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Schott’s Miscellany... (32.45)

Wendy: I’m sure you could put out a Schott’s Miscellany about the place. 

Victor: Schott’s?

Wendy: It’s like a farmer’s almanac for non-farm stuff…


Schott's Miscellanies are a set of best-selling books by Ben Schott. They consist of a collection of trivia generally centred on the culture of the United Kingdom (and to a lesser extent the rest of the European Union and the Commonwealth). Bloomsbury published the first book in 2002, to widespread acclaim. The books are as follows: Schott's Original Miscellany, Schott's Food & Drink Miscellany, Schott's Sporting, Gaming & Idling Miscellany, and Schott's Quintessential Miscellany. Together the first three books have sold over two million copies, and Schott's Original Miscellany has been translated into more than 13 languages (including Japanese). Schott also compiled the annual Schott's Almanac, a modern take on the traditional almanac. In December 2005, The Guardian newspaper, which described Schott's Original Miscellany as "the publishing sensation of the year", produced a special edition of its G2 section with selections from the book's 2006 edition.

Heading for Omaha Beach... (38.27)

Wendy: How are the troops holding up?

Dollar Bill: Like we're on a fucking Higgins boat heading straight for Omaha beach.

The landing craft, vehicle, personnel (LCVP) or Higgins boat was a landing craft used extensively in amphibious landings in World War II. The craft was designed by Andrew Higgins based on boats made for operating in swamps and marshes. More than 23,358 were built, by Higgins Industries and licensees. Typically constructed from plywood, this shallow-draft, barge-like boat could ferry a roughly platoon-sized complement of 36 men to shore at 9 knots (17 km/h). Men generally entered the boat by climbing down a cargo net hung from the side of their troop transport; they exited by charging down the boat's lowered bow ramp.

Omaha, commonly known as Omaha Beach, was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during World War II. 'Omaha' refers to a section of the coast of Normandy, France, facing the English Channel 8 kilometers (5 mi) long, from east of Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes to west of Vierville-sur-Mer on the right bank of the Douve River estuary and an estimated 150-foot (45 m) tall cliffs. Landings here were necessary to link the British landings to the east at Gold with the American landing to the west at Utah, thus providing a continuous lodgement on the Normandy coast of the Bay of the Seine. Taking Omaha was to be the responsibility of United States Army troops, with sea transport, mine sweeping, and a naval bombardment force provided predominantly by the United States Navy and Coast Guard, with contributions from the British, Canadian, and Free French navies.

Yo, bitches, saddle up... (40.08)

Wendy: I think it's time for one of your offsite team building exercises.

Wags: Yo, bitches, saddle up. Body sushi at the strip joint, on me.

Nyotaimori (女体盛り, "serve (foods) on the female body", often referred to as "body sushi", is the Japanese practice of serving sashimi or sushi from the naked body of a woman.The Japanese practice of nyotaimori – serving sushi on a naked body – is said to have its origins in the samurai period in Japan. In the words of chef Mike Keenan, "The naked sushi idea began during the samurai period in Japan. It was a subculture to the geishas. It would take place in a geisha house as a celebration after a victorious battle." Nyotaimori originated in Ishikawa Prefecture and continues to be practiced there.

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.

It's like a Negroni… (41.00)

Chase: I couldn't stop thinking about your problem.

Wendy: Uh-huh.

Chase: Now I know you're the doc, but let me prescribe you something. A boulevardier for her, please, and another one for me. It's like a Negroni, but with rye instead of gin. Try it.

Wendy: How the fuck did you know I liked Negronis?

Chase: Billie told me. Well, I asked her.

Wendy: Is that something a headhunter needs to know about a client these days?

Chase: Well, you're more interesting than my other clients.

Wendy: Cut the shit. I don't need to be flattered.

Chase: That's an occupational hazard, and in your case, it's not flattery.

The boulevardier cocktail is an alcoholic drink composed of whisky, sweet vermouth, and campari. Its creation is ascribed to Erskine Gwynne, an American-born writer who founded a monthly magazine in Paris called Boulevardier, which appeared from 1927 to 1932. The boulevardier is similar to a Negroni, sharing two of its three ingredients. It is differentiated by its use of bourbon whiskey or rye whiskey as its principal component instead of gin. Paul Clark, writing for the food blog Serious Eats, says, "This isn't a Negroni. It is, however, the Negroni's long-lost autumnal cousin.”…

Ruggie Wrap with Cones... (16.30)

Wendy: Lunch, is it?

Mafee: Yeah. Ruggie Wrap with Cones.

Wendy: Mm.

Mafee: I have an extra.

Wendy: Sure. I'll have half.

As explained on the Reddit Billions thread: “The Ruggie Wrap with cones is a BIG CT [Conneticut] shoutout. Cones are very much a Fairfield County thing. they are basically deep fried mashed potato balls. the Ruggie is from Chicken Joes. There are a handful of places in FC that do cones right and Chicken Joes is one of the OG's.”

