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Posts in 4/05: A Proper Sendoff
You might even prefer it... (1.09)

Bobby: Thank you, Anthony. It's such a treat watching you work.

Anthony Mangieri: It's good to love what you do. Enjoy, guys.

Bobby: Thank you. Man. So, to our new AG. Long may he rule.

Rebecca: Bravo.

Chuck: Thank you. Uh It's an honor all around Wendy's first night out in a month.

Wendy: Well, the chance at a perfect pizza in total privacy was too much to pass up.

Chuck: Privacy? If the only way I could eat this pizza was naked, in the middle of Times Square, I would.

Wendy: You would. You might even prefer it. The problem is, you'd be sure to undress me, too. Whether I wanted it or not.

Chuck: You're doing this, here?

Wendy: You did it.

This scene features a cameo appearance by Anthony Mangieri and takes place at his restaurant, Una Pizza Napoletana, in downtown New York. Listen to his full story on Brian Koppelman’s podcast The Moment here.

I have made a move.... (7.58)

Taylor: When our reduced AUM goes public, our investors will be wondering about our stability and flowing out with him.

Mafee: I still look at you like Vincent Vega did Jules Winnfield the smartest and toughest fella in the room.

Taylor: Thank you, Mafee. But I really don't need people telling me how smart I am. I don't feel very smart at the moment. I built a turbo engine here and the nitrous tank blew up in my face.

Sara: So we've learned that lesson and now: we do the thing you do best. Both of you. Go invest in undervalued equities. Let me do the thing I do best: create the most helpful environment in which for you do it.

Taylor: Yes.

Sara: To that end, I have made a move. Investor Relations. You know how Winston Wolfe solved dead body problems? This one solves dead balance sheet problems.

These are all characters from Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 masterpiece Pulp Fiction, an American crime film  based on a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman, it tells several stories of criminal Los Angeles. The film's title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue. Tarantino wrote Pulp Fiction in 1992 and 1993, incorporating scenes that Avary originally wrote for True Romance (1993). Its plot occurs out of chronological order. The film is also self-referential from its opening moments, beginning with a title card that gives two dictionary definitions of "pulp". Considerable screen time is devoted to monologues and casual conversations with eclectic dialogue revealing each character's perspectives on several subjects, and the film features an ironic combination of humor and strong violence. TriStar Pictures reportedly turned down the script as "too demented". Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein was enthralled, however, and the film became the first that Miramax fully financed.

Like Richard Petty did Daytona... (9.46)

Bobby: Johnny-Boy! How's the fund?

John Rice: We're crushing it like Richard Petty did Daytona.

Bobby: That's an age-weighted reference for my benefit, isn't it. Noted and appreciated.

Richard Lee Petty (born July 2, 1937), nicknamed The King, is a former NASCAR driver who raced from 1958 to 1992 in the former NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup Series (now called the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series). He was the first driver to win the NASCAR Cup Championship seven times (Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson are the only other drivers to accomplish this feat), winning a record 200 races during his career, winning the Daytona 500 a record seven times, and winning a record 27 races (10 of them consecutively) in the 1967 season alone. Statistically, he is the most accomplished driver in the history of the sport and is one of the most respected figures in motorsports as a whole. He also collected a record number of poles (127) and over 700 Top 10 finishes in his record 1,184 starts, including 513 consecutive starts from 1971–1989. Petty was the only driver to ever win in his 500th race start, until Matt Kenseth joined him in 2013. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010. Petty remains very active, as both a NASCAR team owner (Richard Petty Motorsports) in the Cup Series and owner of Petty's Garage (car restoration and modification shop) in Level Cross, North Carolina.

An age weighted reference... (11.09)

Bobby: Talk more. About how that gratitude results in you spitting my capital back in my face like Furiosa did to Nux in Fury Road.

John Rice: An age weighted reference. Noted and appreciated.

Bobby: Uh huh.

Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 post-apocalyptic action film co-written, produced, and directed by George Miller. Miller collaborated with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris on the screenplay. The fourth installment and a revisiting of the Mad Max franchise, it is a joint Australian-American venture produced by Kennedy Miller Mitchell, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, and Village Roadshow Pictures. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland where petrol and water are scarce commodities. It follows Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), who joins forces with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) to flee from cult leader Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and his army in an armoured tanker truck, leading to a lengthy road battle. The film also features Nicholas Hoult (as Nux), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, and Courtney Eaton.

Chaplin came in for the steak... (23.42)

Chuck: Don't remember you ever actually shopping, Dad.

Charles Snr: My little blue helper. I can't send the girl to pick it up. Hard to explain when your mother confides in her that we haven't coupled since Tony Orlando last charted.

Chuck: No son should hear that kind of…

Charles Snr: You should, Sonny. Look around. What do you see?

Chuck: Pantyhose and deodorant.

