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Stanford Then Wharton... (6.06)

Bobby: Who is this?

Danzig: My new analyst.

Bobby: Well, if we hired you, you must be a genius. Yale?

Ben Kim: Stanford, then Wharton.

Bobby: Okay, Stanford-Wharton...


Stanford University (officially Leland Stanford Junior University, colloquially the Farm) is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and places in the  as one of the world's top universities. World university ranking = 3rd.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; also known as The Wharton School or Wharton is the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, a private Ivy League university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Established in 1881 through a donation from Joseph Wharton, the Wharton School is the world's oldest collegiate school of business. Wharton has an acceptance rate of less than 9%, and it only accepts fewer than 5 transfer students annually, making it one of the most selective schools in the world.

And he went to Hofstra... (7.11)

Bobby: Electric Sun is controlled by Kazawitz. He also owns 19.3% of Lumetherm backdoored through his stake in Southern Wind. You see that block trade last Thursday come out of Merrill?

Danzig: Yeah. That was Fortress cashing out their shorts before the merger. Wasn't it?

Bobby: Trade was at 12:52, when everyone was at lunch, which tells me they wanted it to be missed. You guys caught it, which is something, I guess. But you're looking at it backward. Electric Sun's offer was just a ploy to temporarily prop up Lumetherm. Typical Kazawitz play to bail on a loser. He's an animal. The block trade was Kazawitz getting out of Southern Wind, getting out of Lumetherm. He rode the story, now he's out, which means you need to be out. In fact, short. It'll slide to $32 and change after word breaks.

Danzig: Wow. That's a good catch, Axe.

Bobby: My cholesterol's high enough. Don't butter my ass, Danzig. Just get smarter. (To Ben) Your read was good with the information you had. You're new. You'll figure it out. Or you'll be gone.

Ben Kim: Jesus Christ.

Danzig: Yeah… And he went to Hofstra.


Hofstra University is a private, non-profit, nonsectarian university in Hempstead, New York. Long Island's largest private college, Hofstra originated in 1935 as an extension of New York University (NYU) under the name Nassau College – Hofstra Memorial of New York University at Hempstead, Long Island. It became independent Hofstra College in 1939 and gained university status in 1963. World university ranking = 401st-500th.

You do not want Mike Tyson in his prime... (10.57)

Chuck: Bobby Axelrod is Mike Tyson in his prime. And you do not want Mike Tyson in his prime. Remember what happened to the guys who fought him then?

Bryan: Yeah they got their faces pushed in. But eventually he got beat. Buster Douglas knocked him on his ass.


Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20 years, four months and 22 days old. Tyson won his first 19 professional fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after stopping Trevor Berbick in two rounds, and added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker in 1987. This made Tyson the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.

James "Buster" Douglas (born April 7, 1960) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1981 to 1990, and 1996 to 1999. He is best known for his stunning upset of Mike Tyson on February 11, 1990 in Tokyo to win the undisputed heavyweight title. At the time Tyson was undefeated and considered to be the best boxer in the world, as well as one of the most feared heavyweight champions in history due to his domination of the division over the previous three years. The only casino to make odds for the fight (all others declining to do so as they considered the fight such a foregone conclusion) had Douglas as a 42-to-1 underdog for the fight, making his victory, in commentator Jim Lampley's words, "The biggest upset in the history of heavyweight championship fights." Douglas held the title for eight months and two weeks, losing on October 25, 1990 to Evander Holyfield via third-round knockout, in his only title defense.

In Inwood, growing up... (13.13)

Lara: In Inwood, growing up, the only boating we ever did was the Staten Island ferry.


Inwood is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, at the northern tip of Manhattan Island, in the U.S. state of New York.

The Staten Island Ferry is a passenger ferry route operated by the New York City Department of Transportation. The ferry's single route runs 5.2 miles (8.4 km) through New York Harbor between the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island, with ferry boats making the trip in approximately 25 minutes. The ferry operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with boats leaving every 15 to 20 minutes during peak hours and every 30 minutes at other times. It is the only direct mass-transit connection between the two boroughs. Historically, the Staten Island Ferry has charged a relatively low fare compared to other modes of transit in the area; and since 1997 the route has been fare-free. The Staten Island Ferry is one of several ferry systems in the New York City area and is operated separately from systems such as NYC Ferry and NY Waterway.

The Mouse That Roared... (31.10)

Chuck: Do you know the story about the mouse that starts roaring like a lion…

Spyros: no.

Chuck: It doesn’t end well for the God-damned mouse.


Not too sure about this one. There's a Aesop fable about a lion and a mouse. But the mouse doesn't roar in it...

