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I'd be laughing like Hank Kingsley... (08.35)

Chuck: For I also know the name being nominated in committee to replace Wilcox.

DeGuilio: Ah.

Chuck: And let me be the first to congratulate you.

DeGuilio: Thank you.

Chuck: It's as it should be. You happy? You should be happy. I'd be laughing like Hank Kingsley if I were in your Florsheims.

DeGuilio: "Hey, now!” Hey, and these are Ferragamos.

Chuck: [chuckles] I like to laugh, too. But lately…

DeGuilio: Yes, lately.

Chuck: And I worry…

Hank Kingsley (born Henry Joseph Lepstein Jr.), played by Jeffrey Tambor, is the announcer and sidekick on Garry Shandling’s legendary TV chat show spoof The Larry Sanders Show, known for his "Hey now!" catchphrase (a takeoff on Ed McMahon's "Hi-yoooo!").

Florsheims and Ferragamos are shoe brands, of course.


Let me be General Bradley to your Patton... (09.59)

Judge DeGiulio: Are you saying you can guarantee I sail through committee?

Chuck: ‘Guarantee’ is a word that amateurs use in politics. But I can make it so that Senator Vandeveer takes you by the hand and drags you to the bench. And what I have to do to get that done will not be pleasant. It'll be quite odious, so I need your assurance.

Judge DeGiulio: I'll do it. But about Axelrod and finding a way to leg back in. Let me be General Bradley to your Patton and advise you to practice restraint.

Chuck: Ah. Oh, it was good advice when Omar Bradley gave it. Safe. And one of them died a well-respected and admired general, and the other one died a legend.

General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley (February 12, 1893 – April 8, 1981), nicknamed Brad, was a senior officer of the United States Army during and after World War II. Bradley was the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and oversaw the U.S. military's policy-making in the Korean War. Born in Randolph County, Missouri, Bradley worked as a boilermaker before entering the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated from the academy in 1915 alongside Dwight D. Eisenhower as part of "the class the stars fell on." During World War I, Bradley guarded copper mines in Montana. After the war, Bradley taught at West Point and served in other roles before taking a position at the War Department under General George Marshall. In 1941, Bradley became commander of the United States Army Infantry School. After the U.S. entrance into World War II, Bradley oversaw the transformation of the 82nd Infantry Division into the first American airborne division. He received his first front-line command in Operation Torch, serving under General George S. Patton in North Africa. After Patton was reassigned, Bradley commanded II Corps in the Tunisia Campaign and the Allied invasion of Sicily. He commanded the First United States Army during the Invasion of Normandy. After the breakout from Normandy, he took command of the Twelfth United States Army Group, which ultimately comprised forty-three divisions and 1.3 million men, the largest body of American soldiers ever to serve under a single field commander.


George Smith Patton Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a General of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Patton's colorful image, hard-driving personality and success as a commander were at times overshadowed by his controversial public statements. His philosophy of leading from the front and ability to inspire troops with attention-getting, vulgarity-ridden speeches, such as a famous address to the Third Army, met with mixed receptions, favorably with his troops but much less so among a sharply divided Allied high command. His strong emphasis on rapid and aggressive offensive action proved effective, and he was regarded highly by his opponents in the German High Command. An award-winning biographical film released in 1970, Patton, helped solidify his image as an American folk hero.

Love the La Cornue... (11.05)

Shari: I won't lie, having a Michelin chef in house, it would be an excellent recruiting tool. What do you think?

Lou: Oh. It's a great kitchen. Love the La Cornue. But I would really miss, you know, real people "gastros" who light up when they eat something really special. You go private serving guys that might just have - whatever - for lunch.

Shari: You could lead the effort to expand our horizons.

Michelin Guides (French: Guide Michelin) are a series of guide books published by the French tire company Michelin for more than a century. The term normally refers to the annually published Michelin Red Guide, the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guide, which awards up to three Michelin stars for excellence to a select few establishments.[1] The acquisition or loss of a star can have dramatic effects on the success of a restaurant. Michelin also publishes a series of general guides to cities, regions, and countries, the Green Guides.

La Cornue is a flashy, eye-wateringly expensive French cooker brand.

Shooter's gotta shoot.... (26.45)

Wendy: Oh, my God. You're like Kobe firing up shots when he's two for 18. No doubt in your mind the next one's going in.

