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From the Trader’s Desk: We’re Back! Billions S5 E8 Copenhagen

Hitting the Ground Running

by Lady Trader | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | September 10, 2021

All day long I think of things, nothing seems to satisfy
Think I’ll lose my mind if I don’t find something to pacify
I need someone to show me the things in life that I can’t find
I can’t see the things that make true happiness, I must be blind
Paranoid – Black Sabbath

Welcome back to the Trader’s Desk. What a long, strange trip it has been over the last 15 months. I hope that this post finds you healthy in both body and mind.

Now, without further ado, let’s get into “Copenhagen”, albeit a tad differently. The name of the episode may be the Danish capital, but this Trader’s Desk is going to Spain. Instead of the typical recap, I’m going to just give a few observations, tapas style, as there was no real “fin-speak” this time around.

Do you even read? Somebody doesn’t know their Shakespeare. Mike Prince says he loves the “delightful demeanor” of the Danes. Well, I have one name for you – Hamlet. A more depressing Dane there never was!

Do we really believe in the Chuck 2.0? Even though he doesn’t want us to make a big thing about it, we are seeing a “new” Chuck – both physically and in actions. When I first saw the clean-shaven Chuck, it reminded me of the very first thing I saw Paul Giamatti in, Howard Stern’s “Private Parts” where he played a character named Pig Vomit! Then I thought of the amazing series “John Adams” where he played the lead role. He is also beardless in Netflix’s “Gunpowder Milkshake” where he stars along side Game of Thrones’ Lena Headly and Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan. Anywho, I like the new beardless Chuck!

As for the new Chuck in his actions, well, I think we are going to have to see. Chuck did the right things in his choices this episode, but what did he get for it? Bubkus! His Dad still doesn’t trust him to make medical decisions, he lost his teaching gig at Yale, he handed Axe a bank charter on a plate, and he lost his Cat! I’m with Damianista on this one. I think asking Chuck to go on the straight and narrow is like asking a lion to become a vegetarian. Only when he finally does go all Paul Kersey, it’s going to be epic!

Looks like the Cat’s out of the bag! And speaking of Chuck’s Cat, looks like she’s off to greener pastures. I’m not going to say I’m sad to she her gone, as I don’t think the character brought much to the show, or to Chuck. Well, they’ll always have Paris!

When it Rians it pours! Taylor has an issue with their employee, Rian. Taylor is surprised to find that Rain is working a catering gig on the side, and Taylor is not happy. If Taylor recognized Rian, then others may as well, then start to question why a TMC employee needs a side hustle. I understand where Taylor is coming from, but realistically, analysts rarely get face time with clients, so I don’t think it would be an issue. However, Taylor’s name is on the door, so what they say should go. Taylor wants Rian to put in the time, the work, the sacrifice, just like they did. Rian is not really having it, and being the snotty little millennial she is, pops off to Taylor and says they won’t be owned. I’m sorry, what? I would have fired that little wench for how she spoke to her boss! When you get into this industry, especially at the level of rarefied air that is Axe Capital and TMC, it becomes you; it’s who you are. As Taylor says you give up “nights, weekends, holidays” “your world becomes the job”. And it becomes less and less about the money, and more about the “elegance of success”. Preach!

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