Charles Snr: Before there was a Duane Reade on every corner, this, and places like it, is where history got made. This was Toots Shor's place. Chaplin came in for the steak. I once witnessed Shor himself drink Jackie Gleason under the table. But more importantly, half the Albany power brokers enjoyed cocktails and rubbed shoulders with mobsters and Broadway stars in here.

Chuck: This is where you met Black Jack Foley.

Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis (born April 3, 1944), known professionally as Tony Orlando, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, music executive, and actor, known for the group Tony Orlando and Dawn and their 1970s hits. Orlando formed the doowop group The Five Gents in 1959 at the age of 15, with whom he recorded demos, and got the attention of music publisher and producer Don Kirshner. At the age of 17, in 1961, Orlando had his first hit with the song "Ding Dong" on the MILO record label. Kirshner hired him to write songs at 1650 Broadway, Manhattan as part New York's thriving Brill Building songwriting community, along with other songwriters Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Toni Wine, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, and Tom and Jerry, who didn’t make it in the office until they later changed their name to Simon and Garfunkel. Orlando was also hired to sing on songwriter demos, and singles released with Orlando as a solo artist began to hit the charts in the US and the UK beginning in 1961 with "Halfway to Paradise" and "Bless You" when he was 16. Orlando continued as a solo artist and also became a producer himself, as well as a successful music executive in the late 1960s. He was hired by Clive Davis as the general manager of Columbia Records' publishing imprint, April-Blackwood Music in 1967, and by the late 1960s had been promoted to vice-president of Columbia/CBS Music.

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona, "The Tramp", and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977, and encompassed both adulation and controversy.

Toots Shor's Restaurant was a restaurant and lounge owned and operated by Bernard "Toots" Shor at 51 West 51st Street in Manhattan during the 1940s and 1950s. Its oversized circular bar was a New York landmark. It was frequented by celebrities, and together with the 21 Club, the Stork Club, and El Morocco was one of the places to see and be seen. Joe DiMaggio often went there to eat, and that helped make it famous. Toots was said to do personal favors for Joe as well, at no cost. Jackie Gleason always ate there for free. Other notable guests included Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Orson Welles, Yogi Berra, and Ernest Hemingway (Berra and Hemingway allegedly met there).

John Herbert Gleason (February 26, 1916 – June 24, 1987) was an American comedian, actor, writer, composer and conductor. Developing a style and characters from growing up in Brooklyn, New York, he was known for his brash visual and verbal comedy, exemplified by his bus driver Ralph Kramden character in the television series The Honeymooners. By filming the episodes with Electronicams, Gleason was later able to release the series in syndication, which increased its popularity over the years with new audiences. He also developed The Jackie Gleason Show, which maintained high ratings from the mid-1950s through 1970. After originating in New York City, filming moved to Miami Beach, Florida, in 1964 after Gleason took up permanent residence there. Among his notable film roles were Minnesota Fats in 1961's The Hustler (co-starring with Paul Newman), and Buford T. Justice in the Smokey and the Bandit series from 1977 into the early 1980s (co-starring  Burt Reynolds).

She's a national treasure.... (27.10)

Wendy: Wags?

Wags; Smoother? Any difference? This thing's supposed to zap wrinkles.

Wendy: Yeah, you look like Benjamin Button. So, Rudy, what was the name of that, um, apparatus he had?

Wendy: Ah, the Fleshlight. The repository for all of the sadness of the male world.

Wendy: And whose model was it?

Wendy: I believe he had the Lisa Ann. She is a first ballot hall of famer. You buying someone a gift? You're password hunting.

Wendy: I need to look at his social media.

Wendy: Rudy's?

Wendy: He'll be the easiest to get into. I tried to get a keystroke log from IT, but they erase every two weeks. Chuck opened up a part of my private life when he made that speech. Made me vulnerable. Any employee's vulnerability is a threat to Axe Cap and our business. So I need to know what our enemies are saying. They're saying plenty. Other firms. I went down a rabbit hole. But Rudy is in contact with our chief enemy, so… 'Password is no longer valid'. He changed it.

Wendy: May I? Nicole Aniston. Blair Williams. No. Wait. Cory Chase. If you're a Lisa Ann fan, you're a Cory Chase fanatic. She's a national treasure.

Lisa Ann (born May 9, 1972) is an American pornographic actress and radio personality. She has also worked as a director and talent agent. She has received mainstream notice for parodying former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in six adult films. She is a member of the AVN, XRCO, and Urban X Halls of Fame. Nicole Aniston, Blair Williams and Cory Chase are all also adult movie performers.

Shots and a mechanical bull... (30.36)

Lauren: You got your meeting with the smoke eaters.

Taylor: How?

Lauren: Johnny Utah's. You wanted to know.

Taylor: So, shots and a mechanical bull?

Lauren: And my group of pretty, personable young friends, yes. Those are the raw materials, but what I make of them is the art.

Taylor: And I suddenly understand why I now employ an IR person.

