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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.
- Prax having to deal with Mei hearing Avasarala's usual charming turn of phrase:
Avasarala: (reacting to Fred Johnson nuking the protomolecule super-soldiers) Son of a whore!
Mei: What's a whore, Daddy?
Prax: It's a kind of frost, honey.note
- 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.
- Naturally, this doesn't stop him, because when they meet again on Luna, he calls her that again.
Dont fucking call me that. Im the acting secretary-general of the United Nations, not your favorite stripper.
Amos spread his hands. Could be room for both.
- In traditional Holden fashion, Holden decides to press a random button with no regard as to what it might do. He and Colonel Johnson lampshade this:
"Jesus Christ. That really is how you go through life, isn't it."
- Patel saves Holden's life, incurring his eternal gratefulness.
In thanks, you may now have all my stuff. I don't care about any of it anymore. Including the coffee maker, sir? Almost all my stuff.
- 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
Episode #1: "Dulcinea"
Episode #3: "Remember the Cant"
- When the Canterbury survivors are held aboard the brig of the Donnager, Shed awkwardly tries to build rapport with their Martian marine guard while Amos is more interested in taunting him.
Shed: *stammers* I dated a Martian once. Yeah, she was beautiful, smart, and uh... I love how industrious Martians are. I remember her mother, she etched a, uh, trellis. She etched a trellis on their air dome...
Amos: I bet those pretty tin suits bind up something awful in the crotch. I mean, all that fancy gear and the one thing they don't allow for is scratching your junk.
Shed: Yeah, I get jock itch too sometimes. Pretty bad, actually. What I recommend to my patients is Uvazole, it's an anti-fungal cream and the best thing about it is if you put it under your tongue, it, uh, helps to relax...
Amos: He doesn't need ball cream, Shed, 'cause he's got no balls. The Martian Navy took that away from him when he joined up. Those tin suits are anatomically correct.
Marine: You want me to put you down again?
Amos: Come on in. Try.
- 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.
Episode #4: "CQB"
Episode #5: "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.
Episode #8: "Salvage"
- 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".
Episode #10: "Leviathan Wakes"
Episode #2: "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 Miller tells as he and the crew sit down to dinner. After he and his colleagues busted an illegal imported cheese vendor on Ceres, all the confiscated stock mysteriously vanished from the evidence lockup. The captain at the time called everyone together to yell at them, and somehow missed the lingering aroma of cheese fart in the room.
- The Boarding Pods are disguised as FedEx containers. In fact it's implied they actually are cargo containers that have been turned into field improvised breaching pods.
- 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.
Episode #3: "Static"
- 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.
- The bartender decides Miller's had enough, confiscates his bottle, and pours herself a glass.
"That's my tip."
- 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.
- Avasaralas WTF reaction to receiving information about the derelict stealth ship from Fred Johnson.
Episode #4: "Godspeed"
- 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.
Episode #5: "Home"
- 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.
Episode #6: "Paradigm Shift"
- 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.
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
Episode #8: "Pyre"
- Alex's blink-and-you'll-miss-it reaction to Drummer shooting two of the Renegade Splinter Faction OPA traitors, then walking to the medbay without him. It's a weird combination of annoyance, underreaction, and confusion.
Episode #9: "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.
Avasarala: Wherever I goddamn like!
- Followed up a moment later by this gem when the MCRN staff try to shut down Bobbie's testimony:
Avasarala: Whoever the fuck you are, stand down and let her speak.
- As they're preparing to go into Ganymede and find Dr. Strickland and Prax's daughter, Holden tells Prax the plan is to get on the moon, then worry about how to find them. Prax incredulously asks if all their plans are this vague, and Amos shrugs and says, "This is about average." When Prax remarks that they must have been very lucky up to now, Amos plainly says, yeah, they have been, and Holden gives him an annoyed look.
Episode #11: "Here There Be Dragons"
Episode #12: "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.
- Furthermore, when Avasarala growls at Mao to just "get to the fucking point!", Bobbie can be seen in the background raising her eyebrows in surprise.
- Mao is both livid and flabbergasted that Avasarala even arrested his cousin as political leverage. He's a Buddhist monk.
Episode #13: "Caliban's War"
- 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!
- 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.
Episode #1: "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!
- When Bobbie walks back into the room, Avasarala panics and shoots her, which has no effect on her armor.
Bobbie: Well done, madame.
- 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.
Episode #2: "IFF"
- 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.
Episode #3: "Assured Destruction"
Episode #4: "Reload"
- 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.
- Holden brings in Avasarala to talk to Sinopoli, the Only Sane Man of the rescued Martians, who is understandably awestruck by being in the same room as her... much to her annoyance.
(stunned) You're Chrisjen Avasarala. Avasarala: Yes. Sinopoli:
You're the UN Deputy Undersecretary. Avasarala:
This is going to be very
tedious if you remain this dim. Sinopoli:
I, I don't understand. What the hell kind of a ship is this? Avasarala:
Right, the tedious version, then.
- 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.
Avasarala: Or, Holden can space all three of you for being such intolerable idiots, I'm fine either way.
Episode #5: "Triple Point"
- 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.
MP: (pauses, and then silently steps aside)
Episode #6: "Immolation"
Episode #7: "Delta-V"
- drinks from a urine collection bag. In a depressingly funny way, Maneo Jung-Espinoza is saddened to learn that his girl left him (and is sleeping with his brother to boot) and finds himself so low that he listens to a Belter Creole version of "All By Myself" and
- "The Ring: In stable orbit beyond Uranus." A pretty unfortunate choice of words, no?
- Monica, a reporter doing a biography on Holden's crew, asks him what he thinks about the Ring. Holden snarks that it kinda makes him want a donut.
- Monica 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.
- While it's also horrifying, Maneo's ultimate fate still counts as this considering how shockingly abrupt it is.
Episode #8: "It Reaches Out"
Episode #9: "Intransigence"
Episode #10: "Dandelion Sky"
- Holden Trolling the Investigator by unnecessarily speeding up while in the Slow Zone. While Holden smugly describes it as "exercising some free will," the Investigator instead grumbles that "you're just being an asshole."
- Amos and Alex's argument over what's going on right now involving the crew and the protomolecule.
Is none of this stuff weirding you out?! Amos:
You want me to say that this is some weird shit? Yeah, this is some weird shit. Alex:
Thank you! We're out of our league here! Amos:
And that's been true since we've been sharpening sticks and going after lions, but we're still here. I get it, Naomi bugging off to play Belter, Holden doing.... (Beat)
I have no clue
what Holden is doing.
- Later in the same scene, after Alex has expressed his fear that messing with the gate will lead to humanity's extinction
Back in Baltimore, I had this friend. And she said if the end ever came, she'd grab a bottle and her two cats, and go to the roof, have a toast, and then jump. Alex:
With the cats? Amos:
Like a fucking pharoah. (Beat)
Don't worry, I'd take you with me, too. (Pats Alex on the cheek and walks away, leaving a very confused Alex)
- The Martian Marines set to intercept Holden and try to get radio contact with him while he is talking to the mental image of Detective Miller. Hilarity Ensues.
Holden, Bobbie Draper here. Holden: Really? Bobbie:
Yeah. It's me. I need you to slow down. Holden:
Shut the fuck up, I'm trying to... Sorry, Bobbie, I wasn't talking to you. Bobbie:
Are you on another channel? Holden:
What? No. I mean, yes. Yes.
Another channel. (to the Investigator)
Will you just stop for one secon-?! Bobbie:
Who are you talking to, Holden? Holden: Monkeys and microwaves?! Bobbie:
Holden, are you all right? Holden:
Holden. You need to slow down and let us bring you in. Holden:
Just give me a minute... Bobbie:
I promise we'll hear you out. Holden:
I didn't blow up the Seung-Un
, and Alex and Amos had nothing to do with it either. I need to go.
Episode #12: "Congregation"
Episode #13: "Abaddon's Gate"
- 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 "Oh God, this is our only hope to survive."
- Holden's incongruously casual description of what the alien space station may do if it decides the human ships are a threat:
Holden: I saw it turn a Marine who threw a grenade into red mist. I'm guessing something like that, only y'know, all of us.
- The Rocinante crew are trying to get out a message to the people in the flotilla from within the Behemoth when Martian marines arrive to arrest them and exchange some fire. Things take a humorous turn quickly.
Bobbie: This is Gunnery Sergeant Roberta Draper, Martian Marine Corps! I am ordering you to cease your broadcast, put down your weapons, and come out with your hands raised!
Alex?! Alex: Jesus
Episode #1: "New Terra"
- Amos installs a new dedication plaque on the bridge of the Rocinante, bearing the crew's names... and the slogan "Legitimate Salvage".
- When explaining the mission to Holden, Avasarala tells him, "Don't stick your dick in it. It's already fucked enough."
- Heartwarming, Holden's bemused horror at all of his parents attempting to speak in Belter Creole to Naomi. Mixed with
Episode #4: "Retrograde"
- Avasarala expresses her displeasure that Holden hasn't contacted her after recent events.
my dear boy, I sent you to that planet to be my eyes and ears, and now, large ruins that were supposed to be inert are shooting out lightning
and there is nothing
but radio silence
from you. So, please, find a way to carve a few moments out of your busy schedule,
pick up a goddamn comm, and tell me precisely what the FUCK IS GOING ON DOWN THERE!!
- After Fayez tells Murtry that he can't track the fleeing Lucia and Naomi due to the connection dropping because of the planet being in the way (he's on the Edward Israel in orbit), he expresses his contempt for Murtry by flipping him off with both hands after the connection indeed drops.
Episode #5: "Oppressor"
- The entire scene with Amos restrained in the RCE command shelter.
Mason: ...yeah and then there was this place on Titan, yeah I used to go there when I was in training, but they had this grilled corn with garlic butter ya'know?
Amos: *lying down with a pained expression* I do not.
Mason: Yeah! Garlic butter, and they had these sides, these green sides- I don't know what they were. They kinda looked like- *Shandra storms in*
Shandra: Wait outside until you're relieved; I'll watch this one.
Amos: A lot of those on your team.
Shandra: Come on... Don't be mad. *Amos grabs her ass*
Amos: Trade places with me and then we'll talk about it.
Shandra: *grabbing his chin again* Oh really? You think you can take on all my men by yourself?
Amos: I had a shot.
Shandra: *Shaking her head* You are so fucking weird.
Episode #9: "Saeculum"
- A Freeze-Frame Bonus when Amos contacts Chandra Wei gives us a look at his Contacts list: "Cap'n" (Holden), "Boss" (Naomi), "Alex" (Alex), "Tonight" (Chandra), "Peaches" (Clarissa), "Doc" (Anna), and "My Best Friend" (Prax). Also visible is his to-do list: "Eat", "Drink", and "Stomp".
Episode #1: "Exodus"
- Alex meets up with Bobbie, in a tacky western bar on Mars where the staff wear cowboy hats with glowing LEDs on the brims, patrons sit on motorized saddles, and a Chinese version of the Rawhide theme plays in the background. Alex loves it while Bobbie is understandably bemused.
Episode #9: "Winnipesaukee"
- Erich gets fed up with Clarissa's moralizing and asks her where Amos found her. Clarissa responds that she was in prison, serving a life sentence for multiple homicides, much to Erich's bafflement.
Episode #10: "Nemesis Games"