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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.

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.

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.

This isn’t from Ikea, is it?... (27.53)

Connerty: [Pats sofa] This isn’t from Ikea, is it?

Sacker: No. But it works the same way.

IKEA is a Swedish-founded multinational group that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories, among other useful goods and occasionally home services. It has been the world's largest furniture retailer since at least 2008. It was founded in Sweden in 1943 by 17-year-old carpenter, Ingvar Kamprad, who was listed by Forbes in 2015 as one of the ten richest people in the world, worth more than $40 billion.

It's Chinatown, Jake... (31.00)

Chuck: Case is terminated.

Sacker: What the fuck is going on?

Looked like a winner, but it's not. 'Cause there is no gun. Uh, there will never be a gun. That's good legwork, Lonnie. Thank you. But I don't want you burning out your legs chasing another ghost.

Sacker: Bryan.

Chuck: Okay.

Lonnie: It's Chinatown, Jake.

Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film was inspired by the California Water Wars, a series of disputes over southern California water at the beginning of the 20th century, by which Los Angeles interests secured water rights in the Owens Valley. The Robert Evans production, a Paramount Pictures release, was the director's last film in the United States and features many elements of film noir, particularly a multi-layered story that is part mystery and part psychological drama.

In 1991, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" and it is frequently listed as one of the greatest films of all time. At the 47th Academy Awards, it was nominated for 11 Oscars, with Towne winning Best Original Screenplay. The Golden Globe Awards honored it for Best Drama, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay. The American Film Institute placed it second among its top ten mystery films in 2008.

A sequel, The Two Jakes, was released in 1990, again starring Nicholson, who also directed, with Robert Towne returning to write the screenplay. The film failed to generate the acclaim of its predecessor.

Let's see if we can Tinker Tailor his ass.... (38.40)

Sacker: That's him. African-American gentleman, Jefferies, Clement. Age 62.

Chuck: Okay. Let's see if we can Tinker Tailor his ass.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 1974 spy novel by British author John le Carré. It follows the endeavors of taciturn, aging spymaster George Smiley to uncover a Soviet mole in the British Secret Intelligence Service. Since the time of its publication, the novel has received critical acclaim for its complex social commentary and lack of sensationalism, and remains a staple of the spy fiction genre.

So what Chuck's looking for… (33.30)

Lonnie: Lawrence Boyd and the A.G. went to fucking Horace Mann together. So what Chuck's looking for…

Sacker: Is an enemy.

Horace Mann School (also known as Horace Mann or HM) is an independent college preparatory school in the Bronx, founded in 1887. Horace Mann is a member of the Ivy Preparatory School League, educating students from the New York metropolitan area from nursery school to the twelfth grade. The Upper, Middle, and Lower Divisions are located in Riverdale, a neighborhood of the Bronx, while the Nursery School is located in Manhattan. The John Dorr Nature Laboratory, a 275 acres campus in Washington Depot, Connecticut, serves as the school's outdoor and community education center. Tuition for the 2014–15 school year was $43,300 from nursery through twelfth grade, making it the second most expensive private school in New York City. Tuition for the 2018-2019 school year from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve is $51,000. Niche, a website where students review their own schools, places Horace Mann at #4 in its list of 2018 Best Private High Schools in New York.

Maybe he won't get it... (24.02)

Lonnie: Line AUSA's like us, you're only looking at 600K to start.

Sacker: You get Chief of Crim and go private, it's a lot more than 600.

Lonnie: It's double. [sighs] I just don't think I can stick around if Connerty gets it. I'm not gonna have the stomach for that shit.

Sacker: Maybe he won't get it.

Lonnie: After Boyd?

Sacker: Don't count yourself out. You've been crushing it lately.

Lonnie: Chuck took him to Keens for lunch.

Sacker: Oh, shit.

Lonnie: Yeah. Shit.

Keens Steakhouse is a steakhouse restaurant located at 72 West 36th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue) in the Garment District in Manhattan, New York City. The restaurant houses more than 50,000 smoking pipes, making it one of the largest collections in the world. The restaurant was founded in 1885 by Albert Keen in Herald Square, what was then the Theater District. Keens is the second oldest steakhouse in New York City after the Old Homestead Steakhouse.

Then one day, he just fragged my ass... (15.41)

Sacker: Tell me about Axe.

Stephanie: He was unreadable. At three o'clock, he was writing checks to aid earthquake victims in the Caribbean. At 3:45, he was cornering the market on Churchill first editions just to stick it to an enemy. And then one day, he just fragged my ass. I never really saw it coming.

Sacker: Did he give an explanation? 

Stephanie: No. I guess he just didn't want a witness anymore. Referred to himself as a Terminator.

Sacker: What does that mean? 

Stephanie: A cybernetic organism, programmed to kill. Living tissue over robotic endoskeleton.

Sacker: I've seen the movie. I just meant…

The Terminator is a 1984 American science-fiction action horror film directed by James Cameron. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, a cyborg assassin sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose son will one day become a saviour against machines in a post-apocalyptic future.

Boyd is not in prison... (20.33)

Chuck: Is this a desk talk or a couch talk? 

Sacker: Lawrence Boyd.

Chuck: Couch.

Sacker: We made a deal to put Boyd in prison. Boyd is not in prison. And he's not Papillon.

Papillon (French: "butterfly") is an autobiographical novel written by Henri Charrière, first published in France on 30 April 1969. Papillon is Charrière's nickname. The novel details Papillon's incarceration and subsequent escape from the French penal colony of French Guiana, and covers a 14-year period between 1931 and 1945. The book was an immediate sensation and instant bestseller, achieving widespread fame and critical acclaim, and is considered a modern-day classic. Upon publication it spent 21 weeks as number 1 bestseller in France, with more than 1.5 million copies sold in France alone. 239 editions of the book have since been published worldwide, in 21 different languages.

The book was adapted as a 1973 film of the same name, starring Steve McQueen as Henri Charrière and Dustin Hoffman as Louis Dega. Differences include a section of the movie set in the mainland penal colony. This does not occur in the book. The film received largely positive reviews. The film was remade in 2017, based on the novel and the 1973 film, starring Charlie Hunnam as "Papillon" and Rami Malek as Dega.

Like Costner did in Wolves... (16.58)

Karl: You really are starting a war. Like Costner did in Wolves. Riding right up to the enemy line, letting 'em take their shots at you, almost daring them to kill you.

Chuck: Like him, I am the walking wounded already. Might as well go out Bon Jovi style.

Sacker: Blaze of Glory, huh? 

Chuck: You've worked for me a long while, Kate, you've studied hard. Good one.

Sacker: So we can't talk you out of this one? 

Chuck: No. But we can be more careful than Mr. Costner was. So as not to tip off Main Justice until the case is built.

Kevin Michael Costner (born January 18, 1955) is an American actor, director, producer, and musician. His accolades include two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, one Primetime Emmy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic Western film starring, directed and produced by Kevin Costner. It is a film adaptation of the 1988 book of the same name by Michael Blake that tells the story of Union Army lieutenant John J. Dunbar (Costner) who travels to the American frontier to find a military post and of his dealings with a group of Lakota Indians.

Bon Jovi is an American rock band formed in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey. It consists of singer Jon Bon Jovi, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, guitarist Phil X, and bassist Hugh McDonald. Previous bassist Alec John Such was dismissed in 1994, and longtime guitarist and co-songwriter Richie Sambora left in 2013. To date they have sold an estimated 13 bazillion records. Or something.

Blaze of Glory is Jon Bon Jovi's debut solo studio album, released in 1990. It includes songs from and inspired by the movie Young Guns II. Emilio Estevez asked for Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" as the theme song for his upcoming Billy the Kid sequel, but Jon Bon Jovi ended up composing an all-new theme song for the film's soundtrack instead. The album featured guests such as Elton John, Little Richard, and Jeff Beck. Blaze of Glory was awarded a Golden Globe. It also received Academy Award and Grammy nominations.

Oh, my God... (1.30)

Sacker: I can't believe you brought me here. Thank you.

Chuck: I was surprised to learn the viral videos so afflicted you.

Sacker: Oh. They don't usually but I mean - Oh, my God. Oh!

Chuck: You know we could just order the tomahawk and have him do his whole thing here at the table.

