- How's tricks? (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)
"Shrink asked if a lifetime without a libido was such a bad thing. I think she's given up on me."
The phrase is an equivalent of, "How's it going?" Or for hookers, "How's business?" It seems that business isn't going so well for Mac.
- 3.01 "Welcome Wagon"
"If it isn't the Man of La Mancha. How's tricks? Sorry. I mean "things." How are things?"
Man of La Mancha is the 1965 musical version of Miguel de Cervantes' classic Don Quixote, in which a man is so obsessed with the idea of gallantry that he battles a windmill in order to prove himself a deserving knight. Veronica sees Max's defense of and monetary assistance to a prostitute as similarly misguided. "How's tricks?" is a casual term meant to ask "what's up?", but use of the term "tricks," which can also describe how a hooker spends her time, might be more of a reminder than Max is ready for.
- 3.11 "Poughkeepsie, Tramps and Thieves"