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Oh, my God... (1.30)

Sacker: I can't believe you brought me here. Thank you.

Chuck: I was surprised to learn the viral videos so afflicted you.

Sacker: Oh. They don't usually but I mean - Oh, my God. Oh!

Chuck: You know we could just order the tomahawk and have him do his whole thing here at the table.

Sacker: Uh, no. I'm all right looking at the eclipse through the cereal box.

This was a whole viral video thing. Nusret Gökçe (born in 1983), nicknamed Salt Bae, is a Turkish butcher, chef, and restaurateur, who owns Nusr-Et, a chain of steak houses. His technique for preparing and seasoning meat became an internet sensation.

A pariah at Zabar's... (2.12)

Karl: Texas is a bizarro world. Jock Jeffcoat's a pariah at Zabar's but he's the second coming on the 29th parallel.

Zabar's is a specialty food store at 2245 Broadway and 80th Street, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, founded by Louis Zabar. It is one of the best known commercial landmarks of the neighborhood, and is known for its selection of bagels, smoked fish, olives, and cheeses.  Zabar's is frequently referenced in popular culture. It is mentioned in the 1998 film You've Got Mail, the 2009 TV series V, and episodes of Northern Exposure, Will & Grace, Dream On,  The Green Inferno, How I Met Your Mother, Mad About You, Friends, Sex and the City, Broad City, The Nanny, Seinfeld, The Simpsons,  The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,  30 Rock, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Hart of Dixie, Castle, Episodes, Pardon the Interruption, Law & Order, Saturday Night Live and Gossip Girl.

Of course to Taiga... (3.49)

Chuck: You're married. To Taiga.

Ira:

Chuck: Who was the best man?

Ira: There wasn't one.

Chuck: Come on.

Ira: Shapiro.

Chuck: Oh. Shit Really?

Ira: I'm sorry you could only to do it at 50 percent of my weddings. Wouldn't have made you Cal Ripken, but it would have been nice to keep the streak going.

Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr. (born August 24, 1960), nicknamed "The Iron Man", is an American former baseball shortstop and third baseman who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles (1981–2001). One of his position's most offensively productive players, Ripken compiled 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, and 1,695 runs batted in during his career, and he won two Gold Glove Awards for his defense. He was a 19-time All-Star and was twice named American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP). Ripken holds the record for consecutive games played, 2,632, surpassing Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 that had stood for 56 years and that many deemed unbreakable. In 2007, he was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, and currently has the fourth highest voting percentage of all time (98.53%).

Lean down or bulk up?... (8.44)

Pete Decker: Do you want to lean down or bulk up? Because either way, suck my dick.

Chuck: Is this how one runs a service business?

Pete Decker: Whatever I'm doing, it seems to be working. Because I invested in one. And now I got five.

Ah. Some guys just stumble into money. Like Leonard Cohen into the Chelsea Hotel.

Leonard Norman Cohen CC GOQ (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality and romantic relationships. Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. In 2011, Cohen received one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize.

The Hotel Chelsea – also called the Chelsea Hotel, or simply the Chelsea – is a historic New York City hotel and landmark built between 1883 and 1885, known primarily for the notability of its residents over the years. The 250-unit hotel is located at 222 West 23rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, in the neighborhood of Chelsea, Manhattan. The building has been a designated New York City landmarksince 1966, and on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977.

It has been the home of numerous writers, musicians, artists and actors. Though the Chelsea no longer accepts new long-term residencies, the building is still home to many who lived there before the change in policy. Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey while staying at the Chelsea, and poets Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso chose it as a place for philosophical and artistic exchange. It is also known as the place where the writer Dylan Thomas was staying in room 205 when he became ill and died several days later, in a local hospital, of pneumonia on November 9, 1953, and where Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, was found stabbed to death on October 12, 1978. Arthur Miller wrote a short piece, "The Chelsea Affect", describing life at Hotel Chelsea in the early 1960s.

Leonard Cohen lived in room 424, had an affair with Janis Joplin (who was in room 411) in 1968, and later wrote two songs about it, "Chelsea Hotel" and "Chelsea Hotel #2".

That's a helluva pull... (11.00)

Wendy: What's the mood down there?

Wags: They've got that lean and hungry look.

Bobby: Like to leave 'em that way. Let the hunger set in. Starvation, in small doses, triggers an increase in energy, clarity, aggression

Wags: Right up until it kills you.

Wendy: You gotta feed 'em something.

Bobby: Why? I make the decisions, do all the heavy-lifting, actually earn the money.

Wendy: Mortimer Duke said it best: No getting around the old minimum wage.

