you'll be placing all of us at risk.
Peter Collier: At risk? We're already at war - a 24-hour surveillance state with drone assassinations, renditions, cyber-warfare. It's turnkey tyranny, and we're being kept in the dark, which is ironic, since the system is called Northern Lights.


"Person of Interest: Til Death (#2.8)" (2012)
John Reese: You know, Lionel, next time you have a date, don't be so melodramatic. I thought you might be up to something.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, it's called a personal life. After taking a bullet in the ass and saving yours more than once, you think I've earned just a little privacy?
John Reese: No.

Sabrina Drake: Where's your backup? Shouldn't there be backup?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Uh...
[Reese and Carter pullup]
Detective Lionel Fusco: here they are now.
Sabrina Drake: [to John] You don't look like a police officer.
John Reese: Thank you.

Detective Lionel Fusco: [Finch interrupts Fusco's date] Hey, I'm kind of in the middle of something here.
Harold Finch: If I'm to believe the waiter, it sounds like you're near the end of something. You really do need to work on your conversational skills.

Detective Lionel Fusco: So this dumbass forgets to log out of his Facebook account after he robs the place. We pick him up two hours later. Guess what he's doing.
Rhonda: Updating his status?
Detective Lionel Fusco: [laughs] He couldn't help himself.

John Reese: If we don't stop this now, innocent people will get caught in their marital crossfire, and I won't let that happen. Good job, Lionel.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, always wanted to be accessory to kidnapping.
Detective Joss Carter: *Multiple* kidnappings.


"Person of Interest: In Extremis (#2.20)" (2013)
Detective Lionel Fusco: At first, I thought I was helping to clean up the streets. Who's gonna miss some drug money from a lowlife dealer? Then it became who's gonna miss the dealer.

Detective Lionel Fusco: I know you were behind Beecher's murder. You're not gonna get away with this.
Officer Patrick Simmons: Tell me, Fusco, how is it everybody around you winds up getting killed? Starting to look suspicious.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You're gonna pay for this. I'm gonna take you down.
Officer Patrick Simmons: You got a bad habit of forgetting who your friends are. Of all your old pals who got locked up or went missing, and you're the only one who got to walk away? Did you honestly think that was because you were so smart?
Detective Lionel Fusco: What are you talking about?
Officer Patrick Simmons: Protection. The kind you don't have anymore. See, I hear things. IAB, they're looking at your old pal Azarello on at least a dozen old murder counts. That should be interesting. Past has a way of coming back to haunt you. And by the time I'm done with you, Lionel, you're gonna wish you were in the ground with Beecher.

Joss Carter: Talk to me, Lionel. Why is IAB all of a sudden putting the screws to you?
Detective Lionel Fusco: You know, I tried to come to you. In this very room. To tell you about past mistakes I've made. But you didn't want to hear it.
Joss Carter: I'm listening now.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Just chickens coming home to roost. Bad things happen to people around me, Carter, so you should get out of here.

Detective James Stills: [At a bar] Easy there, big dog. That's enough for one night. Let's get you home.
Detective Lionel Fusco: I can't go home. She threw me out.
Detective James Stills: Ah, comes with the job. Cop's wife. She'll come around.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Not this time. She had a lawyer drop papers on me.
Detective James Stills: Serious? Sorry to hear about that.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, Jimmy, she - she wants full custody of my son.
Detective James Stills: Hmm. Come on, Lionel. You come home. You stay at my place tonight. The kids will love waking up tomorrow morning, jumping on your head. I'll have Vera cook up some hotcakes, banana-chocolate chip. Throw some Aspirin in the batter.

Detective Joseph Soriano: You made a call from Oyster Bay to your home the very night that Stills went missing. Any reason you were in Oyster Bay at 2:00 AM on a Thursday?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Thinking about retiring out there. Wanted to look at some land.
Detective Joseph Soriano: You take soil samples? Domain awareness, my friend. Satellites, they're changing the world. You pick a time and place, we send you a photo of the ass hairs on a frog, or in this case, disturbed plots of earth in Oyster Bay. Which of the four is it, Detective?
[Fusco is silent]
Detective Joseph Soriano: I got two dozen unis gathering shovels, a backhoe, and cadaver dogs. Come sunup, we're gonna go on a little treasure hunt. Make it easy on yourself. Just tell me where you buried Stills.
[Fusco still is silent]
Detective Joseph Soriano: I know you killed him, just like those lowlifes. You're a dirty cop, and come morning, I'm gonna dig up your sins.


"Person of Interest: The Perfect Mark (#3.7)" (2013)
Sven Vanger: [after Finding out that Hayden was a fake] But he was such a good therapist.
Lionel Fusco: Hey, Dragon Tattoo, he's also a con man who stole from you.

Joss Carter: How'd you even get into this mess?
Sven Vanger: Seven months ago, I got in trouble with the customs here in New York. A cop named Simmons came and said he could make the charges go away if I helped them launder cash for a few Russian associates of theirs. At first, it was just a few hundred thousand each month. Then it became more and more - *millions*! I got rid of the last cash today.
Joss Carter: On lot 426?
Sven Vanger: How did you know about that?
Joss Carter: Hayden played you. He switched out your emails, and made you bid on the wrong item today.
Sven Vanger: Then what did I purchase?
Joss Carter: A real ball, signed by the real 1927 Yankees, really worth 4. 4 million.
Lionel Fusco: That was a hell of a season.

Lionel Fusco: So we're faking crime scenes now? A long way from your days back at the Eighth.
Joss Carter: You might want to spread it out. Arterial sprays are erratic.
Lionel Fusco: You wanna let me work? I'm going for a kind of a hollow-point special kind of motif.

Lionel Fusco: Why is it every time you call me these days, I know to bring a firearm?

