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I don't want this to turn into The Who in Cincinnati... (8.10)

Mafee: It's time, Wags.

Wags: Almost.

Mafee: I don't want this to turn into The Who in Cincinnati.

Bobby: Lead them in.

The Who concert disaster occurred on December 3, 1979 when British rock band the Who performed at Riverfront Coliseum (now known as U.S. Bank Arena) in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, and a stampede of concert-goers outside the coliseum's entry doors resulted in the deaths of eleven people.

You can no more win a war than an earthquake.... (17.10)

Orrin Bach: A smart woman once said, "You can no more win a war than an earthquake.

Jeannette Pickering Rankin (June 11, 1880 – May 18, 1973) was an American politician and women's rights advocate, and the first woman to hold federal office in the United States. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Montana in 1916, and again in 1940. She remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Each of Rankin's Congressional terms coincided with initiation of U.S. military intervention in each of the two world wars. A lifelong pacifist and a supporter of non-interventionism, she was one of 50 House members, along with 6 Senators, who opposed the war declaration of 1917, and the only member of Congress to vote against declaring war on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

A member of the Republican Party during the Progressive Era, Rankin was also instrumental in initiating the legislation that eventually became the 19th Constitutional Amendment, granting unrestricted voting rights to women. In her victory speech, she recognized the power she held being the only woman able to vote in Congress, saying "I am deeply conscious of the responsibility resting upon me”. She championed the causes of women's rights and civil rights throughout a career that spanned more than six decades.

They say Dake rides in on a pale horse... (21.05)

Connerty: They say Dake rides in on a pale horse.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are described in the last book of the New Testament of the Bible, the Book of Revelation by John of Patmos, at 6:1-8. The chapter tells of a book or scroll in God's right hand that is sealed with seven seals. The Lamb of God opens the first four of the seven seals, which summons four beings that ride out on white, red, black, and pale horses.

Though theologians and popular culture differ on the first Horseman, the four riders are often seen as symbolizing Conquest or Pestilence (and less frequently, the Christ or the Antichrist), War, Famine, and Death. The Christian apocalyptic vision is that the Four Horsemen are to set a divine apocalypse upon the world as harbingers of the Last Judgment. One reading ties the Four Horsemen to the history of the Roman Empire subsequent to the era in which the Book of Revelation was written as a symbolic prophecy.

He did that after Marilyn was dead... (29.50)

Bobby: First, I apologized. But if it takes me sending you flowers every day, Joe DiMaggio style, to prove it, I will.

Wendy: He did that after Marilyn was dead. Yours would have the same effect on me that his had on her.

Joseph Paul DiMaggio (November 25, 1914 – March 8, 1999), nicknamed "Joltin' Joe" and "The Yankee Clipper", was an American baseball center fielder who played his entire 13-year career in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. Born to Italian immigrants in California, he is widely considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak (May 15 – July 16, 1941), a record that still stands.

DiMaggio was a three-time Most Valuable Player Award winner and an All-Star in each of his 13 seasons. During his tenure with the Yankees, the club won ten American League pennants and nine World Series championships.

At the time of his retirement after the 1951 season, he ranked fifth in career home runs (361) and sixth in career slugging percentage (.579). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955, and was voted the sport's greatest living player in a poll taken during the baseball centennial year of 1969. His brothers Vince (1912–1986) and Dom (1917–2009) also were major league center fielders. DiMaggio is widely known for his marriage and lifelong devotion to Marilyn Monroe.

I don't want to invest in it. I want to get on it... (32.11)

Wags: Do any of you have juice with Raya?

Ben Kim: I could build a model for it.

Wags: I don't want to invest in it. I want to get on it.

Dollar Bill: What is that?

High-end hookup app. Tinder for the rich and famous.

Wags: That's so reductive.

It's exclusive, and it's about connection.

Raya is a private, membership based community for people all over the world to connect and collaborate. It launched in March 2015 as an iOS application. Early on, many members used the application to meet other members romantically.The app describes itself as "A private network for people in creative industries” and in January 2017 the app launched a feature entitled "Work" that allowed members to collaborate on work related projects. The app asks members to apply and log in with their Instagram account causing many members to conjecture if admittance is determined by the applicant's Instagram influence and how many active Raya members follow them. However, many community members with small Instagram followings seem to contradict this theory and the admittance algorithm remains a mystery. It costs $8/month (in US dollars) to be a member of Raya.

One Traci Lords of an idea... (32.28)

Wags: I’m not gonna take any of this dog shit back to Axe. It's time for you folks to sharpen your pencils, and you better come back with one Traci Lords of an idea. And if you need that fucking defined, here it is. A barely legal, market-dominating, brilliant cocksucker of an idea.

