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- Holden's attempt to keep his and Naomi's relationship a secret.
- And Amos somehow working it out after Holden asks her to pass the pepper.
- Miller opens negotiations with Fred by demanding proof that Fred's capable of destroying the Protogen station, since his view of the OPA is that of a guerrilla outfit with good funding. Then Holden and Naomi inform him that he's talking to Colonel Frederick Lucius Johnson, The Butcher of Anderson Station, respected by both the inner planets and the Belt.Holden: I thought you knew.
- Miller's Big Damn Heroes moment in the series was a Moment of Awesome, but the book also had Casual Danger Dialogue at its finest;Holden: No one shoot the guy with the hat!
Amos: Guy is probably a cop.
Holden: Extra especially do not shoot any cops.
Naomi: They might all be cops.
Holden: Cops dont carry small, easily concealable machine guns and ambush people from stairwells. We call those death squads.
- When Amos goes to Earth, he's detained by the U.N. because Avasarala wants to know what Jim Holden's assassin is doing on Earth. At first, Amos is incensed that the U.N. doesn't think that he's a mechanic, but he then admits that he likes the idea that his secret U.N. dossier lists him as an assassin.
- Amos calls Chrisjen Avasarala, at that point quite probably the most powerful person on Earth and in the solar system "Chrissie". She, in turn, threatens to have the police "beat him gently with cattle-prods" if he ever calls her that again.
- Dawes' chapter on Tycho involves a fair amount of Hypocritical Humour in his efforts to convince the OPA bigwigs to back Holden's plan. Specifically, he convinces one OPA leader that Holden is a visionary and they need to get on board, he convinces another OPA leader that Holden has the right idea, but won't do it right without the leader's input, he convinces yet another OPA leader that
- Avasarala, as always, is a delight. In particular:Avasarala: It's the reward of old age. You live long enough, and you can watch everything you worked for become irrelevant.
Drummer: You're not selling it.
Avasarala: Fuck you, then. Die young. See if I care.
The TV Series
"Remember the Cant"
- When Miller and Havelock are patrolling Ceres during the heightened tensions caused by the destruction of the Canterbury and Holden's message that Mars was responsible for the attack, they are approached by a Mormon missionary. Havelock gives him their boss's information as his own and says that if they don't get a response at first, they should just keep calling repeatedly because he's forgetful.
- Miller went to a coroner to inspect a corpse of someone linked to Julie Mao. He tries to get a memory crypt implant out of the corpse by himself by stabbing a tool into the leg three times. All in delightful gory details.Miller: Well, it's not like I'm killing the guy.
- The thing that Holden's team uses to patch one of the holes made in Donnager's hull by enemy fire? It's the Emergency Procedures Manual.
"Back to the Butcher"
- The Canterbury survivors finally get to see some news reports from Ceres. Holden's reaction to discovering that he's now a revolutionary icon on par with Che Guevara is utter stunned silence while his crewmates get a few jabs in...Alex: Well, partner, it's gonna be kinda hard for you to stay anonymous now.Amos: Let me know if you want your face to look a little different.
- Holden's gleeful reaction to the Roci having a real coffee maker, only to despair when he can't find the beans.
- Kenzo complains about being sent into the derelict stealth ship ahead of the rest of the crew like "some canary in a coalmine". A minute later we see the helmet-cam feeds on the Roci's bridge...Kenzo's is labelled "Canary".
- Thomas Jane as Miller really hamming it up during tense confrontation between hired mercs and CPM goons. His purposely exaggerated pronunciation of "brothers" in the Belter accent is especially notable.Miller: BLOOD'S ON THE WALLS, BERATNAS!note
- Miller and Holden finally arrived at Eros Station's docks. In near-total despair due to radiation eating away at them, Miller starts hallucinating Julies Mao (again) welcoming him to Rocinante.Miller: Beautiful.
Holden: What? [leans closer]
Amos: You guys look like shit.
- Earlier in the episode when Miller and Holden raids a drug cabinet.Miller: Are you a medic?
Holden: Ice hauler.
- Earlier in the episode when Miller and Holden raids a drug cabinet.
"Doors and Corners"
- Alex and Amos are in a bar on Tycho Station, the former ranting about all the people they failed to save on Eros. Then he turns, and sees that Amos is long gone, having been replaced by a woman he bribed with drinks to listen to Alex so he wouldn't have to.
- The cheese story.
- The Boarding Pods are disguised as FedEx containers.
- Miller, clearly unused to working in microgravity, tries to grab his helmet that floats just out of his reach while he's strapped down during the deployment.
- "Stay away from the aqua!" Miller almost looks like he'd prefer to have been hallucinating.
- While drowning his sorrows at a Tycho bar Miller offers Amos a shot from his bottle, which he readily accepts. Amos proceeds to pour himself a second...then a third. Cue Miller subtly moving the bottle out of his reach.
