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I have an immaculate record... (40.15)

Jock Jeffcoat: Ollie, you're a bit of a rara avis, aren't you? You got no "hat," no one looking out for you, and yet you have risen. Maybe it's because you have an immaculate record. Some guys don't trust immaculate record. I do. I have an immaculate record.

Dake: Thank you, General.

Jock Jeffcoat: That was from a movie. You don't watch movies, do you, Ollie?

Dake: I re-watch The Dekalog every year.

Latin rāra avis (“rare bird”), plural rarae aves. From Juvenal's Satires (6.165): Rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cycno ("a bird as rare upon the earth as a black swan"). Noun: rara avis (plural rara avises or rarae aves). 1. A rare or unique person or thing. That Parsons girl is quite the rara avis if you ask me.

I have an immaculate record” is a line from 2006 movie The Departed delivered by Alec Baldwin’s character, Ellerby.

Dekalog, also known as Dekalog: The Ten Commandments and The Decalogue is a 1989 Polish television drama series directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and co-written by Kieślowski with Krzysztof Piesiewicz, with music by Zbigniew Preisner. It consists of ten one-hour films, inspired by the decalogue of the Ten Commandments. Each short film explores characters facing one or several moral or ethical dilemmas as they live in an austere housing project in 1980s Poland. The series, which is Kieślowski's most acclaimed work, was said in 2002 to be "the best dramatic work ever done specifically for television” and has won numerous international awards, though it was not widely released outside Europe until the late 1990s.  In 1991, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick wrote an admiring foreword to the published screenplay.