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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.

The Prisoner's Dilemma... (28.25)

Bryan: So, ground rules.

Chuck: I'll do all of the talking. We have someone else that made the same pharmaceutical trade. First one in gets a lollipop.

Spyros: But to be clear, we don't really have anyone?

Chuck: To be clear, I am making a play. 

Spyros: That's what I like to call the prisoner's dilemma.

Chuck: No, you don't like to call it that. That's what it's called. Started as a thought experiment, game theory in the '50s. Does no one ever check you on this bullshit?…


The prisoner's dilemma is a standard example of a game analyzed in game theory that shows why two completely rational individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so. It was originally framed by Merrill Flood and Melvin Dresher while working at RAND in 1950. Albert W. Tucker formalized the game with prison sentence rewards and named it "prisoner's dilemma".


The winner gets to stay out of MCC... (29.35)

Chuck: Decker, approximately two and a half hours ago, we had someone sitting where you are now, a young man from a fund that I'm not at liberty to name, and he was downright chatty. So it looks like the race is on to see who's got the stronger information and who I'm gonna let take the credit for flipping on Bobby Axelrod.

Spyros: And the winner gets to stay out of MCC.

Yes, that's correct. Cooperate and go home. Uh, but this comes to trial, and you're talking to your kids through glass...


The Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York (MCC New York) is a United States federal administrative detention facility in Manhattan, New York which holds male and female prisoners of all security levels. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. Most prisoners held at MCC New York have pending cases in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. MCC New York also holds prisoners serving brief sentences. The Los Angeles Times stated that the prison is often referred to as the "Guantanamo of New York", and The New York Times stated that its administrative segregation units had severe security measures.

Silkier... (05.45)
Pic credit:  cylconebill

Pic credit: cylconebill

Would you like a water or a coffee, Mr. Spyros?

I would love a cortado.

Uh We don't have a machine.

Well, maybe someone can run out.

It's just me on a Sunday.

No, no. On me.

Um will they know what that is?

Cortado. It's like a macchiato, but with more foam. Microfoam. Silkier... Thanks, doll.


I'm not entirey sure that Spyros has characterised the cortado correctly here, but anyway a cortado is a Spanish-origin general term for a beverage consisting of espresso mixed with a roughly equal amount of warm milk to reduce the acidity. On American specialty coffee menus, the milk in a cortado is usually dense rather than frothy or foamy.

The word cortado is the past participle of the Spanish verb cortar (to cut), in the sense of "dilute", and can refer variously to either coffee or espresso drinks throughout Spain, Portugal and Cuba.

Turn on the telestrator... (20.10)

Orrin: The charges carry a long potential sentence. Fifteen to twenty years and tens of millions in fines, of course. They're using the locked-up money to distract us as they meticulously build their case.

Bobby: They are using the locked money to do three things. One, to make me take a plea. Two, to make it hard for my people so they'll quit. And, three, to spread the word through implication that this is about more than my actions against Ice Juice, that we are an illegal enterprise.

Spyros: Turn on the telestrator, because you just diagrammed the shit out of this.

telestrator is a device that allows its operator to draw a freehand sketch over a moving or still video image. Also known as a video marker, this device is often used in sports and weather broadcasts to diagram and analyze sports plays or incoming weather patterns. The user typically draws on a touchscreen with a finger or uses a pen on a graphics tablet. From the touchscreen or the tablet, the drawing signal is communicated to the telestrator, which overlays the video image with the drawing and outputs the combined signal for broadcast or display.

Today, the telestrator is used in a wide variety of applications (from educational, boardroom, church and military presentations to telemedicineconferences), where it can be used by both the near and far ends to annotate precise details of microscopic images or other medical images that are under consultation. The telestrator is also used in courtrooms to communicate details of multi-media images presented to a jury, as was most famously seen during the O.J. Simpson trial in March 1995.

Velvet Rope... (9.24)

Wags: Ah, the two billion.

Spyros: I told them: velvet rope.

Wags: Spoken like a man who's still mad he never got into Xenon.

Xenon was a popular New York City nightclub. Xenon was a popular disco in Manhattan in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was located at 124 West 43rd St in the former Henry Miller Theater which prior to Xenon had been renamed Avon-at-the-Hudson and was operating as a porn house. Xenon was the only nightclub popular enough to compete with Studio 54. The site is now the Stephen Sondheim Theater.

