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Pure evil... (1.17)

Guy in lab: I’m a man of science. But this isn't Jonas Salk. It's Doctor Mengele. Pure evil.

Jonas Edward Salk (October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995) was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.

Josef Mengele (16 March 1911 – 7 February 1979) was a German Schutzstaffel (SS) officer and physician in Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. He performed deadly human experiments on prisoners and was a member of the team of doctors who selected victims to be killed in the gas chambers. Arrivals that were judged able to work were admitted into the camp, while those deemed unsuitable for labor were sent to the gas chambers to be killed. With Red Army troops sweeping through Poland, Mengele was transferred 280 kilometers (170 mi) from Auschwitz to the Gross-Rosen concentration campon 17 January 1945, just ten days before the arrival of the Soviet forces at Auschwitz. After the war, he fled to South America where he evaded capture for the rest of his life.

Don't make me spend time with that guy... (3.25)

Taylor: Don't make me spend time with that guy VCs are just hedge fund managers who can quote the Tibetan Book Of The Dead.

The Bardo Thodol ("Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State") is a text from a larger corpus of teachings, the Profound Dharma of Self-Liberation through the Intention of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones,[1][note 1]revealed by Karma Lingpa (1326–1386). It is the best-known work of Nyingma literature, and is known in the West as the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The Tibetan text describes, and is intended to guide one through, the experiences that the consciousness has after death, in the bardo, the interval between death and the next rebirth. The text also includes chapters on the signs of death and rituals to undertake when death is closing in or has taken place.

Thick as Nicki Minaj... (13.37)

Taylor: Figure a fella flies out here, you'd show 'em something - they might be able invest in.

Oscar: He's got a solid pitch! 

Taylor: And so your position in it must be thick as Nicki Minaj.

Oscar: You didn't even hear it.

Taylor: Did I need to. Really.

Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982) known professionally as Nicki Minaj, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, actress, and model.[4] Born in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens, New York City, she gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes Playtime Is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009).

Calling someone ‘thick’ - in the UK at least - used to mean stupid. But that is evidently no longer the case. Details here.

Is this couples therapy?... (15.22)

Dollar Bil: Is this couples therapy? Is this what couples therapy is like?

Wendy: You've never been?

Spyros: I've never been married but I've gone to couples with three separate women.

Dollar Bil: Never did it. Which may be how I stay married to two women.

Wendy: This isn't couples. But behind pretty much every shouting match is a communications breakdown.

Spyros: What we got here is failure to communicate.

Dollar Bil: A failure to communicate.

Wendy: Actually it's both. Strother Martin says it one way, Newman another. But, yes.


The phrase "What we've got here is failure to communicate" is a quotation from the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke, spoken in the movie first by Strother Martin (as the Captain, a prison warden) and, later, paraphrased by Paul Newman (as Luke, a stubborn prisoner).

The context of the first delivery of the line is:

Captain: You gonna get used to wearing them chains after a while, Luke. Don't you never stop listening to them clinking, 'cause they gonna remind you what I been saying for your own good.

Luke: (sarcastically) I wish you'd stop being so good to me, Cap'n.

Captain: Don't you ever talk that way to me. (pause, then hitting him) NEVER! NEVER! (Luke rolls down hill; to other prisoners)

What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. I don't like it any more than you men. The Captain's line is often misquoted as "What we have here is a failure to communicate".[2] This is actually a quote by Zero Mostel in the 1969 comedy movie The Great Bank Robbery.

Towards the end of the movie, Luke persists in his rebellious nature and takes a stab at freedom – stealing a dump truck and taking flight. After his dramatic escape from the Florida chain gang prison, Luke abandons the truck and enters a church, only to be surrounded by police moments later. Knowing that he is caught, he walks to a window facing the police and mocks the Captain by repeating the first part of his speech ("What we got here is a failure to communicate."). He is immediately shot in the neck by Boss Godfrey.

The phrase ranks at number 11 on the American Film Institute list, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes.

This is like No Exit without the guy... (17.23)

Wendy: If this was couples therapy, my prescription would be: break up. Immediately. But we are all more than married here. And this is our unit. And we are sticking together to win this fucking war. You two will never, ever like each other. This is like No Exit without the guy. Or, fuck, I'm the guy.

No Exit is a 1944 existentialist French play by Jean-Paul Sartre. The original title is the French equivalent of the legal term in camera, referring to a private discussion behind closed doors. The play was first performed at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in May 1944.[1] The play begins with three characters who find themselves waiting in a mysterious room. It is a depiction of the afterlife in which three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity. It is the source of Sartre's especially famous and often misunderstood quotation "L'enfer, c'est les autres" or "Hell is other people", a reference to Sartre's ideas about the look and the perpetual ontological struggle of being caused to see oneself as an object from the view of another consciousness.

Boyd is not in prison... (20.33)

Chuck: Is this a desk talk or a couch talk? 

Sacker: Lawrence Boyd.

Chuck: Couch.

