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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.

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.

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.

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.


can we horse trade?... (13.36)

Chuck: Amelia, I know it's a high profile case. But, uh, I'm building something here. So can we horse trade?

D.A: Listening.

Chuck: The Schachetti brothers.

D.A: You gonna give me the Schachetti brothers?

Chuck: You like?

D.A: You propose to trade a high-flying hedge fund manager for a couple of old goombahs throwing elbows over garbage pickups in Queens?

Chuck: Maybe, uh, you don't understand how horse trading works. Uh, you don't open with your, uh...

D.A: You can't offer me your mule for my thoroughbred. You're hoping I'm dumb enough to go for that. So f*ck you and the horse you didn't ride in on.

Bryan: I think maybe she does understand horse trading.


Horse trading, in its literal sense, refers to the buying and selling of horses, also called "horse dealing.” Due to the difficulties in evaluating the merits of a horse offered for sale, the sale of horses offered great opportunities for dishonesty, leading to use of the term horse trading (or horsetrading) to refer to complex bargaining or other transactions, such as political vote trading. It was expected that horse sellers would capitalize on these opportunities and so those who dealt in horses gained a reputation for underhanded business practices.

Nice Guy?... (25.34)

Bryan: That's Decker. That's him. Seems like a real family man.

Terri: Nice guy?

Bryan: What? 

Terri: I don't give a shit.

Bryan: Ah.

Both: Good father? Fuck you. Go home and play with your kids.

Terri: Actually, I feel a little bit bad doing it this way.

Bryan: Yeah, me, too.


McCue and Connerty are, of course, doing part of the famous speech by the character 'Blake' from the David Mamet play, Glengarry Glenn Ross, as performed by Alec Baldwin in the movie version.

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".


Queen for a Day... (6.15)

Chuck: Let's get started.

Bryan: This is a proffer session, otherwise known as Queen for a Day. As the documents you signed state, you lay out everything illegal you've done in the securities industry, particularly in regards to Axe Capital, in return for a felony 5K letter-reducing sentence. If you are untruthful or withholding, you can and will be prosecuted.

Chuck: Sing for your supper and you'll get breakfast in the morn'.

In the American legal system "queen for a day" refers to written documents that are designed to create a potential mutually beneficial arrangement with the federal government and a person of interest regarding a criminal investigation. The concept of a "queen for a day", more commonly known as proffer agreements permit the accused individual to disclose to authorities key points of knowledge to crimes committed by that person and/or others, with implied assurance that said knowledge will not be used against them in later proceedings.

More precisely it facilitates a symbiotic relationship by giving prosecutors a sample of the individual's knowledge that in turn provides the accused leverage to bargain with for something such as a lesser sentence or immunity in regards to the whole of the investigation.

This isn't France. It's America... (17.12)

No one quits while they're ahead. This isn't France. It's America. We think noblesse oblige is a new entree at Olive Garden.

[Chuck is clearly experiencing some back pain.]

Connerty: You know, there's a book that could help you with that.

Chuck: Sarno? It didn't.

Connerty: You have to actually read it for it to help.

Chuck: Mm-hmm. I'm not supposed to just shove it up my ass?

Olive Garden is an American casual dining restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American cuisine. It is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants, Inc., which is headquartered in Orange County, Florida. As of May 28, 2018, Olive Garden operates 892 locations globally and accounts for $3.8 billion of the $6.9 billion revenue of parent Darden.

John Ernest Sarno Jr. (June 23, 1923 – June 22, 2017) was Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, and attending physician at the Howard A. Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University Medical Center. He graduated from Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1943, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1950. In 1965, he was appointed the Director of the Outpatient Department at the Rusk Institute. He is also the originator of the diagnosis of the controversial psychosomatic condition tension myositis syndrome (TMS), which is also called tension myoneural syndrome.

Aquarius on a trust fund... (32.10)

Connerty: I got it.

Sacker: Thought you always went dutch.

Connerty: Well, next time, you can pay. Maybe at Lugers after you sign a 7-figure deal to Sullivan Cromwell.

Sacker: What's that mean?

Connerty: You're brilliant. Top of your class, Stanford Law. You're gonna put in your five years, and then you're gonna defect to the other side, start defending the same rich jerkoffs you're locking up now. Not a judgment. Just a truth of our world.

Sacker: Not my world. I am an Aquarius on a trust fund. No, I am riding this job all the way to higher office.

Connerty: Okay, Senator Sacker.

Sacker: That's a first step.

Connerty: To what? Governor? Oh, Madam Secretary, huh? Wait, POTUS?

Sacker: Not confirming. Not denying.

Connerty: Nobody plans that at your age.

Sacker: Nobody who gets there doesn't. What, you think Clinton saved that picture with Kennedy by accident?

Connerty: Okay. Okay, your administration.

Sacker: Way down the road, but modelling it on Roosevelt.

Connerty: FDR.

