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I-I'm working on my boasts and rails with a pro... (27.41)

Chuck: Jesus Christ, Ira. When did you turn into Sharif Khan?

Ira: I gotta confess. I-I'm working on my boasts and rails with a pro.

Chuck: Mm.

Ira: 300 an hour. But hey, at least I don't suck anymore. You want his number?

Chuck: You just gave it to me. And it's too much.

Sharif Khan is a Pakistani retired professional squash player. He is widely considered to be one of the all-time great players of hardball squash (a North American variant of squash played with a faster-moving ball and on slightly smaller courts than the international "softball" squash game). He was the dominant player on the hardball squash circuit throughout the 1970s. Sharif was born in Pakistan, and is the son of the legendary squash player Hashim Khan (who dominated the international squash game in the 1950s).

Boasts and Rails are Squash shots, obviously.

You put the Porsche in the Tinder photo... (29.54)

Ira: God bless these 23-year-olds. They grew up with porn. And daddy issues.

Chuck: Maybe granddaddy issues in your case.

Ira: Ow.

Chuck: What do you talk to a 23-year-old about? Taylor Swift? Did you meet her on Tinder?

Ira: Actually, I did.

Chuck: How do you do it? I mean, get 'em to swipe left or right or whatever on a mug like yours.

Ira: You put the Porsche in the Tinder photo. You can't be subtle on Tinder.

Tinder is a location-based social search mobile app that allows users to like (swipe right) or dislike (swipe left) other users, and allows users to chat if both parties liked each other in the app (a "match"). The app is often used as a hookup app. Information available to the users is based on pictures from Facebook, a short bio that users write themselves, and optionally, a linked Instagram or Spotify account.

Originally developed by Hatch Labs, the app was launched in 2012. By 2014, it was registering about one billion "swipes" per day. Tinder is among the first "swiping apps", whose users employ a swiping motion to choose photos of other users, swiping right for potentially good matches and swiping left on a photo to move to the next one.

Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. As one of the world's leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which has received widespread media coverage. You knew that already, right?

If you don't have a roof... (31.05)

Ira: I understand how it must make you feel to have to ask for a favor like that. But everyone has a roof. Accept it. [smacks lips]

Chuck: A roof?

Ira: Those two years I was in Russia, it was right after the wall came down. There was money and crazy women. The Wild West of capitalism. Anyway, in Russia, you had to pay someone to protect you, either the cops or the mob, and then they were your "roof. " - Mm. - That's what they called it. You're down right now. It's not a moment for pride. It's a moment for, uh consolidation. Positioning, a little security. Senior's your roof. - Everyone needs a roof. -

Chuck: I may need one. It doesn't mean I have to fucking like it.

Ira: Yeah, but if you don't have a roof, you can't be surprised when it starts raining on you.

Chuck: Well, it's like the man sang, "it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but you're gonna have to serve somebody," right?

"Gotta Serve Somebody" is a song by Bob Dylan from his 1979 studio album Slow Train Coming. It won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Male in 1979.

The song was recorded in May of that year at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield, Alabama. The title never appears as such in the lyrics, though numerous mentions of " Gonna " with "Serve Somebody" come close. The B-side, "Trouble in Mind" was a Dylan original that was recorded for "Gotta Serve Somebody" 's parent album but was ultimately left off it.

As Dylan's first release during his "gospel" period, "Gotta Serve Somebody" was met with divisive reviews; John Lennon famously criticized the song and released a parody titled "Serve Yourself" in response. Nevertheless, the single won the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Male in 1979. The effort is still Dylan's latest top 40 hit on the Hot 100, peaking at #24 and remaining on the chart for 12 weeks. In 2016, Rolling Stone magazine featured the song as #43 on its list of "100 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs.”

Oh. You're killing me, man... (5.00)

Ira: Hey, Chuck.

Chuck: Come in.

Ira: I drove by Katz's on the way here.

Chuck: Oh. You're killing me, man.

Ira: No? Well, I'm going in.

Katz's Delicatessen, also known as Katz's of New York City, is a kosher-style delicatessen located at 205 East Houston Street, on the southwest corner of Houston and Ludlow Streets on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, New York City.

Since its founding in 1888, it has been popular among locals and tourists alike for its pastrami on rye, which is considered among New York's best. Each week, Katz's serves 15,000 lb (6,800 kg) of pastrami, 8,000 lb (3,600 kg) of corned beef, 2,000 lb (910 kg) of salami and 4,000 hot dogs. In 2016, Zagat gave Katz's a food rating of 4.5 out of 5, and ranked it as the number one deli in New York City. Website here.

Bombaye... (33.19)

Chuck: Are we playing it too safe?

Ira: These are just the initial questions I'm gonna be asking Axe. I'm giving him a little Rumble in the Jungle at first.

Chuck: Bombaye.

Ira: Yeah. I'm gonna do all that, you understand, at the deposition. But I got to say it again - you shouldn't come.

The Rumble in the Jungle was a historic boxing event in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) on October 30, 1974 (at 4:00 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, a 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.

Bombaye refers to the chant ‘Ali bomaye’, which came from Ali’s supporters in Kinshasha and features throughout the classic documentary made about the fight, When We Were Kings. It means “Ali, kill him!” in a Bantu language.

I usually get a full-on Woodrow Wilson... (3.08)

Ira: You know, I usually get a full-on Woodrow Wilson going when I'm billing a client for hundreds of lawyer hours a week. But, uh, every hour I spend with you, I'm aware little by little, you're getting wiped out, and that's even though I'm underbilling you. And then I sign the slips for all the associates putting in time on your cases, and I wind up feeling a little sick.

Chuck: Just keep doing what you're doing. I'll figure it out.

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was, obviously, the 28th President of the United States. Why his name is also given to a slang term for a boner, I am unclear to say the least. Maybe just because ‘wood’-row? No doubt somebody will explain…

I always knew I'd end up like John Mitchell... (24.32)

Ira: You're basically asking me to form the committee to re-elect the president. I always knew I'd end up like John Mitchell.

Chuck: Ira.

Ira: I'll do it. Fuck it.

John Newton Mitchell (September 15, 1913 – November 9, 1988) was the 67th Attorney General of the United States (1969–1972) under President Richard Nixon. Prior to that, he had been a municipal bond lawyer, director of Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign, and one of Nixon's closest personal friends.

After his tenure as U.S. Attorney General, he served as director of Nixon's 1972 presidential campaign. Due to multiple crimes he committed in the Watergate affair, Mitchell was sentenced to prison in 1977 and served 19 months. As Attorney General, he was noted for personifying the "law-and-order" positions of the Nixon Administration, amid several high-profile anti-war demonstrations.

That's so Chuck of you... (31.49)

Chuck: Funny thing, the egg cream, hmm? No egg in it, no cream, either. Just chocolate syrup, a splash of milk, seltzer. I guess the French had a drink called chocolat et creme.The American corruption for that became "egg cream." 

Ira: Wonderful arcana. That’s, that's so Chuck of you. God, I used to love that shit. Go home and write it in my journal.

An egg cream is a cold beverage consisting of milk, carbonated water, and flavored syrup (typically chocolate or vanilla). Despite the name, the drink contains neither eggs nor cream.

The egg cream is almost exclusively a fountain drink. Although there have been several attempts to bottle it, none has been wholly successful, as its fresh taste and characteristic head require mixing of the ingredients just before drinking.

Most writing on the egg cream assumes that it originated among Eastern European Jewish immigrants in New York City. This has led to a variety of theories to explain the widely noted paradox that the New York City egg cream is made with neither eggs nor cream.

Stanley Auster, the grandson of the beverage's alleged inventor, has been quoted as saying that the origins of the name are lost in time. One commonly accepted origin is that egg is a corruption of the German word echt — also found in Yiddish, meaning "genuine" or "real" — and this was a "good cream".

Food historian Andrew Smith writes: "During the 1880s, a popular specialty was made with chocolate syrup, cream, and raw eggs mixed into soda water, In poorer neighborhoods, a less expensive version of this treat was created, called the Egg Cream (made without the eggs or cream)."

The explanation to which Chuck subscribes comes from reports that it grew out of a request for chocolat et crème from someone, possibly the actor Boris Thomashefsky who had experienced a similar drink in Paris, which according to his heavy accent morphed the name into something like "egg cream", which then developed into the current term.

Oh, too soon?... (19.33)

Bobby: Go for the Recession Special, even though the recession's over. You know what? I'm not even sure which recession they're referring to. They all end, though. Yours can, too. And two dogs and a drink at that price is a hell of a deal.

Ira: You done? 'Cause I'm just getting ready to go. Civil suit. Reimbursement and damages. I help EDNY hang a guilty verdict on you, and my case is the Dream Team versus Cuba. Even if you slither out of the criminal courts, I hammer you like the Goldmans did O.J.