Lionel Fusco: Just heard from my source in HR, Simmons knows they get ripped off. All this baseball stuff, you should've called me in sooner. I'm kind of a Mets fan, though.
Joss Carter: Somewhere in the city, your soda kid's walking around with a zillion-dollar baseball in his pocket.
Lionel Fusco: With HR looking for the ball.
Joss Carter: And the young man has no idea.
Lionel Fusco: Let's hope he don't play catch.


"Person of Interest: Return 0 (#5.13)" (2016)
John Reese: Try not to die.
Lionel Fusco: Yeah, I love you too.

Harold Finch: Detective Fusco, meet The Machine.
Lionel Fusco: I knew you guys were crazy, but this is next level, nuts.

John Reese: So what did you do with Agent LeRoux?
Lionel Fusco: Lost him in a trunk. Guess I haven't changed that much.

Harold Finch: [after Reese and Fusco are saved from their killers by unknown shooters] Detectives. I trust you are okay.
Lionel Fusco: What did you hire, sniper, Glasses?
Harold Finch: Not me. It seems Thornhill Industries has been on a hiring spree.
John Reese: Guess I owe you one. Figure I'd pay you back all at once.
Harold Finch: Don't take too long, you might miss your chance. You're ready?
Lionel Fusco: For what?
Harold Finch: To end this.

Sameen Shaw: Your field-of-fire is 90 degrees to either side of that entrance, if we get into trouble just lay suppressive fire across that arc
Lionel Fusco: You know I'm a cop, right?
Sameen Shaw: [hands him an assault rifle] If we were eating donuts or shooting cardboard cutouts you would be in charge.


"Person of Interest: Identity Crisis (#1.18)" (2012)
John Reese: [Jordan Hester's ID thief has been arrested] How did you track down her old mugshot?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Police work. Even I do it on occasion.

Detective Lionel Fusco: Did you work an identity theft case?
Detective Joss Carter: Every arrest I ever made. They all say I got the wrong guy.

John Reese: Which do you like better, good cop or bad cop?
Detective Lionel Fusco: You tell me. Am I under with HR, or am I working cases with you?
John Reese: I'll let you know.

Kyle Morrison: You know, the more I talked to you guys, the more you twisted my words around, so, you know, maybe today I'm not in the mood.
[Gets up to leave]
Detective Lionel Fusco: We think what happened to you may have happened to someone else. Sit down.
[He sits]
Detective Lionel Fusco: Look, I know you've got not reason to trust me, and I know exactly how you feel. Everyone's got you wrong. Everyone thinks you're something that you're not and you've got no way to change their mind. You help me catch this guy, and I'll see about getting you out of here.
Kyle Morrison: You believe me?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Until you give me a reason not to.

Detective Lionel Fusco: Nice job handing Moretti over to Elias.
John Reese: I had no choice.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Well, you got HR buzzing. Don't worry about it though, I'm pretty close to finding out who the major players are.
John Reese: I didn't ask you here to talk about HR. I've got an assignment for you. I need you to dig up everything you can on a Jordan Hester.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You've got me doing undercover work for HR. Now you want me to do above-the-board stuff, too? Make up your mind.
John Reese: I didn't realize it was my job to make yours easier, Lionel.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Hey, good cop, bad cop, it's only my life we're playing with here.
John Reese: It's not your life I'm focused on right now, is it? Someone needs our help.
[Slides over photos of the two potential Jordan Hesters]
Detective Lionel Fusco: Which one?
John Reese: Exactly.


"Person of Interest: Bury the Lede (#2.5)" (2012)
Detective Lionel Fusco: [watching the FBI round up HR cops] They're making the bust but I know this was you. Nice work, Detective.
Detective Joss Carter: Keep your voice down, Carter. Do you think John put me under with HR because of my spotless record? Glad the Feds haven't come after me yet.
Detective Lionel Fusco: The day's still young, Fusco.

Detective Joss Carter: You don't have the big boss, do you? Head of HR. So got a particular cop in mind?
Special Agent Nicholas Donnelly: I'm not so sure it is a cop. If the lead I'm working pans out, soon I'll know exactly who was running things.
[Leaves]
Detective Kane: Hey, Carter. My two cents: let this one go, okay? Every crook HR screwed over, every cartel they were in bed with, they're all gonna want the big boss dead. Whoever catches that guy... better be bulletproof.
Detective Joss Carter: Is it weird that that just makes me wanna catch him more?
Detective Lionel Fusco: For you? No.

Officer Patrick Simmons: HR might be down, but we're not out. My boss' pulling the strings now save the upper management.
Detective Lionel Fusco: With friends like that what do you need me for?
Officer Patrick Simmons: Because the FBI keeps digging. We've got word that they're onto something that could still bring us all down. Me, my boss... probably even you.
Detective Lionel Fusco: What do they got?
Officer Patrick Simmons: Why, you tell me? Your partner's all buddy-buddy with Donnelly. So you're gonna find out what they're looking for. and you're gonna make it disappear.
Detective Lionel Fusco: And if I don't?
Officer Patrick Simmons: Well, I guess I'll see you in prison.

Detective Joss Carter: I'll talk to Donnelly, see who else is on HR's payroll hasn't been arrested yet.
Detective Lionel Fusco: And if your reporter friend gets into trouble before we find the shooter?
John Reese: Guess I'll have to call the police.

Detective Lionel Fusco: So... you're off the hook. The boss' locked up. Are we done here?
Officer Patrick Simmons: [laughs] Once you're in you're never out.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You want anything else from me never mention my kid again.
Officer Patrick Simmons: I'm not a threat for your son, Lionel. You are.


"Person of Interest: Witness (#1.7)" (2011)
Detective Lionel Fusco: Brighton beach is Russian territory. So what's the L.C.N. doing here?
Detective Bill Szymanski: You kidding? There's a war going on. Half a dozen V.I.P.s in the Russian mob were taken out last month. Word is Benny's boss ordered the hits. This was retribution.
Joss Carter: So who's his boss?
Detective Bill Szymanski: We don't know much Other than a name: Elias.
[Carter perks in recognition]
Detective Bill Szymanski: You heard of him?
Joss Carter: Oh, yeah. We go way back. One of his guys took a shot at me last week.