Sacker: No. Teddy. Um, solid economy policy, progressive. You know, I can forgive his flaws because just like every one of us, he was a product of his time. Plus, he wrote one of my favorite books.

Connerty: Mm. Rough Riders.

Sacker: Mm, that one's fine. I'm talking The Naval War of 1812.

Connerty: Also good.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is an international law firm headquartered in New York City. It has gained renown for its business and commercial law practices and its impact on international affairs.

In 1898, as the Spanish-American War was escalating, Theodore Roosevelt assembled an improbable regiment of Ivy Leaguers, cowboys, Native Americans, African-Americans, and Western Territory land speculators. This group of men, which became known as the Rough Riders, trained for four weeks in the Texas desert and then set sail for Cuba. Over the course of the summer, Roosevelt's Rough Riders fought valiantly, and sometimes recklessly, in the Cuban foothills, incurring casualties at a far greater rate than the Spanish.

Roosevelt kept a detailed diary from the time he left Washington until his triumphant return from Cuba later that year. The Rough Riders was published to instant acclaim in 1899. Robust in its style and mesmerizing in its account of battle, it is exhilarating, illuminating, and utterly essential reading for every armchair historian and at-home general. 

The books in the Modern Library War series have been chosen by series editor Caleb Carr according to the significance of their subject matter, their contribution to the field of military history, and their literary merit.

The Naval War of 1812 is Theodore Roosevelt's first book, published in 1882. It covers the naval battles and technology used during the War of 1812. It is considered a seminal work in its field, and had a massive impact on the formation of the modern American Navy.

Same knish, 50 cents cheaper... (41.50)

Bryan: This is delicious.

Chuck: Yeah.

Bryan: Yonah's ?

Chuck: Mm-hmm. The poor guy. His brother opens a rival cart right next door. Same knish, 50 cents cheaper.

Bryan: You didn't.

Chuck: No. My God, I'm loyal.

Yonah Schimmel's Knish Bakery is a bakery and restaurant, located at 137 East Houston Street (between First Avenue and Second Avenue), in the Lower East Side, Manhattan, that has been selling knishes on the Lower East Side since 1890 from its original location on Houston Street. As the Lower East Side has changed over the decades and many of its Jewish residents have departed, Yonah Schimmel's is one of the few distinctly Jewish businesses and restaurants that remain as a fixture of this largely departed culture and cuisine. As cited in The Underground Gourmet, a review of Yonah Schimmel's in a collection of restaurant reviews by Milton Glaser and Jerome Snyder, "No New York politician in the last 50 years has been elected to office without having at least one photograph showing him on the Lower East Side with a knish in his face."

A knish is a Jewish Central and Eastern European snack food consisting of a filling covered with dough that is either baked, grilled, or deep fried. Knishes can be purchased from street vendors in urban areas with a large Jewish population, sometimes at a hot dog stand or from a butcher shop. It was made popular in North America by Central and Eastern European Jewish immigrants from the Pale of Settlement (mainly from present-day Belarus, Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine). In most Central and Eastern European traditional versions, the filling is made entirely of mashed potato, ground meat, sauerkraut, onions, kasha (buckwheat groats), or cheese. Other varieties of fillings include sweet potatoes, black beans, fruit, broccoli, tofu, or spinach. Knishes may be round, rectangular, or square. They may be entirely covered in dough or some of the filling may peek out of the top. Sizes range from those that can be eaten in a single bite hors d'oeuvre to sandwich-sized.

The old Chinese Wall… (18.30)

Chuck: You have an informant in Axe Capital.

Bryan: Boss, we should stick to the rules of recusal, the old Chinese wall, shouldn't we?… Okay.

Chinese wall is a business term describing an information barrier within an organization that was erected to prevent exchanges or communication that could lead to conflicts of interest. For example, a Chinese wall may be erected to separate and isolate people who make investments from those who are privy to confidential information that could improperly influence the investment decisions. Firms are generally required by law to safeguard insider information and ensure that improper trading does not occur.

The price of any betrayal… (43.36)

Bryan: You know There's a move. Guys try it so often, we call it the Bojangle. When someone who's been caught, like yourself, agrees to cooperate, then thinks they can string us along, giving us nothing until what? Maybe you think we'll lose interest or somethin'? Well, that's not gonna happen ever, so don't you try to fucking Bojangle me.

Donnie: "The price of any betrayal always comes due in flesh."

Bryan: What's that? Shakespeare?

Donnie: Stephen King. Gunslinger. But no less true. You're right in recognizing that I am reluctant. It makes me sick to sell out the man who g-gave me everything so I can be with my family. So if that's not good enough, you can go fuck yourself! So you tell me, you want me to keep doing what I'm doing?

Bryan: Yeah. Keep it up. We'll be in touch.