Bobby: Ira, if that felon found a way not to pay a penny, what do you think I'm gonna do? Besides, can you really afford to wait that long? Better question, will that beautiful and sweet fiancé of yours?

Ira: Oh, you're following me, you sick motherfucker?

Counter Guy: What do you want?

Bobby: Uh, two Recessions, and what juice are you having? Oh, too soon? Couple Cokes.

Ira: Bobby, I'm not some sucker who's just gonna play along with whatever game you got running. I'm taking you to court, guns up. I'm gonna win a fat judgment, and then, because I got nothing else, thanks to you, I'm gonna make it my sole purpose in life to stick to you like Lester Hayes until you've paid it willingly just to get me to go away. So you take your hot dogs and shove 'em up your ass, lengthwise.

Bobby: That's not very open-minded of you, Ira. You should be more open-minded!

The greatest American Olympic basketball team - The Dream Team - destroyed the Cuban national team 136.57 in an infamous game in 1992. More info in link.

Ronald Lyle Goldman (July 2, 1968 – June 12, 1994) was an American restaurant waiter and a friend of Nicole Brown Simpson; they were killed in 1994 at her Brentwood, Los Angeles home. Nicole's ex-husband, O. J. Simpson, was acquitted of their murders in 1995, but found liable for both deaths in a 1997 civil suit. Follow the link for the context of this reference.

Lester Craig Hayes (born January 22, 1955) is a former professional American football player for the Oakland / Los Angeles Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). Hayes was commonly referred to as "the Judge" and also as "Lester the Molester" because of his bump and run coverage. He had a distinct stance, crouching very low when facing the opposing wide receiver. He was also known for using Stickum before it was banned in 1981 by a rule bearing his name.

like ice under a Zamboni... (35.50)

Ira: It's just a transaction to you, this whole thing? Numbers move from here to there, and emotions are smoothed out, like ice under a Zamboni.

An ice resurfacer is a vehicle or hand-pushed device used to clean and smooth the surface of a sheet of ice, usually in an ice rink. The first ice resurfacer was pioneered and developed in 1949 in the city of Paramount, California by American inventor and engineer Frank Zamboni. As such, an ice resurfacer is often referred to as a "Zamboni" regardless of brand or manufacturer.

Of course to Taiga... (3.49)

Chuck: You're married. To Taiga.


Chuck: Who was the best man?

Ira: There wasn't one.

Chuck: Come on.

Ira: Shapiro.

Chuck: Oh. Shit Really?

Ira: I'm sorry you could only to do it at 50 percent of my weddings. Wouldn't have made you Cal Ripken, but it would have been nice to keep the streak going.

Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr. (born August 24, 1960), nicknamed "The Iron Man", is an American former baseball shortstop and third baseman who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles (1981–2001). One of his position's most offensively productive players, Ripken compiled 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, and 1,695 runs batted in during his career, and he won two Gold Glove Awards for his defense. He was a 19-time All-Star and was twice named American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP). Ripken holds the record for consecutive games played, 2,632, surpassing Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 that had stood for 56 years and that many deemed unbreakable. In 2007, he was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, and currently has the fourth highest voting percentage of all time (98.53%).

The bitch is a booster... (17.57)

Chuck: Ira, uh, this is Pete Decker. He's in the health and conditioning industry.

Ira: Is this a bailout?

Chuck: More like an intervention. Tell him what you told me, Pete.

Decker: The bitch is a booster. The bitch is a born thief.

Ira: You talking about my wife? You looked into her?

Chuck: She needed looking into, so I looked.

I never would’ve got this one. Thanks to Brian Koppelman for the heads up! Decker is lifting these lines from House of Games the 1987 movie written and directed by David Mamet in which a psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.

Just the farewell... (35.10)

Ira: Fraunces. Fitting.

Chuck: Washington bid farewell to his troops here. Even at my best Even though I never got my troops again.

Ira: Just the farewell. I don't see any other way either.

Fraunces Tavern is a landmark museum and restaurant in New York City, situated at 54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street. The location played a prominent role in history before, during and after the American Revolution, serving as a headquarters for George Washington, a venue for peace negotiations with the British, and housing federal offices in the Early Republic. It has been owned since 1904 by Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York Inc., which carried out a major conjectural reconstruction, and claim it is Manhattan's oldest surviving building. The museum interprets the building and its history, along with varied exhibitions of art and artifacts. The tavern is a tourist site and a part of the American Whiskey Trail and the New York Freedom Trail.