Xenon was regarded as much more of a "Fashion Crowd", while Studio 54 was more Hollywood. Still, many celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Halston, Michael Jackson, Jack Nicholson, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Tom Cruise, Richard Avedon, Cher, O.J. Simpson, Christopher Reeve, Elton John, Roger Moore, John McEnroe, Tony Curtis, Brooke Shields, Freddie Mercury, David Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Robin Williams frequented the club.[2] The walls were silver and rays of light came out from a giant "X" above the dance floor. People at Xenon often liked to dance with fewer clothes than people at Studio 54, sometimes wearing swimsuits while dancing. Xenon was the first night club to provide go-go boxes for amateur go-go dancers to dance on.[3] This got many people interested in go-go dancing. Xenon was featured in a Life magazine article about disco. The full-time Disc-Jockey (DJ) was Tony Smith and the part-time DJ was John "Jellybean" Benitez, who later had an affair with Madonna.

We got a spot in Mystic.... (29.50)

Dollar Bill: Got any summer plans?

Bobby: No. Guess Lara and I will need to talk about it. The kids.

Dollar Bill: I don't like to go far. We got a spot in Mystic. While the family's looking at the boats and shit, I can play a little pai gow.

Spyros: I was planning to go back and climb Kili. How much vacay time is it culturally appropriate to take here? Ah, maybe I'll just do base camp.

Pai gow is a Chinese gambling game, played with a set of 32 Chinese dominoes. It is played in major casinos in China (including Macau); the United States (including Las Vegas, Nevada; Reno, Nevada; Connecticut; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Mississippi; and cardrooms in California); Canada (including Edmonton, Alberta and Calgary, Alberta); Australia; and, New Zealand. The name "pai gow" is sometimes used to refer to a card game called pai gow poker (or “double-hand poker”), which is loosely based on pai gow.

Is this couples therapy?... (15.22)

Dollar Bil: Is this couples therapy? Is this what couples therapy is like?

Wendy: You've never been?

Spyros: I've never been married but I've gone to couples with three separate women.

Dollar Bil: Never did it. Which may be how I stay married to two women.

Wendy: This isn't couples. But behind pretty much every shouting match is a communications breakdown.

Spyros: What we got here is failure to communicate.

Dollar Bil: A failure to communicate.

Wendy: Actually it's both. Strother Martin says it one way, Newman another. But, yes.


The phrase "What we've got here is failure to communicate" is a quotation from the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke, spoken in the movie first by Strother Martin (as the Captain, a prison warden) and, later, paraphrased by Paul Newman (as Luke, a stubborn prisoner).

The context of the first delivery of the line is:

Captain: You gonna get used to wearing them chains after a while, Luke. Don't you never stop listening to them clinking, 'cause they gonna remind you what I been saying for your own good.

Luke: (sarcastically) I wish you'd stop being so good to me, Cap'n.

Captain: Don't you ever talk that way to me. (pause, then hitting him) NEVER! NEVER! (Luke rolls down hill; to other prisoners)

What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. I don't like it any more than you men. The Captain's line is often misquoted as "What we have here is a failure to communicate".[2] This is actually a quote by Zero Mostel in the 1969 comedy movie The Great Bank Robbery.

Towards the end of the movie, Luke persists in his rebellious nature and takes a stab at freedom – stealing a dump truck and taking flight. After his dramatic escape from the Florida chain gang prison, Luke abandons the truck and enters a church, only to be surrounded by police moments later. Knowing that he is caught, he walks to a window facing the police and mocks the Captain by repeating the first part of his speech ("What we got here is a failure to communicate."). He is immediately shot in the neck by Boss Godfrey.

The phrase ranks at number 11 on the American Film Institute list, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes.

I went full Le Carré... (25.00)

Orrin: Exposing Wendy's short could be good for us; I've said it before.

Bobby: Yeah, and I've said: she is off limits. …You still here?

Spyros: Problem is, I already told Connerty. I went full Le Carré.

Bobby: The only reason you're not flying is because these windows don't open.

Wags: And we can't fire you right now because it wouldn't look good. But get the fuck out of our sight. And stay there.

David John Moore Cornwell (born 19 October 1931), better known by the pen name John le Carré is a British author of espionage novels. During the 1950s and 1960s, he worked for both the Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), became an international best-seller and remains one of his best-known works. Following the success of this novel, he left MI6 to become a full-time author. Several of his books have been adapted for film and television. In 2011, he was awarded the Goethe Medal.

Get down from there... (7.52)

Spyros: O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done…

Bobby: Get down from there.

This - as Brian Koppelman has kindly reminded me - is Spyros attempting to mimic a famous scene from the Dead Poets Society, the 1989 American drama film directed by Peter Weir, written by Tom Schulman, and starring Robin Williams. Set in 1959 at the fictional elite conservative Vermont boarding school Welton Academy, it tells the story of an English teacher who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry. The film received critical acclaim and was a box office success. It won the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and César Award and David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Film. Schulman received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his work.

