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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.

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.

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.

What are you, Glenn Greenwald?... (26.37)

Mike Dimonda: Good parlor trick, knowing my address. That'll look like a fun intimidation tactic when I write this up.

Chuck: Oh. You're not writing this up. Because that would be a small win, and you're not in it for small wins. No, you've come too far at too young an age for that.

Mike Dimonda: I'm in it because people deserve to know the truth - about power and money and...

Chuck: Whoa. Wait a minute. What are you, Glenn Greenwald all of a sudden? Come on.


Glenn Edward Greenwald (born March 6, 1967) is an American lawyer, journalist, and author, best known for his role in a series of reports published by The Guardian newspaper beginning in June 2013, detailing the United States and British global surveillance programs, and based on classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden. Greenwald and the team he worked with won both a George Polk Award and a Pulitzer Prize for those reports. He has written several best-selling books, including, No Place to Hide. Greenwald's work on the Snowden story was featured in the documentary, Citizenfour, which won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Greenwald appeared on-stage with director Laura Poitras and Snowden's girlfriend, Lindsey Mills, when the Oscar was given. In the 2016 Oliver Stone feature film Snowden, Greenwald was played by actor Zachary Quinto. Before the Snowden file disclosures, Greenwald was considered one of the most influential opinion columnists in the United States. After working as a constitutional attorney for ten years, he began blogging on national security issues before becoming a Salon contributor in 2007 and then moving to The Guardian in 2012. He currently writes for and co-edits The Intercept, which he founded in 2013 with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill.

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.

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.

I'm taking her to Grenouille... (41.15)

Chuck: Where's Mom?

Charles Snr: Hair appointment. I'm taking her out tonight to Grenouille for our anniversary.

Chuck: Mm.

Charles Snr: But she set us up with some gazpacho. She made some guacamole as well.

Chuck: Avocado's a superfood…


La Grenouille is a historic and award-winning French restaurant located at 3 East 52nd Street (between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue) in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Founded in 1962 by former Henri Soulé apprentice Charles Masson, Sr. and his wife Gisèle, later with sons Philippe and Charles, La Grenouille (Fr., "The Frog") became a location of choice among New York, U.S., and eventually international diners, including designers from the nearby New York fashion district. It is the last operating New York French haute cuisine restaurant from the 1960s, and remains a highly rated restaurant.

You're in for a real treat... (43.42)
Pic: Christian Michelides

Pic: Christian Michelides

Chuck: Off to the Yankees game? 

Sacker: Don Pasquale.

Chuck: Ah. Ambrogio Maestri. I heard his Falstaff. You're in for a real treat...


Don Pasquale (Italian pronunciation: [dɔm paˈskwaːle]) is an opera buffa, or comic opera, in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti with an Italian libretto completed largely by Giovanni Ruffini as well as the composer. It was based on a libretto by Angelo Anelli for Stefano Pavesi's opera Ser Marcantonio written in 1810 but, on the published libretto, the author appears as "M.A."

Ambrogio Maestri (born 1970) is an Italian operatic baritone. He is especially known for his portrayal of the title character in Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff. He studied piano and singing in his home town, Pavia. In Italy he has performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro Verdi in Trieste and the Arena di Verona. Abroad he has performed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, San Francisco Opera House, the Konzerthaus and the Staatsoper in Vienna, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and others.

Falstaff is a comic opera in three acts by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. The libretto was adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and scenes from Henry IV, parts 1 and 2. The work premiered on 9 February 1893 at La Scala, Milan. Verdi wrote Falstaff, which was the last of his 28 operas, as he was approaching the age of 80. It was his second comedy, and his third work based on a Shakespeare play, following Macbeth and Otello. The plot revolves around the thwarted, sometimes farcical, efforts of the fat knight, Sir John Falstaff, to seduce two married women to gain access to their husbands' wealth.

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.

I want a cheesesteak... (7.29)

Chuck: I got it. He's rich. Let's go.

Pete: Rich? Rich is a Marquis Jet card, uh, flying out East on a chopper. This is more like, "Hey, I want a cheesesteak. Send some guy to Philly and bring them back for everyone."

Chuck: Jim's or Shank's

Pete: Both. And Tony Luke's. The fact is, he does not need to call meetings. Everywhere he goes, they form around him. I mean, he's like a Like an aircraft carrier in the center of a strike group. When he turns left, battleships, destroyers, subs, they all turn left with him...


Marquis Jet is now NetJets Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, is an American company that sells part ownership or shares (called fractional ownership) of private business jets. NetJets was founded in 1964 as Executive Jet Aviation. It was the first private business jet charter and aircraft management company in the world.

Jim's, Shank's and Tony Luke's are all well-known brands of Philly Cheesesteak, which is the culinary speciality of Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania.

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.

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.

About to do something crazy... (50.25)

Chuck: What did you say? What's the noise? Uh, are you at work?

Wendy: No. I bailed. It was slow.

Chuck: Well, that's a first. Where are you?

Wendy: About to do something crazy sneaking into a show at intermission.

Chuck: Which one?

Wendy: On the Town. I haven't second-acted a musical since college. Oh, I gotta go. They're ringing the bell.

On the Town is a musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, based on Jerome Robbins' idea for his 1944 ballet Fancy Free, which he had set to Bernstein's music. The musical introduced several popular and classic songs, among them "New York, New York", "Lonely Town", "I Can Cook, Too" (for which Bernstein also wrote the lyrics), and "Some Other Time". The story concerns three American sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City during wartime 1944. Each of the three sailors meets and quickly connects with a woman. On the Town was first produced on Broadway in 1944 and was made into a film in 1949, although the film replaced all but three of the original Broadway songs with Hollywood-written substitutes. The show has enjoyed a number of major revivals. The musical integrates dance into its storytelling: Robbins made a number of ballets and extended dance sequences for the show, including the "Imaginary Coney Island" ballet.

I'm Keyser Soze, motherfucker... (21.33)

Dollar Bill: I wrote a letter to my wife, the whole story. I just sent it.

Chuck: Uh You just blew up your family for Bobby Axelrod?

Dollar Bill: I'm Keyser Soze, motherfucker.

Keyser Söze is a fictional character and the main antagonist in the 1995 film The Usual Suspects, written by Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Bryan Singer. According to petty con artist Roger "Verbal" Kint (Kevin Spacey), Söze is a crime lord whose ruthlessness and influence have acquired a legendary, even mythical, status among police and criminals alike. Further events in the story make these accounts unreliable, and, in a twist ending, a police sketch identifies Kint and Söze as one and the same. The character was inspired by real life murderer John List and the spy thriller No Way Out, which featured a shadowy KGB mole.

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.

You remember that Mintz boy... (45.55)

Charles Snr: And even as a kid, you would never get into a fight unless you knew you could win it. Oh, do you remember that Mintz boy? He was a head taller than you, probably could've made you eat dirt. And he left that ball field thinking you were best friends.

Chuck: Okay, Dad, I gotta go.

Charles Snr: And then I made sure he didn't get into Dalton.

Chuck: Goodbye!

It’s a good school.

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.