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Posts in 4/06: Recreational Depth
Eat it all... (5.23)

DeGuilio: You're asking me if you can spy on the Attorney General of the State of New York.

Connerty: And his father.

DeGuilio: Sure. Eat it all. Like Big Earl. Whole left side of the menu. Including the Pimlico and the Maryland Fried Chicken.

This one escaped me until Brian Koppelman was kind enough to clarify on Twitter. This is a nod to this scene from Barry Levinson’s 1982 movie classic Diner featuring Big Earl, twenty-two deluxe sandwiches and a fried chicken dinner.

You're finally getting made?... (13.00)

Wags: Kappa Beta Phi. They're opening their books.

Bobby: Oh. You're finally getting made.

Wags: Along with such vaunted names as Bloomberg, Langone, Paul Tudor Jones.

Bobby: Well. They're lucky to have your silky tenor and rough-hewn liver.

Kappa Beta Phi (ΚΒΦ) is a secret society, best known for its Wall Street Chapter that is made up of high-ranking financial executives. The purpose of the organization is largely social and honorific. The current honor society meets once a year at a black-tie dinner to induct new members.

Michael Rubens Bloomberg  (born February 14, 1942) is an American businessman, politician, author, and philanthropist. As of April 2019, his net worth was estimated at $62.1 billion, making him the 6th-richest person in the United States and the 9th richest person in the world. He has joined The Giving Pledge, whereby billionaires pledge to give away at least half of their wealth.

Kenneth Gerard Langone Sr., (born September 16, 1935) is an American billionaire businessman, investor, and philanthropist, best known for organizing financing for the founders of The Home Depot. He has an estimated net worth of $3.4 billion as of February 2018 according to Forbes.

Paul Tudor Jones II (born September 28, 1954) is an American investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. In 1980, he founded his hedge fund, Tudor Investment Corporation, an asset management firm headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. Soon after, he created the Tudor Group, a hedge fund holding company that specializes in fixed income, currencies, equities, and commodities. As of February 2017, Forbes Magazine estimated his net worth to be US$4.7 billion, making him the 120th richest person on the Forbes 400 and the 22nd highest-earning hedge fund manager.

Love the spirit... (15.50)

Victor: I pretexted my way in the door and rather than close a deal for their services, I…

Bobby: You swiped their recommended buys.

Victor: I also skewed the numbers they reported to their competitors so they'd make bad trades.

Bobby: Love the spirit. But that's what's gonna get the government guys firing at you like the end of Bonnie and Clyde.

Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical and crime film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Also featured were Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, and Estelle Parsons. The screenplay was written by David Newman and Robert Benton. Robert Towne and Beatty provided uncredited contributions to the script; Beatty produced the film. The soundtrack was composed by Charles Strouse. Bonnie and Clyde is considered a landmark film, and is regarded as one of the first films of the New Hollywood era, since it broke many cinematic taboos and was popular with the younger generation. For some members of the counterculture, the film was considered to be a "rallying cry." Its success prompted other filmmakers to be more open in presenting sex and violence in their films. The film's ending became iconic as "one of the bloodiest death scenes in cinematic history." The film received Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Estelle Parsons) and Best Cinematography (Burnett Guffey). It was among the first 100 films selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

The restaurant Victor and Bobby are eating in is Haandi at 113 Lexington Avenue.

You are free to work on that... (18.20)

Dollar Bill: How the fuck could Taylor just do this unilaterally?

Bobby: There was a co-conspirator.

Orrin: A co-signer anyway. Mafee.

Dollar Bill: I am gonna grind his bones to make my bread.

Bobby: You are free to work on that. Meanwhile, I gotta put moonlight between me and Victor.

Orrin: The deal is ironclad. This thing can be prosecuted. And will be. It's a Darrell Dunkenstein Griffith slam dunk.

A line from Fe Fi Fo Fum, a historical quatrain (or sometimes couplet) famous for its use in the classic English fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk". The poem, as given in Joseph Jacobs' 1890 rendition, is as follows:

I smell the blood of an Englishman,
Be he alive, or be he dead
I'll grind his bones to make my bread.

Though the rhyme is tetrametric, it follows no consistent metrical foot; however, the respective verses correspond roughly to monosyllabic tetrameter, dactylic tetrameter, trochaic tetrameter, and iambic tetrameter. The poem has historically made use of assonant half rhyme.

Darrell Steven Griffith (born June 16, 1958), also known by his nickname Dr. Dunkenstein, is an American former basketball player who spent his entire professional career with the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association.

Call me Babe Ruth... (20.12)

Douglas: While lattice, or grid fins, offer improved maneuverability. Higher mach speeds reduce drag and…

Taylor: You ready?

Douglas: For pitching and being pitched to? Call me Babe Ruth.

Taylor: Let you go and an 86-year curse ensues?

Douglas: Something like that.

George Herman "BabeRuth Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948) was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting (and some pitching) records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls(2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter still stands as of 2019.[1] Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.

The Curse of the Bambino was a superstition evolving from the failure of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to win the World Series in the 86-year period from 1918 to 2004. While some fans took the curse seriously, most used the expression in a tongue-in-cheek manner. This misfortune began after the Red Sox sold star player Babe Ruth, sometimes nicknamed as "The Bambino", to the New York Yankees in the off-season of 1919–1920. Before that point, the Red Sox had been one of the most successful professional baseball franchises, winning the first World Series and amassing five World Series titles. After the sale, they went without a title for nearly a century as the previously lackluster Yankees became one of the most successful franchises in North American professional sports. The curse became a focal point of the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry over the years.

