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Lonesome George is dead... (6.07)

Dean: Can we go to the Galapagos to meet Lonesome George?

Gordie: Lonesome George is dead.

Dean: Really? Oh, shit.

Lara: Hey. Language.

Lonesome George (c. 1910 – June 24, 2012) was a male Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdonii) and the last known individual of the species. In his last years, he was known as the rarest creature in the world. George serves as an important symbol for conservation efforts in the Galápagos Islands and throughout the world.

Bonzai Artists... (11.50)

Wags: We're not buying, for now.

Dollar Bill: Not Carthill. Don't fuck me like that. It's a Hondo Havlicek. Can't miss.

Wags: It is bad timing, I know. But keep on liquidating.

Donny: We were up north of the timberline. Why are we bailing? 

We're not bailing. We're pruning, slowly, so we don't scare the market. And keep this on the fucking DL. We need to be deliberate and delicate about this. Bonsai artists.

John Joseph "Hondo" Havlicek (born April 8, 1940) is an American retired professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them coming in his first four seasons. In the National Basketball Association, only teammates Bill Russell and Sam Jones won more championships during their playing careers, and Havlicek is one of three NBA players with an unsurpassed 8–0 record in NBA Finals series outcomes. Havlicek is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game and was inducted as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984. He was a three-sport athlete at Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Ohio.

Bonsai cultivation and care involves the long-term cultivation of small trees in containers, called bonsai in the Japanese tradition of this art form. Similar practices exist in other Japanese art forms and in other cultures, including saikei (Japanese), penjing (Chinese), and hòn non bộ (Vietnamese). Trees are difficult to cultivate in containers, which restrict root growth, nutrition uptake, and resources for transpiration (primarily soil moisture). In addition to the root constraints of containers, bonsai trunks, branches, and foliage are extensively shaped and manipulated to meet aesthetic goals. Specialized tools and techniques are used to protect the health and vigor of the subject tree. Over time, the artistic manipulation of small trees in containers has led to a number of cultivation and care approaches that successfully meet the practical and the artistic requirements of bonsai and similar traditions.

This isn't France. It's America... (17.12)

No one quits while they're ahead. This isn't France. It's America. We think noblesse oblige is a new entree at Olive Garden.

[Chuck is clearly experiencing some back pain.]

Connerty: You know, there's a book that could help you with that.

Chuck: Sarno? It didn't.

Connerty: You have to actually read it for it to help.

Chuck: Mm-hmm. I'm not supposed to just shove it up my ass?

Olive Garden is an American casual dining restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American cuisine. It is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants, Inc., which is headquartered in Orange County, Florida. As of May 28, 2018, Olive Garden operates 892 locations globally and accounts for $3.8 billion of the $6.9 billion revenue of parent Darden.

John Ernest Sarno Jr. (June 23, 1923 – June 22, 2017) was Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, and attending physician at the Howard A. Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University Medical Center. He graduated from Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1943, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1950. In 1965, he was appointed the Director of the Outpatient Department at the Rusk Institute. He is also the originator of the diagnosis of the controversial psychosomatic condition tension myositis syndrome (TMS), which is also called tension myoneural syndrome.

You know, Mr. Bernstein... (18.20)
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Barry: How many times you seen it?

Bobby: This'll be my first.

Barry: Oh, my God. You're in for such a treat.

Wags: “You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich, I might've been a really great man.”

Bobby: Wags, man, what are you doing here?

Wags: Apologies for violating the restraining order and entering Xanadu, but I got a pile of documents for you to sign.

This is a Citizen Kane thing, of course. Wags may be mis-quoting here. Some sources suggest the line is actually “You know Mr. Thatcher…” I’m unsure.

Pats to the Titans... (27.47)
Dimonda: Fine dining, US Attorney style.
Lonnie: Yeah, not really a lot of options out here.
Dimonda: I'll show you sometime. Brooklyn is Paris now, if you know where to look. But this is a, uh, strange land to you, right? You're from the Upper West? What a shitty commute. To the Eastern District, no less? That's like getting traded from the Pats to the Titans.

The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston region. The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is located 21 miles (34 km) southwest of downtown Boston, Massachusetts and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The Patriots are also headquartered at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots have appeared in the Super Bowl ten times in franchise history, the most of any team, eight of them since the arrival of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady in 2000. The Patriots have since become one of the most successful teams in NFL history, winning 15 AFC East titles in 17 seasons since 2001, without a losing season in that period.


The Tennessee Titans are a professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division. Previously known as the Houston Oilers, the team began play in 1960 in Houston, Texas, as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). The Oilers won the first two AFL Championships, and joined the NFL as part of the AFL–NFL merger in 1970. The team had appeared once in the Super Bowl (XXXIV), the same year they changed their name to "Titans", and in which they lost to the St. Louis Rams for their first Super Bowl title.

Aquarius on a trust fund... (32.10)

Connerty: I got it.

Sacker: Thought you always went dutch.

Connerty: Well, next time, you can pay. Maybe at Lugers after you sign a 7-figure deal to Sullivan Cromwell.

Sacker: What's that mean?

Connerty: You're brilliant. Top of your class, Stanford Law. You're gonna put in your five years, and then you're gonna defect to the other side, start defending the same rich jerkoffs you're locking up now. Not a judgment. Just a truth of our world.

Sacker: Not my world. I am an Aquarius on a trust fund. No, I am riding this job all the way to higher office.

Connerty: Okay, Senator Sacker.

Sacker: That's a first step.

Connerty: To what? Governor? Oh, Madam Secretary, huh? Wait, POTUS?

Sacker: Not confirming. Not denying.

Connerty: Nobody plans that at your age.

Sacker: Nobody who gets there doesn't. What, you think Clinton saved that picture with Kennedy by accident?

Connerty: Okay. Okay, your administration.

Sacker: Way down the road, but modelling it on Roosevelt.

Connerty: FDR.

Sacker: No. Teddy. Um, solid economy policy, progressive. You know, I can forgive his flaws because just like every one of us, he was a product of his time. Plus, he wrote one of my favorite books.

Connerty: Mm. Rough Riders.

Sacker: Mm, that one's fine. I'm talking The Naval War of 1812.

Connerty: Also good.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is an international law firm headquartered in New York City. It has gained renown for its business and commercial law practices and its impact on international affairs.

In 1898, as the Spanish-American War was escalating, Theodore Roosevelt assembled an improbable regiment of Ivy Leaguers, cowboys, Native Americans, African-Americans, and Western Territory land speculators. This group of men, which became known as the Rough Riders, trained for four weeks in the Texas desert and then set sail for Cuba. Over the course of the summer, Roosevelt's Rough Riders fought valiantly, and sometimes recklessly, in the Cuban foothills, incurring casualties at a far greater rate than the Spanish.

Roosevelt kept a detailed diary from the time he left Washington until his triumphant return from Cuba later that year. The Rough Riders was published to instant acclaim in 1899. Robust in its style and mesmerizing in its account of battle, it is exhilarating, illuminating, and utterly essential reading for every armchair historian and at-home general. 

The books in the Modern Library War series have been chosen by series editor Caleb Carr according to the significance of their subject matter, their contribution to the field of military history, and their literary merit.

The Naval War of 1812 is Theodore Roosevelt's first book, published in 1882. It covers the naval battles and technology used during the War of 1812. It is considered a seminal work in its field, and had a massive impact on the formation of the modern American Navy.


Heading for Omaha Beach... (38.27)

Wendy: How are the troops holding up?

Dollar Bill: Like we're on a fucking Higgins boat heading straight for Omaha beach.

The landing craft, vehicle, personnel (LCVP) or Higgins boat was a landing craft used extensively in amphibious landings in World War II. The craft was designed by Andrew Higgins based on boats made for operating in swamps and marshes. More than 23,358 were built, by Higgins Industries and licensees. Typically constructed from plywood, this shallow-draft, barge-like boat could ferry a roughly platoon-sized complement of 36 men to shore at 9 knots (17 km/h). Men generally entered the boat by climbing down a cargo net hung from the side of their troop transport; they exited by charging down the boat's lowered bow ramp.

Omaha, commonly known as Omaha Beach, was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during World War II. 'Omaha' refers to a section of the coast of Normandy, France, facing the English Channel 8 kilometers (5 mi) long, from east of Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes to west of Vierville-sur-Mer on the right bank of the Douve River estuary and an estimated 150-foot (45 m) tall cliffs. Landings here were necessary to link the British landings to the east at Gold with the American landing to the west at Utah, thus providing a continuous lodgement on the Normandy coast of the Bay of the Seine. Taking Omaha was to be the responsibility of United States Army troops, with sea transport, mine sweeping, and a naval bombardment force provided predominantly by the United States Navy and Coast Guard, with contributions from the British, Canadian, and Free French navies.

Yo, bitches, saddle up... (40.08)

Wendy: I think it's time for one of your offsite team building exercises.

Wags: Yo, bitches, saddle up. Body sushi at the strip joint, on me.

Nyotaimori (女体盛り, "serve (foods) on the female body", often referred to as "body sushi", is the Japanese practice of serving sashimi or sushi from the naked body of a woman.The Japanese practice of nyotaimori – serving sushi on a naked body – is said to have its origins in the samurai period in Japan. In the words of chef Mike Keenan, "The naked sushi idea began during the samurai period in Japan. It was a subculture to the geishas. It would take place in a geisha house as a celebration after a victorious battle." Nyotaimori originated in Ishikawa Prefecture and continues to be practiced there.

Same knish, 50 cents cheaper... (41.50)
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Bryan: This is delicious.

Chuck: Yeah.

Bryan: Yonah's ?

Chuck: Mm-hmm. The poor guy. His brother opens a rival cart right next door. Same knish, 50 cents cheaper.

Bryan: You didn't.

Chuck: No. My God, I'm loyal.

Yonah Schimmel's Knish Bakery is a bakery and restaurant, located at 137 East Houston Street (between First Avenue and Second Avenue), in the Lower East Side, Manhattan, that has been selling knishes on the Lower East Side since 1890 from its original location on Houston Street. As the Lower East Side has changed over the decades and many of its Jewish residents have departed, Yonah Schimmel's is one of the few distinctly Jewish businesses and restaurants that remain as a fixture of this largely departed culture and cuisine. As cited in The Underground Gourmet, a review of Yonah Schimmel's in a collection of restaurant reviews by Milton Glaser and Jerome Snyder, "No New York politician in the last 50 years has been elected to office without having at least one photograph showing him on the Lower East Side with a knish in his face."

A knish is a Jewish Central and Eastern European snack food consisting of a filling covered with dough that is either baked, grilled, or deep fried. Knishes can be purchased from street vendors in urban areas with a large Jewish population, sometimes at a hot dog stand or from a butcher shop. It was made popular in North America by Central and Eastern European Jewish immigrants from the Pale of Settlement (mainly from present-day Belarus, Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine). In most Central and Eastern European traditional versions, the filling is made entirely of mashed potato, ground meat, sauerkraut, onions, kasha (buckwheat groats), or cheese. Other varieties of fillings include sweet potatoes, black beans, fruit, broccoli, tofu, or spinach. Knishes may be round, rectangular, or square. They may be entirely covered in dough or some of the filling may peek out of the top. Sizes range from those that can be eaten in a single bite hors d'oeuvre to sandwich-sized.

About to do something crazy... (50.25)

Chuck: What did you say? What's the noise? Uh, are you at work?

Wendy: No. I bailed. It was slow.

Chuck: Well, that's a first. Where are you?

Wendy: About to do something crazy sneaking into a show at intermission.

Chuck: Which one?

Wendy: On the Town. I haven't second-acted a musical since college. Oh, I gotta go. They're ringing the bell.

On the Town is a musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, based on Jerome Robbins' idea for his 1944 ballet Fancy Free, which he had set to Bernstein's music. The musical introduced several popular and classic songs, among them "New York, New York", "Lonely Town", "I Can Cook, Too" (for which Bernstein also wrote the lyrics), and "Some Other Time". The story concerns three American sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City during wartime 1944. Each of the three sailors meets and quickly connects with a woman. On the Town was first produced on Broadway in 1944 and was made into a film in 1949, although the film replaced all but three of the original Broadway songs with Hollywood-written substitutes. The show has enjoyed a number of major revivals. The musical integrates dance into its storytelling: Robbins made a number of ballets and extended dance sequences for the show, including the "Imaginary Coney Island" ballet.