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You're gonna be our Brian Doyle... (13.14)

Bobby: Get started with 200,000 shares of Rubinex.

Donnie: That's a big position. Are you sure?

Wags: We are not uncertain. 

Bobby: You're gonna be our Brian Doyle

Donnie: Who? 

Bobby: Brian Doyle. He was a utility player on the '78 Yankees. He's a lifetime .168 hitter. 

Wags: That's below the Mendoza

Bobby: But in the '78 World Series, Willie Randolph got hurt, Doyle stepped in, hit .438, played like an MVP. Legendary. You're gonna be Brian Doyle. 

Donnie: I'm gonna be Brian Doyle...


Brian Reed Doyle (born January 26, 1954 in Glasgow, Kentucky) is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played for the New York Yankeesand Oakland A's. He played primarily as a second baseman. Although a reserve for most of his career, Doyle starred in the 1978 World Series for the World Champion Yankees that beat the Los Angeles Dodgers. Doyle was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 1972 amateur draft. Before playing a game for the Rangers he was traded to the Yankees along with Greg Pryor in exchange for Sandy Alomar. Doyle joined the Yankees in 1978. He played parts of three seasons for the Yankees as a reserve infielder through 1980. However, when Willie Randolph was injured for the 1978 World Series, Doyle filled in as the Yankee second baseman. In six World Series games, he batted .438 with seven hits in 16 at bats, one double, four runs scored and two runs batted ins, leading the World Series in batting average while helping the Yankees to their second straight World Series victory.

 The Mendoza Line is an expression in baseball in the United States, deriving from the name of shortstop Mario Mendoza, whose poor batting average is taken to define the threshold of incompetent hitting. The cutoff point is most often said to be .200 (although Mendoza's career average was .215) and, when a position player's batting average falls below that level, the player is said to be "below the Mendoza Line". This is often thought of as the offensive threshold below which a player's presence on a Major League Baseball team cannot be justified, regardless of his defensive abilities. The term is used in other contexts when one is so incompetent in one key skill that other skills cannot compensate for that deficiency.

can we horse trade?... (13.36)

Chuck: Amelia, I know it's a high profile case. But, uh, I'm building something here. So can we horse trade?

D.A: Listening.

Chuck: The Schachetti brothers.

D.A: You gonna give me the Schachetti brothers?

Chuck: You like?

D.A: You propose to trade a high-flying hedge fund manager for a couple of old goombahs throwing elbows over garbage pickups in Queens?

Chuck: Maybe, uh, you don't understand how horse trading works. Uh, you don't open with your, uh...

D.A: You can't offer me your mule for my thoroughbred. You're hoping I'm dumb enough to go for that. So f*ck you and the horse you didn't ride in on.

Bryan: I think maybe she does understand horse trading.


Horse trading, in its literal sense, refers to the buying and selling of horses, also called "horse dealing.” Due to the difficulties in evaluating the merits of a horse offered for sale, the sale of horses offered great opportunities for dishonesty, leading to use of the term horse trading (or horsetrading) to refer to complex bargaining or other transactions, such as political vote trading. It was expected that horse sellers would capitalize on these opportunities and so those who dealt in horses gained a reputation for underhanded business practices.

The Bailey family is YumTime... (17.09)

Bobby: And I've been made to understand that you're the reasonable board members who see how tenuous the future of YumTime is.

Jerry Purkheiser: We could be as reasonable as Phil Donahue, wouldn't change a thing. Hutch Bailey III is the CEO and will be until he decides otherwise. The Bailey family is YumTime. YumTime is the Bailey family.


Phillip John "Phil" Donahue (born December 21, 1935) is an American media personality, writer, film producer, and the creator and host of The Phil Donahue Show. His television program, later known as Donahue, was the first talk show format that included audience participation. The show had a 29-year run on national television in America that began in Dayton, Ohio, and ended in New York City in 1996. His shows have often focused on issues that divide liberals and conservatives in the United States, such as abortion, consumer protection, civil rights and war issues. His most frequent guest was Ralph Nader, for whom Donahue campaigned in 2000. Donahue also briefly hosted a talk show on MSNBC from July 2002 to March 2003. In 1996, Donahue was ranked #42 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

Cut the screen test, Evelyn... (18.00)

Evelyn: I am exposed here. [sighs] This board seat gives me my own standing and $200,000 in income. Seats are always at risk during a takeover.

Chuck Snr: You'll be fine.

Evelyn: I don't wanna hear those words from you until you divorce Betty f*cking Crocker.

Chuck Snr: Cut the screen test, Evelyn. Let me read the goddamn letter.


Betty Crocker is a fictional character used in advertising campaigns for food and recipes. It was originally created by the Washburn-Crosby Company in 1921 following a contest in the Saturday Evening Post. In 1954, General Mills, an American Fortune 500 corporation branded the red spoon logo, giving various food-related merchandise the Betty Seal of Approval. A portrait of Betty Crocker, first commissioned in 1936 and revised several times since, appears on printed advertisements and product packaging. On television and radio broadcasts, Betty Crocker was portrayed by several actresses, on radio by Marjorie Husted for twenty years, and on television by Adelaide Hawley Cumming between 1949 and 1964.

The character was developed in 1921 as a way to give a personalized response to consumer product questions. The name Betty was selected because it was viewed as a cheery, all-American name. It was paired with the last name Crocker, in honor of William Crocker, a Washburn Crosby Company director. Described as an American cultural icon, the image of Betty Crocker has endured several generations, adapting to changing social, political and economic currents. Apart from advertising campaigns in printed, broadcast and digital media, she received a number of cultural references in film, literature, music and comics.

Nice Guy?... (25.34)

Bryan: That's Decker. That's him. Seems like a real family man.

Terri: Nice guy?

Bryan: What? 

Terri: I don't give a shit.

Bryan: Ah.

Both: Good father? Fuck you. Go home and play with your kids.

Terri: Actually, I feel a little bit bad doing it this way.

Bryan: Yeah, me, too.


McCue and Connerty are, of course, doing part of the famous speech by the character 'Blake' from the David Mamet play, Glengarry Glenn Ross, as performed by Alec Baldwin in the movie version.

The Prisoner's Dilemma... (28.25)

Bryan: So, ground rules.

Chuck: I'll do all of the talking. We have someone else that made the same pharmaceutical trade. First one in gets a lollipop.

Spyros: But to be clear, we don't really have anyone?

Chuck: To be clear, I am making a play. 

Spyros: That's what I like to call the prisoner's dilemma.

Chuck: No, you don't like to call it that. That's what it's called. Started as a thought experiment, game theory in the '50s. Does no one ever check you on this bullshit?…


The prisoner's dilemma is a standard example of a game analyzed in game theory that shows why two completely rational individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so. It was originally framed by Merrill Flood and Melvin Dresher while working at RAND in 1950. Albert W. Tucker formalized the game with prison sentence rewards and named it "prisoner's dilemma".


The winner gets to stay out of MCC... (29.35)

Chuck: Decker, approximately two and a half hours ago, we had someone sitting where you are now, a young man from a fund that I'm not at liberty to name, and he was downright chatty. So it looks like the race is on to see who's got the stronger information and who I'm gonna let take the credit for flipping on Bobby Axelrod.

Spyros: And the winner gets to stay out of MCC.

Yes, that's correct. Cooperate and go home. Uh, but this comes to trial, and you're talking to your kids through glass...


The Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York (MCC New York) is a United States federal administrative detention facility in Manhattan, New York which holds male and female prisoners of all security levels. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. Most prisoners held at MCC New York have pending cases in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. MCC New York also holds prisoners serving brief sentences. The Los Angeles Times stated that the prison is often referred to as the "Guantanamo of New York", and The New York Times stated that its administrative segregation units had severe security measures.

I use the San Marzanos... (31.00)

Bobby: So?

Purkheiser: It's a good slice of pizza.

Bobby: Bruno.

Bruno: What is it, Bobby?

Bobby: Tell Mr. Purkheiser why I love your sauce.

Bruno: Uh, I use the San Marzanos.

Bobby: Tomatoes.

Bruno: Yeah, yeah, tomatoes. You make 'em without 'em, it wouldn't taste right.

Bobby: Right. More expensive?

Bruno: Oh, yeah, yeah. But like I say, it wouldn't taste right.

Bobby: Wouldn't be verace.

Purkheiser: Verace?

Bobby: The true way you make a pizza Napoletana. This place is the pizza of my youth. He's been making it just like this since I was a kid...


San Marzano tomato is a variety of plum tomato. Compared to the Roma tomato, San Marzano tomatoes are thinner and more pointed. The flesh is much thicker with fewer seeds, and the taste is stronger, sweeter and less acidic…

Flying around in a G6... (32.39)
Pic credit:  Charly W. Karl

Pic credit: Charly W. Karl

Bobby: Bruno never let me down. YumTime let me down.

Jerry Purkheiser: Public company now. Gotta boost profits for the shareholders. Synthetic ingredients are cheaper, margins are better. Hutch III is playing a quarterly game. It's just a different world.

Bobby: Well, Hutch III is flying around that different world in a G6. I'm guessing Hutches I and II flew coach.


