The banter between Callen and Sam is a common joy for all those who claim Team Callen. And, as such, we thought it would be fitting to remember some of the best moments from Season 1, since it happened oh, so long ago, and was oh, so good.
In no specific order, here are our favorite Callen-and-Sam-centered banter moments.
G: You think we can make a run for it?
G: Want to try it anyways?
G: What you have history with him?
Sam : We weren’t dating if that’s what you’re asking. SEALs work together as a team. Holgate had the tendency to act like a lone wolf, IF you know what I’m talking about.
G: Actually, half the time I don’t know what you’re talking about. And the rest of the time, I just disagree.
Sam: I really look forward to having Dom as a partner.
G: You’d miss me. I complete you!
G: So what are you going to do about it?
Sam: Right now? Go for a run.
G: Last time you said that, I had to drive out to Joshua Tree to pick you up.
Sam: I’ll bring my cell phone.
G: You went soft on him. Briggs.
Sam: Man, I know you’re not gonna go here with me right now. We’re in the middle of chasing our only lead on our only suspect…
G: You know your ears wiggle when you try to avoid a conversation? It’s kind of adorable.
Sam: Okay. For years I dreamed of being a seal. I gave up everything else to get there. Everything. If I saw the finish line and found out that the navy was gonna bump me somewhere else, I’d be angry, too. And my ears don’t wiggle.
G: This crowd can smell a cop a mile away.
Sam: I smell like a cop?
G: Actually smell like baby powder, but that’s a whole different conversation.
Sam: You sure you wanna do this?
G: I’m fine.
Kensi: You sure you’re allowed to do this? Victim investigating his own shooting?
G: It’s not my shooting, it’s a Russian girl’s.
Sam: He’ll keep investigating until someone tells him he can’t.
G: Someone I have to listen to.
Kensi: Rules me out.
Sam: You don’t listen to me even when you have to, G.
G: Name one time.
Sam: You’re not listening to me now.
G: Yeah, I am. (Walks away)
Sam: No, you’re not.
Kensi: How long you two been married?
G: These guys are stuck overseas, in some hell hole, for months on end. Fighting for their lives, watching their buddies get killed. For what? To save some people who would just as soon slit their throats? And if they do finally make it back, they come back and realise their local drug dealers are wearing a watch on their wrist that is worth more than their house. So they use a little of what they know to take something back for their retirement. I can see you are really intrigued by this.
Sam: SEALs don’t do this for the money.
G: For the chicks? It’s probably more like a calling. Like a seminary.
Sam: That’s right.
G: If priests actually blow things up and could kill you with the Bible.
Sam: Are you trying to get under my skin?
G: I’m just bouncing ideas off you.
Sam: Keep it up. I’m going to bounce you off a rock.
G: I’ll tell Nate you said that.
G: Is that a frog?
Sam: It’s a swan.
G: From where? Chernobyl? …Is that a wing?
Sam: Yeah, it’s a wing.
G: Why are there three of them?
Sam: There aren’t three – that’s the tail.
G: The tail?… Nothing. …I just didn’t know that swans had tails.
Sam: Well, they do. A duck has a tail, right?
G: Maybe. …So, it could be a duck, then.
Sam: Keep it up. You’re gonna have to duck.
G: I’m just saying.
G: Is this an argument?
Sam: No, it’s a difference of opinion. I happen to be right and you happen to be wrong.
G: Which makes it an argument. And for the record, I’m right and you’re wrong.
Sam: Operators are made they’re not born, G. Skills are taught.
G: And somebody taught Lebron how to dunk from the free throw line?
Sam: SEALs learn to be SEALs, G.
G: Oh, that’s right, you couldn’t swim when you enlisted, could you? How long did they let you wear the floaties? Look, I will take a lazy natural operator over an all-night studier any day of the week.
Sam: It’s too late, I already did it.
Sam: So you think Hetty was born or made?
Sam: My point is we compliment each other. But, I’m natural.
G: I’m natural, and you’re made.
Sam: I’m the natural operator.
G: If you’re a natural, I’m supernatural.
Sam: That doesn’t even make sense.
Sam: If you tell me you’re picking me up at 9, 8:50 I’m curb side.
G: I got caught up in something.
Sam: What? You don’t have a TV. You don’t read the newspaper. You clearly don’t spend anytime getting ready.
G: Well, maybe I was working out.
Sam: Heh! You don’t work out.
G: I run.
Sam: When people are shooting at us!
G: Uh-huh. You know what? I slept in.
Sam: With who? You barely sleep.
G: Seriously, there’s nobody.
Sam: Come on. I think it would be great for you to be in a relationship.
G: Sam. How many times are we going to have this conversation? You are my partner, not my Mother.
Sam: I just want you to be happy and find a good girl.
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