But The Mouse That Roared - which may not be anything to do with it - is a 1955 Cold War satirical novel by Irish American writer Leonard Wibberley, which launched a series of satirical books about an imaginary country in Europe called the Duchy of Grand Fenwick. Wibberley went beyond the merely comic, using the premise to make commentaries about modern politics and world situations, including the nuclear arms race, nuclear weapons in general, and the politics of the United States.

OK, Claude Dancer... (32.28)

Bryan: You know, I remember when you were my professor, you told us a lawyer's calling was beyond mere recompense. It was to serve the spirit of the law regardless of gain.

Orrin: Yeah. It is. Until it's not.

Bryan: What?

Orrin: You'll see. Once you sell out and play for the defence, too.

Bryan: Nah I’ve found my calling.

Orrin: OK, Claude Dancer. One day you'll be coming to me just like this, asking for a job.


Claude Dancer was a high-powered prosecuter from the Attorney General's office, a fictional character played by George C. Scott in the 1959 movie, Anatomy of A Murder.

Like Warren Buffet says... (32.30)

Bryan: Like Warren Buffet says, you put a police car on anyone’s tail for 500 miles, he’s gonna get a ticket.


Warren Edward Buffett, born August 30, 1930, is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist who serves as the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is considered one of the most successful investors in the world and has a net worth of US$84 billion as of June 3, 2018, making him the third wealthiest person in the world.

May as well be that fraud... (44.08)

Bobby: Well, If it’s gonna be anyone it may as well be that fraud. We’re sharing the stage at the delivering Alpha Conference this week.


Annual U.S. finance world conference hosted by CNBC. A who’s who of the investor community with leading asset manager and institutional investors offering candid views along with illustrious political and economic commentators appearing in short segments moderated by CNBC talent and editors.

You’re from round here... (45.55)

Mike Dimonda: I only ever went egging once. Biggest house in the neighborhood and they never gave out any candy, so they deserved it. We destroyed that place.

Bobby: Once? You're an altar boy. That was every halloween for me. You’re from round here, right?

Mike Dimonda: yeah, Grand Concourse. Then White Plains

Bobby: Yeah me too. Well, Yonkers, but it wasn’t nice back then.


The Grand Concourse (originally known as the Grand Boulevard and Concourse) is a major thoroughfare in the borough of the Bronx in New York City. It was designed by Louis Aloys Risse, an immigrant from Saint-Avold, Lorraine who had previously worked for the New York Central Railroad and was later appointed chief topographical engineer for the New York City government.

White Plains is a city in Westchester County, New York, United States. It is the county seat and commercial hub of Westchester, an affluent suburban county just north of New York City that is home to almost one million people. White Plains is located in south-central Westchester, with its downtown (Mamaroneck Avenue) 25 miles (40 km) north of Midtown Manhattan.

Yonkers is the fourth most populous city in the U.S. state of New York, behind New York City, Buffalo, and Rochester. The population of Yonkers was 195,976 as enumerated in the 2010 United States Census and is estimated to have increased by 2.5% to 200,807 in 2016. It is an inner suburb of New York City, directly to the north of the Bronx and approximately two miles (3 km) north of the northernmost point in Manhattan.

No, these are Dandan noodles... (3.56)

Chuck: Give me some more of those cold sesame noodles will ya?

Bryan: No, these are Dandan noodles

Chuck: Same fucking thing.

Bryan: No, no, one’s Sichuan, the other’s Taiwanese, it’s a whole thing.

Sacker: Tell him about General Tso Bryan…


Dandan noodles or dandanmian is a noodle dish originating from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce usually containing preserved vegetables, chili oil, Sichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles. Sesame paste and/or peanut butter is sometimes added, and occasionally replaces the spicy sauce, usually in the Taiwanese and American Chinese style of the dish. In this case, dandanmian is considered as a variation of ma jiang mian, sesame sauce noodles. In American Chinese cuisine, dandanmian is often sweeter, less spicy, and less soupy than its Sichuan counterpart.

Zuo Zongtang, Marquis Kejing (also romanised as Tso Tsung-t'ang; 10 November 1812 – 5 September 1885), sometimes referred to as General Tso, was a Chinese statesman and military leader of the late Qing dynasty. The dish General Tso's chicken in American Chinese cuisine was introduced in New York in the 1970s, inspired by a dish originally prepared by Peng Chang-kuei, a Taiwan chef specialising in Hunan cuisine. Peng named the dish in honour of Zuo Zongtang.

They looked like Dick Cheney... (5.22)

Lara: Just like smoking in the girls' bathroom at St. Mary's. You had to be quick, or you'd be over a nun's knee.

Bobby: That's a fun picture to have in my head. Mm. Yeah.

Lara: They weren’t that kind of nun. They looked like Dick Cheney.


Richard Bruce Cheney (born January 30, 1941) is an American politician and businessman who served as the 46th Vice President of the United States from 2001 to 2009.

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Cheney was primarily raised in Sumner, Nebraska, and Casper, Wyoming.[2] He attended Yale and then the University of Wyoming, at the latter of which he earned a BA and an MA in Political Science. He began his political career as an intern for Congressman William A. Steiger, eventually working his way into the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations, where he later served as the White House Chief of Staff, from 1975 to 1977. In 1978, Cheney was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives representing Wyoming's at-large congressional district from 1979 to 1989; he was reelected five times, briefly serving as House Minority Whip in 1989. Cheney was selected to be the Secretary of Defense during the Presidency of George H. W. Bush, holding the position for the majority of Bush's term from 1989 to 1993.[3] During his time in the Department of Defense, Cheney oversaw the 1991 Operation Desert Storm, among other actions. Out of office during the Clinton administration, Cheney was the Chairman and CEO of Halliburton Company from 1995 to 2000...

Like an Almond Joy in the sun... (13.15)

Axe: The heat will melt us like an Almond Joy in the sun.


Almond Joy is a candy bar manufactured by Hershey's. It consists of a coconut-based center topped with one or two almonds, the combination enrobed in a layer of milk chocolate. Almond Joy is the sister product of Mounds, which is a similar confection but without the almond and coated instead with dark chocolate; it also features similar packaging and logo design, but in a red color scheme instead of Almond Joy's blue.

Catherine The Great... (13.46)

Wags: You see an opportunity like that again, you grab it like it’s a horse cock and you’re Catherine The Great.


Catherine II, 2 May 1729 – 17 November 1796), also known as Catherine the Great, was Empress of Russia from 1762 until 1796, the country's longest-ruling female leader. She came to power following a coup d'état when her husband, Peter III, was overthrown. Under her reign, Russia was revitalised; it grew larger and stronger, and was recognised as one of the great powers of Europe...

Wags is alluding to the infamous apocryphal historical legend that Catherine the Great died attempting to engage in sexual intercourse with a horse. It is, of course, total nonsense, as the fact-checking website Snopes points out here


What are you, Glenn Greenwald?... (26.37)

Mike Dimonda: Good parlor trick, knowing my address. That'll look like a fun intimidation tactic when I write this up.

Chuck: Oh. You're not writing this up. Because that would be a small win, and you're not in it for small wins. No, you've come too far at too young an age for that.

Mike Dimonda: I'm in it because people deserve to know the truth - about power and money and...

Chuck: Whoa. Wait a minute. What are you, Glenn Greenwald all of a sudden? Come on.


Glenn Edward Greenwald (born March 6, 1967) is an American lawyer, journalist, and author, best known for his role in a series of reports published by The Guardian newspaper beginning in June 2013, detailing the United States and British global surveillance programs, and based on classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden. Greenwald and the team he worked with won both a George Polk Award and a Pulitzer Prize for those reports. He has written several best-selling books, including, No Place to Hide. Greenwald's work on the Snowden story was featured in the documentary, Citizenfour, which won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Greenwald appeared on-stage with director Laura Poitras and Snowden's girlfriend, Lindsey Mills, when the Oscar was given. In the 2016 Oliver Stone feature film Snowden, Greenwald was played by actor Zachary Quinto. Before the Snowden file disclosures, Greenwald was considered one of the most influential opinion columnists in the United States. After working as a constitutional attorney for ten years, he began blogging on national security issues before becoming a Salon contributor in 2007 and then moving to The Guardian in 2012. He currently writes for and co-edits The Intercept, which he founded in 2013 with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill.

Schott’s Miscellany... (32.45)

Wendy: I’m sure you could put out a Schott’s Miscellany about the place. 

Victor: Schott’s?

Wendy: It’s like a farmer’s almanac for non-farm stuff…


Schott's Miscellanies are a set of best-selling books by Ben Schott. They consist of a collection of trivia generally centred on the culture of the United Kingdom (and to a lesser extent the rest of the European Union and the Commonwealth). Bloomsbury published the first book in 2002, to widespread acclaim. The books are as follows: Schott's Original Miscellany, Schott's Food & Drink Miscellany, Schott's Sporting, Gaming & Idling Miscellany, and Schott's Quintessential Miscellany. Together the first three books have sold over two million copies, and Schott's Original Miscellany has been translated into more than 13 languages (including Japanese). Schott also compiled the annual Schott's Almanac, a modern take on the traditional almanac. In December 2005, The Guardian newspaper, which described Schott's Original Miscellany as "the publishing sensation of the year", produced a special edition of its G2 section with selections from the book's 2006 edition.

Dominique All Day... (39.03)

Terri McCue: he is right though. This Birch thing’s a dunker.

Dale Christo: Dominique All Day. Wilkins!


Jacques Dominique Wilkins (born January 12, 1960) is an American retired professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Wilkins was a nine-time NBA All-Star. Wilkins' nickname was "The Human Highlight Film" for his athletic ability and highlight reel dunks. His trademark dunk was a powerful one- or two-handed windmill, dunks he used to capture the slam dunk contest titles in 1985 and 1990. As a basketball player he was known as an acrobatic scorer, somewhat of a gunner, though an outstanding finisher and one of the greatest dunkers in NBA history. In 2006, Wilkins was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Riderless Horse... (39.40)

Chuck: I’m not letting us follow the riderless horse any longer.

Bryan: Riderless…?

Chuck: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They were smart. They sent one of their horses off in a different direction so the posse would have to split up. Get distracted. But this was no ordinary posse… This was a super posse. Mixed group of superheroes A sheriff, a marshal, an Indian.

Bryan: Native American.

Chuck: Sure. And the Cherokee Man, he could read the depth of the impression the horse's hooves made on rock. And when he realised they were chasing a riderless horse they got right back on Butch's trail.


Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman (who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film). Based loosely on fact, the film tells the story of Wild West outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker, known as Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman), and his partner Harry Longabaugh, the "Sundance Kid" (Robert Redford), who are on the run from a crack US posse after a string of train robberies. The pair and Sundance's lover, Etta Place (Katharine Ross), flee to Bolivia in search of a more successful criminal career, where they meet their end. In 2003, the film was selected for the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The American Film Institute ranked Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as the 49th-greatest American film on its "AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition)" list.


There Can Be Only One... (42.46)

Axe: It’s like Highlander. there can be only one.


Highlander is a 1986 British-American adventure action fantasy 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 narrates the climax of an ages-old battle between immortal warriors, 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.

Highlander enjoyed little success on its initial theatrical release, grossing over $12 million worldwide against a production budget of $19 million, and received mixed reviews. Nevertheless, it became a cult film and inspired film sequels and television spin-offs. Its tagline, "There can be only one", has carried on, as have the songs provided for the film by the rock band Queen.

You're gonna be our Brian Doyle... (13.14)

Bobby: Get started with 200,000 shares of Rubinex.

Donnie: That's a big position. Are you sure?

Wags: We are not uncertain. 

Bobby: You're gonna be our Brian Doyle

Donnie: Who? 

Bobby: Brian Doyle. He was a utility player on the '78 Yankees. He's a lifetime .168 hitter. 

Wags: That's below the Mendoza

Bobby: But in the '78 World Series, Willie Randolph got hurt, Doyle stepped in, hit .438, played like an MVP. Legendary. You're gonna be Brian Doyle. 

Donnie: I'm gonna be Brian Doyle...


Brian Reed Doyle (born January 26, 1954 in Glasgow, Kentucky) is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played for the New York Yankeesand Oakland A's. He played primarily as a second baseman. Although a reserve for most of his career, Doyle starred in the 1978 World Series for the World Champion Yankees that beat the Los Angeles Dodgers. Doyle was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 1972 amateur draft. Before playing a game for the Rangers he was traded to the Yankees along with Greg Pryor in exchange for Sandy Alomar. Doyle joined the Yankees in 1978. He played parts of three seasons for the Yankees as a reserve infielder through 1980. However, when Willie Randolph was injured for the 1978 World Series, Doyle filled in as the Yankee second baseman. In six World Series games, he batted .438 with seven hits in 16 at bats, one double, four runs scored and two runs batted ins, leading the World Series in batting average while helping the Yankees to their second straight World Series victory.

 The Mendoza Line is an expression in baseball in the United States, deriving from the name of shortstop Mario Mendoza, whose poor batting average is taken to define the threshold of incompetent hitting. The cutoff point is most often said to be .200 (although Mendoza's career average was .215) and, when a position player's batting average falls below that level, the player is said to be "below the Mendoza Line". This is often thought of as the offensive threshold below which a player's presence on a Major League Baseball team cannot be justified, regardless of his defensive abilities. The term is used in other contexts when one is so incompetent in one key skill that other skills cannot compensate for that deficiency.