I’ll be the first to admit that I have a terrible record when it comes to billion’ storyline predictions – which is why the show is still great television. Between the excess angel heart references and Wendy’s one-day primal performance coaching session, “Johnny Favorite,” has now convinced me that Mike Prince has made a deal with the devil and is on his way to establishing some sort of benevolent dictatorship. Agreed, “Pax Romanawere his exact words, but that’s not a good sign when a state of peace seems downright scary.
Now it is unlikely that Billionsafter six seasons of realism, will go hard on the supernatural and the overthrow of the government, but I’ve definitely been baited: what is this big secret plan that Prince and Scooter have up their sleeves?
Either way, Prince is right to put his followers in place because this Caesar wannabe may want to be wary of the Ides of March (although it’s important to note that he never says he wants to be “Julius Caesar”): after a restorative escapade between boys at the Sagamore Resort on Lake George in upstate New York (I had the privilege of vacationing there myself and believe me when I say no VFX was used in the filming of these majestic vistas), Chuck Rhoades is ready for a fight complete revenge. But it’s also possible that Wendy was the one who orchestrated Prince’s removal.
During a monstrous coaching session with Prince, Wendy finally manages to convince the billionaire to reveal out loud that he is a narcissistic, power-hungry bully who orchestrated Chuck’s ousting as Attorney General of the United States. New York State. He literally believes that he is the greatest person to have existed in the last millennium, which is why he “demands” everyone in his kingdom to respect, fear, and love him. In one of the episode’s final scenes, Wendy appears to be burning midnight oil while typing session notes. But a brief phone call reveals her true intentions: she’s writing a book, and her session with Prince determined the content of the final chapter. We don’t know more than that. Is this a revealer of Mike Prince? Proof that Chuck should be reinstated as AG? We will have to wait and see.
I don’t want Chuck reinstated, though, because Dave Mahar has settled into his new position and it was wonderful to see, right off the bat, that she wasn’t keeping the AG seat warm for his predecessor. During the solemn dispatch from Chuck’s office, she is sympathetic to her former boss’ feelings, but makes it clear that she is now in charge. Rest assured, however, that sleazy billionaires remain high on AG Mahar’s priority list: a prickly Kate Sacker visits Dave in his office to warn him not to go after Mike Prince, but Dave doesn’t. is not so easily intimidated. She calls out Sacker for choreographing Chuck’s removal as AG before warning the future congresswoman that she’s now “exactly the one I want to send to jail.”
It’s been fascinating to watch Kate Sacker slowly descend into a life of moral turpitude because Dave brings up a good point during their confrontation. Did this happen because she joined MPC? Or was it still a part of her? The answer is not so clear cut, as we learn in this episode. After trying all season to find someone at MPC to hire Hall (Terry Kinney, back from his Scriberia sabbatical) for their sneaky needs, Wags finally convinces Sacker to dial the repairman’s number. It’s for a good cause: if her run for Congress is going to happen, she has to outrun the skeletons in her closet. And oh, are there any skeletons.
We get a brilliant appearance from a scene of Harry Lennix as the father of Sacker’s media mogul, Franklin, who calmly explains to his irate daughter, without even mentioning the words ‘race’ or ‘racism’, that corruption was a necessary evil for its success. When teenage Kate was in boarding school, she took part in a little civil disobedience on campus. But even then, she probably didn’t understand the gravity of the “consequences” that Franklin knew all too well as a black man. While Kate received a two-week suspension, Franklin also paid off the principal’s mortgage, ensuring that, unlike her classmates, she had not rescinded her college acceptances. From Franklin’s perspective, Kate’s excellent grades and extracurricular programs wouldn’t be enough to cushion the blow of losing her college placement. Maybe white students could recover from that kind of setback, but Franklin wasn’t going to risk it.
Stung by Dave’s words and believing himself to be a hypocrite, Sacker informs Wags that she is suspending his candidacy for Congress. She says MPC is “where I’m supposed to be”. I think she might be right. Wags’ disappointing reaction is the most telling. Is he afraid that she has gone to the dark side?
Speaking of Wags, his increasingly confused facial expressions are the perfect stand-in for audiences. He is still working alongside Prince and Scooter, but he has not yet been made aware of the top-secret scheme. Near the end of the episode, Wags observes to Scooter that Prince has finally managed to get the MPC staff on his side. Scooter agrees, ambiguously noting that “they’re ready”. Wags, it’s all of us when he asks, “For what?”
Chuck’s guys involuntary retirement with his father, Ira Schirmer, and Judge Adam DiGiulio (with Dr. Swerdlow making a guest appearance) does little to drive the narrative other than reminding our warrior fallen from social justice that he is most alive when he is immersed in a fight. He’s not interested in resetting, rebranding, or podcasting. It’s revenge or bust for Chuck, and it takes an over-the-top MAGA-like caricature played by Matthew Lillard to help him get his groove back.
Lillard is Ronald Chestnut, mankind’s worst nightmare: the kind of asshole who loudly screams into his phone during someone else’s sensory deprivation experience, then starts Instagramming the second he walks into the room. bedroom. The kind of asshole who doesn’t take no for an answer when a woman politely declines his offer of drinks later in the evening. The kind of asshole who punches a Hispanic server to start spewing rhetoric fueled by privilege and racism.
The kind of asshole that excites Chuck and is ready to fight back against Mike Prince. But not before he goes by the name Chestnut (his credentials still work – ah, TV!) and delivers another beautiful speech worthy of the Rhoades name. Chuck teaches Chestnut, on parole, that a hard worker like the anonymous waiter is “more American than you’ll ever be” and that he better walk away from this fight now. One shot at Chuck, and he’ll be back in jail, serving time for unpaid child support and embezzlement.
After receiving rare praise from Senior, Chuck confides in Ira that he knows how to go after Prince now. Chuck, like Wendy, noticed the oddity that Prince needed to be present in the Senate Chamber the night of his dismissal. Even though Prince didn’t have to be there, his Gladiator the references betray his hand: “He loves blood sport,” observes Chuck. “And someone who loves blood sport can be induced into another fight.” We don’t know what Chuck’s new plan is, but we do know that it involves setting up a fight where Prince is at a disadvantage.
It won’t be easy, that’s for sure because his enemy now has a whole “army” behind him. By giving the MPC crew a taste of “freshly shot power” in the form of a Roll up membership and, in keeping with the Roman theme, the drug and alcohol fueled bacchanalia at Stately Prince Manor, Mike Prince officially has the absolute loyalty of every one of his employees.
Well, the jury is still out on Taylor.
• The men exchanging war stories over evening drinks at the Sagamore were an eye-opening moment for Dr Swerdlow. Although he didn’t mention her by name, Billions suggests Joan Rivers died by his hand. What’s more troubling is that this was only the “first” time Swerdlow had lost his medical license.
• It was also nice to know that Senior had knocked down a few ankles in his lifetime. I enjoyed watching him squirm while recounting the end of his “King of New York” days, when a building he owned caught fire, killing 79 people because the sprinklers and fire doors failed. were not up to code.
• Hey, Billionswith your chuck-doing-yoga-by the lake scene. Mad Men would like a word.
• Rian sleeping with Prince (after pushing Taylor away) was a twist I didn’t see coming.