Detective Lionel Fusco: I'm not sure how you usually do what you do, But I'm looking for a guy, and I could use some help. He's a witness, saw a Russian mob hit go down. He's caucasian, 5'10", bald. Probably not the most popular guy in his class, If you know what I mean. We need to find him.
John Reese: [Looking at Charlie Burton] I think I already did.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Why am I not surprised?

Joss Carter: Mrs. D'agostino I know that anger you're feeling right now; what it's like to lose someone you love. Help us find the men who did this to your husband.
Patti D'Agostino: It doesn't matter if you find them. Elias will. And he'll kill each and every single one of those Russian bastards.
Joss Carter: Elias started a war that can't be won. Now, a lot of innocent people are gonna die if this continues. Do you want that?
Patti D'Agostino: If that's what it takes.
Detective Bill Szymanski: Where is he, Patti? Where is Elias?
Patti D'Agostino: I never met him. And his crew they don't socialize. That's why you'll never find him.
Detective Lionel Fusco: I'm a little confused. Why does Elias want Brighton Beach so bad?
Patti D'Agostino: You're not seeing it. Brighton Beach is just the beginning. Elias has bigger plans. He'll reunite the five families and take out the Russian trash. And then when he's finished, you people will be answering to *him*.

Harold Finch: Hello, Detective. I need to talk to you about our mutual friend.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Who's this? And who the hell is our mutual friend?
Harold Finch: I seem to recall you were going to take him to oyster bay once upon a time.
Detective Lionel Fusco: So you're his guy?
Harold Finch: No, Detective. I think that's your role. I've lost contact with him. Do you have any idea where he and the witness are now?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, somewhere in Brighton Beach. The Russians opened fire on them in broad daylight. Those two are going nowhere fast with this type of heat on them.
Harold Finch: Unfortunately, the Russian mafia May not be our only problem. I need you to run a license plate for me.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, sure, pal. I'll help you out If you can tell me what the hell it is I'm doing.
Harold Finch: It relates to your case. That's all you need to know.
Detective Lionel Fusco: If I hear anything about our friend, How do I get in touch with you?
Harold Finch: You don't. I'll find you, detective.


"Person of Interest: Matsya Nyaya (#1.20)" (2012)
Detective Lionel Fusco: I should have shot you and simplified my life!
John Reese: Pressure getting to you Fusco?

Captain Lynch: Used to play pickup games here when I was a kid.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You were a kid?

John Reese: Why are you here?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Len sent me over. Presupposed to meet a guy by the name of Clay.
John Reese: HR looking for a cut of the heist?
Detective Lionel Fusco: HR helped set up the heist. They hand-picked the shooters. I'm supposed to be picking up their cut.
John Reese: You've got a problem. Tommy Clay's long gone. And he left his buddies behind.
[Gestures to the dead shooters]
Detective Lionel Fusco: Ah, jeez. I don't come back with the platinum, HR's gonna think I took it. That makes me a dead man. You gotta help me with this. You got me working with these guys in the first place.
John Reese: I'll find Tommy. Now off you go.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Off I go? What am I gonna tell HR, huh?
John Reese: You're a talented liar, Detective, remember? That's why I picked you.

Harold Finch: [after Fusco shot Lynch to protect Reese] Mr. Reese, everything okay?
John Reese: Finch, we're going to need your trunk.
Detective Lionel Fusco: No, I got this one. I shot him with her gun. Simple enough to make it look like Lynch botched the whole thing.
John Reese: You're getting good at this, Lionel.
Detective Lionel Fusco: I was always good at this. That's why you picked me in the first place. Remember?


"Person of Interest: Lethe (#3.11)" (2013)
John Reese: Hello, Lionel. Finch send you?
Detective Lionel Fusco: He's worried about you. Hell, we all are.
John Reese: How'd you find me?
Detective Lionel Fusco: What do you think I won my badge in a poker game? Alright, Glasses helped a little.

John Reese: Go home, Detective.
[Fusco follows him to the bar]
John Reese: Lionel...
Detective Lionel Fusco: I heard you. You know what? This is a public place. I've got just as much right to be here as you.
John Reese: Fine. But if you're gonna sit here, you're gonna drink and not talk. You understand?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Fine by me.
John Reese: [to the bartender] Whiskey. Double.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Bourbon and soda. Hold the bourbon.

John Reese: When I said "Drink", I didn't mean club soda. Finch appoint you to be my designated driver too?
Detective Lionel Fusco: No, smart guy. I'm two years sober.
John Reese: Why?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Because back when I was doing a lot of stupid things, drinking was one of them. And then this jackass in a suit showed up on my backseat and forced me at gunpoint to help him and take a look at who I was. Why'd I quit drinking? You. Don't let it go to your head.

Detective Lionel Fusco: What do you think, you're the only one that's hurting? My partner got shot. So tell me how hiding out in your old man's watering hole is gonna fix it.I saw the sign for the army base about five miles back. I thought maybe this was where you were stationed. Until I saw the picture.
[Points to a photo above the bar]
Detective Lionel Fusco: And the resemblance.
John Reese: My dad was here before he was deployed to Vietnam. Did four tours. He was a bona fide war hero.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Was he killed in action?
John Reese: No. At the refinery where he worked. Hadn't even been home two months.
Detective Lionel Fusco: That's rough. But what's that have to do with what happened to Carter?
John Reese: Nothing. Just proves that no matter what we do or don't do in this world, bad things are still gonna happen. It's pointless. Irrelevant.
Detective Lionel Fusco: How can you say that? You saved lots of people, including me. You're saying that was pointless?
[Reese is silent]
Detective Lionel Fusco: All right. Let's go.
John Reese: I'm not leaving.
Detective Lionel Fusco: I wasn't talking about leaving.