- Drummer going over the Rochi's damage report after the assault on Thoth station. Naomi and Alex are obviously disturbed by how close they came to dying, but Drummer is cheerful bordering on glee looking over the battle damage assessment.Drummer: Oh ho ho, that one just missed puncturing your reactor, see? You guys would have melted, instantly!
- Avasaralas WTF reaction to receiving information about the derelict stealth ship from Fred Johnson.
- As Jules-Pierre Mao is being questioned about the stealth ship, he feigns ignorance by claiming that Protogen has complete autonomy so long as they don't have any budget issues. Avasarala quips that if they can wage a war and turn a profit, all without going over budget, Earth needs to hire these people.
- While a dramatic moment, the palpable confusion on the entire cast's faces after Eros starts flying towards Earth is priceless.
- The brief "WTF?!" look that Amos and Holden share when Naomi advises Miller to "think happy thoughts."
- Drummer gleefully Flipping the Bird belter-style to Col. Johnson after a smartass remark.
- "I'm gonna go walk my pet nuke."
- "You're on Eros, kid. Though not what it used to be. It's a step up actually." Oh, Miller.
- After Holden informs Amos and Alex that he and Naomi are now a couple, Amos starts cheering and Alex starts complaining. Not because Holden and Naomi are together, but because they already knew it and placed bets as to when it began and Alex just lost. Right after, Holden checks to make sure that Amos is ok with it. He admits he and Naomi are Like Brother and Sister, but "Don't get me wrong, I'd do her if she let me." Holden's facial expression is a priceless mix of Flat "What" and Too Much Information.Holden: [beat] I'm glad we had this talk.
- Not to mention Amos Wet-Willying Alex, who, per the terms of the bet, was expecting a punch in the arm.
- A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment on Tycho, Diogo can be seen walking out of a bar with a girl proudly declaring: "This one's for you, Miller!" note
- Alex's blink-and-you'll-miss-it reaction to Drummer shooting two of the Renegade Splinter Faction OPA, then walking to the medbay without him. It's a weird combination of annoyance, underreaction, and confusion.
"The Weeping Somnambulist"
- Avasarala is once again being both funny and awesome. When discussing the differences between Earth and Mars with Draper, the ambassador asks where she's going with it."Wherever I goddamn like!"
"Whoever the fuck you are, stand down and let her speak."
- Followed up a moment later by this gem:
"Here There Be Dragons"
- When the Roci crew reaches Umea's hideout, they find her and her men....eating pizza. She even offers them some. Then it immediately turns into a shootout.
- Shortly after the pizza party shootout, one of Umea's goons throws a grenade through the door. Amos acts quickly and throws the grenade right back through the hatch before closing it. Cue the grenade going boom, then alarms sounding off, then gratuitous amounts of screaming, gunfire, equipment getting destroyed, and finally an airlock getting breached and spacing everything inside. Throughout the whole thing, Amos's face just screams of "What the FUCK kind of grenade was that?"Holden: (readies himself to go in) ...Wait here.Naomi: No chance.Amos: Hell no.Prax: No fucking way.
"The Monster and the Rocket"
- Bobbie trying out the cucumber sandwiches on Mao's ship and having an incredibly satisfied expression, much to Cotyar's transparent incredulity/affront and her rampant unrepentance thrown right back. She is later seen hoarding them for later.
- Mao is both livid and flabbergasted that Avasarala even arrested his cousin as political leverage. He's a Buddhist monk.
- In the middle of her beat-down through Mao's ship, Bobbie holds an... interesting conversation with one of the "guards".Bobbie: Ask yourself. Is he worth it? The man you serve here. You're about to lay down your life for an unworthy master.Employee: ...I'm a electrician.
- After she talks him down, he asks her to rough him up a little and stuff him in a cargo locker so that his bosses don't think that he just gave up. She just shrugs in response.
- Earlier, when Bobbie suggests a means of escape, and Avasarala shoots it down:Bobbie: You're right, you'd never make that climb.Avasarala: Jesus Christ, not because I'm old! He's been shot!Cotyar: Also, she's really old.
- Moments later Cotyar tells Bobbie that if she can get to their shuttle, her power armor is there, and she can come back to rescue them. When Bobbie asks why he bothered bringing the armor with them, the look Cotyar gives her is a hilarious mixture of What an Idiot! and "Do I really have to point out the obvious?"
- There's a running gag in this episode and the next one of Avasarala's terrible bedside manner in regard to Cotyar's gunshot wound. Including:
- Avasarala: You're losing a lot of blood.Cotyar: I'll try to bleed slower.
- And when Cotyar passes out while trying to negotiate with the ship's captain, Avasarala pokes his wound to wake him up.
- Avasarala: Sorry, you cannot go into shock. Tell him I need comm access.
