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  • "Is it Gene Hunt?" "Is he kicking in a nonce?" A scene that ends with Sam, now awake, telling Gene to "stay out of Camberwick Green!"
    • The same scene, as Annie explains why they called Sam in:
    Annie: We were hoping you could be a voice of reason...
    Sam Tyler: [Feverishly intense] I came out of a musical box.
    Annie:... a stabilizing influence...
  • Chris's date in the third episode of second season. First Ray suggests he gets her drunk, so Chris got drunk and...threw up all over her. It loses something in description but it's hilarious on screen.
  • This exchange:
    "... WE ARE THE LAW, you bloody clowns! God help us!"
    • In the same episode: Mrs Luckhurst. Especially if you follow a certain line of thought on what, exactly, her party trick was...
  • "You are surrounded by armed bastards!"
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  • The opening scene from 1.02, wherein Sam, Gene, and Chris are chasing a suspect while wearing speedos. Even more hilarious are Chris's Swimmies and Sam getting whacked by the old woman with the bag.
  • Sam reading suspects their rights and being told, "That's not how it goes!" Also the time he reassures a scared witness being asked to pick somebody out of a lineup that they won't be able to touch him or even see him, because he'll be behind special glass. Gilligan Cut to the witness just standing in the canteen within arm's reach of a row of Death Glaring thugs. Afterwards, Gene turns to Sam and says, "'Special glass'?", and somehow it sounds like the stupidest thing in the world even to an audience that's used to two-way mirrors.
    • From the same episode, Sam asks the witness to remember the registration number of the car that he saw:
      Witness: E... [pause] I dunno.
      Gene: Sorry, was that you saying the letter E and then you don't know the rest, or was that you saying: [exaggerated Manchester accent] "EE, I DUNNO!"?
  • "I met a bird. Medical bird." "Yeah, they're called nurses."
  • Gene Hunt's Pocket Protectors in 01-06. "What are the chances of that?" "Pretty good actually."
  • The police stations find a stash of Western-themed pornos in 1.08; what follows is two minutes of comedy gold as Gene Hunt expresses his disgust at the pollution of the Western genre, and Sam calls for volunteers to go over the evidence with a fine-toothed comb (whereupon the detectives to a man all raise their hands).
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  • The scene in 2.4 where Chris has a bit of an accident in a cramped "surveillance" van.
    Gene: What have you been eating, Pedigree Chum?!
  • In the second episode, Sam, Gene, and a witness are staking out a neighborhood in an ice cream truck so the witness can identify a suspect without being seen. There's just something blackly hilarious about a bunch of little girls skipping up to the truck to buy ice cream, the Gene Genie giving them the British equivalent of the finger, while eating an ice cream cone himself, and the girls running off crying.
  • "Anything happens to this motor, I'll come 'round your houses and stamp on all your toys. Got it? Good kids."
  • In 1.3, Sam tries to explain to Gene that the street they're parked on is one-way. Gene reverses and smashes through a pile of boxes, while holding a roll in his mouth, to "Ballroom Blitz".
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  • Sam Tyler convinces a dubious Gene Hunt to use a bug to gather information on the bad guys, saying "One day this stuff will bring down Richard Nixon." Gene is sitting in the surveillance van when he suddenly says, "Wouldn't they notice a great big van parked outside the White House?"
  • This bit in 1.8
    Gene: I think you have forgotten who you are talking to.
    Sam An overweight, over-the-hill, nicotine-stained, borderline-alcoholic homophobe with a superiority complex and an unhealthy obsession with male bonding.
    Gene: You make that sound like a bad thing!
  • "A television? In a pub?!"
  • Gene has to do a Clear My Name after a crooked fight promoter is murdered with his gun. Sam, after some wavering, is on his side. But Gene can't go back to the station, much less break into his office while another, hostile detective is acting CDI. But there's a squirrel costume Annie's been using in a children's safety class...
  • In 2.1 when Sam tells Gene they're going out on a raid without enough facts and that it may be a setup:
    Gene: You know, if I was as worried as you, I'd never fart for fear of shitting myself!
  • Gene has just about had enough of Sam and unleashes one of the most epic insults seen on television:
    Gene: You great, soft, sissy, girly, Nancy, French, bender, Man United supporting POOF!!


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