Bobby: Kobe? Steph Curry. Jordan, maybe. Don't give me Kobe.

Wendy: Shooter's gotta shoot. Unwavering belief in our own capabilities. It's essential to a point. Keeps us functioning at a high level.

Bobby: Until it isn't, right?

Wendy: Maybe your self-image is creating a blind spot.

Bobby: We're not on a break, are we?

Wendy: No.

Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships with the Lakers. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. He led the NBA in scoring during two seasons and ranks third on the league's all-time regular season scoring and fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list. He holds the NBA record for the most seasons playing with one franchise for an entire career and is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Bryant is the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons.


Wardell Stephen Curry II (born March 14, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Many players and analysts have called him the greatest shooter in NBA history. He is credited with revolutionizing the game of basketball by inspiring teams to regularly employ the three-point shot as part of their winning strategy.

In 2014–15, Curry won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award and led the Warriors to their first championship since 1975. The following season, he became the first player in NBA history to be elected MVP by a unanimous vote and to lead the league in scoring while shooting above 50–40–90. That same year, the Warriors broke the record for the most wins in an NBA season en route to reaching the 2016 NBA Finals, which they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Curry helped the Warriors return to the NBA Finals in 2017 and 2018, where they won back-to-back titles.


Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player. He played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. His biography on the official NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.” Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. He is currently the principal owner and chairman of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets.

You put the Porsche in the Tinder photo... (29.54)

Ira: God bless these 23-year-olds. They grew up with porn. And daddy issues.

Chuck: Maybe granddaddy issues in your case.

Ira: Ow.

Chuck: What do you talk to a 23-year-old about? Taylor Swift? Did you meet her on Tinder?

Ira: Actually, I did.

Chuck: How do you do it? I mean, get 'em to swipe left or right or whatever on a mug like yours.

Ira: You put the Porsche in the Tinder photo. You can't be subtle on Tinder.

Tinder is a location-based social search mobile app that allows users to like (swipe right) or dislike (swipe left) other users, and allows users to chat if both parties liked each other in the app (a "match"). The app is often used as a hookup app. Information available to the users is based on pictures from Facebook, a short bio that users write themselves, and optionally, a linked Instagram or Spotify account.

Originally developed by Hatch Labs, the app was launched in 2012. By 2014, it was registering about one billion "swipes" per day. Tinder is among the first "swiping apps", whose users employ a swiping motion to choose photos of other users, swiping right for potentially good matches and swiping left on a photo to move to the next one.


Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. As one of the world's leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which has received widespread media coverage. You knew that already, right?

If you don't have a roof... (31.05)

Ira: I understand how it must make you feel to have to ask for a favor like that. But everyone has a roof. Accept it. [smacks lips]

Chuck: A roof?

Ira: Those two years I was in Russia, it was right after the wall came down. There was money and crazy women. The Wild West of capitalism. Anyway, in Russia, you had to pay someone to protect you, either the cops or the mob, and then they were your "roof. " - Mm. - That's what they called it. You're down right now. It's not a moment for pride. It's a moment for, uh consolidation. Positioning, a little security. Senior's your roof. - Everyone needs a roof. -

Chuck: I may need one. It doesn't mean I have to fucking like it.

Ira: Yeah, but if you don't have a roof, you can't be surprised when it starts raining on you.

Chuck: Well, it's like the man sang, "it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but you're gonna have to serve somebody," right?

"Gotta Serve Somebody" is a song by Bob Dylan from his 1979 studio album Slow Train Coming. It won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Male in 1979.

The song was recorded in May of that year at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield, Alabama. The title never appears as such in the lyrics, though numerous mentions of " Gonna " with "Serve Somebody" come close. The B-side, "Trouble in Mind" was a Dylan original that was recorded for "Gotta Serve Somebody" 's parent album but was ultimately left off it.

As Dylan's first release during his "gospel" period, "Gotta Serve Somebody" was met with divisive reviews; John Lennon famously criticized the song and released a parody titled "Serve Yourself" in response. Nevertheless, the single won the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Male in 1979. The effort is still Dylan's latest top 40 hit on the Hot 100, peaking at #24 and remaining on the chart for 12 weeks. In 2016, Rolling Stone magazine featured the song as #43 on its list of "100 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs.”