Fake It Till You Make It
by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | June 7, 2020
Season 5, Episode 6: ‘The Nordic Model’
Bobby has already made it, of course. But if there’s money or status involved, he just can’t help himself. And he’s not the only one.
Fakes, forgeries, phonies, fugazis — they’re all very much on the brain of this week’s crackerjack episode of ‘Billions.’ For some characters, faking it is all they know how to do.
Take Spyros, Axe Cap’s pompous compliance officer. (Compliance? Please!) He becomes a target of mockery for wearing a fake pin for the high-IQ group Mensa, fronting as if he had taken and passed the membership test. A thoroughly annoyed Bobby Axelrod rips the pin off his lapel and chucks it; Spyros spends much of the ensuing scene on his knees, quietly searching for it in the background.