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It's not your turn to speak... (03.00)

Wags: I want to get this out. When I started here, I made a promise to you, and you to me. We've kept that promise no matter what.

Bobby: Well, with a windup like that, I'm sure whatever you have to say must be important.

Wags: It is.

Bobby: Momentous even.

Wags: Yeah. 

Bobby: Ah, thing is, it's not your turn to speak.

Wags: Why's that? 

Bobby: Because while you have been out there learning the Yaqui Way or how to run like the Tarahumara, I have been in here fighting the battle of fucking Thermopylae!

The Yaqui or Yoeme are an Uto-Aztecan speaking indigenous people of Mexico who inhabit the valley of the Río Yaqui in the Mexican state of Sonora and the Southwestern United States. They also have communities in Chihuahua, Durango and Sinaloa. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is based in Tucson, Arizona. Yaqui people live elsewhere in the United States, especially California, Texas and Nevada.

The Rarámuri or Tarahumara are a group of indigenous people of the Americas living in the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. They are renowned for their long-distance running ability.

The Tarahumara word for themselves, Rarámuri, means "runners on foot" or "those who run fast" in their native tongue according to some early ethnographers like Norwegian Carl Lumholtz, though this interpretation has not been fully agreed upon. With widely dispersed settlements, these people developed a tradition of long-distance running up to 200 miles (320 km) in one session, over a period of two days through their homeland of rough canyon country, for inter-village communication, transportation, and hunting.

The Battle of Thermopylae was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states, led by King Leonidas of Sparta, and the Persian Empire of Xerxes I over the course of three days, during the second Persian invasion of Greece. It took place simultaneously with the naval battle at Artemisium, in August or September 480 BC, at the narrow coastal pass of Thermopylae ("The Hot Gates"). The Persian invasion was a delayed response to the defeat of the first Persian invasion of Greece, which had been ended by the Athenian victory at the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC. By 480 BC Xerxes had amassed a huge army and navy, and set out to conquer all of Greece. The Athenian politician and general Themistocles had proposed that the allied Greeks block the advance of the Persian army at the pass of Thermopylae, and simultaneously block the Persian navy at the Straits of Artemisium.

A Greek force of approximately 7,000 men marched north to block the pass in the middle of 480 BC. The Persian army, alleged by the ancient sources to have numbered over one million, but today considered to have been much smaller (various figures are given by scholars, ranging between about 100,000 and 150,000), arrived at the pass in late August or early September. The vastly outnumbered Greeks held off the Persians for seven days (including three of battle) before the rear-guard was annihilated in one of history's most famous last stands. During two full days of battle, the small force led by Leonidas blocked the only road by which the massive Persian army could pass. After the second day, a local resident named Ephialtes betrayed the Greeks by revealing a small path that led behind the Greek lines. Leonidas, aware that his force was being outflanked, dismissed the bulk of the Greek army and remained to guard their retreat with 300 Spartans and 700 Thespians, fighting to the death. Others also reportedly remained, including up to 900 helots and 400 Thebans; these Thebans mostly reportedly surrendered.

Like Dale Earnhardt at Daytona... (20.20)

Bobby: Well, I-I just want to know if you've heard from Wags.

Dr. Gus: No. I had heard he's M.I.A. and that the guys here miss him, which surprised me.

Bobby: What, that he's off the grid or that they miss him? 

Dr. Gus: Anyone could see that he was driving towards a wall like Dale Earnhardt at Daytona.

Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr. (April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001) was an American professional auto racing driver and team owner, best known for his involvement in stock car racing for NASCAR. The third child of racing driver Ralph Earnhardt and first of two to Martha Coleman, he began his career in 1975 in the World 600 as part of the Winston Cup Series.

