Bruce Liddell: Marty, you can't blame yourself for what happened.
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: I know.
Bruce Liddell: Do you?
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: Yeah.
Bruce Liddell: I'm serious; there's nothing you could do about it. Like my dad always said, "Everything happens for a reason."
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: Your dad sounds like he was full of shit. With all due respect.
Bruce Liddell: Yeah, well, perhaps.
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: You really believe that? You really think that there's some preordained chart, floating around up in the ether, with our fate all figured out?
Bruce Liddell: I don't know about a preordained chart...
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: That's a bunch of crap. Things happen because human beings make decisions, they commit acts, and that makes things happen. And it creates a snowball effect with the, you know, their world around them, causes other people to make decisions. Cycle continues, snowball keeps rolling. And even when that's not the case, when life's events are not connected to other people's decisions and actions, it's not some bullshit fucking test sent down from the universe to check your resolve, you know.
Bruce Liddell: Okay.
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: I mean, what would the reason be for some healthy five-year-old to get a brain tumor? Or why would a tsunami wipe out a village? You tell those families everything happens for a reason. No, sometimes people make decisions, shit happens, and we gotta act accordingly. Or you can... crawl in a hole and die, you know?
Bruce Liddell: Well, it was a shitty thing for me to say and I'm sorry, bud.
Del: Grab what you can while you can.
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: I, just, uh, you know...
Del: What? The risks?
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: Yes.
Del: Well, I understand, but you only really have to worry about the risks if you are careless or dumb. And you're neither.
Buddy Holly: [singing on the car radio] Well, that'll be the day When you say goodbye...
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: Here we go. Buddy Holly's a perfect example. Buddy Holly, the day he died, uh
Wendy Byrde: Yeah, I know, he won a coin flip, or he wouldn't have been on the plane.
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: No, it was actually Valens that won the coin toss. It was Buddy Holly that chartered the plane. Do you wanna know why?
Wendy Byrde: 'Cuz he was tired of riding in shitty buses?
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: No, he was tired of shitty underwear. So he decided that he wanted to get to wherever he was going as quickly as possible, so he could do laundry.
Wendy Byrde: [chuckles]
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: It's true.
Wendy Byrde: So you're saying "The Day the Music Died" was because of soiled briefs?
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: Another good example is D-Day. The Nazis knew that we were coming, so they wanted to line the beach with tanks so they could literally blow us out of the water. But Hitler decided that it was a good day for sedatives. So they couldn't wake him up to get the final sign-off for the tanks, and the rest is history.
Wendy Byrde: What the hell are you talking about?
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: I'm talking about decisions.
Wendy Byrde: What, I'm Hitler in this analogy?
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: No.
Wendy Byrde: I would hope not.
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: [chuckles] Uh, I'm just saying that any decision made, big or small, has an impact around the world. It's difficult.
Wendy Byrde: Marty, I just don't need a theoretical analysis right now.
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: I know. I'm just saying this is tough.
Wendy Byrde: I know... Marty, watch out!
[truck hits them]
Wendy Byrde: What if this baby would grow up to cure cancer or something? You hear stories like that all the time.
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: All those stories about all those babies curing cancer.
Wendy Byrde: No, you know what I mean.
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: There's like 12 of them.
Del: [to his bookeeper] You see, the feds were snooping around, which caused you to make some piss-poor attempt to cover your tracks. Which allowed a shrewd person like Marty Byrde to identify your shoddy work and thieving ways. Which then inspires me to pursue Mr. Byrde, and this allows me to dispense with you. Isn't that something, huh? The wonderful convergence between cause and effect, and a bit of good luck. Bad luck in your case, Louis.
Del: The universe is a funny, funny place with all of its chaos.
Martin 'Marty' Byrde: [having just witnessed a murder and mutilation] Jesus Christ!
Henchman: [holding up eyeballs] What d'you want me to do with 'em?
Del: Save them for a rainy day.
Del: [to Marty] You don't know how wonderful it is to have someone on board that I can trust...