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The luxe life rolls on unabated... (2.30)

Infiltration of Axelrod's penthouse involves the highest degree of difficulty. However, he will be at Art Basel in three weeks.

Chuck: The luxe life rolls on unabated.

Mechanical work is scheduled while he's away. I will, uh, execute then.

Art Basel is a for-profit, privately owned and managed international art fair staged annually in Basel, Switzerland, Miami Beach, Florida, and Hong Kong, selling established and emerging artists. The commercial fairs also offer parallel programming produced in collaboration with the host city’s local institutions. While Art Basel provides a platform for galleries to show and sell their work to buyers, it also attracts a large international audience of art spectators and students.

As locked down as a Firstie at West Point... (7.21)

Jack Foley: I need to know you're squared away.

Chuck: I’m as locked down as a Firstie at West Point, sir.

The United States Military Academy (USMA), also known as West Point, Army, Army West Point,[6] The Academy, or simply The Point, is a four-year federal service academy in West Point, New York. It was originally established as a fort that sits on strategic high ground overlooking the Hudson River with a scenic view, 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City. It is one of the five U.S. service academies.

The Academy traces its roots to 1801, when President Thomas Jefferson directed, shortly after his inauguration, that plans be set in motion to establish the United States Military Academy at West Point. The entire central campus is a national landmark and home to scores of historic sites, buildings, and monuments. The majority of the campus's Norman-style buildings are constructed from gray and black granite. The campus is a popular tourist destination, with a visitor center and the oldest museum in the United States Army.

Their final year at the Academy Cadets now have the distinction of being "Firsties." They have progressed through an incredible amount of learning and changing during the past three years. In this year they will find out what their first assignment will be when they graduate in May as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army. By the fall after their graduation, most of these new Second Lieutenants will have reached their first duty stations and begun their careers as military officers. 

Do what Mr. Knievel always did... (10.16)

Dake: You know Axelrod is guilty. Carry yourself with confidence in the courtroom, and DeGiulio will know it, too.

Bryan: Confidence? Not even Evel Knievel could jump the gap between what I know and what I can prove.

Dake: Then I suggest you do what Mr. Knievel always did. Rev her high. Pray for mercy. Try to put her down on the ramp. And hope you are one of the elect.

Robert Craig Knievel Jr. (October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007), professionally known as Evel Knievel, was an American stunt performer and entertainer. Over the course of his career, he attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps; in 1974, he failed an attempted canyon jump across Snake River Canyon in the Skycycle X-2, a steam-powered rocket. Knievel was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. He died of pulmonary disease in Clearwater, Florida, in 2007, aged 69.

Move me... (10.30)

DeGiulio: Mr. Bach, it's your motion. Move me.

Orrin Bach: I will. Like Brian's Song. Because like Mr. Piccolo's sad, short life, Prosecution's case starts off hopeful but ends in an untimely demise.

Brian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian Piccolo (played by James Caan), a Chicago Bearsfootball player stricken with terminal cancer after turning pro in 1965, told through his friendship with Bears teammate Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams). Piccolo's and Sayers's sharply differing temperaments and racial backgrounds made them unlikely to become as close friends as they did, including becoming the first interracial roommates in the history of the National Football League, and the film chronicles the evolution of their friendship, ending with Piccolo's death in 1970. The production was such a success on ABC that it was later shown in theaters by Columbia Pictures with a major premiere in Chicago; however, it was soon withdrawn due to a lack of business.[1] Critics have called the movie one of the finest telefilms ever made. A 2005 readers poll taken by Entertainment Weekly ranked 'Brian's Song' seventh in its list of the top "guy-cry" films ever made.

You can't fake the funk... (12.19)

DeGuilio: You a music fan, Mr. Connerty?

Connerty: Sure. Much as the next guy. Yo-Yo Ma, Clancy Brothers and such.

DeGuilio: I'm thinking of the great George Clinton. Who most famously said, "Free your mind and your ass will follow." But only slightly less known and far more apt in the case at bar is, "You can't fake the funk." As much as I want to dance to your tune, if the groove isn't fat enough, I'm just gonna stand in place. And right now, my feet aren't tapping. That said, I don't think you're lying. I'm splitting the baby. I'm granting Mr. Connerty one more week. At that time, the prosecution will produce evidence compelling enough to sustain the case. Or I will grant Mr. Axelrod his dismissal.

Yo-Yo Ma (born October 7, 1955) is a Chinese-American cellist. Born in Paris, he spent his schooling years in New York City and was a child prodigy, performing from the age of four and a half. He graduated from the Juilliard School and Harvard University, and has performed as a soloist with orchestras around the world. He has recorded more than 90 albums and received 19 Grammy Awards.

The Clancy Brothers were an influential Irish folk group that initially developed as a part of the American folk music revival. Most popular in the 1960s, they were famed for their trademark Aran jumpers and are widely credited with popularising Irish traditional music in the United States and revitalising it in Ireland, paving the way for an Irish folk boom with groups like the Dubliners and the Wolfe Tones.

George Edward Clinton (born July 22, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer. His Parliament-Funkadeliccollective (which primarily recorded under the distinct band names Parliament and Funkadelic) developed an influential and eclectic form of funk music during the 1970s that drew on science-fiction, outlandish fashion, psychedelic culture, and surreal humor. He launched a solo career in 1981, and would go on to influence 1990s hip-hop and G-funk. He is regarded, along with James Brown and Sly Stone, as one of the foremost innovators of funk music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, alongside 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. In 2019, he and Parliament-Funkadelic will be given Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards.

You're meant for this shit... (20.50)

DeGuilio: No! Why the hell would you risk coming to my chambers just to turn heel and walk out? What weak cheese is that?

Bryan: You said "goodbye."

DeGuilio: I'm a judge. I give orders all day. You're a litigator. You find a way to disobey them without getting nailed for it.

Bryan: Then I'm not leaving until you give me an answer.

DeGuilio: That sensation you're feeling, it's known as The Dip. Seth Godin coined it. Feels like the moment before defeat. It's actually the moment before success. Feels more like Death Valley. You care so fucking much. I love that. I love that. You're meant for this shit. Dig in, man. The world has lost countless artists and artisans and engineers and even politicians who quit because they cared too much to come up short and yet also too much to keep going. You push through that Dip right now, maybe you put Axelrod where he needs to be.


The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) (2007) is the tenth published book by Seth Godin. It is a 76 page book that illustrates the concept of "the dip"—a temporary setback that can be overcome with persistence—and how to recognize if you are within one worth pushing through or one where you should quit.

Seth Godin is an Author, Entrepreneur and Most of All, A teacher. Seth is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker. In addition to launching one of the most popular blogs in the world, he has written 18 best-selling books, including The Dip, Linchpin, Purple Cow, Tribes, and What To Do When It's Your Turn (And It's Always Your Turn). Though renowned for his writing and speaking, Seth also founded two companies, Squidoo and Yoyodyne (acquired by Yahoo!). By focusing on everything from effective marketing and leadership, to the spread of ideas and changing everything, Seth has been able to motivate and inspire countless people around the world. In 2013, Seth was one of just three professionals inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame. In an astonishing turn of events, in May 2018, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame as well. He might be the only person in both.

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I went full Le Carré... (25.00)

Orrin: Exposing Wendy's short could be good for us; I've said it before.

Bobby: Yeah, and I've said: she is off limits. …You still here?

Spyros: Problem is, I already told Connerty. I went full Le Carré.

Bobby: The only reason you're not flying is because these windows don't open.

Wags: And we can't fire you right now because it wouldn't look good. But get the fuck out of our sight. And stay there.

David John Moore Cornwell (born 19 October 1931), better known by the pen name John le Carré is a British author of espionage novels. During the 1950s and 1960s, he worked for both the Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), became an international best-seller and remains one of his best-known works. Following the success of this novel, he left MI6 to become a full-time author. Several of his books have been adapted for film and television. In 2011, he was awarded the Goethe Medal.

Your own personal Oscar Goldman... (30.45)

Bobby: What if I took a plea?

Orrin: I understand you have an attachment to Wendy, but this isn't just a question of you sacrificing yourself. In every battle there are casualties. You're talking about surrendering your kingdom to save a single loyal soldier.

Bobby: She saved me. And she's not just a loyal soldier, she's the company's fucking spirit animal. My people come unglued, she puts them back together, and better than they were before.

Orrin: Your own personal Oscar Goldman.

Bobby: If you will. You owe her, too. That spread of yours out in Sagaponack? You wouldn't have that without me, and I wouldn't have Axe Cap without her.

Oscar Goldman is a fictional character created by Martin Caidin and introduced in his 1972 novel Cyborg. In the 1970s, he was portrayed by Richard Anderson in both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman television series which were based upon Cyborg. He served as the bionic heroes', Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers, immediate superior.

Sagaponack is a village in the Town of Southampton in Suffolk County, New York, United States, on the East End of Long Island. The village was incorporated on September 2, 2005. Sagaponack was named the most expensive zip code in 2018, making the village consistently the most expensive property market and summer community in the United States. The median price of a home in a Sagaponack, at $8.5 million, was more than double the second richest locale, Atherton, and nearly 3x other similarly pricey communities such as seventh-place Bridgehampton.

We kept our heads down and grinded... (35.38)

Taylor: You came to help me with the algorithm?

Oscar: To keep you company. You don't need my help.

Taylor: I'm grateful, but I have to wonder if this is really the best use of your time. Or your jet.

Oscar: This morning you got me thinking about my first job in Silicon Valley. The whole time I worked there, we never knew if the company was gonna be alive at the end of the day.

Taylor: So?

Oscar: We kept our heads down and grinded. My work was exciting. But there were nights I'd be in my cube, the only one around. I remember feeling like it would've been nice to have someone around to play Dragon Quest with.

Taylor: We'll go to my place. I'll get my coat.

Dragon Quest, published as Dragon Warrior in North America until 2005, is a series of Japanese role-playing video games created by Yuji Horii and his studio Armor Project. The games are published by Square Enix (formerly Enix), with localized versions of later installments for the Nintendo DS and 3DS being published by Nintendo outside of Japan. With its first title published in 1986, there are eleven main-series titles, along with numerous spin-off games. In addition, there have been numerous mangas, animes and novels published under the franchise, with nearly every game in the main series having a related adaptation. The series has had a significant impact on the development of console role-playing games, and introduced a number of features to the genre. Installments of the series have appeared on various computers, consoles, handheld devices, and mobile phones.

I'm gonna miss you... (42.55)

Bobby: You know what this reminds me of? The night we cracked ten billion.

Wags: You and me, night fishing off City Island. What a beautiful fucking night. Stars out, stripers hitting.

Bobby: One tub full of fish, the other tub full of bourbon.

Wags: Most newly minted deca-billionaires would have checked out with a few Spiegler girls and enough mushrooms for a three day binge in Chamonix.

Bobby: How often do you get to come home at dawn with six striped bass in your trunk? Jesus, what the fuck happened.

Wags: You fought the law. The law won.

Bobby: I'm going out to face them alone. You slip out the back. I'll be fine.

Wags: Yeah, you will.

Bobby: So will you.

Wags: I'm gonna miss you.

Bobby: Thanks for the friendship.

Spiegler Girls is an American talent agency for pornographic actresses founded by Mark Spiegler and often regarded as being among the adult film industry's top agencies. Mark Spiegler was inducted into the AVN (Adult Video News) Hall of Fame in 2012.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, more commonly known as Chamonix (formerly spelled Chamounix), is a commune in the Haute-Savoiedépartement in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924.  Situated to the north of Mont Blanc, and near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and most notably the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France. The Chamonix commune is popular with skiers and mountain enthusiasts, and via the cable car lift to the Aiguille du Midi it is possible to access the off-piste (backcountry) ski run of the Vallée Blanche.

Very much how I'd like to go... (40.01)

Bobby: If I ever do have a last supper, it's gonna be hard to top this.

Wags: Which is why I wanted you to have the ortolan tonight, commander, as a reminder of how alive you yet are.

Bobby: Wylie, how do I eat it?

Wylie Dufresne: Whole, sir. In France, ortolan were only ever to be eaten by royalty or in the monasteries. And hunters would bring them as absolute tribute for being allowed to work the land. The birds are trapped where grapes grow so their insides have the flavor of the terroir, [Wylie] the taste, of the land, all the way down to the guts and the bones. Which is why we don't carve them.

Wags: It's against the law to eat them in France now, isn't it? 

Wylie Dufresne: Illegal the world over. Because there are those who don't recognize what truly matters.

Wags: Because they're so delicious? 

Wylie: Because, in a crueler time, they were blinded. Their eyes would be gouged out so they would think it was nighttime, which makes them ravenous. So they would gorge themselves until they were three times their natural size. That we don't do anymore. But it's still death by Armagnac, they're drowned in it.

Wags: Very much how I'd like to go.

The ortolan (Emberiza hortulana) or ortolan bunting, is a bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a passerine family now separated by most modern scholars from the finches, Fringillidae. The genus name Emberiza is from Old High German Embritz, a bunting. The specific hortulana is from the Italian name for this bird, ortolana. The English ortolan is derived from Middle French hortolan, "gardener".

The ortolan is served in French cuisine, typically cooked and eaten whole. Traditionally diners cover their heads with their napkin, or a towel while eating the delicacy. The bird is so widely used that its French populations dropped dangerously low, leading to laws restricting its use in 1999. In September 2007, the French government announced its intent to enforce long-ignored laws protecting the bird. It was famously eaten as the last New Year's Eve meal of former French President François Mitterrand before he died in early 1996.

The birds are caught with nets set during their autumn migratory flight to Africa. They are then kept in covered cages or boxes. The birds react to the dark cage by gorging themselves on grain, usually millet seed, until they double their bulk. Roman Emperors stabbed out ortolans’ eyes in order to make the birds think it was night, making them eat even more. The birds are then thrown into a container of Armagnac, which both drowns and marinates the birds. The bird is roasted for eight minutes and then plucked. The consumer then places the bird feet first into their mouth while holding onto the bird's head. The ortolan is then eaten whole, with or without the head and the consumer spits out the larger bones. The traditional way French gourmands eat ortolans is to cover their heads and face with a large napkin or towel while consuming the bird. The purpose of the towel is debated. Some claim it is to retain the maximum aroma with the flavour as they consume the entire bird at once, others have stated "Tradition dictates that this is to shield – from God’s eyes – the shame of such a decadent and disgraceful act", and others have suggested the towel hides the consumers spitting out bones. This use of the towel was begun by a priest, a friend of Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.

Break that fucking stick... (48.48)

Wendy: What do you do when there's no play to be made? When no matter what you choose, it'll end in disaster?

Jack Foley: Classic double-bind. There's a Zen koan where the teacher holds a stick. He says to his student, "If you tell me this stick is real, "I will beat you with it. "If you tell me it is not real, I will beat you with it. If you say nothing, I will beat you with it." And so, the student reaches out, grabs the stick, and breaks it. If a situation is untenable, Mrs. Rhoades, you break that fucking stick.

kōan is a story, dialogue, question, or statement which is used in Zen practice to provoke the "great doubt" and to practice or test a student's progress in Zen.