Bobby: Actually, that was said to Mortimer Duke, but that's a helluva pull.

This is another nod to Trading Places in which Mortimer Duke is a character played by Don Ameche.

I got my Kevin Rooney... (12.42)

Wags: First time in the ring without training in Catskill with Cus. You ready?

Bobby: Yeah. I got my Kevin Rooney. I'll be fine.

Constantine "Cus" D'Amato (January 17, 1908 – November 4, 1985) was an American boxing manager and trainer who handled the careers of Mike Tyson, Floyd Patterson, and José Torres; all went on to become members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Several successful boxing trainers, including Teddy Atlas, Kevin Rooney and Joe Fariello, were tutored by D'Amato. He was a proponent of the peek-a-boo style of boxing, in which the fighter holds his gloves close to his cheeks and pulls his arms tight against his torso. The style was criticized by some because it was believed that an efficient attack could not be launched from it. Catskill became his home base and the location of his gym.

Kevin Rooney (born May 4, 1956 in Staten Island, New York) is an American former boxer and a current boxing trainer. He was portrayed by Clark Gregg in the 1995 movie Tyson and by Aaron Eckhart in the 2016 movie Bleed for This. Rooney was the second-closest trainer to young Mike Tyson, after D'Amato himself, who was also Tyson's adoptive father and is most familiar with Cus D'Amato's famed "Peek-a-Boo" boxing style. Rooney has continued to train fighters, working most notably with Vinny Paz who after hooking up with Rooney, won the light middleweight title.

I kept us alive... (13.21)

Taylor: I did more than just run your money. I kept us alive. I killed it at the Idea Dinner. I convinced the Street that night, and every day since, that there was always someone at the helm. I got us through a natural disaster. I all but closed Kansas City before Ben Kim went Thunder From Down Under on them. And let's not forget that I was key in making up the shortfall from Grigor's redemption, at great personal cost.

Australia's Thunder from Down Under is an Australian male revue who perform in Las Vegas, NV and tour internationally. The show is a 90-minute, interactive performance with choreographed dance and flashing lights. Their main competitor is Chippendales. The show is co-owned by Adam Steck and founder Billy Cross.

Since its debut in 1991, nearly 10 million people have watched them perform. Originally, the show uses the Australian practice of no tipping as a way to attract audiences. Their first show was in an old theater in The Frontier in '01 and booked a show in the Excalibur Hotel in '02. Since then, Thunder has toured over 15 countries including Russia, England, Canada, South Africa, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Ireland and, in 2017, will be headed to Thailand and China as well. Each year, the group releases an annual calendar featuring the dancers and releases a documentary of the shoot.

This is gonna be fun... (15.04)

Bonnie: I'd like half a million.

Bobby: You just got here. Your signing bonus is your comp.

Bonnie: I didn't say I deserved half a million. But you rarely get what you don't ask for. So I'm fucking asking. Otherwise, why are we doing this?

Bobby: We've never talked one-on-one. I wanted to get a hit off of you.

Bonnie: I hit like the Purple People Eaters. So be careful what you wish for.

Bobby: Oh. This is gonna be fun.


American football ref., of course. Purple People Eaters were the defensive line of the Minnesota Vikings from the late 1960s to the late 1970s. The term is a reference to a popular song from 1958, the efficiency of the defense, and the color of their uniforms. The motto of the Purple People Eaters was "Meet at the quarterback."

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Oooh, working stiff... (15.21)

Mafee: I believe I've proved my value. Don't need to justify a thing to you at this point.

Bobby: Oooh, working stiff. Just like your personal totem, The Undertaker.

Mafee: Do you have people feeding you this shit about us ahead of time?

Bobby: Thing is, for the last couple of weeks, I haven't really felt your presence.

Mafee: You saying I've been coasting.

Bobby: I'm saying there's no garbage time at Axe Capital. Every minute of every quarter matters. No scrubs get playing time. And even if you are my MVP at the All-Star break, if you stop performing, you will be replaced.

Mafee: Pay me what you're gonna pay me. Save the pep talks for someone who needs 'em.

Bobby: I think I like that version of you. But I could hate it another time.

Mafee: Ok.

Bobby: What you did with the Wendy thing aside, and it's hard to put it aside, I'm paying you 1.3, a personal record. On top of your other bonus that's more than a two-ball for this year. But that is not a repeatable trick. When we're here 12 months from now, if you're not still bodyslamming like uh King Kong Bundy

Mafee: Did you pretend not to remember that to make me feel good?

Bobby: Goodbye Mafee.