"O Captain! My Captain!" is an extended metaphor poem written in 1865 by Walt Whitman, about the death of American president Abraham Lincoln. The poem was first published in the pamphlet Sequel to Drum-Taps which assembled 18 poems regarding the American Civil War, including another Lincoln elegy, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd". It was included in Whitman's comprehensive collection Leaves of Grass beginning with its fourth edition published in 1867. The poem emphasizes grief and sorrow.

Ah, that Beatle... (20.00)

Bobby: I got The Beatles on my mind again.

Wags: Because he's about to become Pete Best

Bobby: I was thinking more of another one.

Spyros: Phew. I felt so charged with Axe Cap-thusiasm after yesterday's meeting that I wrote a check to the foundation for 4k. I trust that Ayles will put that thing to good use.

Bobby: He will. Though, in truth, you might've saved it for gas money.

Spyros: Hah. If I stressed about gas money, I'd've never gotten the car in the first place Uh, I sense a disturbance in the force.

Bobby: Do you know whose life has always amazed me, Spyros? George Harrison's.

Wags: Ah, that Beatle.

Bobby: Yes. Because Harrison wasn't only a Beatle. He was also a Traveling Wilbury.

Wags: And it was no mean feat to be a Wilbury. Legends only need apply.

Bobby: Dylan and Petty used to make a game of it, in fact. They used to throw a name out there, and decide, in an instant, if that person was or was not a Wilbury.

Wags: It required some ineffable combination of wit, cool, and credibility. Like Jack Nicholson, for example.

Bobby: Wilbury.

Wags: Richard Dreyfuss.

Bobby: Great actor - But not a Wilbury. And you Spyros. It has become clear. Are not a Wilbury.

Spyros: But I am! I am a Wilbury. I can prove it to you.

Bobby: You're fired.

Spyros: You're firing me?

Bobby: I just did. It happened. I said the words.

Wags: Long time coming.

The Beatles do not require an entry, obviously.

Randolph Peter Best (born Scanland; 24 November 1941) is an English musician, songwriter and civil servant. He is best known as an original member and the first drummer of the Beatles. After he was dismissed from the group in 1962 he started his own band, The Pete Best Four, and would later join many other bands over the years. He is one of several people who have been referred to as the Fifth Beatle.

Disturbance in The Force: Spyros is being a Star Wars nerd here. Follow the link above if you don’t know.

George Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, singer-songwriter, music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", Harrison embraced Indian culture and helped broaden the scope of popular music through his incorporation of Indian instrumentation and Hindu-aligned spirituality in the Beatles' work. Although the majority of the band's songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, most Beatles albums from 1965 onwards contained at least two Harrison compositions. His songs for the group included "Taxman", "Within You Without You", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something".

The Traveling Wilburys (sometimes shortened to the Wilburys) were a British–American supergroup consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. Originating from an idea discussed by Harrison and Lynne during the sessions for Harrison's 1987 album Cloud Nine, the band formed in April 1988 after the five members united to record a bonus track for Harrison's next European single. When this collaboration, "Handle with Care", was deemed too good for such a limited release, the group agreed to record a full album, titled Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. Following Orbison's death in December 1988, the band released a second album, which they titled Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3, in 1990. The project's work received much anticipation given the diverse nature of the singer-songwriters. The band members adopted tongue-in-cheek pseudonyms as half-brothers from a fictional Wilbury family of travelling musicians. Vol. 1 was a critical and commercial success, helping to revitalise Dylan's and Petty's respective careers. In 1990, the album won the Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

Bob Dylan, also does not require an entry.

Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He previously led the band Mudcrutch. He was also a co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.[1] He and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Petty died on October 2, 2017, one week after the completion of the Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour.[2]

John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker who has performed for over sixty years. He is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance, and dark portrayals of anti-heroes and villainous characters. In many of his films, he has played the "eternal outsider, the sardonic drifter", someone who rebels against the social structure.[1] His most known and celebrated films include the road drama Easy Rider (1969); the dramas Five Easy Pieces (1970) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975); the comedy-dramas The Last Detail (1973), Terms of Endearment (1983), As Good as It Gets (1997), About Schmidt(2002), and The Bucket List (2007); the neo-noir mystery Chinatown (1974); the horror film The Shining (1980); the biopic Reds (1981); the fantasy comedy The Witches of Eastwick (1987); the superhero film Batman (1989) as the Joker; the legal drama A Few Good Men (1992); the romantic horror film Wolf (1994); the science fiction comedy Mars Attacks! (1996); the comedy Anger Management (2003); the romantic comedy Something's Gotta Give (2003); and the crime drama The Departed (2006). Nicholson has not acted in a film since How Do You Know in 2010, but does not consider himself to be retired. He has also directed three films, including The Two Jakes (1990), the sequel to Chinatown. Nicholson's 12 Academy Award nominations make him the most nominated male actor in the Academy's history. Nicholson has won the Academy Award for Best Actor twice – one for the drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and the other for the romantic comedy As Good as It Gets (1997). He also won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the comedy-drama Terms of Endearment (1983). 

Richard Stephen Dreyfuss ( born October 29, 1947) is an American actor best known for starring in popular films during the 1970s through 1990s, including American Graffiti, Jaws, Stand by Me, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, The Goodbye Girl, Stakeout, Always, What About Bob? and Mr. Holland's Opus. Dreyfuss won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1978 for The Goodbye Girl, and was nominated in 1995 for Mr. Holland's Opus. He has also won a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and was nominated in 2002 for  Screen Actors Guild Awards in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries categories.

I have a play, virgin Intel... (21.14)

Spyros: Bill.

Dollar Bill: Yeah?

Spyros: We've had our issues, but I have a play, virgin Intel. Your kind of thing.

Dollar Bill: Nah. Real shame. I only talk ideas with current employees of Axe Capital.

Spyros: This is the Clarence Beeks shit, but I guess you don't want to hear about it.

Clarence Beeks is a character played by Paul Gleason in the 1983 movie Trading Places starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd.

I like what I hear... (23.52)

Dollar Bill: You have 30 seconds.

Spyros: I can still access a list of all the public companies being investigated by the SEC, but have not disclosed the investigation to their shareholders. With your special brand of knowledge, you can determine which of these inquiries have teeth and which are bullshit. You can short the companies that you think will go down when the investigations come to light

Dollar Bill: And go long on those that get dinged by the bad press from being looked into, and shoot up when they're ultimately cleared.

Spyros: Right Said Fred.

Dollar Bill: Okay. I like what I hear. Other than that Right Said Fred bullshit.

Right Said Fred is an English band based in London and formed by brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass in 1989. Guitarist Rob Manzoli joined the duo in 1990. The group has achieved multi-platinum status and has also won two Ivor Novello Awards – for "I'm Too Sexy" (1991) and "Deeply Dippy" (1992).

The band’s name is taken from "Right Said Fred", a 1962 novelty song written by Ted Dicks and Myles Rudge. It is about three men (the narrator, "Fred" and "Charlie") working as manual labourers who are trying to move an unidentified object (although it is clarified that it has feet, a seat, handles and candleholders) in a building without success, eventually failing and giving up after having dismantled the object, part-demolished the building (including removing a door, wall and the ceiling) and taking numerous tea breaks. The lyrics do not specify whether Fred recovers from "half a ton of rubble falling on his dome" prior to the others having a final teabreak and going home.

Danger, Will Robinson!... (8.42)

Taylor: The Sex Wax is going on the surfboard as we speak. Getting into the spirit of talking to the primes I mean to say: we are well positioned. I've been backchanneling with them, and landing that Grigor money lubricates as you said it would it's telling the story that we are back.

Spyros: Danger, Will Robinson!

Bobby: The fuck, Spyros? 

I couldn't stop him, he said it was DEFCON six urgent.

Taylor: The DEFCON scale only goes to five

Spyros: Exactly.

Taylor: And one is the most severe.

Spyros: Whatever. We just had 1.5 big ones pulled out of the firm.

Wags: Oh, shit

Bobby: Yeah.

Taylor: That can only be one person

Bobby: It's Grigor Andolov. And just so you know for the future: you don't have walk-in privileges.

Spyros: Sugarpova? High end! Yumster!

Mr. Zog's Sex Wax is a Carpinteria, California, brand of surfwax manufactured for use on surfboards.[1] This wax is rubbed on the top surface or "deck" of a surfboard to allow traction and grip for the surfer.

Danger, Will Robinson! is a classic catchphrase - used by Robot to warn young Will Robinson about an impending threat - from the 1960s American TV series Lost in Space is an American science fiction television series, created and produced by Irwin Allen, which originally aired between 1965 and 1968. The series is loosely based on the 1812 novel The Swiss Family Robinson, and on a comic book published by Gold Key Comics titled The Space Family Robinson. The series follows the adventures of the Robinsons, a pioneering family of space colonists who struggle to survive in the depths of space. The show ran for 83 episodes over three seasons, the first year of which was filmed in black and white.