Sacker: We made a deal to put Boyd in prison. Boyd is not in prison. And he's not Papillon.

Papillon (French: "butterfly") is an autobiographical novel written by Henri Charrière, first published in France on 30 April 1969. Papillon is Charrière's nickname. The novel details Papillon's incarceration and subsequent escape from the French penal colony of French Guiana, and covers a 14-year period between 1931 and 1945. The book was an immediate sensation and instant bestseller, achieving widespread fame and critical acclaim, and is considered a modern-day classic. Upon publication it spent 21 weeks as number 1 bestseller in France, with more than 1.5 million copies sold in France alone. 239 editions of the book have since been published worldwide, in 21 different languages.

The book was adapted as a 1973 film of the same name, starring Steve McQueen as Henri Charrière and Dustin Hoffman as Louis Dega. Differences include a section of the movie set in the mainland penal colony. This does not occur in the book. The film received largely positive reviews. The film was remade in 2017, based on the novel and the 1973 film, starring Charlie Hunnam as "Papillon" and Rami Malek as Dega.

That's your thermal exhaust port... (25.58)

Pitch guy: The whole thing utilizes extant voice technology.

Oscar: All right. Thoughts?

Taylor: Strong concept. My only concern is: You don't own the tech you want to retool. That's your thermal exhaust port.

Pitch guy: My …

Oscar: Flaw in the Death Star. The two-meter wide gap that runs directly into the reactor system.

Pitch guy: Why I'm here. I need help to seal it before I get blown the fuck up.

Oscar: Let us talk. I think we can figure out something you'll like.

The Death Star is a type of fictional mobile space station and galactic superweapon featured in the Star Wars space opera franchise. The first Death Star is stated to be more than 100 km to 160 km in diameter, depending on source. It is crewed by an estimated 1.7 million military personnel and 400,000 droids. The second Death Star is significantly larger, between 160 km to 900 km in diameter depending on source, and technologically more powerful than its predecessor. Both versions of these moon-sized fortresses are designed for massive power-projection capabilities, capable of destroying multiple naval fleets or entire planets with one blast from their superlasers.

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There's the undercover brother... (27.04)

Chuck: So, here's a chance to earn my trust. What do you know about asset forfeiture?

Karl Allard: You want to toot around in a drug pusher's Ferrari, Sonny Crockett-style? 

Chuck: I want to know how assets might wind up where they don't belong.

Karl Allard: There's "the undercover brother." Requisition the asset for use in a confidential investigation that lasts as long as you want it to.

Detective James "Sonny" Crockett is a fictional character in the NBC television series Miami Vice. Crockett was originally portrayed by Don Johnson in the television series from 1984 to 1990, and later by Colin Farrell in the feature film in 2006. Crockett appeared in every episode of Miami Vice except the fifth season episode "Borrasca". He has also appeared in video games and various popular culture references of the show.

Undercover Brother is a 2002 American action comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee and starring Eddie Griffin. The screenplay is by Michael McCullers and co-executive producer John Ridley, who created the original Internet animation characters. It spoofs blaxploitation films of the 1970s as well as a number of other films, most notably the James Bond franchise. It also stars former Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Kattan and comedian Dave Chappelle as well as Aunjanue Ellis, Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, and Billy Dee Williams, and features a cameo by James Brown.

Vintage ref. Nice... (30.00)

Dollar Bill: Mafee! 

Mafee: What up, brawler? 

Dollar Bill: Got a trade I want you to execute.

Mafee: You want to go long on Mendham Pharmaceuticals? 

Dollar Bill: Like Staubach to Drew Pearson.

Mafee: Vintage ref. Nice.

This is a famous American football reference (a “vintage ref.” in Mafee’s terms) in relation the ‘Hail Mary pass’, also known as a shot play, is a very long forward pass in American football, made in desperation, with only a small chance of success and time running out on the clock. The term became widespread after a December 28, 1975 NFL playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings, when Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach (a Roman Catholic and fan of The Godfather Part II (1974), whose character Fredo had popularized the phrase) said about his game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Drew Pearson, "I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary."

Might as well jump... (30.13)

Chuck: I return to you your prized vessel. Are you ready to name names? 

Boyd: It hurts me to do that to generally good men.

Chuck: I'm sure the pain will subside as the Cote D'Azur comes into view.

Boyd: That it will. So, as the venerable David Lee Roth once said: Might as well jump.

David Lee Roth (born October 10, 1954)  is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality. Roth is best known as the original (1974–1985) and current (2006–present) lead singer of hard rock band Van Halen. He is also known as a successful solo artist, releasing numerous RIAA-certified Gold and Platinum albums. After more than two decades apart, Roth re-joined Van Halen in 2006 for a North American tour that became the highest grossing in the band's history and one of the highest grossing of that year. In 2012, Roth and Van Halen released the comeback album A Different Kind of Truth. In 2007, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen.

The Netrunner tournament... (32.00)

Taylor: This is the Netrunner tournament, yes?


Taylor: Taylor Mason. You should have my name.

Let me take a look. You're good to go.

Netrunner is an out-of-print collectible card game (CCG) designed by Richard Garfield, the creator of Magic: The Gathering. It was published by Wizards of the Coast and introduced in April 1996. The game took place in the setting for the Cyberpunk 2020 role-playing game, but it also drew from the broader cyberpunk genre. Netrunner was lauded by critics, such as InQuest magazine, for its balanced game play and impressive artwork.[2]In 1999 Pyramid magazine named Netrunner as one of "The Millennium's Most Underrated Games". According to editor Scott Haring, "among the connoisseurs of the card game design art, Netrunner is considered to be one of the best-designed games ever." In 2012, Fantasy Flight Games released Android: Netrunner, a new card game based on Netrunner, under license from Wizards of the Coast. The new game uses Fantasy Flight Games' Living Card Game release format (as used in their Warhammer: Invasion, A Game of Thrones, Call of Cthulhu, and Lord of the Rings games), and shares the cyberpunk setting of their Android board game.

Do you want access?... (37.01)

Oscar: I will pay four credits, rez the Adonis campaign, put 12 credits and take three.

Taylor: Nice.

Oscar: I modeled for that. The Adonis.

Taylor: The Jerry West of Netrunner.

Oscar: Mandatory draw. I install, advance twice.

Taylor: Bold. Click one, I'll draw. Click two. The Maker's Eye.

Oscar: Ooh.

Taylor: Sorry.

Oscar: Why? 

Taylor: Luck.

Oscar: I don't view luck as zero sum.

Taylor: Good. So run on R and D. Spending two credits to break Wall of Static with Paperclip. Spending three plus three and one. Gordian Blade to break tollbooth.

Oscar: Do you want access? 

Taylor: Cards on the table? Yes. I belive I do.

Jerry Alan West (born May 28, 1938) is an American basketball executive and former player who played professionally for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His nicknames included Mr. Clutch, for his ability to make a big play in a clutch situation, such as his famous buzzer-beating 60-foot shot that tied Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the New York Knicks; The Logo, in reference to his silhouette being incorporated into the NBA logo;  Mr. Outside, in reference to his perimeter play with the Los Angeles Lakers; and Zeke from Cabin Creek, for the creek near his birthplace of Chelyan, West Virginia. West played the small forward position early in his career, and he was a standout at East Bank High School and at West Virginia University, where he led the Mountaineers to the 1959 NCAA championship game. He earned the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player honor despite the loss. He then embarked on a 14-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and was the co-captain of the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team, a squad that was inducted as a unit into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Like Geraldo in Al Capone's vault... (45.18)

Chuck: You and me. Your file cabinet. And it's gonna be like Geraldo in Al Capone's vault only I'm gonna be happy to find nothing.

The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults is a two-hour live American television special that was broadcast in syndication on April 21, 1986. Hosted by Geraldo Rivera, the special centered on the opening of a secret vault in the Lexington Hotel once owned by noted crime lord Al Capone, which turned out to be empty except for debris. The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults is available in its entirety on Geraldo's website.

No Fudgie?... (46.23)

Ben Kim: Do you know what this is about? 

Mafee: Somebody's birthday. We're all getting a Fudgie the Whale.

Ben Kim: I'm 99 percent sure you're lying. But the one percent is bursting with hope.

Wags: All right. In what I can only pray will not be a regular occurrence, Bill Stearn will take a page from the Otis Redding songbook and try a little tenderness.

Dollar Bill: Yeah, um okay. Compliance is to be complied with. Ari Spyros is a human man worthy of the respect due to any freeholder. And I apologize for the remarks I made to and about him. Oh, my god.

Ben: No Fudgie?

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Fudgie The Whale is this cake.

Otis Ray Redding Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. Redding's style of singing gained inspiration from the gospel music that preceded the genre. His singing style influenced many other soul artists of the 1960s. During his lifetime, his recordings were produced by Stax Records, based in Memphis, Tennessee.

"Try a Little Tenderness" is a song written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, and Harry M. Woods. It was first recorded on December 8, 1932, by the Ray Noble Orchestra (with vocals by Val Rosing). Ted Lewis (Columbia 2748 D) and Ruth Etting (Melotone 12625) had hits with it in 1933. Bing Crosby also recorded it on January 9, 1933 for Brunswick Records. The song appears in Dr. Strangelove (1964) and Pretty in Pink (1986).

A popular version in an entirely new form was recorded by soul artist Otis Redding in 1966. Redding was backed on his version by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, and Stax staff producer Isaac Hayes worked on the arrangement. Redding's recording features a slow, soulful opening that eventually builds into a frenetic R&B conclusion, incorporating elements from the Duke Ellington–Lee Gaines song "Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)" as well as the words "sock it to me." It peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been named on a number of "best songs of all time" lists, including those from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is in the 204th position on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. A live version performed in 1967 at the Monterey International Pop Festival was also recorded.