Mafee is a big WWE wresting fan. Mark William Calaway (born March 24, 1965), better known by the ring name The Undertaker, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE. Regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, Calaway began his wrestling career in 1984, working under various gimmicks for World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) and other affiliate promotions. After signing for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1989, he enjoyed a brief stint as a mid-card performer named "Mean Mark" Callous, prior to joining the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 1990. In WWE, Calaway was rebranded as "The Undertaker", and gained significant mainstream popularity as a horror-themed, macabre entity who employed scare tactics and held links to the supernatural.

Christopher Alan Pallies (November 7, 1957 – March 4, 2019) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, King Kong Bundy. He is best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the mid-1980s and mid-1990s. He wrestled in the main event of WrestleMania 2 in 1986, facing  Hulk Hogan in a steel cage match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.

The bitch is a booster... (17.57)

Chuck: Ira, uh, this is Pete Decker. He's in the health and conditioning industry.

Ira: Is this a bailout?

Chuck: More like an intervention. Tell him what you told me, Pete.

Decker: The bitch is a booster. The bitch is a born thief.

Ira: You talking about my wife? You looked into her?

Chuck: She needed looking into, so I looked.

I never would’ve got this one. Thanks to Brian Koppelman for the heads up! Decker is lifting these lines from House of Games the 1987 movie written and directed by David Mamet in which a psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.

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It's not about money... (25.51)

Bobby: Taylor is about to get paid the same as James Harden. You think they can't get by on that?

Wendy: It's not about money.

Bobby: They keep demanding more of it.

Wendy: Because you're not giving them what's more important than money. So money is all that's left.

James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Arizona State, where he was named a consensus All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2009. Harden was selected with the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 2012, he was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year with the Thunder and helped the team reach the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Miami Heat in five games. Harden was traded to Houston before the 2012–13 NBA season. During his tenure with the Rockets, he became one of the NBA's most prolific scorers and earned recognition as the best shooting guard in the NBA, as well as one of the top overall players in the league. In 2018, Harden led the league in scoring and was named the NBA Most Valuable Player. He is a seven-time NBA All-Star, and has earned All-NBA Team honors five times, including four times to the first team.

Gates plays dollar poker... (26.48)

Wendy: Gates plays dollar poker. Buffett eats a drive in hamburger every day. There's no amount of money that frees you from being a person, from interacting with others. Those guys know that. You know that. It used to be an investment pitch entailed them begging you to take their money. Now you've got to peddle your wares along with everyone else.

William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian. He is best known as the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, CEO and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014.

Warren Buffett has come up already.

The bloodshed and the cover-up... (27.40)

Sacker: The head of Texas South Cable likes to hire undocumented workers and pay them under the table. Drivers, nannies, landscapers.

Karl: But this guy still spends weekends with Jock and his brother, Zeb. Even if we manage to spook him, how can we make sure he doesn't run to Jock, who then treats us to our own personal My Lai Massacre. The bloodshed and the cover-up.

The Mỹ Lai Massacre was the Vietnam War mass murder of unarmed South Vietnamese civilians by U.S. troops in Sơn Tịnh District, South Vietnam, on 16 March 1968. Between 347 and 504 unarmed people were killed by the U.S. Army soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade, 23rd (Americal) Infantry Division. Victims included men, women, children, and infants. Some of the women were gang-raped and their bodies mutilated as were children as young as 12. Twenty-six soldiers were charged with criminal offenses, but only Lieutenant William Calley Jr., a platoon leader in C Company, was convicted. Found guilty of killing 22 villagers, he was originally given a life sentence, but served only three and a half years under house arrest. The massacre, which was later called "the most shocking episode of the Vietnam War",  took place in two hamlets of Sơn Mỹ village in Quảng Ngãi Province. These hamlets were marked on the U.S. Army topographic maps as Mỹ Lai and Mỹ Khê.

Disorder in the house... (30.24)

Wendy: Are you ever coming to bed?

Chuck: I could try to sleep, but I know I won't. I didn't want to keep you up. I seem to have done that anyway.

Wendy: Mm. Jock?

Chuck: Yeah. It's that. Sure. But more than that, it's still Ira. I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams.

Wendy: You've reached Shakespearean levels of insomnia.

Chuck: It's disorder in the house.

Chuck is quoting Hamlet here. Act 2. Scene 2.

Pristine taste in movies... (31.40)

Lara: Why can't you give Taylor what they want?

Bobby: Because it's too much. And what they want can't be given. It needs to be taken.

Lara: And what would you do if they tried to take it?

Bobby: Cut 'em down like I was Connor MacLeod.

Lara: What does it say that you always have to quote the damn Highlander?

