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Ed Harris went too hard at Mitch McDeere... (9.55)

Bryan: I always felt Ed Harris went too hard at Mitch McDeere in that diner when they first met. Should've made him feel safe, not threatened, and here I went the other way, but I do want you to feel safe.

Taylor: Can't do that.

Bryan: How do you mean?

Taylor: Mix character and actor. You either go Ed Harris and Tom Cruise or Wayne Tarrance and Mitch McDeere.

Bryan: Right. Good point.

This is a nod to The Firm, a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom Cruise (as Mitch McDeere), Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook and David Strathairn. The film is based on the 1991 novel The Firm by author John Grisham. The Firm was one of two films released in 1993 that were adapted from a Grisham novel, the other being The Pelican Brief.

Everybody has their off days... (20.01)

Chuck: What is it? Why are you just in the neighborhood?

Wendy: Do you ever feel alone, a little scared sometimes?

Chuck: I do, but you don't. Luckily we have these antioxidants. Those ought to do the trick. Huh? This is more than just a wave of loneliness, isn't it, that you're not saying. I mean, when it comes to keeping in good mental health, you're Jack LaLanne.

Wendy: Everybody has their off days. I guess I just wanted a little company. Besides, we have therapy later.

Francois Henri Jack LaLanne (September 26, 1914 – January 23, 2011) was an American fitness, exercise, and nutrition expert and motivational speaker who is sometimes referred to as the "Godfather of Fitness" and the "First Fitness Superhero”. He described himself as being a "sugarholic" and a "junk food junkie" until he was age 15. He also had behavioural problems, but "turned his life around" after listening to a public lecture about the benefits of good nutrition by health food pioneer Paul Bragg. During his career, he came to believe that the country's overall health depended on the health of its population, and referred to physical culture and nutrition as "the salvation of America"

I went to Terry's bar... (23.33)

Axe: Hey, it's me. I went to Terry's bar. The memories came flooding back. Us there at the beginning, right after I got struck by the thunderbolt like Michael with Apollonia. And I was thinking about all that rail shit we used to drink, but we were already drunk from being with each other, so we didn't care. And then I flipped totally to the other extreme. To Paris. That rainy night. We wouldn't get out of bed even though the iPod was playing With or Without You on repeat, and so we ended up listening to it all night.

The Godfather, again. And, er, U2.

You were Santiago, not Dawson... (29.28)

Minchak: On the hazing, the whole Code Red situation, you were the victim, not one of the aggressors. You were Santiago, not Dawson.

Chuck: Boy, they left me black and blue anywhere my shirt would hide.

Minchak: And you told on them?

Chuck: Oh, no. Oh, it had its desired effect. I never breathed a word. Until just now.

Santiago and Dawson are two of the pivotal characters in A Few Good Men, a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore, with Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollak, Wolfgang Bodison, James Marshall, J. T. Walsh and Kiefer Sutherland in supporting roles. It was adapted for the screen by Aaron Sorkin from his play of the same name but includes contributions by William Goldman. The film revolves around the court-martial of two U.S. Marines charged with the murder of a fellow Marine and the tribulations of their lawyers as they prepare a case to defend their clients.