Shooter's gotta shoot.... (26.45)

Wendy: Oh, my God. You're like Kobe firing up shots when he's two for 18. No doubt in your mind the next one's going in.

Bobby: Kobe? Steph Curry. Jordan, maybe. Don't give me Kobe.

Wendy: Shooter's gotta shoot. Unwavering belief in our own capabilities. It's essential to a point. Keeps us functioning at a high level.

Bobby: Until it isn't, right?

Wendy: Maybe your self-image is creating a blind spot.

Bobby: We're not on a break, are we?

Wendy: No.

Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships with the Lakers. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. He led the NBA in scoring during two seasons and ranks third on the league's all-time regular season scoring and fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list. He holds the NBA record for the most seasons playing with one franchise for an entire career and is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Bryant is the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons.

Wardell Stephen Curry II (born March 14, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Many players and analysts have called him the greatest shooter in NBA history. He is credited with revolutionizing the game of basketball by inspiring teams to regularly employ the three-point shot as part of their winning strategy.

In 2014–15, Curry won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award and led the Warriors to their first championship since 1975. The following season, he became the first player in NBA history to be elected MVP by a unanimous vote and to lead the league in scoring while shooting above 50–40–90. That same year, the Warriors broke the record for the most wins in an NBA season en route to reaching the 2016 NBA Finals, which they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Curry helped the Warriors return to the NBA Finals in 2017 and 2018, where they won back-to-back titles.

Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player. He played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. His biography on the official NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.” Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. He is currently the principal owner and chairman of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets.

Whoa! Powerball winner... (33.00)

Bobby: I was planning to give you two million. It just went up to five.

Wendy: How do I know you mean it, that I won't walk down to my office and find it's one million and another four you're keeping invested here for me?

Bobby: I'll wire it to you now, to your own account. Wags, five sticks wired now to Wendy Rhoades' personal account.

Wags: Whoa! Powerball winner.

Powerball is an American lottery game offered by 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. It is coordinated by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), a nonprofit organization formed by an agreement with US lotteries. Powerball's minimum advertised jackpot is $40 million (annuity); Powerball's annuity is paid in 30 graduated installments or winners may choose a lump sum payment instead. One lump sum payment will be less than the total of the 30 annual payments because of the time value of money.

Drawings for Powerball are held every Wednesday and Saturday evening at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Since October 7, 2015, the game has used a 5/69 (white balls) + 1/26 (Powerballs) matrix from which winning numbers are chosen, resulting in odds of 1 in 292,201,338 of winning a jackpot per play. Each play costs $2, or $3 with the Power Play option. (Originally, Powerball plays cost $1; when PowerPlay began, such games were $2.) The official cutoff for ticket sales is 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time; some lotteries cut off sales earlier. The drawings are usually held at the Florida Lottery’s studio in Tallahassee.

On January 13, 2016, Powerball produced the largest lottery jackpot in history; the $1.586 billion jackpot was split by three tickets sold in Chino Hills, California,  in Munford, Tennessee, and in Melbourne Beach, Florida.

He did that after Marilyn was dead... (29.50)

Bobby: First, I apologized. But if it takes me sending you flowers every day, Joe DiMaggio style, to prove it, I will.

Wendy: He did that after Marilyn was dead. Yours would have the same effect on me that his had on her.

Joseph Paul DiMaggio (November 25, 1914 – March 8, 1999), nicknamed "Joltin' Joe" and "The Yankee Clipper", was an American baseball center fielder who played his entire 13-year career in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. Born to Italian immigrants in California, he is widely considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak (May 15 – July 16, 1941), a record that still stands.

DiMaggio was a three-time Most Valuable Player Award winner and an All-Star in each of his 13 seasons. During his tenure with the Yankees, the club won ten American League pennants and nine World Series championships.

At the time of his retirement after the 1951 season, he ranked fifth in career home runs (361) and sixth in career slugging percentage (.579). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955, and was voted the sport's greatest living player in a poll taken during the baseball centennial year of 1969. His brothers Vince (1912–1986) and Dom (1917–2009) also were major league center fielders. DiMaggio is widely known for his marriage and lifelong devotion to Marilyn Monroe.

You didn't come out to Brooklyn for cufflinks... (11.47)

Charles Snr: I was looking for some cufflinks I lent my son, but I couldn't find them in the bedroom.

Wendy: You were in my bedroom?

Charles Snr: And most of Chuck's suits seem to be gone from the closet.

Wendy: You didn't come out to Brooklyn for cufflinks.

Charles Snr: Is Chuck living at the Yale Club? Some gal in accounting messed up, sent me a charge for a breakfast on a day that I was not there. So I asked for the chits, and it was Chuck's signature on the line at 6:30 a.m.