Sacker: Uh, no. I'm all right looking at the eclipse through the cereal box.

This was a whole viral video thing. Nusret Gökçe (born in 1983), nicknamed Salt Bae, is a Turkish butcher, chef, and restaurateur, who owns Nusr-Et, a chain of steak houses. His technique for preparing and seasoning meat became an internet sensation.

The bloodshed and the cover-up... (27.40)

Sacker: The head of Texas South Cable likes to hire undocumented workers and pay them under the table. Drivers, nannies, landscapers.

Karl: But this guy still spends weekends with Jock and his brother, Zeb. Even if we manage to spook him, how can we make sure he doesn't run to Jock, who then treats us to our own personal My Lai Massacre. The bloodshed and the cover-up.

The Mỹ Lai Massacre was the Vietnam War mass murder of unarmed South Vietnamese civilians by U.S. troops in Sơn Tịnh District, South Vietnam, on 16 March 1968. Between 347 and 504 unarmed people were killed by the U.S. Army soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade, 23rd (Americal) Infantry Division. Victims included men, women, children, and infants. Some of the women were gang-raped and their bodies mutilated as were children as young as 12. Twenty-six soldiers were charged with criminal offenses, but only Lieutenant William Calley Jr., a platoon leader in C Company, was convicted. Found guilty of killing 22 villagers, he was originally given a life sentence, but served only three and a half years under house arrest. The massacre, which was later called "the most shocking episode of the Vietnam War",  took place in two hamlets of Sơn Mỹ village in Quảng Ngãi Province. These hamlets were marked on the U.S. Army topographic maps as Mỹ Lai and Mỹ Khê.

Lemme get in the ring for you... (32.50)

Cruz: I really appreciate you looking out for the little guy in the ring, and that you think it's the right thing to do to stand in his corner. But it isn't.The right thing is to get his ass out of the ring so he's not taking punches.

Sacker: No, the right thing to do is to get Triple G to go in the ring for him and fuck the other guy up. So come on. I'm the Triple G of the Southern District. Lemme get in the ring for you.

Cruz: And I'm sure you are. But no thanks. At the end of the day, I just don't wanna get sued.

Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (born 8 April 1982), often known by his nickname "GGG" or "Triple G", is a Kazakhstani professional boxer. He is a former unified middleweight world champion, having held the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO titles between 2010 and 2018. As of October 2018, he is ranked as the world's second best active middleweight by The Ring magazine, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB), and BoxRec. He is also ranked as the world's sixth best active boxer, pound for pound, by The Ring; third by BoxRec; and seventh by the TBRB.

Don't speak any more German at me.... (13.10)

Connerty: You trying out for community board rep?

Sacker: Are you trying out for Sturmbannfuhrer?

Connerty: I was following a direct order from my superior.

Sacker: Exactly what Herr Adolf Eichmann said when they caught him in Argentina.

Connerty: Don't speak any more German at me. Jock told me to go shut it down. What should I have done?

Sacker: In American then? Refuse the order. Like Dawson and Downey should've with the code red.

Sturmbannführer ("assault unit leader") was a Nazi Party paramilitary rank equivalent to major that was used in several Nazi organizations, such as the SA, SS, and the NSFK. Translated as "assault (or storm) unit leader" (Sturmbann being the SA and early SS equivalent to a battalion), the rank originated from German shock troop units of the First World War. The SA title of Sturmbannführer was first established in 1921. In 1928, the title became an actual rank and was also one of the first established SS ranks.

Otto Adolf Eichmann (19 March 1906 – 1 June 1962) was a German-Austrian Nazi SS-Obersturmbannführer (Senior Assault Unit Leader) and one of the major organizers of the Holocaust. He was tasked by SS-Obergruppenführer (Senior Group Leader) Reinhard Heydrich with facilitating and managing the logistics involved in the mass deportation of Jews to ghettos and extermination camps in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe during World War II. He was captured by the Mossad in Argentina on 11 May 1960 and subsequently found guilty of war crimes in a widely publicised trial in Jerusalem, Israel. Eichmann was executed by hanging in 1962.

Dawson and Downey are characters from the 1992 movie A Few Good Men, directed by Rob Reiner, written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson.