All the references, lovingly collated


Posts in 2/04: The Oath
I don't do it to make money... (1.56)

Craig Heidecker: I've seeded over 125 companies. I don't do it to make money. If money comes with that, and it always has, that's fine. But it's not the driver. I do it for the same reason that Edison created telephonic communication, Oppenheimer harnessed nuclear fission, and DJ Kool Herc set up two turntables and a microphone on Sedgewick Avenue in the Bronx to move at great velocity towards a better future.

I’m going to assume we all know who Edison and Oppenheimer are.

Clive Campbell (born April 16, 1955), better known by his stage name DJ Kool Herc, is a Jamaican–American DJ who is credited with helping originate hip hop music in The Bronx, New York City, in the early 1970s. Known as the "Founder of Hip-Hop" and "Father of Hip-Hop", Campbell began playing hard funk records of the sort typified by James Brown as an alternative both to the violent gang culture of the Bronx and to the nascent popularity of disco in the 1970s.

Campbell began to isolate the instrumental portion of the record which emphasized the drum beat—the "break"—and switch from one break to another. Using the same two-turntable set-up of disco DJs, he used two copies of the same record to elongate the break. This breakbeat DJing, using funky drum solos, formed the basis of hip hop music. Campbell's announcements and exhortations to dancers helped lead to the syncopated, rhythmically spoken accompaniment now known as rapping.

He called his dancers "break-boys" and "break-girls", or simply b-boys and b-girls. Campbell's DJ style was quickly taken up by figures such as Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash. Unlike them, he never made the move into commercially recorded hip hop in its earliest years.

She's gonna show you the Hans Gruber Memorial exit... (5.25)

Chuck: Say what you came to say.

You're alive as long as you're making progress. But the AG thinks that you stalled, she's gonna show you the Hans Gruber Memorial exit.

Chuck: Well, it's nice to hear you take the potential demise of my career so seriously.

Laugh or cry. You know what I mean?

Chuck: I sure do.

Hans Gruber is the main antagonist of Die Hard. He is a cold and unpredictable ex-Volksfrei radical who leads a gang of thieves who takeover Nakatomi Plaza, imprisoning hostages as part of a scheme to steal bearer bonds from the building's vault. His plan comes to a halt when John McClane kills three of his men and steals his bag of C-4 explosives. Gruber then sends Karl, his right-hand man, Fritz, and Franco, to retrieve them, all the while dealing with the police and the hostages. Gruber meets McClane himself disguised as "Bill Clay", but is quickly discovered. A shootout with McClane ensues, and despite losing Fritz and Franco, he manages to retrieve the detonators and escape. He later discovers one of the hostages, Holly Gennero, is related to John McClane, and keeps her for himself as he steals the bearer bonds. John McClane confronts Hans Gruber and his surviving henchman Eddie in the end, and although Gruber seems to have the upper hand, he is shot in the shoulder and falls out a window, still clinging to Holly. McClane saves his wife and Gruber falls to his death.

Whose house?... (9.31)

Lonnie: Whose house? [laughs] Whose house?

Office guy: Lonnie's house.

Lonnie: All right. Whose house?

Connerty: I'm not fucking saying it.

Lonnie: Aw, you're breaking my heart, but whether you admit it or not, it is, in fact, Lonnie's house.

Connerty: You did not just close another one.

Lonnie: Yeah. Predator this week, Panamanian drug lord last week, but who's keeping score? Uh, by the way, how's that whole Spartan-Ives thing going?

Connerty: Solid.

Lonnie: Great.

Thanks to BJ for giving me this one. This is a nod to Run DMC’s ‘Run’s House’.

Attack ships on fire... (11.22 )

Orrin Bach: In depo's, I've seen things you wouldn't believe.

Bobby: Attack ships on fire?

Orrin Bach: Yes, the very best cases, gone forever, like tears in rain.

Bobby: No replicant, no lawyer is gonna rattle me.

This is, of course, a nod to the legendary Tears in rain monologue from Blade Runner, delivered by dying replicant Roy Batty, as played by Rutgar Hauer, who famously improvised parts of the speech.

Why do you want to go up there?... (12.48)

Wendy: Why do you want to go up there?

Elena Gabriel: It's the undiscovered country.

Wendy: Hmm. That's from Hamlet. He was describing death.

Elena Gabriel: It's the final frontier.

Wendy: How about in your own words?

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602. Set in Denmark, the play dramatises the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of Hamlet's father, King Hamlet. Claudius had murdered his own brother and seized the throne, also marrying his deceased brother's widow.

There are also a lot of Star Trek jokes in this exchange too. The Undiscovered Country is also the title of Star Trek VI. The final frontier is, of course, also a Star Trek reference.

I'm not some surrealist nightmare... (15.28)

Dake: That coffee is terrible. How do you drink it?

Connerty: I close my eyes and think of England.

Dake: When you close your eyes, I want you to think of me. Coming after you.

Connerty: Like my own personal Anton Chigurh?

Dake: Oh, no. I'm not some surrealist nightmare. I'm flesh and blood.

Anton Chigurh is the main antagonist of Cormac McCarthy's novel No Country for Old Men, and its film adaptation, in which he is portrayed by Javier Bardem. The character received much praise during the film's theatrical run, where Javier Bardem was awarded an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA for his performance. Chigurh has been included on numerous lists of greatest villains, most notably in Empire Magazine's list of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

Chigurh is a hitman who is never seen to display remorse or compassion. He is described by Carson Wells, a central character in the novel, as a "psychopathic killer," in his 30s, with a dark complexion, and eyes as "blue as lapis ... Like wet stones." His signature weapon is a captive bolt stunner, which he uses to kill one of his victims and also as a tool to shoot out door locks. He also wields a sound-suppressed Remington 11-87 semi-automatic shotgun and pistol (as well as a TEC-9 in the film adaptation). Throughout both the novel and the film, Chigurh flips a coin to decide the fate of his victims. The Remington 11-87 was actually released seven years after the original setting of the book but still made an appearance as one of the most memorable weapons in the movie.

Do you like Wilco?... (24.15)

Elena Gabriel: This may sound like a weird non-answer-question thing, but do you like Wilco? Yeah.

Wendy: Yes, I love the one with "Jesus, don't cry…”

Elena Gabriel: Yeah, me too, because in that one, Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett had found in each other a perfect mind meld. They communicated on a level few ever reach. But the thing about Wilco in that moment is, it was never that good again. Bennett left the group. Somehow, even though each had to know the other made him better, they just couldn't find a way to keep going together.

Wendy: Did the band break up?

Elena Gabriel: No. Even without Bennett, Wilco was Wilco. It kept trucking along.

Wendy: And Bennett?

Elena Gabriel: He died, just a couple years later. He OD'd. Somehow, on his own, he couldn't keep it together. Makes you wonder how you can find a true partner and keep them.

Wilco is an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure. Wilco's lineup changed frequently during its first decade, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the lineup has been unchanged, consisting of Tweedy, Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released ten studio albums, a live double album, and four collaborations: three with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5.

The song Wendy is referring to is Jesus Don’t Cry from the band’s 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

That's the Franklin Effect... (27.19)

Chuck: You know, the best way to bond with someone isn't doing a favor. It's asking for one. That's the Franklin Effect. You make the other person feel valued, like you've given them power so you won't hurt them. Now, that's how I need Boyd to feel.


The Ben Franklin effect is a proposed psychological phenomenon: a person who has already performed a favor for another is more likely to do another favor for the other than if they had received a favor from that person. An explanation for this is cognitive dissonance. People reason that they help others because they like them, even if they do not, because their minds struggle to maintain logical consistency between their actions and perceptions.

The Benjamin Franklin effect, in other words, is the result of one's concept of self coming under attack. Every person develops a persona, and that persona persists because inconsistencies in one's personal narrative get rewritten, redacted, and misinterpreted.

Benjamin Franklin, the American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, after whom the effect is named, quoted what he described as an "old maxim" in his autobiography: "He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged."

That's Tennyson, right?... (27.43 )

Chuck: Now, isn't this a literary club?

Lawrence Boyd: I've written a book. ‘Steady at the Helm.’

Chuck: Sure. I tore through it in one sitting.

Lawrence Boyd: The club motto actually comes from a poem.

Chuck: Mm.

Lawrence Boyd: "In the afternoon, they came unto a land…"

Chuck: Where they assumed a supine position and sucked each other's dicks. That's Tennyson, right?

Lawrence Boyd: More or less.

"The Lotos-Eaters" is a poem by Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, published in Tennyson's 1832 poetry collection. It was inspired by his trip to Spain with his close friend Arthur Hallam, where they visited the Pyrenees mountains. The poem describes a group of mariners who, upon eating the lotos, are put into an altered state and isolated from the outside world. The title and concept derives from the lotus-eaters in Greek mythology.

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson FRS (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) was a British poet. He was the Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets. In 1829, Tennyson was awarded the Chancellor's Gold Medal at Cambridge for one of his first pieces, "Timbuktu". He published his first solo collection of poems, Poems Chiefly Lyrical in 1830. "Claribel" and "Mariana", which remain some of Tennyson's most celebrated poems, were included in this volume. Although decried by some critics as overly sentimental, his verse soon proved popular and brought Tennyson to the attention of well-known writers of the day, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Tennyson's early poetry, with its medievalism and powerful visual imagery, was a major influence on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Mentored Trump, mentored me... (28.12)

Lawrence Boyd: What's the topic, Chuck?

Chuck: The state of war we're in and what you can do to end it.

Lawrence Boyd: I don't write polite letters. I don't like to plea-bargain. I like to fight.

Chuck: You sure you want to take life advice from Roy Cohn?

Lawrence Boyd: He got things done, and he was a generous man. Mentored Trump, mentored me. What have you grown in your shade? 

Chuck: I have all the king's men arrayed behind me.

Lawrence Boyd: And yet a tentative hold on your commission.

Roy Marcus Cohn (February 20, 1927 – August 2, 1986) was an American lawyer best known for being Senator Joseph McCarthy's chief counsel during the Army–McCarthy hearings in 1954, and for assisting with McCarthy's investigations of suspected Communists.

Born in New York City and educated at Columbia University, Cohn rose to prominence as a U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor at the espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, which concluded with the Rosenbergs' executions in 1953. As McCarthy's chief counsel, Cohn came to be closely associated with McCarthyism and its downfall. He also represented and mentored Donald Trump during his early business career.

Cohn was disbarred by the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court for unethical conduct in 1986, and died five weeks later from AIDS-related complications.

Bombaye... (33.19)

Chuck: Are we playing it too safe?

Ira: These are just the initial questions I'm gonna be asking Axe. I'm giving him a little Rumble in the Jungle at first.

Chuck: Bombaye.

Ira: Yeah. I'm gonna do all that, you understand, at the deposition. But I got to say it again - you shouldn't come.

The Rumble in the Jungle was a historic boxing event in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) on October 30, 1974 (at 4:00 am). Held at the 20th of May Stadium (now the Stade Tata Raphaël), it pitted the undefeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman against challenger Muhammad Ali, a former heavyweight champion; the attendance was 60,000. Ali won by knockout, putting Foreman down just before the end of the eighth round.

It has been called "arguably the greatest sporting event of the 20th century”. It was a major upset victory, with Ali coming in as a 4–1 underdog against the unbeaten, heavy-hitting Foreman. The fight is famous for Ali's introduction of the rope-a-dope tactic.

Bombaye refers to the chant ‘Ali bomaye’, which came from Ali’s supporters in Kinshasha and features throughout the classic documentary made about the fight, When We Were Kings. It means “Ali, kill him!” in a Bantu language.

You buried the lead, kid... (42.25 )

Look, I get offers like this every day. The only reason you got through this door…

Marco Capparelo: I know. And I don't expect you to do this deal as a favor to my uncle. I expect you to do it because of the casino.

You buried the lead, kid. Come on. Okay. Tell me about the casino.

Verb To bury the lead

  1. (idiomatic) (news writing style) To begin a story with details of secondary importance to the reader while postponing more essential points or facts.

Is that Yosemite…?... (45.00)

Wags: I woke up in a hotel this morning.

Bobby: You're living in the fucking Pierre.

Wags: This was the Americana Suites, some shit dive next to Port Authority, with my ass on fire. And I saw I had a tattoo.

Bobby: On your ass?

Wags: Yeah.

Bobby: You got an ass tattoo?

Wags: All evidence points to that being the case.

Bobby: I need to see it.

Wags: You want to…

Bobby: No, don't want to. No. I need to… What the fuck is that? Is that Yosemite… 

Wags: I think so. I was a fan.

Bobby: I'm sending you somewhere.

Wags: Please, not rehab.

Bobby: No, not rehab.