The defense readiness condition (DEFCON) is an alert state used by the United States Armed Forces. The DEFCON system was developed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and unified and specified combatant commands.[2] It prescribes five graduated levels of readiness (or states of alert) for the U.S. military. It increases in severity from DEFCON 5 (least severe) to DEFCON 1 (most severe) to match varying military situations.

Sugarpova is a candy line created by tennis player Maria Sharapova and candy veteran Jeff Rubin, founder of international retailer IT'SUGAR. According to the Sugarpova website, "Sugarpova is a premium candy line that reflects the fun, fashionable, sweet side of international tennis sensation Maria Sharapova." A portion of all proceeds goes to the Maria Sharapova Foundation, Sharapova's charity.

Ice, ice, baby... (24.59)

Dollar Bill: Eighty thousand shares offloaded through my Canuck on the TSX.

Spyros: Ice, ice, baby.

"Ice Ice Baby" is a hip hop song written by American rapper Vanilla Ice, K. Kennedy and DJ Earthquake. It was based on the bassline of "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie, who did not initially receive songwriting credit or royalties until after it had become a hit. Originally released on Vanilla Ice's 1989 debut album Hooked and later on his 1990 national debut To the Extreme, it is his best known song. It has appeared in remixed form on Platinum Underground and Vanilla Ice Is Back! A live version appears on the album Extremely Live, while a nu metal version appears on the album Hard to Swallow, under the title "Too Cold".

I never thought.... (51.35)

Ari Spyros: I never thought I'd be part of a real life Wannsee Conference… Or that it would be so much fun.

The Wannsee Conference was a meeting of senior government officials of Nazi Germany and Schutzstaffel (SS) leaders, held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee on 20 January 1942. The purpose of the conference, called by the director of the Reich Main Security Office SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, was to ensure the cooperation of administrative leaders of various government departments in the implementation of the Final solution to the Jewish question (German: Endlösung der Judenfrage), whereby most of the Jews of German-occupied Europe would be deported to occupied Poland and murdered. Conference attendees included representatives from several government ministries, including state secretaries from the Foreign Office, the justice, interior, and state ministries, and representatives from the SS. In the course of the meeting, Heydrich outlined how European Jews would be rounded up and sent to extermination camps in the General Government (the occupied part of Poland), where they would be killed.

It has been pointed out to me that this reference is more specifically to Conspiracy, the 2001 HBO docudrama about the conference, starring Kenneth Branagh and Stanley Tucci. It has many instances of the table-pounding that we saw in this episode.

Bring it, asshole!... (48.35)

Dollar Bill: I am gonna kick your ass!

Mafee: Bring it, asshole!

Dollar Bill: Let it happen. We both want it.

Security guy: No fighting where Mr. Axelrod is liable.

Mafee: I'll sign whatever!

Dollar Bill: That's two of us!

Bobby: Get him outta here!

Mafee: Let's do it in the ring then, fucknut!

Dollar Bill: Any time, any place, motherfucker!

Spyros: Rumble in the Jungle! Thrilla in Manila! Zaire!

The Rumble in the Jungle was a historic boxing event in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) on October 30, 1974 (at 4 am). Held at the 20th of May Stadium (now the Stade Tata Raphaël), it pitted the undefeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman against challenger Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight champion; the attendance was 60,000. Ali won by knockout, putting Foreman down just before the end of the eighth round. It has been called "arguably the greatest sporting event of the 20th century". It was a major upset victory, with Ali coming in as a 4–1 underdog against the unbeaten, heavy-hitting Foreman. The fight is famous for Ali's introduction of the rope-a-dope tactic. The fight was watched by a record estimated television audience of 1 billion viewers worldwide, becoming the world's most-watched live television broadcast at the time. This included a record estimated 50 million viewers watching the fight pay-per-view on closed-circuit theatre TV. The fight grossed an estimated $100 million (inflation-adjusted $510 million) in worldwide revenue.

The Thrilla in Manila was the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. It was contested in 1975 for the heavyweight championship of the world at the Philippine Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines, on Wednesday, October 1. The venue was renamed from Araneta Coliseum, specifically for the match.[2] Ali won by technical knockout (TKO) after Frazier's chief second, Eddie Futch, conceded the fight prior to the 15th round. The contest's name is derived from Ali's rhyming boast that the fight would be “a killa and a thrilla and a chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila." The bout is consistently ranked as one of the best in the sport's history and was the culmination of a three-bout rivalry between the two fighters that Ali won, 2–1. The fight was watched by a record global television audience of 1 billion viewers, including 100 million viewers watching the fight pay-per-view on closed-circuit theatre television and 500,000 pay-per-view buys on HBO home cable television.