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I believe the Greeks call that Harmatia… (45.31)

Chuck: Adam, hi. Uh, just wanted to thank you for stopping by the other day. I thought about what you said, and I'm not gonna recuse myself.

DeGiulio: Well, that's unfortunate. I believe the Greeks call that hamartia.

Chuck: I disagree, because I'm not gonna lose, and there will not be an appeal. Axelrod surrendered.

The term hamartia derives from the Greek hamartánein, which means "to miss the mark" or "to err". It is most often associated with Greek tragedy, although it is also used in Christian theology. Hamartia as it pertains to dramatic literature was first used by Aristotle in his Poetics. In tragedy, hamartia is commonly understood to refer to the protagonist’s error or tragic flaw that leads to a chain of plot actions culminating in a reversal of their good fortune to bad. What qualifies as the error or flaw can include an error resulting from ignorance, an error of judgement, a flaw in character, or a wrongdoing. The spectrum of meanings has invited debate among critics and scholars and different interpretations among dramatists.

Half the Chinese are applying to the Ivies… (6.43)

DeGuilio: And the sad thing is, it's so competitive now. Half the Chinese are applying to the Ivies. All our kids are gonna end up in second-tier schools.

Chuck: Not Eva. She's going to Yale.

DeGuilio: Like I said.

Chuck: Oh, you fucking Harvard guys.

The Ivy League is an American collegiate athletic conference comprising sports teams from eight private universities in the Northeastern United States. The term Ivy League is typically used to refer to those eight schools as a group of elite colleges beyond the sports context. The eight members are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University. Ivy League has connotations of academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, and social elitism.

While the term was in use as early as 1933, it became official only after the formation of the NCAA Division I athletic conference in 1954. Seven of the eight schools were founded during the colonial period (Cornell was founded in 1865), and thus account for seven of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution.

Ivy League schools are generally viewed as some of the most prestigious, and are ranked among the best universities worldwide by U.S. News & World Report.[4] All eight universities place in the top fourteen of the 2019 U.S. News & World Report national university rankings, including four Ivies in the top three (Columbia and Yale are tied for third). In the 2019 U.S. News & World Report global university rankings, three Ivies rank in the top ten (Harvard – 1st, Columbia – 8th, and Princeton – 9th) and six in the top twenty. Undergraduate-focused Ivies such as Brown University and Dartmouth College rank 99th and 197th, respectively. U.S. News has named a member of the Ivy League as the best national university in each of the past 18 years ending with the 2018 rankings: Princeton eleven times, Harvard twice, and the two schools tied for first five times.

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with about 6,700 undergraduate students and about 15,250 post graduate students. Established in 1636 and named for its first benefactor, clergyman John Harvard, Harvard is the United States' oldest institution of higher learning, and its history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world's most prestigious universities. World University Ranking = 6th.

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution. World University Ranking = 8th.

You wanna sack the city with me?… (08.15)

DeGuilio: None of us not the AG, not you, not me none of us took down a single fucking giant in the shadow of the crash of '08. I mean, maybe one or two mortgage brokers got kneecapped. Axelrod's the chance to cement shoe a big one, for all of us.

Chuck: Well, I can't really think about any of that because as you damn well know, I've recused myself.

DeGuilio: Yeah. Like you said. All eyes are on you, Chuck. Land it safely. We will get you any resources you need.

Chuck: Thank you.

DeGuilio: Maybe the Attorney General will grace you with a presence on the podium, class the thing up.

Chuck: When the jungle was thick, you hid in the hills. And now that I've bushwhacked through and I have El Dorado in my sights, you wanna sack the city with me?

DeGuilio: "With me"? Huh. I thought you recused yourself.

El Dorado (Spanish for "the golden one"), originally El Hombre Dorado ("The Golden Man") or El Rey Dorado ("The Golden King"), was the term used by the Spanish Empire to describe a mythical tribal chief (zipa) of the Muisca native people in then Spanish colonial province of Colombia, who, as an initiation rite, covered himself with gold dust and submerged in Lake Guatavita. The legends surrounding El Dorado changed over time, as it went from being a man, to a city, to a kingdom, and then finally to an empire.

A second location for El Dorado was inferred from rumors, which inspired several unsuccessful expeditions in the late 1500s in search of a city called Manõa on the shores of Lake Parime. Two of the most famous of these expeditions were led by Sir Walter Raleigh. In pursuit of the legend, Spanish conquistadors and numerous others searched Colombia, Venezuela, and parts of Guyana and northern Brazil for the city and its fabulous king. In the course of these explorations, much of northern South America, including the Amazon River, was mapped. By the beginning of the 19th century, most people dismissed the existence of the city as a myth.

kids would hashtag that 100… (12.00)

Chuck: Now the Attorney General thinks it best that my office drop its pursuit of Axe Capital. And you tried to argue with her, but she was insistent.

Adam DeGuilio: Kids would hashtag that 💯.

100 emoji: the number one-hundred, written in red, underlined twice for emphasis.

Originating from the number 100 written on a school exam or paper to indicate a perfect score of 100 out of 100.  Teachers in Japan may also use a stamp in addition to the 100 mark, to indicate that a student has performed very well.

This 100 emoji is commonly used as a shorthand for 100%, with the usage meaning “keep it real” or a similar sentiment. A 100 emoji can be used to express pride or general acceptance of an idea.

I'd be laughing like Hank Kingsley... (08.35)

Chuck: For I also know the name being nominated in committee to replace Wilcox.

DeGuilio: Ah.

Chuck: And let me be the first to congratulate you.

DeGuilio: Thank you.

Chuck: It's as it should be. You happy? You should be happy. I'd be laughing like Hank Kingsley if I were in your Florsheims.

DeGuilio: "Hey, now!” Hey, and these are Ferragamos.

Chuck: [chuckles] I like to laugh, too. But lately…

DeGuilio: Yes, lately.

Chuck: And I worry…

Hank Kingsley (born Henry Joseph Lepstein Jr.), played by Jeffrey Tambor, is the announcer and sidekick on Garry Shandling’s legendary TV chat show spoof The Larry Sanders Show, known for his "Hey now!" catchphrase (a takeoff on Ed McMahon's "Hi-yoooo!").

Florsheims and Ferragamos are shoe brands, of course.


Let me be General Bradley to your Patton... (09.59)

Judge DeGiulio: Are you saying you can guarantee I sail through committee?

Chuck: ‘Guarantee’ is a word that amateurs use in politics. But I can make it so that Senator Vandeveer takes you by the hand and drags you to the bench. And what I have to do to get that done will not be pleasant. It'll be quite odious, so I need your assurance.

Judge DeGiulio: I'll do it. But about Axelrod and finding a way to leg back in. Let me be General Bradley to your Patton and advise you to practice restraint.

Chuck: Ah. Oh, it was good advice when Omar Bradley gave it. Safe. And one of them died a well-respected and admired general, and the other one died a legend.

General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley (February 12, 1893 – April 8, 1981), nicknamed Brad, was a senior officer of the United States Army during and after World War II. Bradley was the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and oversaw the U.S. military's policy-making in the Korean War. Born in Randolph County, Missouri, Bradley worked as a boilermaker before entering the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated from the academy in 1915 alongside Dwight D. Eisenhower as part of "the class the stars fell on." During World War I, Bradley guarded copper mines in Montana. After the war, Bradley taught at West Point and served in other roles before taking a position at the War Department under General George Marshall. In 1941, Bradley became commander of the United States Army Infantry School. After the U.S. entrance into World War II, Bradley oversaw the transformation of the 82nd Infantry Division into the first American airborne division. He received his first front-line command in Operation Torch, serving under General George S. Patton in North Africa. After Patton was reassigned, Bradley commanded II Corps in the Tunisia Campaign and the Allied invasion of Sicily. He commanded the First United States Army during the Invasion of Normandy. After the breakout from Normandy, he took command of the Twelfth United States Army Group, which ultimately comprised forty-three divisions and 1.3 million men, the largest body of American soldiers ever to serve under a single field commander.


George Smith Patton Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a General of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Patton's colorful image, hard-driving personality and success as a commander were at times overshadowed by his controversial public statements. His philosophy of leading from the front and ability to inspire troops with attention-getting, vulgarity-ridden speeches, such as a famous address to the Third Army, met with mixed receptions, favorably with his troops but much less so among a sharply divided Allied high command. His strong emphasis on rapid and aggressive offensive action proved effective, and he was regarded highly by his opponents in the German High Command. An award-winning biographical film released in 1970, Patton, helped solidify his image as an American folk hero.

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.

Move me... (10.30)

DeGiulio: Mr. Bach, it's your motion. Move me.

Orrin Bach: I will. Like Brian's Song. Because like Mr. Piccolo's sad, short life, Prosecution's case starts off hopeful but ends in an untimely demise.

Brian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian Piccolo (played by James Caan), a Chicago Bearsfootball player stricken with terminal cancer after turning pro in 1965, told through his friendship with Bears teammate Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams). Piccolo's and Sayers's sharply differing temperaments and racial backgrounds made them unlikely to become as close friends as they did, including becoming the first interracial roommates in the history of the National Football League, and the film chronicles the evolution of their friendship, ending with Piccolo's death in 1970. The production was such a success on ABC that it was later shown in theaters by Columbia Pictures with a major premiere in Chicago; however, it was soon withdrawn due to a lack of business.[1] Critics have called the movie one of the finest telefilms ever made. A 2005 readers poll taken by Entertainment Weekly ranked 'Brian's Song' seventh in its list of the top "guy-cry" films ever made.

You can't fake the funk... (12.19)

DeGuilio: You a music fan, Mr. Connerty?

Connerty: Sure. Much as the next guy. Yo-Yo Ma, Clancy Brothers and such.

DeGuilio: I'm thinking of the great George Clinton. Who most famously said, "Free your mind and your ass will follow." But only slightly less known and far more apt in the case at bar is, "You can't fake the funk." As much as I want to dance to your tune, if the groove isn't fat enough, I'm just gonna stand in place. And right now, my feet aren't tapping. That said, I don't think you're lying. I'm splitting the baby. I'm granting Mr. Connerty one more week. At that time, the prosecution will produce evidence compelling enough to sustain the case. Or I will grant Mr. Axelrod his dismissal.

Yo-Yo Ma (born October 7, 1955) is a Chinese-American cellist. Born in Paris, he spent his schooling years in New York City and was a child prodigy, performing from the age of four and a half. He graduated from the Juilliard School and Harvard University, and has performed as a soloist with orchestras around the world. He has recorded more than 90 albums and received 19 Grammy Awards.

The Clancy Brothers were an influential Irish folk group that initially developed as a part of the American folk music revival. Most popular in the 1960s, they were famed for their trademark Aran jumpers and are widely credited with popularising Irish traditional music in the United States and revitalising it in Ireland, paving the way for an Irish folk boom with groups like the Dubliners and the Wolfe Tones.

George Edward Clinton (born July 22, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer. His Parliament-Funkadeliccollective (which primarily recorded under the distinct band names Parliament and Funkadelic) developed an influential and eclectic form of funk music during the 1970s that drew on science-fiction, outlandish fashion, psychedelic culture, and surreal humor. He launched a solo career in 1981, and would go on to influence 1990s hip-hop and G-funk. He is regarded, along with James Brown and Sly Stone, as one of the foremost innovators of funk music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, alongside 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. In 2019, he and Parliament-Funkadelic will be given Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards.

You're meant for this shit... (20.50)

DeGuilio: No! Why the hell would you risk coming to my chambers just to turn heel and walk out? What weak cheese is that?

Bryan: You said "goodbye."

DeGuilio: I'm a judge. I give orders all day. You're a litigator. You find a way to disobey them without getting nailed for it.

