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  • In the opening, a cop blocks Slater from entering the building where the Ripper is holed up.
    Decker: Slater's attempting to enter, don't let him in! Repeat, do not let him in!
    Cop: Piece of cake. [turns to find Slater standing right in front of him]
    Slater: Hey! You want to be a farmer? Here's a couple of acres! [executes a Groin Attack that launches the cop six feet in the air]
  • Danny imagining a trailer for Hamlet with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role.
    • "Eh, Claudius! Yah killed my fadda." (grabs Claudius) "Big mistake." (sends a screaming Claudius flying out the window)
    • "Stay thy hand, fair prince!" — "Hoo said I'm feah?" Cue SchwarzenHamlet pulling out a MAC-10, and blasting Polonius.
    • And this nugget:
      SchwarzenHamlet: To be or not to be... [lights a cigar, takes a drag] Not to be. [KABOOM!]
    • Though it was likely unintentional, a lot of Shakespeare scholars point out that Hamlet's Fatal Flaw is that he doesn't just kill Claudius, which causes the death of many other people. Schwarzenegger doesn't have that flaw, to say the least.
  • Two cops show up outside Jack's cousin Frank's house, which they believe to be a crack house:
    1st Cop: Are you sure this is the right address? This don't look like no crack house to me.
    2nd Cop: What do you want? Sixty guys dancing on the lawn, throwing cocaine at each other? Just kick the door in.
    • After Frank's house explodes, the two cops are revealed to have landed in a tree. One of them regains consciousness and has this to say: "Two days to retirement." Cue the Lethal Weapon stinger music.
  • Two words: Acme Dynamite.
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  • "Iced that guy--to cone a phrase."
  • Danny goes cross-eyed and moans as Slater's car is about to land on the Coca-Cola semi-truck.
  • The T-1000 and Catherine Tramell are seen strolling out of the police station. Doubles as a Moment of Awesome for movie nuts.
  • Slater's cassette tape for whenever his ex-wife calls, which is just an endless loop of Slater saying, "Uh-huh, uh-huh, yeahyeahyeahyeahyeah."
    • Which then wanders into Tear Jerker territory when Danny points out that his wife calls him every day, at which point Slater reveals that he has someone call him at the office pretending to be his wife, so they think he has some semblance of a life and isn't incredibly lonely.
    • Jack has other prerecorded tapes labeled "Blown Up House," "Ex-Mother-In-Law," "Creditors," "Governor's Office," "Twin Brother Did It," "Girlfriend," "Internal Affairs," "Wrecked Car," "Working Late," and "Out of Town."
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  • The whole "Cops Getting Assigned Sidekicks" gag.
  • The joke with Practice's name.
    Practice: How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
    Slater: Practice!
  • After Practice leaves, Danny realizes :
    Danny: Watch it, Jack. He killed Mozart!
    Slater: [sardonically] In a movie?
    Danny: Amadeus! It won eight Oscars.
    Slater: I saved his life in 'Nam. I'll make sure to be on the lookout, thanks. Now...NO MORE MOVIES!
  • Any time Dekker screams "SLATERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!" loud enough to break windows.
  • Danny: "I can PROVE this is a movie! Look, a cartoon cat just walked through the door!"
    Slater: He's supposed to be back on duty. He was only suspended for a month. Now shut up!
    Dekker: That cat is one of my best men!
    • Followed by this:
      Danny: I just love the way you two fight, knowing how you really feel about each other.
      Dekker: Pray tell. Just how do I feel about this weird-looking sack of puppy poop?
      [Jack looks at him questioningly]
    • And this:
      Danny: Jack Slater I.
      Danny: No! The very first Jack Slater.
      Dekker: [to Slater] You tell your dad?!
      Slater: I didn't tell anyone! I don't even know this kid!
      • Slater's exasperated tone and expression as he says the last line just adds to the hilarity.
  • Slater and Dekker subjecting Danny to a rapid-fire interrogation, however brief it is.
  • Slater's response after Dekker appoints Danny as his partner: "Oh, no. Better to die."
  • Danny starts to introduce himself to other cops as Jack's new partner, only for Jack to walk back, pick him up, and carry him out of the police station.
  • As Slater starts to say his catchphrase:
    Danny: That is what you were gonna say, right? Gee, how would I know that?
    Slater: No-one likes a smart ass.
  • Slater driving like crazy out of the LAPD garage, and a passing driver yelling his name.
  • In Slater's world, Terminator 2: Judgment Day starred Sylvester Stallone, not Arnold Schwarzenegger.
    Slater: [reverently] The man is an artist!
  • Slater flirting with an attractive woman in the video store.
    Attractive Woman: You were in a movie?