Regarded as one of the most significant drivers in NASCAR history, Earnhardt won a total of 76 Winston Cup races over the course of his career, including the 1998 Daytona 500. He also earned seven NASCAR Winston Cup championships, tying for the most all-time with Richard Petty. This feat, accomplished in 1994, was not equaled again for 22 years until Jimmie Johnson in 2016. His aggressive driving style earned him the nicknames "The Intimidator", "The Man in Black", and "The Count of Monte Carlo". Also, his success at the restrictor plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega earned him the nickname, "Mr. Restrictor Plate".

In February 2001, Earnhardt was killed instantly in a collision during the final lap of the Daytona 500, an event that was widely lamented in the racing industry. Earnhardt has been inducted into numerous halls of fame, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame inaugural class in 2010.

You'll be my bullshit detector?... (21.30)
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Dr. Gus: Let me into that kitchen. What specific role does Wags serve for you?

Bobby: He's my personal bullshit detector. And he makes me laugh.

Dr. Gus: Well, I can fill that role.

Bobby: You'll be my bullshit detector? 

Dr. Gus: Absolutely. Like a double shot of Skin Bracer across the chops.

Bobby: Well, let me do the same for you. One the only way you are ever getting in my kitchen is if my chef takes the weekend off.

Skin Bracer is an aftershave lotion created by Mennen and manufactured by Colgate-Palmolive.

Keep a small piece... (34.21)

Karl Allard: Something I learned when I was working under Mondale take a little piece of yourself, tuck it away in the basement. You can give the rest to the job, but keep a small piece. I speak from experience.

Dake: Noted.

Walter Frederick "Fritz" Mondale (born January 5, 1928) is an American politician, diplomat and lawyer who served as the 42nd vice president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. A United States senator from Minnesota (1964–1976), he was the Democratic Party's nominee in the United States presidential election of 1984, but lost to Ronald Reagan in an Electoral College landslide. Reagan won 49 states while Mondale carried his home state of Minnesota and Washington, D.C. He became the oldest-living former U.S. vice president after the death of George H. W. Bush in 2018.

Drinking, women, and drugs in perfect balance... (41.50)

Wendy: This is your third divorce, but your first ass tattoo. Any ideas?

Wags: My idea was the drinking, women, and drugs in perfect balance. An infinite Zen garden.

Wendy: Simplicity, harmony between the elements, purity, that's what makes it a Zen garden. I think you're confusing it with the AVN Awards.

The AVN Awards are film awards sponsored and presented by the American adult video industry trade magazine AVN (Adult Video News) to recognize achievement in various aspects of the creation and marketing of American pornographic movies and they are called the "Oscars of porn".

A carcass with no further purpose... (43.30)

Wags: Holy shit.

Wendy: Holy shit?

Wags: Phil. I can't believe I missed this.

Wendy: Phil?

Wags: Phillip Carroll.

Wendy: Another prick?

Wags: No. No, the opposite. Guy was my mentor. Back when I started at Lehman. He was the Wilt fucking Chamberlain of Wall Street. Paid for the whole group's vacations when he killed it. Didn't even close his door when he got crushed. I saw him on the street. Hey, Phil! He looked at me, and I waved. He walked right past me. Fucking DK'd me like I was a ghost. Turns out, he has early-onset Alzheimer's. Can't even go out by himself now. His wife left him. His kids don't come around. It was fucked. He was there, but he wasn't there. A carcass with no further purpose.

Wilton Norman Chamberlain (August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) was an American basketball player who played center position and is considered one of the most prominent and dominant players in NBA history. He played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the University of Kansas and also for the Harlem Globetrotters before playing in the NBA. Chamberlain stood 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall, and weighed 250 pounds (110 kg) as a rookie before bulking up to 275 and eventually to over 300 pounds (140 kg) with the Lakers.

Chamberlain holds numerous NBA records in scoring, rebounding, and durability categories. He is the only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season. He won seven scoring, eleven rebounding, nine field goal percentage titles and led the league in assists once. Chamberlain is the only player in NBA history to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game in a season, which he accomplished seven times. He is also the only player to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game over the entire course of his NBA career.