Bobby is talking about a Gulfstream G650 private jet, which at $65 million, is the biggest, fastest, and overall best private jet money can buy, apparently.

What's Ebinger's?... (33.02)

Bobby: It's classic, time immemorial. Hutch I starts it, Hutch II grows it, Hutch III blows it. Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations. Come on, Purk. You have to see that. If you don't throw in with me or someone like me, YumTime goes the same way as Ebinger's.

Jerry Purkheiser: What's Ebinger's?... That's exactly what you wanted me to ask, isn't it? 


Ebinger's was a legendary family-run Brooklyn bakery founded in 1898. It went bust in 1972, closing all 54 of its branches on the same day.


My solar plexus is collapsing... (40.40)

June Raichlein: I’m sorry. I'm, I'm having trouble breathing here. I-I-I don't understand. My solar plexus is collapsing. What do you mean there is no place for him? His father, who died tragically, went to Stanford. And so did his grandfather, who has his name on a squash court. He plays the goddamn violin. This is a double legacy with perfect SATs who goes into Bridgeport to read to poor, dumb children! I mean, what the fuck happened?!

June, you know how sorry we are about this. This is just a very competitive class. What about a gap year? Or what is his safety school?

June Raichlein: His safety school is fuck you!


Stanford University (officially Leland Stanford Junior University, colloquially the Farm) is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and places in the  as one of the world's top universities. World university ranking = 3rd.

Bridgeport is a historic seaport city in the U.S. state of Connecticut. The largest city in the state, it is located in Fairfield County at the mouth of the Pequonnock River on Long Island Sound… After World War II, industrial restructuring and suburbanisation caused the loss of many jobs and affluent residents, leaving Bridgeport struggling with problems of poverty and crime. In the 21st century, with the city being gentrified and other redevelopment, the city is attracting new residents and widespread interest. It has become a destination for cultural and sporting events.

I'm taking her to Grenouille... (41.15)

Chuck: Where's Mom?

Charles Snr: Hair appointment. I'm taking her out tonight to Grenouille for our anniversary.

Chuck: Mm.

Charles Snr: But she set us up with some gazpacho. She made some guacamole as well.

Chuck: Avocado's a superfood…


La Grenouille is a historic and award-winning French restaurant located at 3 East 52nd Street (between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue) in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Founded in 1962 by former Henri Soulé apprentice Charles Masson, Sr. and his wife Gisèle, later with sons Philippe and Charles, La Grenouille (Fr., "The Frog") became a location of choice among New York, U.S., and eventually international diners, including designers from the nearby New York fashion district. It is the last operating New York French haute cuisine restaurant from the 1960s, and remains a highly rated restaurant.

You're in for a real treat... (43.42)
Pic: Christian Michelides

Pic: Christian Michelides

Chuck: Off to the Yankees game? 

Sacker: Don Pasquale.

Chuck: Ah. Ambrogio Maestri. I heard his Falstaff. You're in for a real treat...


Don Pasquale (Italian pronunciation: [dɔm paˈskwaːle]) is an opera buffa, or comic opera, in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti with an Italian libretto completed largely by Giovanni Ruffini as well as the composer. It was based on a libretto by Angelo Anelli for Stefano Pavesi's opera Ser Marcantonio written in 1810 but, on the published libretto, the author appears as "M.A."

Ambrogio Maestri (born 1970) is an Italian operatic baritone. He is especially known for his portrayal of the title character in Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff. He studied piano and singing in his home town, Pavia. In Italy he has performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro Verdi in Trieste and the Arena di Verona. Abroad he has performed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, San Francisco Opera House, the Konzerthaus and the Staatsoper in Vienna, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and others.

Falstaff is a comic opera in three acts by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. The libretto was adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and scenes from Henry IV, parts 1 and 2. The work premiered on 9 February 1893 at La Scala, Milan. Verdi wrote Falstaff, which was the last of his 28 operas, as he was approaching the age of 80. It was his second comedy, and his third work based on a Shakespeare play, following Macbeth and Otello. The plot revolves around the thwarted, sometimes farcical, efforts of the fat knight, Sir John Falstaff, to seduce two married women to gain access to their husbands' wealth.

That Dolores Umbridge sure is a bitch... (48.53)

Lara: Boys asleep?

Bobby: Just about. Read a couple of chapters. We're at a good part. Fun. That Dolores Umbridge sure is a bitch.


Anyone familiar with the Harry Potter books or films will know that Dolores Umbridge is a half-blood witch who is a sinister Ministry bureaucrat and one-time Hogwarts teacher. As Bobby rightly points out, she is a total bitch. In fact, she's a cruel psycho bitch from hell.