The best jokes are always simple, and maybe that’s why Ricky from Trailer Park Boys is one of the funniest and most beloved characters on the show — here are the best Ricky Trailer Park Boys quotes. Rickyisms, a collection of lines attributed to the character, are a thing. Many great Ricky quotes consist of wrongly substituting a single word or just mispronouncing something, taking puns, metaphors, and wordplay to a whole other hilarious level. There’s actually a term for this type of comedy or mistake, and it’s called malapropism. The results are a part of Ricky’s character, a main feature of the show, and always surprisingly funny.
Rickyisms never seem to go out of style; from jah-la-pah-no chips and sweet empowered chicken to rocket appliances and worldly pipes, everyone’s favorite Sunnyvale Trailer Park resident often has odd ways of expressing himself. In fact, in an early episode, Ricky clearly states “I just don’t know how to express myself sometimes when I need to be properly different.” Constantly in and out of jail and looking for illicit ways to earn a living, Ricky is far from a pillar of the community. Yet, he’s the driving force that kept the boys going for years, and his misunderstood maxims made him unforgettable. Here are the 25 best Trailer Park Boys Ricky quotes.
“What Comes Around Is All Around.”
Season 1, Episode 3, “Mr. Lahey’s Got My Porno Tape!”
Some of the best Ricky Trailer Park Boys quotes deal with Ricky’s frequent misunderstandings of common sayings, which is best shown with his usage of “what comes around is all around,” which makes almost no sense but fits perfectly with his other Rickyisms.
What’s even better than Ricky’s misuse of “what goes around comes around” is Trailer Park Supervisor Jim Lahey‘s drunk correction – “Don’t you mean what’s all around comes around, Ricky?”
“You Can Go To College And Get Your Little PFD…”
Season 1, Episode 2, “F*ck Community College. Let’s Get Drunk and Eat Chicken Fingers.”
After yet another stint in jail, Julian hopes to turn his life around and contemplates attending college, prompting this next entry into the Ricky Trailer Park Boys quotes list. Ricky, who famously struggles to complete his grade ten, is against it, as he’s worried that Julian’s departure could put his schemes in serious jeopardy.
The two argue over their futures, and, in true Ricky fashion, he hits Julian with “you can go to college and get your little PFD or whatever the f*** it’s called, I don’t care.” The irony here is that, while Rickey doesn’t seem to know what a Ph. D. is, he definitely doesn’t know what a PDF is, either.
“It’s Not Rocket Appliances.”
Season 2, Episode 2, “It’s Not Rocket Appliances.”
The Trailer Park Boys Ricky quotes frequently appear in the series episode titles, like his infamous misunderstanding of the classic “it’s not rocket science,” which perfectly sums up Ricky’s unique vocabulary that has become such a memorable part of Trailer Park Boys.
It’s also made return appearances over the course of the series in new ways like when he revealed it “doesn’t take rocket appliances to get your grade 10,” and he’s not wrong. It also showcased the true lasting power of his Rickyisms.
Season 5, Episode 2, “The Sh*t Puppets.”
It can sometimes be difficult to understand some of the Trailer Park Boys Ricky quotes, and even his best friends Bubbles and Julian occasionally have to work some magic to interpret his sayings like when he smugly let them know he was right.
Normally someone would say “I told you so” to hold something over their friends’ heads, but it can be difficult to get that point across when Ricky’s brain jumbles all of his words together into a quick mess like “Atodaso/I-toad-a-sew,” one of the best running Trailer Park Boys jokes.
“Looks Like A Tropical Earthquake Blew Through Here.”
Season 2, Episode 1, “What In The F*ck Happened To Our Trailer Park.”
When the boys return to Sunnyvale during the Season 2 premiere, they discover that it’s in a state of total disarray, bringing in this next installment to the Ricky Trailer Park Boys quotes list. Randy and Mr. Lahey are separated, leaving the latter in a funk. In order to restore the trailer park to its former glory, the boys will have to reunite the two and run the intervening Sam Losco out of town.
That said, Ricky is bewildered by the horrid state of things, remarking that “it looks like a tropical earthquake blew through here.” Tropical storms and earthquakes may be a rarity in Canada, but that’s hardly an excuse for Ricky’s ridiculous gaff.