"Person of Interest: C.O.D. (#2.9)" (2012)
Officer Patrick Simmons: Detective, the meeting with Elias' guys is on for this morning. We'll come and pick you up.
Lionel Fusco: Count me out.
Officer Patrick Simmons: You got one too many skeletons in the closet to be calling the shots here. Not to mention, a couple buried in the ground. But they can always be dug up.

Lionel Fusco: You don't need me for this. You got youngblood recruit right over there. Have him twist a few arms for you.
Officer Patrick Simmons: Elias knows how to hold a grudge. You're here because if this thing goes sideways, these guys are gonna want something to shoot.
Lionel Fusco: That's comforting.

Officer Patrick Simmons: Fusco. Bowman will swing by and pick you up. You two will get the package, deliver it as planned.
Lionel Fusco: Hey, listen, I've been thinking about this. I can't do it. I got to keep my nose clean because I'm no good to you locked up.
Officer Patrick Simmons: Oh, I'm sure we'd find something for you to do with yourself, Lionel. Besides, you're not that much good to me as it is.

Officer Patrick Simmons: What the hell happened out there?
Lionel Fusco: You tell me. 'Cause they knew we were coming for him. We got double-crossed.
Officer Patrick Simmons: The part I don't get they shot Bowman, but they let you just walk away.
Lionel Fusco: 'Cause they want me to send HR a message. Elias said, "Go to hell". Quite frankly, I second the motion.


"Person of Interest: Pilot (#1.1)" (2011)
John Reese: I'm curious. Was there a point where you knew you'd become a bad guy?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Woke up one morning, realized I was paid to protect a bunch of jerks from Wall Street who were robbing everybody blind. They're stealing more than my annual salary in an afternoon. I said, "what the hell."
John Reese: I don't believe you. See, I've been watching you, Lionel. Your heart's not really into it. Stills, he does it for money, but I think you do it because you're loyal.
Detective Lionel Fusco: What's the difference?
John Reese: That's why I'm going to let you live.

John Reese: I'm considering sticking around New York for a while. If I do, I'm gonna need someone on the inside, and you might come in handy.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Ah, so I'm working for you now, huh?
[laughs]
John Reese: That's right. But I've got two rules. One, you so much as hurt anybody, and I'll kill you. I don't particularly like killing people, but I'm very good at it. And two... You have to be more careful. For instance, if you're gonna put someone in the backseat of your car, you have to search them properly...
[Takes out a grenade and throws it into the front seat]

John Reese: You ready to get to work, officer?
Detective Lionel Fusco: I'm no good to you. I'm dead. Just a matter of time before the gangs get me. Or I.A.
John Reese: No one knows you're involved. I took care of that. Besides, they'll be too busy looking for Stills. The police will think he's run for it. The gangs and the mob will think he's gone Witness Protection.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Is that where he is, Witness Protection?
John Reese: No, Lionel. He's in the trunk.


"Person of Interest: Prophets (#4.5)" (2014)
Douglas Rogers: I'll jump! I'll do it!
John Reese: Go ahead, Doug. You embezzled money from your own charity, then killed to cover it up. Humanity won't miss you.
[Doug is baffled, glances at Fusco]
Lionel Fusco: Don't look at me, buddy. You just made us chase you up 20 flights of stairs. Go play with gravity.
John Reese: Hey, Doug, you vote today?
Douglas Rogers: What?
John Reese: The election's got me in a real democratic mood. You always have a choice, even if it's between two bad options.
Douglas Rogers: I can't go to prison. Seems like I've only got one choice.
John Reese: You jump and your wife and son don't collect your life insurance. But you ever hear of "death by cop"? You force me to kill you, insurance pays. See, Doug, voting's fun.

John Reese: Lionel, did you call for backup?
Lionel Fusco: You think if I have a heart attack on those stairs, I'm trusting you to carry me out?

Lionel Fusco: Your shootout at the OK corral earned you some homework.
[Drops a stack of papers on his desk]
John Reese: I saved the guy's life. Every time I do something good around here, the department thanks me with carpal tunnel and paper cuts.


"Person of Interest: Critical (#2.7)" (2012)
Lionel Fusco: Two shots, close range? That overkill when you shoot a guy in the back?

Lionel Fusco: Someone dropped a body in Long Island City, execution-style. I think you wanna come take a look.
Joss Carter: You can't handle it?
Lionel Fusco: [Fusco has retrieved one of Carter's contact cards from the victim] Trust me, you wanna be here. It's got your name all over it - literally.

Lionel Fusco: I didn't figure you for a day-in-the-park kind of guy.
John Reese: Anyone can appreciate nature, Lionel.
Lionel Fusco: So what's up?
John Reese: See that art fair over there? There's a nice young lady running it. Her name's Amy. I need you to keep an eye on her for a minute.
Lionel Fusco: What; she in some kind of trouble?
John Reese: Let's just say she found herself in a few crosshairs.


"Person of Interest: Bad Code (#2.2)" (2012)
Detective Lionel Fusco: You jacked my phone?
John Reese: Little tip. Someone offers you a great deal on any sort of male-enhancement pill, don't click on it.

Detective Joss Carter: So what's this all about?
John Reese: What do you mean? I promised you guys that round of drinks.
Detective Lionel Fusco: It's 8:00 AM.
John Reese: Which means Finch has already been gone 24 hours, but we're gonna get him back.
Detective Lionel Fusco: [Looks at his drink] This have a raw egg in it?
John Reese: The alcohol will kill the salmonella.

Detective Lionel Fusco: So we got our friend with the glasses back, huh?
Detective Joss Carter: Yeah, we did. Buy you a drink?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Long as it don't have egg in it.


"Person of Interest: Masquerade (#2.3)" (2012)
Detective Joss Carter: Okay, Fusco, what's up with you and your box?
Lionel Fusco: I found it in that government lady Corwin's hotel room.
Detective Joss Carter: And here I thought all the evidence in her case disappeared.
[Points to a device]
Detective Joss Carter: What is that?
Lionel Fusco: It looks like one of those gadgets the vet used on my kid's labrador, you know, one of those microchip readers?
Detective Joss Carter: Why would Corwin keep something like that in her hotel room?
Lionel Fusco: As far as I'm concerned, the only reason we got involved in this was to get four eyes back, and he's back. Why keep digging?
Detective Joss Carter: [Rolls her eyes at him] 'Cause we're detectives.

Lionel Fusco: You know, you don't write. You don't call. I mean, I'm a big guy, but I am sensitive.
Harold Finch: It's good to talk to you too, Detective. Is our friend safe?
Lionel Fusco: A target-rich environment. Lots of people.
Harold Finch: That's why I've accessed the museum's security cameras, and having seen the kitchen, I'd advise you to stay away from the shrimp puffs.
[Fusco spits out the one he was eating]

Lionel Fusco: Get out of the car!
Monty Spencer: I'm just gonna find her again after I shoot you.
[Fusco and Sofia move away]
Monty Spencer: Are you kidding? Look at you. What do you think, you're gonna outrun me?
Lionel Fusco: Let me mull that over a sec.
[Carter and Reese's car smash into Monty's]
Lionel Fusco: Yep, I'm pretty sure I can outrun ya.


"Person of Interest: Allegiance (#3.18)" (2014)
Lionel Fusco: [Sitting in a car] Thanks for the sandwich. But why do you gotta drag me all the way up here, just to watch your girl snap a few memories?
Sameen Shaw: When's the last time you saw a New Yorker from The Village take tourist photos at the UN?
Lionel Fusco: Mm. That's a good point. If you're so smart, what do you need me for?
[There's a knock on window]
NYPD Patrolman: You can't park here! Security precaution.
Lionel Fusco: [Flashes his badge] Yeah, I got one of those.
Sameen Shaw: Way to make yourself useful, Lionel.
Lionel Fusco: You know, I don't understand all the hoopla with the UN anyway. Bunch of silver-spoon bureaucrats, if you ask me. And don't even get me started with the extraterritorial privileges either.
Sameen Shaw: Oh, I should've just stolen a badge.

Lionel Fusco: How many countries you think there are in the UN? Like 50-something?
Sameen Shaw: [sighs] 193. You know, you really should get out more. Learn something about other cultures.
Lionel Fusco: What are you talking about? I just ate a falafel.
Sameen Shaw: Yeah, and you got some on your tie.
Lionel Fusco: [Looks down] Aww, that's the second tie this week.

Lionel Fusco: All these fat-cat diplomats travel all over the world, eating on someone else's dime while they talk about feeding the poor.
Sameen Shaw: Maybe you ought to consider applying for a passport.
Lionel Fusco: I have a passport. My ex and I went to Saint Thomas for our honeymoon.
Sameen Shaw: You mean the *US* Virgin Islands?


"Person of Interest: ShotSeeker (#5.5)" (2016)
Lionel Fusco: Don't tell me you haven't noticed that homicides are dropping, but suicides are up, and so are missing persons. There are people disappearing all over this town. Now John's gone too. I am not gonna let this one lie. Not this time.
[to Root]
Harold Finch: Wonderful. Now we have to save Mr. Reese from Samaritan and Detective Fusco from himself.

Lionel Fusco: You did good, Garvin. We got two guys in custody thanks to you.
Ethan Garvin: Krupa's still missing. Mary's dead.
Lionel Fusco: Yeah, we did the best we could.
Ethan Garvin: It wasn't enough.
Lionel Fusco: Hey, it never is. That's the curse of what we do, and why we never stop.
Ethan Garvin: I'm not giving up on Krupa.
Lionel Fusco: She's not alone among the missing.
Ethan Garvin: Thanks, Detective.
Lionel Fusco: Go home and get some sleep.
[pauses]
Lionel Fusco: Hey, and get yourself a razor, will you?


"Person of Interest: Booked Solid (#2.15)" (2013)
John Reese: I'm a little busy, Lionel.
Lionel Fusco: Yeah, one of your trained killers is leaving his post.
Harold Finch: So is the one in the lobby. He's taking rather a large trunk with him. I don't know what they could possibly - Oh, dear. It's Harris.
John Reese: They're disposing of the body.
Lionel Fusco: Body? What body?

John Reese: I've got a new assignment for you. Meet me at the annex south of the lobby.
Lionel Fusco: Yeah, no problem. I'm fine, by the way, considering I just took out two trained killers trying to get rid of a body.
John Reese: Never doubted you for a second. Now, come and meet me.
Lionel Fusco: I'll be right there. Let me just call these two in.
John Reese: Oh, and don't forget the guys in the storage room and the elevator.


"Person of Interest: Deus Ex Machina (#3.23)" (2014)
John Reese: How'd you find us?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Dog showed up at the precinct with a message from Cuckoo Clock to meet at this intersection. Didn't know she meant you and this guy.
[Fusco gestures to Hersh]
John Reese: Vigilance caused the blackout. They set up a kangaroo court to go after anyone tied to the machine.
Detective Lionel Fusco: What machine?

John Reese: Why don't you take a lap around the block, Lionel?
Detective Lionel Fusco: What, why?
John Reese: 'Cause we're gonna need some gear from that sporting goods store up the street. It'd probably be best if the NYPD isn't around when we smash in the front door.


"Person of Interest: Many Happy Returns (#1.21)" (2012)
Detective Lionel Fusco: Why am I planted out here instead of Wonder Boy?
Harold Finch: Mr. Reese is otherwise engaged. And you are not to contact him regarding this matter, detective. You and I will handle this ourselves.

Harold Finch: If I were to speculate as to the reason for your labored breathing, detective...?
Detective Lionel Fusco: I lost her!
Harold Finch: ...that would be it.


"Person of Interest: The Day the World Went Away (#5.10)" (2016)
Lionel Fusco: Temporary Resolutions? Is it just me, or is dispatching hit men more of a permanent resolution?

Lionel Fusco: Lionel. What do you hear?
Lionel Fusco: Nothing.
John Reese: That can't be good.


"Person of Interest: Panopticon (#4.1)" (2014)
Detective Lionel Fusco: We're gonna help you, Mr. Hasan.
Ali Hasan: How?
John Reese: By getting your son back.
Ali Hasan: You? Haven't you done enough?
John Reese: Not yet, I haven't.

John Reese: What brings you up to The Bronx, Detective?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Last I checked, I was in Homicide. This here looks like a body. What's Narcotics doing here, Detective?
John Reese: [Gestures to the body] Felix here was an affiliate of a street gang taking over the heroin trade.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, well, now he's unaffiliated.


"Person of Interest: Prisoner's Dilemma (#2.12)" (2013)
Detective Lionel Fusco: I mean, c'mon, you gotta need something. Are we gonna bust John out of there or what?
Harold Finch: Oh, it sounds like such a bad idea when you say it.

Harold Finch: Right now I need your help in another matter. I'm sending you the name and address of a young lady in Brooklyn. She's about to be involved in a very bad situation.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Let me get this straight. John's ass is on the line and I'm stuck dealing with some dumb -
[Gets the file, the woman is a supermodel]
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, I got this.


"Person of Interest: Ghosts (#1.2)" (2011)
Detective Lionel Fusco: Hey, you don't talk to people who just walk into the joint!
John Reese: Lionel... you worried about me? I'm touched!

John Reese: I need you to pull a file for me.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah. Right after you pull my IAD file. 'Cause they got me one step from fighting off a whole cellblock of degenerates that I sent upstate. They think I'm dirty.
John Reese: That's because you are dirty, Lionel.


"Person of Interest: Root Path (#3.17)" (2014)
Detective Lionel Fusco: Hey, nice try, Cocoa Puffs. There's no way I'm letting him leave with you.
Root: I understand. But there are things you don't know. For starters, Cyrus is currently wanted by not one but two very dangerous organizations. And you have no idea that there are currently 27 people en route to this location, the closest of whom is carrying two concealed firearms and a push dagger he used to kill three people in Dubai last month - one of them just for fun.
Detective Lionel Fusco: I don't care how big your brain is. Nobody's taking this guy from me without a big fat Federal warrant, you got that?
Root: [Hands him a warrant] Joined the Bureau last month to get access to a nuclear plant in Tulsa. Long story.

Detective Lionel Fusco: [Regarding Root taking Cyrus Wells] She had a warrant - a real one. What was I supposed to say? "Sorry, boss, Agent King is actually a superpowered nutball. Just ask my buddy, the urban legend."


"Person of Interest: Foe (#1.8)" (2011)
John Reese: Anonymous tip for you, Lionel.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You got to stop calling me here.
John Reese: [Ignores this] Homicide in the west village. I think the shooter might have others planned today. I left you a care package at the scene. I need you to find out whatever he knows.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, well, I can't do anything till someone calls in a crime.
John Reese: You'll get a call - "Shots fired".
Detective Lionel Fusco: Were there shots fired?
John Reese: [Shoots his gun] There were now.

Joss Carter: We got a killer out there, and our best lead is getting deported.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You still got your vigilante looking for the shooter. That's not bad news.
Joss Carter: You can't send a killer to catch a killer, detective.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Hey, your guy still gets results.


"Person of Interest: Wolf and Cub (#1.14)" (2012)
Detective Lionel Fusco: [about Finch] He's got so many aliases, I don't even know where to start. Oldest one I could find is a Harold Wren. He's an underwriter for an insurance company for a number of years. Before that, MIT student, top of his class. It was there where he met the kid's dad - You know, Nathan Ingram. He's that billionaire that got killed a couple years back.
John Reese: Ingram Graduated from the same class as Wren.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, except I did a little more digging. Wren was the name he used freshman year at MIT. That name doesn't appear on any records before '76, which tells me that Wren was a false identity too. This guy spent so much time being someone else, he probably doesn't know who he is anymore.
John Reese: "Only the paranoid survive". You know, Lionel... you could have been a good cop if not for a few bad choices.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You got me snooping around your boss, but I make bad choices?
John Reese: Man has a point.

John Reese: [after Fusco gets shot] Fusco, you okay?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, just peachy.


"Person of Interest: Legacy (#1.12)" (2012)
Detective Lionel Fusco: Carter's on to you. You need to watch your ass!
John Reese: Well, I appreciate your concern about my ass... but I can handle Detective Carter.
Detective Lionel Fusco: I'm telling you, she's talking to someone and keeping it on the down low, working something on her own...
John Reese: I'll keep that in mind.

John Reese: Hello, Lionel, did you miss me?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, like I miss a hangover.


"Person of Interest: Synecdoche (#5.11)" (2016)
Lionel Fusco: [at Root's grave] Rest in peace, Cocoa Puffs.

John Reese: [referring to the Secret Service] They're not so bad, even considered joining the ranks back in the day,
Lionel Fusco: Oh yeah, what stopped you?
John Reese: They work around the clock, no choice in who they protect, and the threats never stop coming.
Lionel Fusco: Well, you really dodged a bullet there.


"Person of Interest: Judgement (#1.5)" (2011)
John Reese: Oh, he comes when he's called. Good. Now if I could just train you to stop trying to kill me.
Lionel Fusco: How long am I going to have to work down here? Commute's a bitch.
John Reese: You should be grateful. Takes some guys years to make task force. Plus, I let you live.

John Reese: Find out if there's been any ransom kidnappings reported. White guys with crew cuts. One with long hair.
Lionel Fusco: Kidnapping's big news. I'd have heard something.
John Reese: What about Amber alerts? Child abduction?
Lionel Fusco: Is that what we're dealing with?
John Reese: We? Since when are you on board?
Lionel Fusco: It's still a missing kid. Hey, whatever else I've done, I'm still a cop.


"Person of Interest: Aletheia (#3.12)" (2014)
Detective Lionel Fusco: They got to let us out of here soon. They're just keeping us in here for a laugh at this point.
John Reese: Nothing wrong with jail. Some of the best vacations I've ever had were behind bars.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You're a peach, you know that?

Detective Lionel Fusco: How about we just figure a way to get out of here and go home?
John Reese: Home? What home, Lionel?
Detective Lionel Fusco: You know, I mean, you've never actually invited me over, but home - meaning our friends and that thing we were doing.
John Reese: What is it we were doing again?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Helping people, keeping 'em safe so they could get home to their loved ones.
John Reese: No offense, Lionel. I know the whole "being a good guy" thing is new to you, but you're not fooling anyone, and neither will we. We weren't helping people. We were delaying the inevitable.
Detective Lionel Fusco: No one ever said we were gonna win, but it doesn't mean you stop fighting.
John Reese: No. I've learned my lesson. It's entropy, Lionel, decay. We save someone, they'll still lose, just tomorrow, not today. And I know that now, same as I know you'll probably go back to be a corrupt piece of garbage. Water finds its level.
Detective Lionel Fusco: [Angry] You know what? She was the best of us - better than me and a damn sight better than you. And she got killed. But where I come from, that doesn't mean you just give up.


"Person of Interest: Shadow Box (#2.10)" (2012)
Detective Lionel Fusco: What are you doing here, Simmons?
Officer Patrick Simmons: I'm keeping an eye on you, you slippery little mutt. What are you doing?
Detective Lionel Fusco: None of your business.
Officer Patrick Simmons: You're following Cal Beecher. You're checking him out for Carter?
Detective Lionel Fusco: No, I've been wondering who else you've been flapping your gums to.
Officer Patrick Simmons: About you burying Davidson? Not Beecher. Not yet.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You crossed a line when you made that call to Carter. Pointing her towards me in the Davidson murder.
Officer Patrick Simmons: What line is that?
Detective Lionel Fusco: The line where I don't give a crap anymore. So, watch your back.

Detective Lionel Fusco: Hey, Olson, you worked at the 55. You know a Narco detective named Cal Beecher?
Detective Olson: Oh, yeah, sure do. We used to call him 18-karat Cal. Better suits, better cars, better girls than the rest of us. Maybe he just had better taste.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Or maybe he was on the take.
Detective Olson: Did you hear me say that?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Don't know. What are you saying?
Detective Olson: Look, he was undercover narcotics. A lot of buy-and-busts, a lot of money hanging around. Anyway, why you want to know?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Ah, I just been seeing him around.
Detective Olson: Yeah. He's been hanging around Detective Carter. Bees like honey, Fusco.


"Person of Interest: Wingman (#4.3)" (2014)
Andre Cooper: See, that's your problem right there. You're cynical.
Lionel Fusco: I'm not cynical, I just know that people are terrible.

Lionel Fusco: I don't know. This just ain't me. Who wears cufflinks, anyway? How do you put these things on by yourself?
Andre Cooper: You're right. Cufflinks and perfectly-tailored pants are for suckers that just want to meet women. Maybe we could get you a track suit and a Barcalounger.
Lionel Fusco: What's wrong with a track suit?
Andre Cooper: Are you a track star?


"Person of Interest: If-Then-Else (#4.11)" (2015)
John Reese: [the Machine runs through a simplified mission simulation] Cooly delivered sadistic warning.
Lionel Fusco: Self-deprecating inquiry into the time necessary to infiltrate system.
Root: Funny yet insightful retort.
Harold Finch: Mildly agitated declaration of mission completion.
Harold Finch: [Objective complete] Gentle exhortation to further action.
Root: [Root calls Shaw] Overly affectionate greeting.
Sameen Shaw: Greeting.
Root: Transparent rationale for conversation.
Sameen Shaw: Annoyed attempt to deflect subtext.
Root: Overt come-on.
Sameen Shaw: Mildly embarrassed defensiveness bordering on hostility.
Root: Playfully witty sign-off.

John Reese: [the Machine has been running simulations to get the team out of danger, but is running out of time. The team is in the server room. The Machine display reads Simplify Simulation]
John Reese: [Into the ear of the man he is holding at gunpoint] Coolly delivered sadistic warning.
Lionel Fusco: [to Finch and Root] Self-deprecating inquiry into the time necessary to infiltrate system.
Root: Funny, yet insightful retort.
Harold Finch: Mildly agitated declaration of mission completion.
[the Machine displays Secondary Objective - Prevent Financial Crisis: Complete]
Harold Finch: General exhortation to further action.
[Cut to the team in the mechanical room securing their exit by cutting a cable that locks the elevator]
Root: [to Shaw over comms, excitedly] Overly affectionate greeting.
Sameen Shaw: [Blandly] Greeting.
Root: Transparent rationale for conversation.
Sameen Shaw: Annoyed attempt to deflect subject.
Root: [Smiling widely] Overt come-on.
Sameen Shaw: Mildly embarrassed defensiveness, bordering on hostility.
Root: Playfully witty sign-off.


"Person of Interest: Baby Blue (#1.17)" (2012)
Officer Patrick Simmons: Did you hear Gianni Moretti got out of prison yesterday then vanished? All state police found was five dead goombas.
Lionel Fusco: Mobsters killing each other - how tragic.
Officer Patrick Simmons: Except it wasn't just mobsters. Your partner was there too.
Lionel Fusco: Carter?
Officer Patrick Simmons: Looks like she and a couple of cowboys got some kind of rinky-dink off-book operation. They've hidden Moretti. We want to find out where.
Lionel Fusco: HR can't find out? Thought you guys had your fingers in all the pies.
Officer Patrick Simmons: You are one of the pies, Fusco.

Officer Patrick Simmons: Anything on Carter yet?
Lionel Fusco: I followed her. Learned something.
Officer Patrick Simmons: What? What'd you learn?
Lionel Fusco: [Seems conflicted] She... she had a pizza. She got a thing for pepperoni.
Officer Patrick Simmons: And I got a dead body with your name on it. Don't think I won't use it.


"Person of Interest: Endgame (#3.8)" (2013)
Detective Lionel Fusco: Nice badge. You wanna give me a warning next time you do something like that?
John Reese: But that would ruin the surprise.

Detective Lionel Fusco: I heard what happened to Laskey. How you holding up? It's never an easy thing, losing a partner. Kinda makes you wonder what really went down between those two that night.
Joss Carter: Not sure I wanna know.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You know what I think? I think someone else was there. I think someone shot them both and staged the scene. The only question is, who?
Joss Carter: I don't know, Fusco. But whatever happened, I don't want any part of it.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Terney was the one who told you HR had your boyfriend killed. Now he's dead along with your rookie partner? I mean, don't you wanna know why?
Joss Carter: Something I realized It's not always worth the risk to know why.


"Person of Interest: Control-Alt-Delete (#4.12)" (2015)
Lionel Fusco: [to the bad guy he just knocked out in a surveillance van in Detroit] Another thing. The Red Wings suck!
Harold Finch: You realize he's not from Detroit.
Lionel Fusco: Still had to be said.


"Person of Interest: Pretenders (#4.6)" (2014)
Walter Dang: Am I going to die?
Lionel Fusco: You got shot in the arm, not the head.


"Person of Interest: Liberty (#3.1)" (2013)
Detective Lionel Fusco: Don't worry. I'm a cop.
R.J. Phillips: [Hopeful] Bomb squad?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Homicide.


"Person of Interest: No Good Deed (#1.22)" (2012)
Henry L. Peck: Please just listen. They've taken my job, ruined my life. Now I know why. This is the proof. These are six reports I wrote for the NSA, and six covert actions based on those reports. In each case, a single name gets added to what I wrote, and each time, that name turns out to be the key to stopping a major terrorist attack. Six for six. The only way to be that accurate is with illegal surveillance on a massive scale. Then there's this, "Sibilance" is an internal audit of the NSA intranet. It's totally routine; until they find signals hidden just beyond the Shannon limit. It should just be static, but there was data. Someone is sneaking just as much data out as the NSA is taking in. To scan through all that, you need an organization ten times our size. It's more than any human -
[Sudden realization hits]
Henry L. Peck: Oh, my God, they actually built it. After 9/11, the government wanted a computer system, a machine, that could watch everyone and everything, catch terrorists before they strike. They tried with trailblazer, TIA, stellar wind. They - they all failed. But if I'm right, then someone really built the damn thing, and it's watching us right now.
Lionel Fusco: [Just looks at him blankly] Okay, you want a soda or something?


"Person of Interest: Firewall (#1.23)" (2012)
Detective Lionel Fusco: You can't trust us, how are we supposed to trust you?
John Reese: Trust is complicated, Lionel. For example, I'm sitting in a police car with one cop who tried to murder me and another who spent six months trying to lock me up. So you'll forgive me if I take things one step at a time.


"Person of Interest: Reasonable Doubt (#3.4)" (2013)
Detective Lionel Fusco: Even for you, stabbing a senior would be a new low.
Sameen Shaw: You don't know that.


"Person of Interest: Last Call (#3.15)" (2014)
Detective Lionel Fusco: Wait a minute, you're telling me that 911 gets over 11,000 butt dials a day?


"Person of Interest: Brotherhood (#4.4)" (2014)
John Reese: What's up, Lionel?
Lionel Fusco: Yeah, you can - uh - thank me with a prime rib, maybe some twice-baked potatoes...
John Reese: Are you placing a dinner order, or is there a reason for your call?


"Person of Interest: All In (#2.18)" (2013)
Detective Joss Carter: I need you to tell me the truth about something.
Detective Lionel Fusco: There's no Santa. It was your parents.


"Person of Interest: SNAFU (#5.2)" (2016)
[to John]
Lionel Fusco: I don't need a genius to tell me that you're lonely.


"Person of Interest: Dead Reckoning (#2.13)" (2013)
Joss Carter: We've got to get up to that floor.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You think the bomb squad boys are going to go for that? Good luck.
Joss Carter: Well just tell them we're helping to clear the stairs.
Detective Lionel Fusco: What? Wait. That's twenty floors!
Joss Carter: [Starting off] Twenty-one!


"Person of Interest: M.I.A. (#4.13)" (2015)
Lionel Fusco: [to Silva] Heroics ain't a job you carry easy.


"Person of Interest: B.S.O.D. (#5.1)" (2016)
Lionel Fusco: Where the hell are you? This whole Dominic-Elias thing has turned into a nuclear fakakta, only I'm the last man standing. People are going to start asking questions. Call me.


"Person of Interest: One Percent (#2.14)" (2013)
Lionel Fusco: Been thinking about the billionaire, his own lawyer trying to do him in.
Detective Joss Carter: [Sarcastic] My heart breaks for him.
Lionel Fusco: I'm glad you got my back.
Detective Joss Carter: You got a point, Fusco?
Lionel Fusco: Carter, there are some things you should know about me. Some mistakes I've made...
Detective Joss Carter: No. We're not doing that. You don't get to share that with me. Now you say you've changed, so I'm gonna trust you. But if those mistakes you made come back to haunt you, you will not expect me to cover for you. Now we may be partners, and we might even be friends, but, I'm still a cop.


"Person of Interest: Blunt (#4.16)" (2015)
Harper Rose: I know cops. Your friend here, he's the real deal. I bet he bleeds blue. But you, you're playing make believe. My guess is... former military with a side of hero complex?
John Reese: So what makes you say that?
Harper Rose: You military folk have all the same tells - posture, the hair - it's like they make you in a factory.
Lionel Fusco: [amused] Not bad.