The Gunslinger is a fantasy novel by American author Stephen King, the first volume in the Dark Tower series. The Gunslinger was first published in 1982 as a fix-up novel, joining five short stories that had been published between 1978 and 1981. King substantially revised the novel in 2003, and this version is in print today. The story centers upon Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger, who has been chasing after his adversary, "the man in black," for many years. The novel fuses Western fiction with fantasy, science fiction and horror, following Roland's trek through a vast desert and beyond in search of the man in black. Roland meets several people along his journey, including a boy named Jake Chambers who travels with him part of the way.

Axelrod went full Captain Queeg... (14.31)

Terri: The wire at Axe Cap is humming.

Bryan: What?

Terri: Axelrod went full Captain Queeg on a trader. He's launching a mole hunt. I don't know if he knows something or if he's just paranoid, but our man's in trouble.

Bryan: Shit.

Captain Queeg is a character from The Caine Mutiny, the 1951 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel by Herman Wouk. The novel grew out of Wouk's personal experiences aboard a destroyer-minesweeper in the Pacific Theater in World War II. Among its themes, it deals with the moral and ethical decisions made at sea by ship captains. The mutiny of the title is legalistic, not violent, and takes place during Typhoon Cobra, in December 1944. The court-martial that results provides the dramatic climax to the plot.

At least put some kimchi on it… (15.03)

Chuck: Bibimbap? You of all people. It's fucking mall food.

Bryan: What? It's good. Vegetarian.

Chuck: Yeah, you think it keeps you thin. Well, at least put some kimchi on it, for fuck's sake. Come on. Thattaboy.

Bibimbap (literally "mixed rice"), sometimes romanized as bi bim bap or bi bim bop, is a Korean rice dish. The term “bibim” means mixing various ingredients, while the “bap” noun refers to rice. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce, or doenjang (a fermented soybean paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The hot dish is stirred together thoroughly just before eating.

What are you eating there, cabbage?... (18.20)

Chuck: What are you eating there, cabbage?

Bryan: Yeah. Goi Ba.

Chuck: Uh-huh.

Bryan: Delicious. You know, there's more to bahn mi than bread.

Chuck: If you say so.

Bánh mì or banh mi refers to a kind of sandwich that consists of a Vietnamese single-serving baguette, also called bánh mì in Vietnamese, which is split lengthwise and filled with various savory ingredients.

A typical Vietnamese sandwich is a fusion of meats and vegetables from native Vietnamese cuisine such as chả lụa (pork sausage), coriander leaf (cilantro), cucumber, and pickled carrots, cabbage, and daikon combined with condiments from French cuisine such as pâté, along with jalapeño and mayonnaise. However, a wide variety of popular fillings are used, from xíu mại to ice cream. In Vietnam, sandwiches are typically eaten for breakfast or as a snack; they are considered too dry for lunch or dinner.

The baguette was introduced to Vietnam in the mid–19th century, when Vietnam was part of French Indochina, and became a staple food by the early 20th century. During the 1950s, a distinctly Vietnamese style of sandwich developed in Saigon, becoming a popular street food. Following the Vietnam War, Overseas Vietnamese popularized the bánh mì sandwich in countries such as the United States.

with those Laura Mars eyes... (30.30)

Bryan: There's a thing called the Constitution. Sixth Amendment, Confrontation Clause. You have a right in this country to cross-examine your accuser. It's not enough that you tell us what the tapes mean. You gotta say it in court.

Donnie: I can't even imagine it. Axe there in the room with those Laura Mars eyes. That's what he's gonna do tomorrow, too.

Bryan: Hey, hey, hey. You'll get through it.You'll get through it.

Movie reference to 1978 thriller Eyes of Laura Mars, starring Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones.

Nice Kikashi (13.51)

Chuck: DeGiulio knows about our informant.

Bryan: Of course he does. I told him.

Chuck: Why the fuck did you…

Bryan: I-I-I heard from some guys in his office that he was still considering pulling the thing from us. He was wondering about our ability to close. So I let it leak that we were closer than anyone knew.

Chuck: Nice Kikashi.

Bryan: How the fuck do you know what a kikashi…

Chuck: You don't have to live in Asia to play a little Go. Okay. Okay, this we can work with…

Go is an abstract strategy board game for two players, in which the aim is to surround more territory than the opponent. The game was invented in China more than 2,500 years ago and is believed to be the oldest board game continuously played to the present day. A 2016 survey by the International Go Federation's 75 member nations found that there are over 46 million people worldwide who know how to play Go and over 20 million current players, the majority of whom live in East Asia.

Literally meaning 'an enlivenment', Kikashi is a forcing move, usually one made outside the primary flow of play. Unlike sente, though, a move is kikashi when it yields a high efficiency in play by forcing the opponent to abandon a course of action. A kikashi stone will usually be sacrificed while conferring an advantage; for example, the kikashi stone could act as a ladder breaker or destroy the opponent's potential eyeshape, while the answering move has no value at all. Moves can be kikashi, or not, depending on whether they are answered with appropriate sophistication or not. If the answering move strengthens the position, then the play is not kikashi but aji keshi (ruining one's own potential).