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Season 5, Episode 5: “Contract”

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 24, 2020

Axe must reckon with his past to secure his future. Chuck plots against Axe with the help of some old associates. Chuck and Wendy both try to move on, but get forced together by an emergency. Wendy and Taylor embark on a new venture.

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The Most Billions-y Things That Happened on Billions Season 5, Episode 4 – May 24, 2020

Snowflakes and Secret Alliances

by Kyle McGovern | Newsweek | May 24, 2020

Episode Four: Opportunity Zone

To celebrate the show’s compelling brand of absurdity, we’re keeping track of the most Billions-y things that happen on Billions this season. For highlights from the latest episode, brace yourselves and head below.

A Lot of “Snowflake” Talk This Week!

Well, this is a bummer: Season 5’s fourth episode features more than a few swipes at so-called “snowflakes.” The first comes early, during a sit-down between Axe and Asia Kate Dillon’s Taylor Mason, the latter of whom has been feeling off their game all season long and is currently at odds with Axe over the way he pounced at a recent oil deal. (Gonna be real: The specifics of the oil subplot are a little beyond us.) Maggie Siff’s Wendy calls Axe into her office to speak with Taylor and clear the air. He opens with a charmer: “I’m sorry, Taylor, that you’re in snowflake-mode.” That’s one!

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Behind the Billions Podcast S5E4 “Opportunity Zone” – May 24, 2020

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at “Opportunity Zone”

by Brian Koppelman and David Levien | The Ringer | May 24, 2020

Before diving into S5E4, “Opportunity Zone,” ‘Billions’ cocreators Brian Koppelman and David Levien discuss the challenges of filming the opening scene of Episode 4, having Daymond John of “Shark Tank” on the show and the insight he provided, Dominique Wilkins set stories, listener questions, obscure references, and more (0:45). Then they talk with actress Maggie Siff about her coaching scene with Frank Grillo’s character, Nico Tanner, auditioning for the part of Wendy Rhodes, the toughest scenes to play as Wendy, and more (35:23).

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Billions Season 5 Episode 4 Recap: New York Times – May 24, 2020

Hometown Hero

by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | May 24, 2020

Season 5, Episode 4: ‘Opportunity Zone’

Bobby goes home to Yonkers to build support for a major development project. But did he ever really leave?

Wendy Rhoades stares at the man opposite her. And stares. And stares. And stares some more.

The man opposite her is the artist Nic Tanner, the recent recipient of a gigantic commission from Bobby Axelrod. This Renaissance Italy-style largess has him dealing with perhaps his first bout of artist’s block. Wendy has some wise words for him, but the staring comes first. Why? Because he needs fight his own way out of his artist’s block; stonewalling his demurrals and excuses is how she’s teaching him this.

According to Wendy, any obstacles between him and success as Bobby’s artist-in-residence are self-imposed. She tasks him with envisioning a better future, then getting off his duffer and doing whatever it takes to get himself there.

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Billions Season 5 Episode 4 Recap: Wall Street Journal – May 24, 2020

Bobby Axelrod Wants to Do Some Good—But Who Does He Really Want to Help?

by Paul Vigna | Wall Street Journal | May 24, 2020

It all started with a shovel.

In “Opportunity Zone,” the latest episode of “Billions” (written by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Emily Hornsby, directed by Laurie Collyer), we get the entire Bobby Axelrod back story: a poor kid in Yonkers who turned snow shoveling into a business, turned his business into an investment, and turned his investments into an empire.

It’s a heartwarming narrative, and it’s got visuals: Bobby stands in an alley next to the Yonkers house where he grew up, shooting hoops with Savion Williams (Akili McDowell), a 14-year-old who lives there now. This tale ends up as a feature in the “Financial Journal” (if they’re referencing the WSJ, we’re insulted that they think we’d be taken in by such an obvious snow job.)

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