Traci Elizabeth Lords (born Nora Louise Kuzma; May 7, 1968) is an American actress, singer, model, writer, producer, and director. During the mid 1980s, she was one of the most sought-after pornographic actresses in the adult entertainment industry. When law enforcement discovered that pornographers were distributing and selling images and films taken of her when she was a minor, it led to prosecutions and court cases that changed the pornography industry in the United States, in addition to bans on all but one of her adult films.

At your service, sir... (39.12)

Chuck: Judge DeGiulio!

DeGiulio: Mr. Rhoades, sir. At your service, sir.

Chuck: Good. Let me tell you what I need.

DeGiulio: I'm not really at your service, Chuck, I was quoting ‘Hamilton’.

Chuck: Ah. I haven't been able to see it.

Hamilton: An American Musical is a sung- and rapped-through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by author and historian Ron Chernow. Incorporating hip hop, R&B, pop, soul, traditional-style show tunes, and color-conscious casting of non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures, the musical achieved both critical acclaim and box office success.

I'm logging you on to Raya... (41.15)

Stephanie Reed: Give me your phone. We need our I.T. staff back and your focus. I can't have you phishing the Internet pointlessly. I'm logging you on to Raya.

Wags: How?

Stephanie Reed: I'm a member, so I vouch.

Wags: You need two reccos.

Stephanie Reed: I got Michael Che to second you. Can't have you distracting our staff with this bullshit.

Wags: You're a member?

Stephanie Reed: So are you now. All I ask is Chatham House Rule on it. And when you see me on there, don't fucking tap the heart.

The Chatham House Rule is a system for holding debates and discussion panels on controversial issues, named after the headquarters of the UK Royal Institute of International Affairs, based in Chatham House, London, where the rule originated in June 1927.

At a meeting held under the Chatham House Rule, anyone who comes to the meeting is free to use information from the discussion, but is not allowed to reveal who made any comment. It is designed to increase openness of discussion.

What we need is a Howitzer... (48.09)

Bobby: I need Rhoades gone, or this will never be over. My suit alone, it's like me firing a pea shooter against a Panzer tank when what we need is a Howitzer. But I know how we can get ourselves a Howie.

Howitzer is a type of artillery piece characterized by a relatively short barrel and the use of comparatively small propellant charges to propel projectiles over relatively high trajectories, with a steep angle of descent. In the taxonomies of artillery pieces used by European (and European-style) armies in the 17th to 20th centuries, the howitzer stood between the "gun" (characterized by a longer barrel, larger propelling charges, smaller shells, higher velocities, and flatter trajectories) and the "mortar" (which was meant to fire at even higher angles of ascent and descent). Howitzers, like other artillery equipment, are usually organized in groups called batteries.

The word Panzer is a German word that means "armour" or specifically "tank". It is occasionally used in English and some other languages as a loanword in the context of the German military. It is mostly used in the proper names of military formations (Panzerdivision, 4th Panzer Army, etc.), and in the proper names of tanks, such as Panzer IV, etc. The dated German term is Panzerkampfwagen, "tank" or "armoured combat vehicle". The modern commonly used synonym is Kampfpanzer, or Panzer). The first German tank, the A7V of 1918, was referred to as Sturmpanzerwagen (roughly, "armoured assault vehicle"). The German word Panzer refers to any kind of armour. It derives through the French word pancier, "breastplate", from Latin pantex, "belly", "paunch”, and is possibly related to panus, "swelling".

I'm being sued. Apparently by everyone I've ever met... (50.35)

Chuck: I'm being sued. Apparently by everyone I've ever met. Didn't make any sense until I saw this one. Bobby Axelrod. A Bivens Claim for violation of his Fourth Amendment rights. Malicious prosecution. And the rest of these are similar, and they all came together. I think he's financing all of them, and I have a feeling he's gonna make this his life's mission.

A Bivens claim is a special type of 'implied cause of action' that was created by the Supreme Court, in the Bivens case, to allow private individuals to sue federal employees for constitutional violations when no statute has authorized such. Bivens claims are also sometimes referred to as constitutional torts.

Normally, when a person suffers a violation of their constitutional or civil rights, particularly in the context of police, prison, immigration enforcement, officer misconduct, there are usually legal remedies. However, when these types of constitutional violation stem from the actions of a federal agent, appointee, officer, or employee, victims often find that many of the typical remedies will not be available.

You wouldn't know Pindar from Pantera... (2.07)

Todd Krakow: One of the nine poets, Pindar, said it best. Become who you are by learning who you are.

Bobby: You wouldn't know Pindar from Pantera, yet you act like you read the Harvard shelf with your morning oatmeal. Who wrote this shit for you?

Pindar (Latin: Pindarus; c. 522 – c. 443 BC) was an Ancient Greek lyric poet from Thebes. Of the canonical nine lyric poets of ancient Greece, his work is the best preserved. Quintilian wrote, "Of the nine lyric poets, Pindar is by far the greatest, in virtue of his inspired magnificence, the beauty of his thoughts and figures, the rich exuberance of his language and matter, and his rolling flood of eloquence, characteristics which, as Horace rightly held, make him inimitable." His poems can also, however, seem difficult and even peculiar. The Athenian comic playwright Eupolis once remarked that they "are already reduced to silence by the disinclination of the multitude for elegant learning". Some scholars in the modern age also found his poetry perplexing, at least until the 1896 discovery of some poems by his rival Bacchylides; comparisons of their work showed that many of Pindar's idiosyncrasies are typical of archaic genres rather than of only the poet himself. His poetry, while admired by critics, still challenges the casual reader and his work is largely unread among the general public.

Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas. The group was formed in 1981 by the Abbott brothers – drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell – along with lead vocalist Terry Glaze. Bassist Rex Brown joined the band the following year, replacing Tommy D. Bradford, who was the unofficial original. Having started as a glam metal band, Pantera released four albums during the 1980s. Looking for a new and heavier sound, Pantera replaced Glaze with Phil Anselmo in late 1986 and released Power Metal in 1988. With its fifth album, 1990's Cowboys from Hell, Pantera introduced a groove metal sound. Pantera's sixth album, 1992's Vulgar Display of Power, exhibited an even heavier sound. Far Beyond Driven (1994) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

Oh. You're killing me, man... (5.00)

Ira: Hey, Chuck.

Chuck: Come in.

Ira: I drove by Katz's on the way here.

Chuck: Oh. You're killing me, man.

Ira: No? Well, I'm going in.

Katz's Delicatessen, also known as Katz's of New York City, is a kosher-style delicatessen located at 205 East Houston Street, on the southwest corner of Houston and Ludlow Streets on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, New York City.

Since its founding in 1888, it has been popular among locals and tourists alike for its pastrami on rye, which is considered among New York's best. Each week, Katz's serves 15,000 lb (6,800 kg) of pastrami, 8,000 lb (3,600 kg) of corned beef, 2,000 lb (910 kg) of salami and 4,000 hot dogs. In 2016, Zagat gave Katz's a food rating of 4.5 out of 5, and ranked it as the number one deli in New York City. Website here.

That panel was Godzilla versus Mothra... (8.13)

Mafee: Hey, Axe, you know what today is? It's fuck Todd Krakow in the ear day.

Bobby: Why do you think I'd want to do that?

Mafee: That panel was Godzilla versus Mothra.

Bobby: Do you have a plan? Or are we just gonna jump him and break his kneecaps when he gets out of his McLaren?

Godzilla vs. Mothra (also known as Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth) is a 1992 Japanese science fantasy kaiju film featuring Godzilla, produced and distributed by Toho. It is the 19th film in the Godzilla franchise and the fourth film in the Heisei series. The film is directed by Takao Okawara, written by Kazuki Ōmori and stars Tetsuya Bessho, Satomi Kobayashi, Takehiro Murata, Megumi Odaka, Shiori Yonezawa, Makoto Otake, Akiji Kobayashi, Koichi Ueda, Shinya Owada, Keiko Imamura, Sayaka Osawa, Saburo Shinoda and Akira Takarada. In Godzilla vs. Mothra, Battra and Mothra must stop Godzilla from attacking Yokohama.

Okay. My analyst caught it... (8.26)

Mafee: Okay, so Krakow's been running his mouth about China, right? I You can tell the way he talks.

Bobby: The way he talks?

Mafee: Yeah. Last year, he said, "watching factories grow. " It made me wonder, how's he seeing this?

Bobby: Really, Mafee? You expect me to believe you suddenly swapped Ali G reruns for videos of Todd Krakow's speeches on China?

Mafee: Okay. My analyst caught it.

Bobby: Yeah. Then get him in here.

Alistair Leslie Graham, better known as Ali G, is a satirical fictional character created and performed by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. Originally appearing on Channel 4's The 11 O'Clock Show, and subsequently as the title character of Channel 4's Da Ali G Show in 2000 and on HBO in 2003–2004, he is also the title character of the film Ali G Indahouse. In December 2007, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Baron Cohen announced that Ali G, along with Borat, had been retired. However, Ali G returned at the 2012 British Comedy Awards to accept Baron Cohen's Outstanding Achievement Award, causing controversy by making jokes about Kate Middleton and Jimmy Savile. Ali G returned to television with Ali G Rezurection in 2014. Rezurection features new introductions by Ali G to some old highlights of Da Ali G Show.

They're going full Iron Chef with that shit... ( 9.56)

Mafee: China's not just cooking the books, they're going full Iron Chef with that shit.

Bobby: Everyone knows that, Mafee.

Iron Chef America is an American cooking show based on Fuji Television's Iron Chef, and is the second American adaptation of the series, following the failed Iron Chef USA that aired in 2001. The show is produced by Food Network, which also carried a dubbed version of the original Iron Chef. Like the original Japanese program, the program is a culinary game show. In each episode, a new challenger chef competes against one of the resident "Iron Chefs" in a one-hour cooking competition based on a secret ingredient or ingredients, and sometimes theme.

You didn't come out to Brooklyn for cufflinks... (11.47)

Charles Snr: I was looking for some cufflinks I lent my son, but I couldn't find them in the bedroom.

Wendy: You were in my bedroom?

Charles Snr: And most of Chuck's suits seem to be gone from the closet.

Wendy: You didn't come out to Brooklyn for cufflinks.

Charles Snr: Is Chuck living at the Yale Club? Some gal in accounting messed up, sent me a charge for a breakfast on a day that I was not there. So I asked for the chits, and it was Chuck's signature on the line at 6:30 a.m.

Wendy: Yes, we've separated for now.

The Yale Club of New York City, commonly called The Yale Club, is a private club in Midtown Manhattan, in New York City, New York, United States. Its membership is restricted almost entirely to alumni and faculty of Yale University. With a clubhouse comprising 22 stories The Yale Club has a worldwide membership of over 11,000. Upon opening its doors in 1915, the building became the largest Clubhouse in the world and continues to be the largest college clubhouse in existence today. Website here.

Do you want to be a giant-killer, Ben? (21.50)

Dr. Gus: What I say is, we used to live in a world that rewarded those who were very good at their jobs. Do you know what you get now for being very good? You get keistered. Do you want to get keistered, Ben?

No. I almost said "sorry" again because I barely understand what you're

Dr. Gus: And we will work on that. Replace "sorry" with, "What the fuck are you trying to say?"

Yeah, I don't feel comfortable with that.

Dr. Gus: I'm not interested in your comfort. Axe Capital is not interested in your comfort. I am interested in you becoming a goddamn giant-killer. Do you want to be a giant-killer, Ben?


Dr. Gus: What the fuck are you trying to say?!

Yes. I want to kill giants.

Dr. Gus: There ya go! There you go.

It's in my purview… (29.45)

Stephanie Read: The Krakow play, your hostility toward him, what's really animating it? Is it coloring your strategy? Perhaps if you show restraint.

Wags: Restraint? Take a good look at the floor, because you don't know where the fuck you're standing right now.

Stephanie Read: It's in my purview…

Wags: You are here to keep the Visigoths outside of the city walls, not to impugn judgment of the Caesar.

Bobby: No, it's a smart question.

Between about 376 and 382 the Gothic War against the Eastern Roman Empire, and in particular the Battle of Adrianople, is commonly seen as a major turning point in the history of the Roman Empire, the first of a series of events over the next century that would see the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, although its ultimate importance to the Empire's eventual fall is still debated.

So what Chuck's looking for… (33.30)

Lonnie: Lawrence Boyd and the A.G. went to fucking Horace Mann together. So what Chuck's looking for…

Sacker: Is an enemy.

Horace Mann School (also known as Horace Mann or HM) is an independent college preparatory school in the Bronx, founded in 1887. Horace Mann is a member of the Ivy Preparatory School League, educating students from the New York metropolitan area from nursery school to the twelfth grade. The Upper, Middle, and Lower Divisions are located in Riverdale, a neighborhood of the Bronx, while the Nursery School is located in Manhattan. The John Dorr Nature Laboratory, a 275 acres campus in Washington Depot, Connecticut, serves as the school's outdoor and community education center. Tuition for the 2014–15 school year was $43,300 from nursery through twelfth grade, making it the second most expensive private school in New York City. Tuition for the 2018-2019 school year from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve is $51,000. Niche, a website where students review their own schools, places Horace Mann at #4 in its list of 2018 Best Private High Schools in New York.