Leon Vance Quotes
Klugman: I came here to clear my conscience. The man wouldn't even give me a chance.
Vance: Well now that you've done so publicly, why don't you let me explain myself. By getting rid of a dirty agent ten years ago I was protecting my own. And I will continue to protect them. So I suggest you stay away from this building and the honest agents that work here or any problem you have with me will get much much bigger.
Klugman: I was here to help, but....you really are just a politician now, huh?
Vance: Klugman what the hell are you doing here? Who did this to you?
Klugman: You did this....Director.
Vance: It's a lie.
Porter: Of course it is, but this is Washington. How much mud-slinging will you and the agency endure before we can prove it?
Vance: Right. What option do we have?
Porter: Well per Klugman's lawyer he drops this whole thing if you step down
Porter: Leon, there are no good options here. You've been in this chair for longer than your past two predecessors combined. Maybe it's time for a change. Maybe you write a book; go fishing. Spend time with your kids.
Vance: And what kind of example does running away set for them?
Vance: You're the boss, boss. Although when I asked to tag along I thought this was going to be more like, you know, Butch and Sundance. You're the quick-draw, I'm the brains. Kind of co-equals.
Gibbs: Yeah, we're not.
Vance: So what, I'm Robin to your Batman?
Gibbs: You said you had nothing to prove.
Vance: Damn right.
Gibbs: Well you're not acting like it. The job changes, Leon. We change, for better or for worse.
Porter: You're bleeding.
Vance: I made a mistake. I forgot to trust my agents to do their job. And in the process I forget what my job was. It won't happen again ma'am. I gave up being an agent so I could lead and protect this agency. That's where I can make a difference. It's where I still can.
Porter: So you inspire loyalty in your agents. Loyalty to the point of stupidity sometimes but loyalty nonetheless. So if I have to fire you tomorrow, they'll be upset.
Vance: Yes, I'm still in charge. Now get back to work. You're stuck with me.
Gibbs: Change is hard.
Vance: Apparently your walk included a visit with Matthew Rousseau. Would you mind telling me why?
Gibbs: Just following up.
Vance: With your pen stuck in his hand?
Gibbs: Is that where I left it?
Tony: They're working on him now. I'm going to stay here until he's out of surgery.
Vance: No you're not. The best thing you can for Gibbs now is your job.
Vance: If The Calling is still operating in Iraq, you need to get back there while the trail's still hot.
Tony: Look sir. No one wants Daniel Budd stopped more than I do...
Vance: Then we don't stop, DiNozzo, until The Calling's dismantled and this psychopath is either captured or dead. We owe Gibbs that much. Are. We. Clear?
Tony: We're clear.
Vance: You're here on administrative duty. With DiNozzo away, I figure McGee and Bishop would appreciate your support. In the office, not in the field.
Gibbs: Look. Leon I'm not going try and sit here and tell you I'm 100%...but chaining me to a desk?
Vance: You can take it, or go home.
Vance: Your personal connection to Agent Donneget was unknown inside NCIS, present company excluded, per your son's request. Ned didn't want anyone to know about his government pedigree.
Gibbs: He wanted the respect of his co-workers, that he was a good agent.
Vance: And he was a damned good one.
Teague: And that was very Ned. He didn't want people to know where he came from.