Johnny Utah’s is an underground saloon carved out of a converted bank vault and features New York City’s only mechanical bull.  The Bull, or as we like to call him, Buck, is illuminated by lighting candles (aka the ring of fire).  We’re as western authentic as it gets here on the East Coast.  Our exposed columns, towering ceiling beams, walls lined with safety deposit boxes, and western walls adorned with candlestick light help make Johnny Utah’s the home of cowboys in New York City.”

I just want to go Natalie Wood... (36.00)

John Rice: When I think about managing, much less making, another billion and not feeling that good about it I just want to go Natalie Wood off the side of this thing.

Natalie Wood (born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko; July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was an American actress.  Born in San Francisco to Russian immigrant parents, Wood began her career in film as a child and became a successful Hollywood star as a young adult, receiving three Academy Award nominations before she turned 25 years of age. She began acting in films at the age of four and, at age eight, was given a co-starring role in  Miracle on 34th Street (1947). As a teenager, she earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Rebel Without a Cause (1955). She starred in the musical films West Side Story (1961) and Gypsy (1962), and received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in Splendor in the Grass (1961) and Love with the Proper Stranger (1963). Her career continued with films such as Sex and the Single Girl (1964), Inside Daisy Clover (1964), and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969). Wood drowned on November 29, 1981, at the age of 43. The events surrounding her death have been controversial due to conflicting witness statements,[6] prompting the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 2012 to list her cause of death as "drowning and other undetermined factors".

He was a Caesar... (44.30)

Chuck: How fortunate we all were to live in the time of Jack Foley. One of the last men of might and principle. He was a Caesar. And what did they do at the funeral of a Caesar? At the funeral of Gaius Julius Caesar, a man stood at the rostrum and called out criminals and conspirators. Those in the senate that would sully Caesar's city and dishonor his legacy. And I come today to do the same.

Gaius Julius Caesar (12 or 13 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC),  known by his nomenand cognomen Julius Caesar, was a Roman politician, military general, and historian who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. He also wrote Latin prose. In 60 BC, Caesar, Crassus and Pompey formed the First Triumvirate, a political alliance that dominated Roman politics for several years. Their attempts to amass power as Populares were opposed by the Optimates within the Roman Senate, among them Cato the Younger with the frequent support of Cicero. Caesar rose to become one of the most powerful politicians in the Roman Republic through a number of his accomplishments, notably his victories in the Gallic Wars, completed by 51 BC. During this time, Caesar became the first Roman general to cross both the English Channel and the Rhine River, when he built a bridge across the Rhine and crossed the Channel to invade Britain. Caesar's wars extended Rome's territory to Britain and past Gaul. These achievements granted him unmatched military power and threatened to eclipse the standing of Pompey, who had realigned himself with the Senate after the death of Crassus in 53 BC. With the Gallic Wars concluded, the Senate ordered Caesar to step down from his military command and return to Rome. Leaving his command in Gaul meant losing his immunity from being charged as a criminal for waging unsanctioned wars. As a result, Caesar found himself with no other options but to cross the Rubicon with the 13th Legion, leaving his province and illegally entering Roman Italy under arms. This began Caesar's civil war, and his victory in the war put him in an unrivaled position of power and influence.

I never thought.... (51.35)

Ari Spyros: I never thought I'd be part of a real life Wannsee Conference… Or that it would be so much fun.

The Wannsee Conference was a meeting of senior government officials of Nazi Germany and Schutzstaffel (SS) leaders, held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee on 20 January 1942. The purpose of the conference, called by the director of the Reich Main Security Office SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, was to ensure the cooperation of administrative leaders of various government departments in the implementation of the Final solution to the Jewish question (German: Endlösung der Judenfrage), whereby most of the Jews of German-occupied Europe would be deported to occupied Poland and murdered. Conference attendees included representatives from several government ministries, including state secretaries from the Foreign Office, the justice, interior, and state ministries, and representatives from the SS. In the course of the meeting, Heydrich outlined how European Jews would be rounded up and sent to extermination camps in the General Government (the occupied part of Poland), where they would be killed.

It has been pointed out to me that this reference is more specifically to Conspiracy, the 2001 HBO docudrama about the conference, starring Kenneth Branagh and Stanley Tucci. It has many instances of the table-pounding that we saw in this episode.

Everyone piled on... (52.46)

Wendy: I had Rudy's sad social media password, saw what the Mason Capital folks were saying.

Bobby: How bad?

Wendy: About what you'd expect. Gifs, photoshops of my head on Dita Von Teese's body.

Bobby: Mm.

Wendy: Everyone piled on. Except Taylor.

Dita Von Teese (born Heather Renée Sweet; September 28, 1972) is an American vedette, burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, entrepreneur, singer, and actress. She is credited with re-popularizing burlesque performance, earning the moniker "Queen of Burlesque".