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[Ripley has just discovered that Burke intends to deliver 2 alien specimens back to Earth]
Burke: Look, those two specimens are worth millions to the bio-weapons division, right? Now, if you're smart, we can both come out of this heroes, and we will be set up for life.
Ripley: ... You're crazy, Burke- do you know that? You really think you can get a dangerous organism like that past ICC quarantine?
Burke: How can they impound it if they don't know about it?
Ripley: But they will know about it. From me. Just like they'll know you were responsible for the deaths of 157 colonists.
Burke: Wait a second.
Ripley: You sent them to that ship!
Burke: You're wrong!
Ripley: I just checked the colony log! Directive dated 6-12-79, signed Burke, Carter J! You sent them out there and you didn't even warn them! Why didn't you warn them!?
Burke: Okay, look- what if that ship didn't even exist? Did you ever think about that? I didn't know! So now, if I went and made a major security situation out of it, everybody steps in. Administration steps in, and there's no exclusive rights for anybody, nobody wins! So I made a decision and it was wrong. It was a bad call, Ripley. It was a bad call.
Ripley: Bad call? These people are DEAD, Burke! Don't you have any idea what you've done here? Well, I'm going to make sure they nail you right to the wall for this! You're not going to sleaze your way out of this one! Right to the wall.
Burke: Ripley... you know, I expected more from you. I thought you'd be smarter than this.
Ripley: I'm happy to disappoint you.
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