Bobby: That I spent some time watching cable TV alone in high school. And that I have pristine taste in movies, even back then.

Lara: Or, that you see every single challenge as a life or death contest to see who's gonna lose their head.

Bobby: Well, kind of is from where I stand.

Connor MacLeod, also known as The Highlander, is a fictional character in the Highlander film series, as well as the television programs Highlander: The Series, and Highlander: The Animated Series. In the films and live-action series, he is portrayed by Christopher Lambert. In the animated series he is voiced by Lorne Kennedy. The character of Connor MacLeod is divided among many separate continuities (the original movie, each sequel, television series, and the animated series).

Highlander is a 1986 British-American fantasy action-adventure film directed by Russell Mulcahy and based on a story by Gregory Widen. It stars Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, and Roxanne Hart. The film chronicles the climax of an ages-old battle among immortalwarriors, depicted through interwoven past and present-day storylines. Christopher Lambert plays swordsman Connor MacLeod from the Scottish Highlands, known as the Highlander, one of a number of immortal warriors who can be killed only by decapitation. After initial training by another highly skilled immortal swordsman, Ramirez (Sean Connery), MacLeod lives on for several centuries, eventually settling in New York City, managing an antiques shop. In 1985, he falls in love with a police forensic scientist named Brenda. He also finds out that he must face his greatest enemy, Kurgan (Clancy Brown), who wishes to kill MacLeod and to obtain "the Prize" – a special ability which is given to the last living immortal warrior, vast knowledge and the ability to enslave the entire human race.

You didn't open it... (35.55)

Karl: You didn't open it.

Chuck: Yeah. I meant to, then I got…

Karl: Oh, no, you gotta open it.

Chuck: Oh, you are so right. I won't wear it 'til we've got him. Bad luck. But once we do, yes, it's gonna be like Chris LeDoux came back to life in here.

Karl: Can't wait to see it.


Chris LeDoux (October 2, 1948 – March 9, 2005) was an American country music singer-songwriter, bronze sculptor, and hall of fame rodeochampion. During his career LeDoux recorded 36 albums (many self-released) which have sold more than six million units in the United States as of January 2007. He was awarded two gold and one platinum album certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), was nominated for a Grammy Award, and was honored with the Academy of Country Music Music Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award. LeDoux is also the only person ever to both participate and perform at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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You just keep popping up... (36.49)

Taiga and I, we're a good fit.

Chuck: I know. You were seeing her before Ira. Before her last boyfriend, too. You just keep popping up in her life, suddenly when things are going well for her. You're like that James Woods character in Casino. Come to think of it, maybe just like James Woods.

Casino is a 1995 American epic crime film directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci. It is based on the nonfiction book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas[4] by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with Scorsese. The two had previously collaborated on Goodfellas. The film marks the eighth collaboration between director Scorsese and De Niro, following Mean Streets (1973); Taxi Driver (1976); New York, New York (1977); Raging Bull (1980); The King of Comedy (1982); Goodfellas (1990); and Cape Fear (1991).

In Casino, De Niro stars as Sam "Ace" Rothstein, a Jewish American gambling handicapper who is called by the Chicago Outfit to oversee the day-to-day operations at the Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas. His character is based on Frank Rosenthal, who ran the Stardust, Fremont, and Haciendacasinos in Las Vegas for the Chicago Outfit from the 1970s until the early 1980s. Pesci plays Nicholas "Nicky" Santoro, based on real-life Mob enforcer Anthony Spilotro, a "made man" who could give Ace the protection he needed. Nicky is sent to Vegas to make sure that money from the Tangiers is skimmed off the top and the mobsters in Vegas are kept in line. Sharon Stone plays Ginger McKenna, Ace's scheming, self-absorbed wife, based on Geri McGee.

Casino was released on November 22, 1995, to a mostly positive critical response, and was a box-office success. Stone's performance was widely praised, earning her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

James Howard Woods (born April 18, 1947) is an American actor, voice actor, and producer. His best-known roles are in Videodrome, Once Upon a Time in America, Casino, and Contact. He has been nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actor for Salvador and Best Supporting Actor for Ghosts of Mississippi. He has been nominated for three Emmy Awards: Promise, My Name Is Bill W., and Hercules. He has won a Golden Globe Award for Promise. On television, he is known for portraying the lead character in Shark (2006–08) and for voice-acting as himself on eight episodes of Family Guy, as well as on one episode of The Simpsons. He has also voice acted as Mike Toreno in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Hades in the Hercules film and TV series, and the Kingdom Heartsseries, Falcon in Stuart Little 2, and Phillium Benedict in Recess: School's Out.