Wendy: Yes, we've separated for now.

The Yale Club of New York City, commonly called The Yale Club, is a private club in Midtown Manhattan, in New York City, New York, United States. Its membership is restricted almost entirely to alumni and faculty of Yale University. With a clubhouse comprising 22 stories The Yale Club has a worldwide membership of over 11,000. Upon opening its doors in 1915, the building became the largest Clubhouse in the world and continues to be the largest college clubhouse in existence today. Website here.

So you're my personal Dalai Lama?... (11.37)

Krakow: This is for you by way of an apology for putting you in an awkward position.

Wendy: Do I really look like I need $5,000 worth of spa treatments?

Krakow: You look like you wouldn't give yourself the gift of peace of mind, so I did.

Wendy: So you're my personal Dalai Lama?

Krakow: I did spend part of last summer in the company of Rinpoche.

Sogyal Rinpoche is a Tibetan Dzogchen lama of the Nyingma tradition. Before his retirement, in the wake of abuse allegations in 2017, he had been teaching for 40 years in Europe, America, Australia and Asia. He is the founder and ex-spiritual director of Rigpa—an international network of over 100 Buddhist centres and groups in 23 countries around the world—and the author of the best-selling book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, which has been printed in 30 languages and 56 countries. Sogyal Rinpoche has been accused of sexual and physical assault and abuse, as well as misusing charitable funds, with allegations stretching back to the 1970s. Rigpa announced these allegations would be investigated by an outside party and a report has now been published, upholding most of the allegations. Sogyal Rinpoche has not responded to the report but has stated that "I am clear in my own mind that I have never, ever, acted towards anyone with a motive of selfish gain or harmful intent." On a previous occasion, both he and Rigpa denied allegations.

Why do you want to go up there?... (12.48)

Wendy: Why do you want to go up there?

Elena Gabriel: It's the undiscovered country.

Wendy: Hmm. That's from Hamlet. He was describing death.

Elena Gabriel: It's the final frontier.

Wendy: How about in your own words?

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602. Set in Denmark, the play dramatises the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of Hamlet's father, King Hamlet. Claudius had murdered his own brother and seized the throne, also marrying his deceased brother's widow.

There are also a lot of Star Trek jokes in this exchange too. The Undiscovered Country is also the title of Star Trek VI. The final frontier is, of course, also a Star Trek reference.

Do you like Wilco?... (24.15)

Elena Gabriel: This may sound like a weird non-answer-question thing, but do you like Wilco? Yeah.

Wendy: Yes, I love the one with "Jesus, don't cry…”

Elena Gabriel: Yeah, me too, because in that one, Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett had found in each other a perfect mind meld. They communicated on a level few ever reach. But the thing about Wilco in that moment is, it was never that good again. Bennett left the group. Somehow, even though each had to know the other made him better, they just couldn't find a way to keep going together.

Wendy: Did the band break up?

Elena Gabriel: No. Even without Bennett, Wilco was Wilco. It kept trucking along.

Wendy: And Bennett?

Elena Gabriel: He died, just a couple years later. He OD'd. Somehow, on his own, he couldn't keep it together. Makes you wonder how you can find a true partner and keep them.

Wilco is an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure. Wilco's lineup changed frequently during its first decade, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the lineup has been unchanged, consisting of Tweedy, Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released ten studio albums, a live double album, and four collaborations: three with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5.

The song Wendy is referring to is Jesus Don’t Cry from the band’s 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

Drinking, women, and drugs in perfect balance... (41.50)

Wendy: This is your third divorce, but your first ass tattoo. Any ideas?

Wags: My idea was the drinking, women, and drugs in perfect balance. An infinite Zen garden.

Wendy: Simplicity, harmony between the elements, purity, that's what makes it a Zen garden. I think you're confusing it with the AVN Awards.

The AVN Awards are film awards sponsored and presented by the American adult video industry trade magazine AVN (Adult Video News) to recognize achievement in various aspects of the creation and marketing of American pornographic movies and they are called the "Oscars of porn".

A carcass with no further purpose... (43.30)

Wags: Holy shit.

Wendy: Holy shit?

Wags: Phil. I can't believe I missed this.

Wendy: Phil?

Wags: Phillip Carroll.

Wendy: Another prick?

Wags: No. No, the opposite. Guy was my mentor. Back when I started at Lehman. He was the Wilt fucking Chamberlain of Wall Street. Paid for the whole group's vacations when he killed it. Didn't even close his door when he got crushed. I saw him on the street. Hey, Phil! He looked at me, and I waved. He walked right past me. Fucking DK'd me like I was a ghost. Turns out, he has early-onset Alzheimer's. Can't even go out by himself now. His wife left him. His kids don't come around. It was fucked. He was there, but he wasn't there. A carcass with no further purpose.

