Grant Ward: I got to give Coulson credit. I would have never pegged an ex-Rising Tide hacker as a good fit, but... you're picking things up pretty fast.
Skye: Did you just give me a compliment?
Grant Ward: I... no, I made a comment.
Skye: A kind one. Did it physically hurt to do that? Do you need an ice pack? (Ward smiles) Wow. A compliment and a smile.
Grant Ward: Comment.
Skye: I don't want to ruin the moment, but I'm gonna have to respond with... G4. Say it, Ward. Say it.
Grant Ward: You sank my battleship.
Melinda May: I've already seen far more combat than I bargained for. This two-man extraction team? That's exactly the kind of action I was hoping to avoid.
Phil Coulson: That's why you're not on it.
Melinda May: Specialist work is different from field work, believe me. When was the last time you...
Phil Coulson: Hall's one of ours and he's in trouble. I need two men to get him out. Ward makes one. So that's why I'm going in. You forget, I saw plenty of action with the Avengers.
(Coulson leaves the room...)
Melinda May: And you died.
Nick Fury: Really? Really, Coulson? Six days? It only took you six days to take a completely renovated piece of state-of-the-an machinery, and turn it into scrap?
Phil Coulson: My team acted with my authority.
Nick Fury: Don't talk to me about authority. Do you know how much this plane cost? It's got a bar. A really nice one. Talking to me about authority. You know, I have the authority to downgrade your ass to a Winnebago.
Phil Coulson: I'm aware of that, sir.
Nick Fury: Well, I want it fixed just like you found it. So don't have Fitz-Simmons going making modifications like a damn fish tank.
Phil Coulson: Yes, sir.
(After Fury leaves...)
Phil Coulson: Yeah, we're gonna have to kill the fish tank.
Camilla Reyes: I forgot you're such a sentimentalist, Phillip. Romanticizing history.
Phil Coulson: Yeah, most of it's glued down. There was an elegance to things back then.
Camilla Reyes: There we agree.
Phil Coulson: With everything around us changing so quickly, it doesn't hurt to have a few touchstones to the past. Reminds me of what's important.
Grant Ward: Skye? The girl's not qualified to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
Phil Coulson: Agreed. That's why I've invited her on as a consultant. S.H.l.E.L.D. does it all the time. Technically, Stark's a consultant.
Grant Ward: And technically, Skye's a member of the Rising Tide. She hacked our RSA implementation.
Phil Coulson: Twice. From a laptop. Imagine what she'll do with our resources.
(Coulson injects Ward with a truth drug...)
Grant Ward: Hey! What the hell?!
Phil Coulson: I'm sorry. Did that hurt?
Grant Ward: No. But you've lost your mind. You should never do that to a member of your team. And, yes, it did hurt a little bit. But I always try and mask my pain in front of beautiful women 'cause I think it makes me seem more masculine. My god, this stuff works fast.