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I don't have IBS... (25.42)

Wags: You think standing next to our boy will make that mirepoix of psoriasis, dandruff, and irritable bowel syndrome disappear?

Frotty: I don't have IBS. Technically. And yes I do think so. Because while he's surfed above it all, I've been treated like Eddie Mush with a pocketbook. Mm? If you want my Jordanian money, you got to cuddle up.

mirepoix is a flavour base made from diced vegetables that are cooked, usually with butter, oil, or other fat, for a long time on a low heat without colour or browning. It is not sautéed or otherwise hard cooked because the intention is to sweeten the ingredients rather than caramelise them. It is a long-standing cooking technique in French cuisine.

Eddie Mush is a degenerate gambler, based on the real life character who ended up playing himself in the movie A Bronx Tale, a 1993 American crime drama film, adapted from Chazz Palminteri's 1989 play of the same name. It tells the coming of age story of an Italian-American boy, Calogero Anello, who, after encountering a local Mafia boss, is torn between the temptations of organized crime and the values of his honest, hardworking father. The Broadway production was converted to film with limited changes, and starred Palminteri and Robert De Niro.