The original starchitect... (27.30)

Taylor: The four freedoms, as identified by FDR speech, worship, from fear, from want.

Wendy: That was part of Roosevelt's shpiel to get America into the war.

Taylor: Effective. Appealing to not only our desires, but also to that of which we're most afraid.

Wendy: He knew how to rouse.

Taylor: Which do you think is the more effective tool: appealing to someone's aspirations or their fear?

Wendy: If you want to motivate someone to a specific action? I say: be like Roosevelt and do both.

Taylor: I think that's correct. Thank you.

Wendy: Louis Kahn built this, didn't he? The original starchitect. Before the term was even coined.


The scene takes place at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, a four-acre (1.6 ha) memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt that celebrates the Four Freedoms he articulated in his 1941 State of the Union address. It is located adjacent to the historic Smallpox Hospital in New York City at the southernmost point of Roosevelt Island, in the East River between Manhattan Island and Queens. It was designed by the architect Louis Kahn.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. A member of the Democratic party, he won a record four presidential elections and became a central figure in world events during the first half of the 20th century. Roosevelt directed the federal government during most of the Great Depression, implementing his New Deal domestic agenda in response to the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. As a dominant leader of his party, he built the New Deal Coalition, which realigned American politics into the Fifth Party System and defined American liberalism throughout the middle third of the 20th century. His third and fourth terms were dominated by World War II. Roosevelt is widely considered to be one of the most important figures in American history, as well as among the most influential figures of the 20th century. Though he has been subject to substantial criticism, he is generally rated by scholars as one of the three greatest U.S. presidents, along with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Louis Isadore Kahn (March 5 [O.S. February 20] 1901 – March 17, 1974) was an American architect, based in Philadelphia. After working in various capacities for several firms in Philadelphia, he founded his own atelier in 1935. While continuing his private practice, he served as a design critic and professor of architecture at Yale School of Architecture from 1947 to 1957. From 1957 until his death, he was a professor of architecture at the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Kahn created a style that was monumental and monolithic; his heavy buildings for the most part do not hide their weight, their materials, or the way they are assembled. Famous for his meticulously built works, his provocative proposals that remained unbuilt, and his teaching, Kahn was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. He was awarded the AIA Gold Medal and the RIBA Gold Medal. At the time of his death he was considered by some as "America's foremost living architect."

You always say the full title?... (25.00)

Connerty: I am the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Chuck: You always say the full title Idi Amin-style?

Connerty: Whether or not I do, I am lord of all beasts of this case.

Idi Amin Dada Oumee (17 May 1925 – 16 August 2003) was a Ugandan military officer. He served as the President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. Amin's rule was characterized by rampant human rights abuses, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption, and gross economic mismanagement. International observers and human rights groups estimate that between 100,000 and 500,000 people were killed under his regime. It earned him the nickname "The Butcher of Uganda."

Rolling gnocchi together?... (30.05)

Bobby: I sent Chef Ryan out. Figured it might be fun if we cooked our own dinner.

Rebecca: Rolling gnocchi together? Like in Godfather 3. That didn't turn out so well.

Bobby: I refuse to believe that such a thing as Godfather 3 even exists.

The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American crime film written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. A sequel to The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974), it completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin who attempts to legitimize his criminal empire. The film also includes fictionalized accounts of two real-life events: the 1978 death of Pope John Paul I and the Papal banking scandal of 1981–82, both linked to Michael Corleone's business affairs. The film stars Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, and Andy García. Coppola and Puzo preferred the title The Death of Michael Corleone, but Paramount Pictures found that unacceptable. Coppola stated that The Godfather series is two films and that The Godfather Part III is an epilogue. It received generally positive reviews, albeit less than the critical acclaim that the first two films received. It grossed $136,766,062 and was nominated for seven Academy Awards including the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Like it was a Kewpie doll... (45.53)

Chuck: He took that viper home, like it was a Kewpie doll he won at the county fair. And now, he and his boss will go after each other like Serbs and Croats.

Kewpie is a brand of dolls and figurines that were conceived as comic strip characters by cartoonist Rose O'Neill. The illustrated cartoons, appearing as baby cupid characters, began to gain popularity after the publication of O'Neill's comic strips in 1909, and O'Neill began to illustrate and sell paper doll versions of the Kewpies. The characters were first produced as bisque dolls in Waltershausen, Germany, beginning in 1912, and became extremely popular in the early 20th century.

You are making enemies you cannot fathom... (49.21)

Wags: You are making enemies you cannot fathom by deputizing KBP in your little True Grit revenge fantasy.

True Grit is a 1969 American Western film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Kim Darby as Mattie Ross and John Wayne as U.S. MarshalRooster Cogburn. It is the first film adaptation of Charles Portis' 1968 novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Marguerite Roberts. Wayne won his only Academy Award for his performance in the film and reprised his role for the 1975 sequel Rooster Cogburn. Historians believe Cogburn was based on Deputy U.S. Marshal Heck Thomas, who brought in some of the toughest outlaws. The cast also features Glen Campbell, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Jeff Corey, and Strother Martin. The title song, sung by Campbell, was also Oscar-nominated. True Grit was adapted again in 2010, starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld.