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Silkier... (05.45)
Pic credit:  cylconebill

Pic credit: cylconebill

Would you like a water or a coffee, Mr. Spyros?

I would love a cortado.

Uh We don't have a machine.

Well, maybe someone can run out.

It's just me on a Sunday.

No, no. On me.

Um will they know what that is?

Cortado. It's like a macchiato, but with more foam. Microfoam. Silkier... Thanks, doll.


I'm not entirey sure that Spyros has characterised the cortado correctly here, but anyway a cortado is a Spanish-origin general term for a beverage consisting of espresso mixed with a roughly equal amount of warm milk to reduce the acidity. On American specialty coffee menus, the milk in a cortado is usually dense rather than frothy or foamy.

The word cortado is the past participle of the Spanish verb cortar (to cut), in the sense of "dilute", and can refer variously to either coffee or espresso drinks throughout Spain, Portugal and Cuba.

At base, we are animals… (10.00)

Donnie: It, It's more than understandable. Given the circumstance, it was inevitable.

Bobby: The son of a bitch deserved it. But I earned my living by staving off the inevitable. Let the other dogs drool when the bell rings. I wait for the actual food to turn up. That way I get fed while the rest howl in the wind.

Donnie: We don't get to choose how and when we react. That's what the experiment proves.

Bobby: You've actually read Pavlov's study, haven't you?

Donnie: Yeah. I was a psych/philosophy major. Minor in economic theory, which, at Yale, is like another philosophy class.

Bobby: Broadness of thinking. That's the shit that sets you apart, Donnie.

Donnie: It's this shit that used to distract me while the other guys were racking up cartel-sized bonuses.

Bobby: No more.

Donnie: Look, no matter how civilized we get, at base, we are animals.

Bobby: Oh, yeah. I know. I know.


Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (26 September [O.S. 14 September] 1849 – 27 February 1936) was a Russian physiologist known primarily for his work in classical conditioning. From his childhood days Pavlov demonstrated intellectual curiosity along with an unusual energy which he referred to as "the instinct for research”. Inspired by the progressive ideas which D. I. Pisarev, the most eminent of the Russian literary critics of the 1860s, and I. M. Sechenov, the father of Russian physiology, were spreading, Pavlov abandoned his religious career and devoted his life to science. In 1870, he enrolled in the physics and mathematics department at the University of Saint Petersburg in order to study natural science.Pavlov won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1904, becoming the first Russian Nobel laureate. A survey in the Review of General Psychology, published in 2002, ranked Pavlov as the 24th most cited psychologist of the 20th century. Pavlov's principles of classical conditioning have been found to operate across a variety of behavior therapies and in experimental and clinical settings, such as educational classrooms and even reducing phobias with systematic desensitization.

The old Chinese Wall… (18.30)

Chuck: You have an informant in Axe Capital.

Bryan: Boss, we should stick to the rules of recusal, the old Chinese wall, shouldn't we?… Okay.

Chinese wall is a business term describing an information barrier within an organization that was erected to prevent exchanges or communication that could lead to conflicts of interest. For example, a Chinese wall may be erected to separate and isolate people who make investments from those who are privy to confidential information that could improperly influence the investment decisions. Firms are generally required by law to safeguard insider information and ensure that improper trading does not occur.

I'm not gonna spike it… (32.40)

Mike Dimonda: You want to address the story and the video.

Bobby: And you're leading the pack with it. Very impressive reporting.

Mike Dimonda: Yeah. I landed it. And I'm running it. I'm not gonna spike it, despite how good the veal chops are here.

Bobby: No, of course not. But that's not what we're talking about. We're talking about a short hold. A day. So you still got a shot of being in the lead, and you flying to Aspen to meet with a certain network chairman about a show of your own. Charlie Rose has got to move on at some point, right?

Mike Dimonda: I can't accept a trip from you.

Bobby: Won't be with me or my plane.

Mike Dimonda: Someone will see me.

Bobby: No. You'll land on a private strip on private land.

Mike Dimonda: Then I can't see myself running the piece tonight.

Charles Peete Rose Jr. (born January 5, 1942) is an American television journalist and former talk show host. From 1991 to 2017, he was the host and executive producer of the talk show Charlie Rose on PBS and Bloomberg LP. Rose also co-anchored CBS This Morning from 2012 to 2017. Rose formerly substituted for the anchor of the CBS Evening News. Rose, along with Lara Logan, hosted the revived CBS classic Person to Person, a news program during which celebrities are interviewed in their homes, originally hosted from 1953 to 1961 by Edward R. Murrow. In November 2017, Rose's employment at CBS was terminated, and his eponymous show Charlie Rose on PBS was cancelled the day after The Washington Post published in-house allegations of sexual harassment.

It's like a Negroni… (41.00)

Chase: I couldn't stop thinking about your problem.

Wendy: Uh-huh.

Chase: Now I know you're the doc, but let me prescribe you something. A boulevardier for her, please, and another one for me. It's like a Negroni, but with rye instead of gin. Try it.

Wendy: How the fuck did you know I liked Negronis?

Chase: Billie told me. Well, I asked her.

Wendy: Is that something a headhunter needs to know about a client these days?

Chase: Well, you're more interesting than my other clients.

Wendy: Cut the shit. I don't need to be flattered.

Chase: That's an occupational hazard, and in your case, it's not flattery.

The boulevardier cocktail is an alcoholic drink composed of whisky, sweet vermouth, and campari. Its creation is ascribed to Erskine Gwynne, an American-born writer who founded a monthly magazine in Paris called Boulevardier, which appeared from 1927 to 1932. The boulevardier is similar to a Negroni, sharing two of its three ingredients. It is differentiated by its use of bourbon whiskey or rye whiskey as its principal component instead of gin. Paul Clark, writing for the food blog Serious Eats, says, "This isn't a Negroni. It is, however, the Negroni's long-lost autumnal cousin.”…

The price of any betrayal… (43.36)

Bryan: You know There's a move. Guys try it so often, we call it the Bojangle. When someone who's been caught, like yourself, agrees to cooperate, then thinks they can string us along, giving us nothing until what? Maybe you think we'll lose interest or somethin'? Well, that's not gonna happen ever, so don't you try to fucking Bojangle me.

Donnie: "The price of any betrayal always comes due in flesh."

Bryan: What's that? Shakespeare?

Donnie: Stephen King. Gunslinger. But no less true. You're right in recognizing that I am reluctant. It makes me sick to sell out the man who g-gave me everything so I can be with my family. So if that's not good enough, you can go fuck yourself! So you tell me, you want me to keep doing what I'm doing?

Bryan: Yeah. Keep it up. We'll be in touch.

The Gunslinger is a fantasy novel by American author Stephen King, the first volume in the Dark Tower series. The Gunslinger was first published in 1982 as a fix-up novel, joining five short stories that had been published between 1978 and 1981. King substantially revised the novel in 2003, and this version is in print today. The story centers upon Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger, who has been chasing after his adversary, "the man in black," for many years. The novel fuses Western fiction with fantasy, science fiction and horror, following Roland's trek through a vast desert and beyond in search of the man in black. Roland meets several people along his journey, including a boy named Jake Chambers who travels with him part of the way.