    Slater: [perks up] Yes. It was called The Girl of My Dreams. It starred you. As a matter of fact, we had this very romantic scene together.
    • When the woman asks Slater if Danny is his kid:
      Slater: Him? Oh, no. This is a mental patient and I'm going to take him downtown. [grabs Danny] C'mon!
    • Danny points out that the cashier is way too attractive to be working in a video store.
      Slater: I agree with you. I think she should be working with us. Undercover, of course.
  • When Danny finally points out Vivaldi's house, Slater launches into a sarcastic rant.
    Danny: The bad guys are in there! [points]
    Slater: You know something? You should be wearing this. [hands Danny his badge]
    Danny: [takes the badge] I don't think I've earned it yet.
    Slater: You don't understand. You just solved the entire case. You just revolutionized the entire history of police training. All those years at the Academy studying human character, psyche of the terrorist, fingerprint analysis, all the courses that I've taken in surveillance, hostage negotiation, and criminal psychology. I mean, all I had to do was just drive around the neighborhood and point my finger at a house and say "THE BAD GUYS ARE IN THERE!"
    Danny: You think you're funny, don't you?
    Slater: I know I am. I'm the famous comedian, Arnold Braunschweiger.
    Danny: Schwarzenegger!
    Slater: Gesundheit.
  • Slater knocks on the door to Vivaldi's door, and Vivaldi's doorman answers, leading to this exchange:
    Slater: Could I speak to the drug dealer of the house, please?
    Doorman: I beg your pardon?
    Slater: It's a beautiful day, and we're out killing drug dealers. Are there any in the house?
    • Slater starts to leave and Danny calls him back:
      Slater: I'll be back! Ha! You didn't know I was gonna say that, did you?
      Slater: I do?
    • Benedict's answer to Slater's question about him being a henchman:
      Benedict: No, I only go as far as "lackey."
    • "They [the attack dogs] are exceptionally well-trained." Benedict snaps his fingers, and the dogs quickly form a canine pyramid.
      Benedict: I snap my fingers again, and sometime next week, you emerge from several canine recta. Questions?
      Slater: Yeah, two. [lights a cigar] Why would I be wasting my time with a dime-store putz like you when I could be doing something much more dangerous, like re-arranging my sock drawers? And how will you snap your fingers after I rip off both of your thumbs?
  • As Danny keeps trying to convince Slater they're in a movie:
    Slater: Kid, who does the doctor treat?
    Danny: Patients.
    Slater: What is the elbow of my jacket doing?
    Danny: Wearing thin?
    Slater: Bingo!
  • When Danny opens the door to find Benedict and his armed goons standing on the porch:
    Benedict: Hello, Toto. Is Uncle Jack around?
  • After Danny gives him the "Hurt one hair on her head" line as one of Benedict's men drags Whitney away, Benedict orders his henchman to stop, strolls over to Whitney, plucks a strand of hair from her head, walks over to Danny, and pulls it apart in front of Danny, following with "You were saying?"
  • Benedict's goons opening the door and pointing their guns at Skeezy, who stands there with his lips puckered waiting for Whitney to kiss him.
    Goon: Uh, boss?
    • Jack's very cordial "Hi!" as he crashes in through the skylight, followed by him shooting two of the goons dead with their own guns.
  • "Got to catch the red-eye." Said by Jack as he pursues a fleeing Benedict.
  • Danny realizing he's Wrong Genre Savvy when trying to play chicken with Benedict's car.
    Danny: Shit! I'm the comedy sidekick!
  • After surviving an explosion, Slater and Danny, still wearing their ruined clothes, sit in front of Dekker's office while Dekker rants angrily and incoherently so loudly he's got steam puffing out of his ears.
    Slater: Did you catch any of that?
    Danny: Some of it sounds like English.
  • When Slater walks into his apartment and for no apparent reason shoots the closet twice. A dead assassin's corpse falls out.
    Danny: How'd you know there was a guy in there?
    Slater: There's always a guy in there. It costs me a fortune in closet doors.
  • When Danny and Slater realize that a chemical bomb has been planted on Leo the Fart:
    Slater: Leo the Fart is gonna pass gas one more time.
  • On the way to Leo the Fart's funeral, Slater runs into Practice, and they decide to continue together. Along the way, Slater discovers Practice's true colors and admits that Danny warned him not to trust Practice because he killed "Moe Zart" (Danny figured out that Practice would turn traitor all because he is played by F. Murray Abraham, who played Salieri in Amadeus).
    Slater: Danny told me I shouldn't trust you. You killed Moe Zart.
    Practice: Moe...?
    Slater: Zart!
    Practice: [beat] You know, I've killed a lot of people; I don't remember all of their names.