"Fight of Flight"
- Bobbie needs to seize the ship, but she also has to leave Avasarala and Cotyar. Avasarala is understandably not keen on this plan, but Bobbie does it anyway.Bobbie: I'll be right back.
Avasarala: You're fired!
- That electrician Bobbie talked down? She really did shove him in a locker. Then she pulls him back out because she needs his help.Theo: I was rooting for you!Bobbie: That's what kept me going.
- When Bobbie walks back into the room, Avasarala panics and shoots her, which has no effect on her armor.Bobbie: Well done, madame.
- Avasarala's frazzled 'huh?' when Cotyar takes back his gun.
- Holden's coffee maker malfunctions, which is the last straw after a series of terrible events last season. He smashes it in a rage.Prax: You should try tea.
- Bobbie and Cotyar put their differences behind them as a result of the Enemy Mine situation they're in. By the end of the show they seem to be on the way to becoming Fire-Forged Friends:Cotyar: Good job, Marine.Bobbie: You too, spy.
- Bobbie advises Avasarala to squeeze her thighs together, to keep her blood from pooling in one spot from the G-forces. Avasarala, not realizing this, states that if Bobbie is trying to hit on her, she's wasting her time. Bobbie's response is a "WTF?" look over her shoulder.
- Amos helping Avasarala get used to walking in gravity shoes, telling her it's no different from walking in pumps.Avasarala: What would you know about walking in pumps?Amos: I didn't always live in space.
- After Holden smashed the Rocinante's coffee maker to pieces in "Fight or Flight", its sorry remains are shown duct-taped into its booth in the galley. While that's slightly funny in itself, what makes it hilarious is that someone saw fit to scribble "Out of order" on the very obviously totaled device.
- Avasarala telling Bobbie to try and convince the Roci crew to help them.Bobbie: I can't even get you to do what I want and you're half my size!
- The rescued Martian sailors try to seize control of the ship but get talked down seconds before Amos comes on the scene.Amos: Shit. Did I miss it?
- Holden brings in Avasarala to talk to Sinopoli, the Only Sane Man of the rescued Martians, who is awestruck by being in the same room as her, to her annoyance.Avasarala: This is going to be a very tedious conversation.
Avasarala: Or we can space all three of you for being complete idiots, I'm fine either way.
- Also, Bobbie giving a spin of her finger as if trying to tell Avasarala to "hurry it up."
- Naturally, Sinopoli is dubious about how he's supposed to ask his C.O. to hail an admiral from the opposing side in the middle of a war.
- One of the crewmen on the Agatha King has orders to keep anyone from entering the medbay, including Admiral Souther, who is normally in command of the ship, but has been relieved. When the Admiral approaches, hellbent on acting now that he's got proof of Erinwright's treachery, the crewman tries to stop him.MP: Sorry sir, no one is allowed in.Admiral Souther: Get the fuck out of my way, sailor.MP: (pauses, and then silently steps aside)
- Doubles as a Heartwarming moment, but when Prax calls Amos his best friend in front of Mei, Amos gives him a shocked wide-eyed look and then appears thoughtful for a moment. You can see him thinking "The fuck? No one has called me that before..."
- "The Ring: In orbit beyond Uranus." A pretty unfortunate choice of words, no?
- A female reporter doing a biography on Holden's crew offers to sleep with Amos if it will get him talking. He refuses, stating "I don't shit where I eat." Her male cameraman decides to try his hand, and Amos offers the same response. When he points out that Amos lives on a starship — in essence, he does shit where he eats — Amos counters that he doesn't shit in the galley.
"It Reaches Out"
- After losing his temper with the Investigator, Holden notices that Amos is watching as he shouts "Fuck you!" at the otherwise-empty room.Holden: That may have looked weird.
Amos: Hey, none of my business.
- After a brief talk following that, Amos tells Holden that if he needs to vent and smash some stuff, he should go ahead. Just leave the coffee maker alone this time.
- After the above scene, Amos tells Alex about it and adds that he hacked the autodoc to check Holden's medical records. Alex angrily calls him out for violating Holden's privacy... then immediately asks what the logs said. Amos stares at him for a beat before continuing.
- The Investigator is eager to get to the "crime scene," but Holden refuses to do anything until he tells him exactly what's going on. The Investigator goes off on a string of Technobabble concerning what he is which goes over Holden's head like one would expect.Investigator: Oh, so you wanna talk about the non-local quantum hologram, the phase-conjugate adaptive waves resonating in micro-tubules in the brain, which of course requires some closed-timeline curves and Lorentzian manifold, and... You catch up, I'll wait.
Holden: So, a crime scene?
Investigator: Crime scene.
- Naomi and Drummer remotely watching Holden speak to the Investigator (who only he can see) results in hilariously confused expressions that are a mix between "is this guy really crazy?" and "this is our only hope to survive."