Bryan: Then I'm not leaving until you give me an answer.

DeGuilio: That sensation you're feeling, it's known as The Dip. Seth Godin coined it. Feels like the moment before defeat. It's actually the moment before success. Feels more like Death Valley. You care so fucking much. I love that. I love that. You're meant for this shit. Dig in, man. The world has lost countless artists and artisans and engineers and even politicians who quit because they cared too much to come up short and yet also too much to keep going. You push through that Dip right now, maybe you put Axelrod where he needs to be.


The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) (2007) is the tenth published book by Seth Godin. It is a 76 page book that illustrates the concept of "the dip"—a temporary setback that can be overcome with persistence—and how to recognize if you are within one worth pushing through or one where you should quit.

Seth Godin is an Author, Entrepreneur and Most of All, A teacher. Seth is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker. In addition to launching one of the most popular blogs in the world, he has written 18 best-selling books, including The Dip, Linchpin, Purple Cow, Tribes, and What To Do When It's Your Turn (And It's Always Your Turn). Though renowned for his writing and speaking, Seth also founded two companies, Squidoo and Yoyodyne (acquired by Yahoo!). By focusing on everything from effective marketing and leadership, to the spread of ideas and changing everything, Seth has been able to motivate and inspire countless people around the world. In 2013, Seth was one of just three professionals inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame. In an astonishing turn of events, in May 2018, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame as well. He might be the only person in both.

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This isn't the Politburo... (17.28)

Bryan: Ok, let's say there are indeed other bad actors involved. In fact, I intend to prove there are. Accomplices, medical experts, bag men these people don't exonerate Axelrod, as opposing counsel suggests, but they further show how Axelrod did what he did. And they show that this wasn't just a case of a rogue billionaire acting out of spite, but one who was very much like a bull in a ring, using or enriching an equally dangerous figure, the wife of one who sits high atop the federal power structure in the government, and a major investor in the company. And I intend to explode the whole thing

Orrin: Just a minute! This isn't the Politburo, you can't just slander your neighbors to get ahead in the bread line

DeGuilio: Whoa! I invited you to my home for a nice dinner, you people are trying to turn it into the Animal House toga party. Chambers. Now.

politburo (/ˈpɒlɪtbjʊəroʊ/) or political bureau is the executive committee for communist parties.

National Lampoon's Animal House is a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis and written by Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney and Chris Miller. It stars John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Thomas Hulce, Stephen Furst, and Donald Sutherland. The film is about a misfit group of fraternity members who challenge the authority of the dean of Faber College.

toga party is a Greco-Roman-themed costume party where attendees wear a toga (normally made from a bed sheet) with sandals. The costumes, party games, and other entertainment often adhere to the Roman or Greek theme. Toga parties are associated with keg parties and excessive drinking, and attendees typically tend to be college or university students.

Bad News Bears are the good guys... (29.28)

Bryan: I got trading records. They'll prove Wendy Rhoades is a co-conspirator. She was on the Bad News Bears, playing right alongside her husband.

Orrin: Bad News Bears are the good guys.

DeGuilio: Bad guys were the Yankees. The rich kids.

Bryan: I was going for the team image.

The Bad News Bears is a 1976 American sports comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal. The film was followed by two sequels, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training in 1977 and The Bad News Bears Go to Japan in 1978, a short-lived 1979–80 CBS television series, and a 2005 remake.

Whipsawed this way and that... (39.25)

DeGiulio: Quiet! Quiet, quiet, quiet! Quiet! See, this is why life on the bench is so gratifying, as I was alluding to earlier. Whipsawed this way and that. Like a tetherball.

Tetherball is a game for two opposing players. While not officially recognized as a sport, it is generally an outdoor activity. The equipment consists of a stationary metal pole, from which is hung a volleyball from a rope or tether. The two players stand on opposite sides of the pole. Each player tries to hit the ball one way; one clockwise, and one counterclockwise. The game ends when one player manages to wind the ball all the way around the pole so that it is stopped by the rope. It must not bounce.

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.