    • Danny then shows up with a gun of his own and gives Practice a speech about how he should have just shot Slater instead of talking.
      Danny: But no, you're the typical villain—dumb.
      Vivaldi: [cocks gun] You ain't no genius yourself, kid.
    • The scene immediately following that shows Slater and Danny handcuffed to the wall.
  • Slater crashes Leo the Fart's funeral, and he walks up to the casket and talks to a mourner.
    Slater: He was a good man, a flatulent man.
    • Slater then pretends Leo the Fart is still alive (complete with him using a falsetto voice), grabs the corpse, and starts carrying it away, yelling for a doctor. A man steps forward as a doctor, and Slater tells him to check Leo the Fart's chin, only to knock the doctor out and then yell that the doctor passed out.
    • "Look, elephant!"
    • All of the mourners then proceed to draw guns.
    • In an elevator, Slater sees a helicopter with guns trained on him and he exits the elevator...only to come face-to-face with gun-toting mooks, leading to his very appropriate reaction:
      Slater: [eyes wide] SHIT!
    • Slater quickly growing exasperated when he tries like hell to get Leo the Fart's body off the crane and into the tar pit. He even calls the corpse "gas bag."
  • The scene in which Benedict kills Vivaldi.
    Vivaldi: First, you're my friend! Then you do a... [swirls his finger in the water] 360 on me!
    Benedict: [exasperated] 180, you stupid, spaghetti-slurping cretin, 180! If I did a 360, I'd go completely around and end up back where I started!
    Vivaldi: ...What?
    Benedict: Trust me! [shoots Vivaldi]
    • And before that, Benedict trolls Vivaldi.
      Benedict: Men, women, and children dropping left and right, writhing and screaming. [...] They were writhing and screaming and leaping to their doom to escape the pain.
      Vivaldi: [laughing] Really? Really?
      Benedict: No, not really. I'm lying. It was a complete and utter balls-up, and I've had a terrible day, thanks largely to you.
  • Benedict has a subtle one. When Slater crashes Whitney's pickup truck through Benedict's front door, he gets a look on his face that screams "Again?"
    • When Slater starts beating up Benedict during his And This Is for... speech, the act of blowing up Slater's ex-wife's house gets Benedict a soft slap on the wrist.
    • When Slater unwittingly throws Bennett at a wall and into the real world:
    Usually when I do that it leaves a hole.
  • After they pursue Benedict and his doorman into the real world, Slater shoots at a cab the two steal and it doesn't explode like usual:
    Slater: [to Danny] Not a word. Not one word!
  • Danny urging Slater to check to make sure Benedict and his doorman are dead after the car crash.
    Slater: Gimme a break. They're dead.
    Danny: Just check!
    Slater: [gestures at the cab] Look! Dead!
    Danny: They always look dead!
  • Benedict is stunned to find that you can steal someone's shoes in the real world without police sirens instantly sounding. So he goes to a garage and shoots a mechanic. He then immediately checks his watch and starts counting, waiting for the sirens. He fires another shot, just in case:
    Benedict: Hello! I've just shot somebody and I did it on purpose!
    Benedict: I said, I have murdered a man and I want to confess!
    Neighbor: Hey! Shut up down there!
    • While not in the film itself, a commenter on the video adds a bit extra to the script.
      "Hey shut up down there!"
      *shoots that guy*
      "That makes two! Two times in the past minute I have intentionally shot another person with a gun!"
  • Danny complaining to his mom that she turned Slater into a wimp.
  • Slater hauling a cabbie out of his vehicle and delivering this nugget:
    Slater: Ever see those movies where they say "Make my day" or "I'm your worst nightmare?" Well, listen to this one—Rubber baby buggy bumpers! [turns to Danny] Ha! You didn't know I was gonna say that, did you?
    Danny: Uh...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger telling Maria Shriver to not talk to the National Inquirer, and Maria telling him to "not plug the restaurants" because "It's tacky."
    • And Arnold goes on and brings up Planet Hollywood, much to his wife's annoyance. Maria even calls him a "low-brow lunkhead."
  • Following a harrowing race to bring a dying Slater back into the movie world where his fatal gunshot to the chest is Only a Flesh Wound, he's immediately surrounded by concerned onlookers and tended by a doctor... who indignantly declares it to barely even be a flesh wound, as though they were wasting his time by summoning him.
  • Slater's speech to Dekker at the end when Dekker starts ranting at him:
    Slater: Put a sock in it! I don't care who does what to your Hersey highway. And stop shouting! I'm not deaf! You know why you're shouting? Because it's in the script. You're the comic relief. Yes! And you know what else? I am the hero. SO SHUT UP!


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