“Survival Of The Fitness, Boys.”
Season 7, Episode 6, “We Can’t Call People Without Wings Angels So We Call Them Friends.”
Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles (who has is own funny quotes) aren’t always working alone in their various endeavors, as they frequently have the assistance of other characters like Cory and Trevor in the earlier seasons and Cory and Jacob in the later seasons. However, some of the storylines with Cory and Trevor bring about the best Trailer Park Boys Ricky quotes.
The younger and stupider team was often used as prison bait, so when Jacob and his crew of “twiggy aliens” disappeared while working for the Boys in season 7, episode 6, Ricky explained it away as the ancient tenet of “survival of the fitness.”
“How To Get Burbon Stains Out Of Ka-Hickey Pants.”
Season 3, Episode 2, “Temporary Relief Assistant Trailer Park Supervisor.”
In Season 3, Mr. Lahey begins looking for a candidate to temporarily replace Randy as Assistant Trailer Park Supervisor, and Ricky is eager to earn the job, prompting one of the best Ricky Trailer Park Boys quotes. However, he’s befuddled by some of the questions on Lahey’s aptitude test, blurting out “how to get bourbon stains out of ka-hickey pants? This is f*****, Lahey.”
Bubbles is quick to point out that Ricky isn’t pronouncing the word correctly, and Lahey brushes off Ricky’s outburst. However, Ricky does eventually earn the position, and his newfound authority brings distinct changes to the trailer park.
“I’m Not A Pessimist, I’m An Optometrist.”
Season 6, Episode 5, “Halloween 1977.”
Randy was the Assistant Trailer Park Supervisor who was a frequent thorn in the side of the Boys and their usually illegal operations, which was further complicated by the fact that he went to school with everyone.
He frequently used this to get close to the Boys and other Sunnyvale residents like J-Roc, which led to this particular Trailer Park Boys Ricky quote as he tried to warn J-Roc away from trusting Jim Lahey’s lover Randy yet again when he came sniffing around.
“Where There’s Smoke, There’s Wires.”
Season 8, Episode 9, “Righties Loosies, Lefties Tighties.”
There’s a cannabis grow-op reference in almost every single one of the Ricky Trailer Park Boys quotes, which is why he associates wires with a possible fire hazard. In fact, it’s likely he has some experience with this first-hand.
Bubbles is the star of this episode, “Righties Loosies, Lefties Tighties,” partly because of his engineering knowledge, one thing Ricky sorely lacks given his experience with wires.
“Two Turnips In Heat.”
Season 10, Episode 1, “Freedom 45?”
There are a few funny Trailer Park Boys Ricky quotes in this episode, “Freedom 45?” in which our heroes make another attempt at early retirement. Another example is “Whole different kettle and dish.”
This hilarious mispronunciation about root vegetables, however, is the best of them all. Only Ricky could take a simple phrase like “turn up the heat” and make it about plant mating practices.
Season 2, Episode 2, “Jim Lahey Is A Drunk B*stard.”
Often directed at Jim Lahey, everyone got the butt-end of Ricky’s “Knock knock” opener at some point, one of the classic Ricky Trailer Park Boys quotes. Sometimes it’s followed by an actual reply, other times the retort is simply two extended middle fingers or the expletive, “F**k off.”
There are fierce debates online about Ricky’s best knock-knock jokes, with favorites ranging from the short and simple to long ranting lectures. He seems to have one of his unique knock-knock jokes on hand for every occasion.
“Worst Case Ontario.”
Season 5, Episode 5, “Mr. Lahey Is A F*ckin’ Drunk, And He Always Will Be.”
Only Canadians will really get this entry of the Trailer Park Boys Ricky quotes. A spin on the expression “worst-case scenario,” Ricky uses this to describe Canada’s most populous province. It’s where everyone seems to go and everyone seems to be from. It’s also the home of several important cities. Not everyone realizes that Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian show, but the location provides context for certain jokes.
Toronto is Canada’s largest and richest city, and Ottawa is the seat of the federal government. Legislation and economic policy that affect everyone nationally often start and end here. Both cities are in Ontario. This generates some resentment on the part of much smaller provinces, such as Nova Scotia, where the Trailer Park Boys actually takes place.