Franks: Caesar wasn't gonna give him a thing that I didn't want him to give him.
Murphy: That's a lie!
Franks: Are you calling me a liar?
Murphy: Caesar was a star witness!
Franks: He was my star, he twinkled when I told him to twinkle!
Murphy: All right, all right, I'll make the announcement. The Ralph Caesar murder case is solved.
Marx: That's right, gentlemen. And I think that you should know that the credit belongs to Inspector Richard Queen, the Homicide Bureau, and not to Mr. Irwin Murphy, that well-known political hack.
Ellery: Oh, boy, how's that for a resignation?
Inspector Queen (about Murphy): Now there's a man who wants to be governor in the worst way.
Caesar: How do I look?
Inspector Queen: Like a man in a false mustache.
Velie: Listen, Caesar, I gotta guard you but I don't have to listen to any of your guff.
Caesar: What if I want some fresh air?
Inspector Queen: If you open a window remember that first breath may be your last.
Murphy: This had better be the most thorough murder investigation ever conducted by the homicide bureau.
Inspector Queen: They're all thorough!
Ellery: How'd he look when you found him?
Inspector Queen: Dead.
Velie: Inspector, we got a break.
Inspector Queen: We could use one.
Ellery: The Commissioner's your age. Nobody's saying he's over the hill.
Inspector Queen: He's not on the firing line.
Franks (to Ellery): Readin' about murder--that helps me relax.
Murphy: Is this a deliberate attempt to compromise my position? Inviting me in the same room as this gangster.
Franks: It ain't gonna help my reputation much either.
Kevin Tighe took a brief hiatus from playing fireman/paramedic Roy DeSoto on the NBC drama Emergency! to appear on this episode.
In this episode, Inspector Queen figures out the correct solution to the case and does the final denouement instead of Ellery.