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The funk... (4.30)
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Chuck Snr.: Now, some people, when aging a cigar, keep it at 70 percent humidity. That mellows the Puro. I, of course, want no such thing. I take it to 80 percent 'cause I prefer…’

Chuck: The funk.

Chuck Snr.: Exactly right. Look at these. Ah. 1998 Special Fundadores. [sniffs] Aged to peak complexity. And if they're not smoked soon, they'll go one-dimensional.

Click the link to read more about this particular cigar, which Chuck Snr. is waxing lyrical about from the famous Nat Sherman’s tobacconist in NYC.

Oh, your meaning was clear!... (7.52)

Mafee: I thought we were loyal to Spartan-Ives.

Wags: We're loyal to the bottom line.

Mafee: If there's money to be made by switching Plus a night of hard-core partying in the name of business.

Wags:You're all over it? I bet my life you won't say that again.

Mafee: I didn't mean…

Wags: Oh, your meaning was clear! This was a compound fuck-up. First, you misplay the invitation. Then you treat me like I'm Courtney Love in '93. You think I can't handle myself in a simple fucking sell-side hug and tug?

Mafee: I, no, I…

Wags: Organize a car to pick me the fuck up later! 

Courtney Michelle Love (née Harrison; born July 9, 1964) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and visual artist. A notable figure in the punk and grunge scenes of the 1990s, Love's career has spanned four decades. She rose to prominence as the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Hole, which she formed in 1989. Love has drawn public attention for her uninhibited live performances and confrontational lyrics, as well as her highly publicized personal life following her marriage to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

Why ‘93? Not too sure.

He made you a Ronin... (15.21)

Bryan: Axelrod banished you. He made you a Ronin. I'm willing to bet he didn't give it a moment's thought, while you've been thinking about it every second of the day, suffering from something you've never felt before. Doubt. And all because you pledged yourself to an unworthy lord. Axelrod lacks five of the eight virtues of the Bushido.

Gus: Six. Oftentimes, he wasn't even polite.

Bryan: Under these circumstances, honor doesn't demand silence or self-harm. It demands vengeance.

A rōnin (浪人, "drifter" or "wanderer”) was a samurai without a lord or master during the feudal period (1185–1868) of Japan. A samurai became masterless from the death or fall of his master, or after the loss of his master's favor or privilege.

In modern Japanese usage, sometimes the term is used to describe a salaryman who is unemployed or a secondary school graduate who has not yet been admitted to university.

A Dick Button figure eight... (23.43)

Chuck: I had a conversation with Bob Sweeney that didn't go as smoothly as a Dick Button figure eight. Now my only option is to squash him where he stands.

Richard Totten "Dick" Button (born July 18, 1929) is an American former figure skater and skating analyst. He is a two-time Olympic champion (1948, 1952) and five-time World champion (1948–1952). He is also the only non-European man to have become European champion. Button is credited as having been the first skater to successfully land the double axel jump in competition in 1948, as well as the first triple jump of any kind – a triple loop – in 1952. He also invented the flying camel spin, which was originally known as the "Button camel".

I always knew I'd end up like John Mitchell... (24.32)

Ira: You're basically asking me to form the committee to re-elect the president. I always knew I'd end up like John Mitchell.

Chuck: Ira.

Ira: I'll do it. Fuck it.

John Newton Mitchell (September 15, 1913 – November 9, 1988) was the 67th Attorney General of the United States (1969–1972) under President Richard Nixon. Prior to that, he had been a municipal bond lawyer, director of Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign, and one of Nixon's closest personal friends.

After his tenure as U.S. Attorney General, he served as director of Nixon's 1972 presidential campaign. Due to multiple crimes he committed in the Watergate affair, Mitchell was sentenced to prison in 1977 and served 19 months. As Attorney General, he was noted for personifying the "law-and-order" positions of the Nixon Administration, amid several high-profile anti-war demonstrations.

Some son of St. Tammany... (26.12)

Wags: There is no reason to spend this much energy, time, and money trying to parse the secret motives of some son of St. Tammany.

Tammany Hall, also known as the Society of St. Tammany, the Sons of St. Tammany, or the Columbian Order, was a New York City political organization founded in 1786 and incorporated on May 12, 1789, as the Tammany Society. It was the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in controlling New York City and New York State politics and helping immigrants, most notably the Irish, rise up in American politics from the 1790s to the 1960s. It typically controlled Democratic Party nominations and political patronage in Manhattan from the mayoral victory of Fernando Wood in 1854 and used its patronage resources to build a loyal, well-rewarded core of district and precinct leaders; after 1850 the great majority were Irish Catholics.

The banality of evil... (27.20)

Stephanie: Axe Cap was not what I thought it would be.

Bryan: What did you expect?

Stephanie: A training ground. A chance to observe every part of the industry sitting next to the best mind in the industry.

Bryan: And instead?

Stephanie: You ever read The Banality of Evil? I could see myself ending up like that. Following orders, normalizing. In a way, it was a relief to be let go.

Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil is a book by political theorist Hannah Arendt, originally published in 1963. Arendt, a Jew who fled Germany during Adolf Hitler's rise to power, reported on Adolf Eichmann's trial for The New Yorker.

Arendt's book introduced the expression and concept the banality of evil. Her thesis is that Eichmann was not a fanatic or sociopath, but an extremely average person who relied on cliché defenses rather than thinking for himself and was motivated by professional promotion rather than ideology. Banality, in this sense, is not that Eichmann's actions were ordinary, or that there is a potential Eichmann in all of us, but that his actions were motivated by a sort of stupidity which was wholly unexceptional.

The Loss of a Classic Six... (27.32)

Stephanie: I signed an NDA. If I tell you any details about Axe Cap, I expose myself to liability.

Bryan: And the loss of a Classic Six.

Classic Six is a six-room apartment floor plan found in buildings built in New York City prior to 1940. It consists of a formal dining room, a living room, a kitchen, two bedrooms, a smaller bedroom sometimes referred to as a maid's room, and one or two bathrooms. A maid's room is located away from other bedrooms, almost always off the kitchen to allow maids of the past easy access. A typical maid's room also has a small bathroom attached to it.

You just called the Macho Man bullshit... (33.25)

Mafee: A Hell in a Cell poster? Autographed by Taker and Mankind?! - Ben, did you get me this? - What? I know it wasn't you.

Dollar Bill: Everything after Sammartino/Zbyszko is bullshit.

Mafee: Okay, you just called the Macho Man bullshit. What was Stan Stasiak and his heart punch? 

Taylor: Actually, I got it.

Mafee: Oh. Uh, thanks.

Hell in a Cell (2018) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event, produced by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brands. It took place on September 16, 2018, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.[3] It was the tenth event under the Hell in a Cell chronology. Eight matches were contested at the event, including one on the pre-show. The main event, which was a Universal Championship Hell in a Cell match between defending champion Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman with special guest referee Mick Foley, ended in a no-contest after previous champion Brock Lesnar appeared and attacked both men, rendering them unable to continue. This was also Strowman's Money in the Bank cash-in match. In the other Hell in a Cell match, which opened the main show, Randy Orton defeated Jeff Hardy. Other prominent matches included AJ Styles controversially retaining the WWE Championship against Samoa Joe, Becky Lynch defeated Charlotte Flair to win her second SmackDown Women's Championship, and Ronda Rousey retained the Raw Women's Championship against Alexa Bliss.


Hell in a Cell is a professional wrestling cage-based match which originated in 1997 in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE). It features a large "cell" structure, a 5-sided cuboid made from open-weave steel mesh chain-link fencing which encloses the ring and ringside area. Unlike the steel cage match, only an in-ring pinfall or submission will ordinarily result in a win (though in Hell in a Cell at Judgment Day 2002 Triple H pinned Chris Jericho atop the cell to win the match), and there are no disqualifications. The original Cell was 16 ft (4.9 m) high and weighed over two tons but has since been replaced by a more robust version of 20 ft (6.1 m) and five tons. The first match took place at Badd Blood: In Your House in October 1997; a total of 40 Hell in a Cell matches have occurred. The match type spawned its own pay-per-view event in 2009, WWE Hell in a Cell, since which the event has been held annually in October and occasionally September. This event generally features one to three Hell in a Cell matches on the same card.