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  • S.R. Hadden: I was one hell of an engineer.


  • S.R. Hadden: [over video feed from Mir space station] I wanna show you something. [shows satellite feed to Ellie] Hokkaido Island.
    Ellie Arroway: The systems integration site.
    S.R. Hadden: Look closer. [zooms satellite feed to reveal second machine] First rule in government spending: why build one when you can have two at twice the price? Only, this one can be kept secret. Controlled by Americans, built by the Japanese subcontractors. Who, also, happen to be, recently acquired, wholly-owned subsidiaries...
    Ellie Arroway: [speaks with Hadden] ... of Hadden industries.
    S.R. Hadden: They still want an American to go, Doctor. Wanna take a ride?


  • S.R. Hadden: [to Arroway in the tone of Hannibal Lecter] Clever girl.


  • Kent: Dr. Arroway will be spending her precious telescope time listening for... uh... listening for...
    Ellie Arroway: Little green men.


  • Palmer Joss: You could call me a man of the cloth, without the cloth.


  • Young Ellie: Dad, do you think there's people on other planets?
    Ted Arroway: I don't know, Sparks. But I guess I'd say if it is just us... seems like an awful waste of space.


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