Wilton Norman Chamberlain (August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) was an American basketball player who played center position and is considered one of the most prominent and dominant players in NBA history. He played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the University of Kansas and also for the Harlem Globetrotters before playing in the NBA. Chamberlain stood 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall, and weighed 250 pounds (110 kg) as a rookie before bulking up to 275 and eventually to over 300 pounds (140 kg) with the Lakers.

Chamberlain holds numerous NBA records in scoring, rebounding, and durability categories. He is the only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season. He won seven scoring, eleven rebounding, nine field goal percentage titles and led the league in assists once. Chamberlain is the only player in NBA history to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game in a season, which he accomplished seven times. He is also the only player to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game over the entire course of his NBA career.

I'm about to bust open a bottle of rosé... (12.26)

Wendy: How ya doing?

Chuck: Uh, very well. Quite well.

Wendy: You sure?

Chuck: Mm-hmm. Busy, but, uh, otherwise, I'm crackerjack. And I'm about to bust open a bottle of rosé to prove it. Care to join me?

Wendy: The Wolffer?

Chuck: Yeah. Last bottle.

Wendy: Sure.

“One hundred miles east of New York City, nestled among the country clubs and seven-figure properties of Sagaponack, N.Y., is a picturesque winery that on the surface would suggest idealistic tranquility.

Wölffer Estate Vineyard, founded in 1988 on a 55-acre former potato farm, was the passion project of Christian Wölffer, a German-born venture capitalist who tragically died in 2008 at age 70 in a swimming accident off the Brazilian coast.

Wölffer’s estate was left to his four children—twins raised in Germany and a pair of sisters who grew up in the Hamptons and New York City. They weren’t close because of age and geographical differences, but the loss of their father brought one sibling from each set together. Marc Wölffer (the German) and his sister Joey Wölffer (the American) bought out their siblings and set up Wölffer to be a family winery that they would split control of.

Since the children took over, Wölffer’s sales have boomed, doubling in size about every two years. Wölffer sold nearly 80,000 cases of wine and hard cider last year, mostly of its Long Island–made wines. Summer in a Bottle, its distinctively labeled rosé launched in 2013, is now Wölffer’s bestselling brand.”

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You used him as a prop... (8.03)

Wendy: You said you wanted to spend the day with him.

Chuck: Yeah, I said I wanted to spend time with him, and I did.

Wendy: You used him as a prop. which you swore you'd never do, since that's exactly what your father did to you.

Chuck: We spent the morning at the park. And a reporter happened upon us because, at the moment, I am newsworthy. Finally in a good way.

Wendy: I'm sure it's a wonderful lesson for Kevin on what really matters.

Chuck: Indeed it was. He got to run around a little bit, and he got some exposure as to how you finesse relations with the fourth estate.

Wendy: That is exactly the kind of half-truth that's led to our current situation.

Chuck: As is your failure to tell me you were going back to work for Axelrod.

Wendy: Oh, my God…

Chuck: Oh, I had to Columbo that one for myself…

Columbo or Lieutenant Columbo is the eponymous main character in the successful detective crime drama series Columbo. The character is a shrewd but inelegant blue-collar homicide detective whose trademarks include his shambling manner, rumpled beige raincoat and off-putting, relentless investigative approach.

Columbo is portrayed primarily by Peter Falk, who appeared in the role from 1968 through 2003. Columbo's first name has never officially been identified, although the name "Frank Columbo" has been visible on pieces of identification throughout the show's history.

The character of Columbo was created by William Link, who said that Columbo was partially inspired by the Crime and Punishment character Porfiry Petrovich as well as G. K. Chesterton's humble cleric-detective Father Brown. Other sources claim Columbo's character is also influenced by Inspector Fichet from the French suspense-thriller film Les Diaboliques (1955).

Everybody has their off days... (20.01)

Chuck: What is it? Why are you just in the neighborhood?

Wendy: Do you ever feel alone, a little scared sometimes?

Chuck: I do, but you don't. Luckily we have these antioxidants. Those ought to do the trick. Huh? This is more than just a wave of loneliness, isn't it, that you're not saying. I mean, when it comes to keeping in good mental health, you're Jack LaLanne.

Wendy: Everybody has their off days. I guess I just wanted a little company. Besides, we have therapy later.

Francois Henri Jack LaLanne (September 26, 1914 – January 23, 2011) was an American fitness, exercise, and nutrition expert and motivational speaker who is sometimes referred to as the "Godfather of Fitness" and the "First Fitness Superhero”. He described himself as being a "sugarholic" and a "junk food junkie" until he was age 15. He also had behavioural problems, but "turned his life around" after listening to a public lecture about the benefits of good nutrition by health food pioneer Paul Bragg. During his career, he came to believe that the country's overall health depended on the health of its population, and referred to physical culture and nutrition as "the salvation of America"