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Season 7, Episode 6: “The Man in the Olive Drab T-Shirt”
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 8, 2023
Axe turns to Chuck for a favor involving a common adversary. Prince maneuvers to raise his public profile. Chuck seeks counsel from an out-of-the-box business mind. Wendy works to run employee feedback rounds, even at the cost of Prince’s pride.
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Half the Traders at Prince Cap Became Involved in a Plot Against Their Boss. They Just Didn’t Know It.
by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | September 8, 2023
Season 7, Episode 5: ‘The Gulag Archipelago’
Let’s do a little narrative reverse engineering, shall we?
Imagine, if you will, that you are a both a trader and a traitor — a high-powered executive at a major investment fund, looking to fatally undermine your own boss in order to stop him from becoming the president of the United States.
Your Plan A, recruiting your even more dangerous old boss to stop him, has failed. You’re tired of waiting around for your performance-coach colleague, the ringleader of your band of mutineers, to generate a Plan B. It becomes clear that coming up with Plan C is up to you.
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A Mouthful of Helium
by Sarene Leeds | Vulture | September 8, 2023
If you’re feeling restless after five episodes, I assure you you’re not alone.
Unfortunately, “The Gulag Archipelago,” like most of the episodes in this final season of Billions, offered very little payoff. The only significant developments came in the form of Taylor officially joining Wendy and Wags in their fledgling Rebel Alliance/Fifth Column, Wags obtaining investment sign-off privileges — and Dave Mahar wresting the Mike Prince investigation from Chuck’s firm grip.
We’ve made it to Friday so that means this is your weekly dose of “From the Trader’s Desk”.
This was a stormy (see what I did there?) episode, so to change it up I used lyrics from The Rolling Stones, since while the storm Rosie was threatening the lives in it’s path, it seems the storm named Wendy (with some help from Dr. Mayer) will be threatening the life of Prince’s White House ambitions. And extra points if you can name the band that sang the song I used as today’s post title!
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Chuck and Prince Square Off While a Fugitive Situation Unfolds
by Kyle Fowle | Entertainment Weekly | September 3, 2023
There was no way Billions was going to go off the air without doing it. Considering the show’s penchant for displaying the various scams and distortions of the financial elite, it was only a matter of time before it introduced a storyline involving NFTs.
This week’s episode begins with Karl (Allan Havey) at a Gamblers Anonymous meeting. He’s not there because of any addiction, but rather to gather information. He listens in as one attendee details how they didn’t realize their investment in NFTs was essentially gambling, and that they lost a ton of money to some billionaire’s son named Kai Huang Liu. Like so many rich kids, Liu managed to avoid the consequences of his actions, hiding behind the political and financial pull of his father.
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Hurricanes: Literally and Figuratively
by Damianista | Fan Fun With Damian Lewis | September 2, 2023
Hurricane Rosie is a great episode demonstrating all kinds of hurricanes, literal and figurative, that a billionaire businessman can face when he decides to run a presidential campaign! And the experiences he goes through in the episode makes Mike Prince realize that he cannot make casual decisions as he pleases anymore. Every single thing he does, in fact every single thing any of his employees does on behalf of the company, now matters in a way that it did not before. Prince comes out of the episode, having averted three major crises, as the apparent winner, yet he is clueless about a Cat 5 hurricane coming his way. Its name is Wendy.
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Season 7, Episode 5: “The Gulag Archipelago”
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 1, 2023
Prince clashes with his employees over who has ultimate authority. Ira turns to Chuck for help with an embarrassing problem. Wendy and Luke forge a connection. Sacker confronts a figure from her past who poses a threat to her future.
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Inside Moves and Camouflaged Ulterior Motives
by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | September 1, 2023
Season 7, Episode 4: ‘Hurricane Rosie’
A house divided against itself cannot stand. At least, that’s the hope of Wendy and Wags. Tied for second place as the people most responsible for the multi-billion-dollar success of Axe Cap — behind only Axe himself — they have been accepted into the brain trust of Axe’s usurper, Mike Prince. He relies on their very particular sets of skills, skills acquired over very long careers. What he doesn’t know is that they’re attempting to use those same skills to take him down.
It’s an admittedly subtle attempt at an inside move on both of their parts. For Wendy, it involves advising Mike and his right-hand man, Scooter, to go through with their plan to have Scooter conduct a classical orchestra — the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, procured by Mike through a charity auction. Prince even gives him Leonard Bernstein’s baton to do it.
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NFT Scams, Hurricane Sabotage and Minion-Hood
by Sarene Leeds | Vulture | September 1, 2023
Billions stuck us with another formulaic episode this week — no Axe; finance bros skirting the law, etc. — but at least “Hurricane Rosie” and its two main story lines are moving toward some semblance of cohesion. Chuck and Mike Prince are finally back in each other’s orbit, as Chuck tries to indict Prince after he learns the billionaire is intertwined with a Taiwanese mogul whose son is an NFT scammer. (So the whole fake Super PAC investigation from last week is on hold now, or what?) Meanwhile, with no clear plan to destroy Prince from the inside, Wags goes rogue and sabotages a hurricane categorization, making Prince look like an insurance fraudster. The problem with this particular scheme is it has Wags’s fingerprints all over it, putting Wags in a precarious position at MPC. The last thing Wendy needs is to lose her top ally, so she gives him a necessary dressing-down before they regroup.
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Billions Season 7 Episode 3 ‘Winston Dick Energy’
by Lady Trader | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | September 1, 2023
When I was living this lie, fear was my game
People would worship and fall, drop to their knees Powerslave – Iron Maiden
If it’s Friday, then it’s time for “From the Trader’s Desk”.
Before I get into the meat of my post, just some observations:
I was asked why MPC is claiming ownership of Winston’s software. If he developed it how does MPC have the rights to it? Well, the type of risk management software Winston is trying to sell would most certainly take months (if not years) to develop, code, back test, and debug. Which means there is no way he could have developed it overnight. If what Taylor says is correct, (that Winston used data to test his software using MPC trader transactions) then that also would make it property of MPC. By using data and equipment owned by MPC, legally Winston doesn’t own it. Could a court possibly rule that he co-owns it? Yes. Also, most funds would have a clause written in his contract that he would not be able to market any type of software for a stated period (usually 6-9 months). His best course of action would have been to offer it to MPC first to either buy him out or lease the program. If they passed, he then could have tried to get permission from MPC to market it to other firms. Just another example of unnecessary greed killing a golden goose.
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The Unbeatable, Unstoppable, Unparalleled MVPs
by Staff | Fan Fun With Damian Lewis | August 30, 2023
Billions is back and so is our MVP series! We continue to award our Most Valuable Players for Billions season seven in our series compilation, the ‘Billions MVP Fanbook,’ which commemorates all those in honor of achievement for the utmost brazen, uber shameless, ultra scheming, unmatched bad asses from the episode – from sports references, music and tasty food to pop culture remarks, shocking twists and ultimate paybacks. In case you missed it, catch up with the MVPs of the season seven premiere Tower of London, as well as episode two Original Sin.
Now let’s dive in. Here are the Billions MVP awards for Season 7, Episode 3, “Winston Dick Energy.”
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by Damianista | Fan Fun With Damian Lewis | August 26, 2023
The first Axe-less episode in the final season has three storylines that are light-hearted compared to those in the first two. A few lead characters doing soul-searching brings complexity that leave the viewers asking for more!
I do not know if Chuck’s first order of business as the U.S. Attorney of the SDNY has been to release Jock Jeffcoat from prison, but one of the first is to offer a job to Ira as the two are eating a lavish breakfast from Russ & Daughters in some office at the SDNY. When Ira asks if they are having their breakfast in a random office so Chuck would not have any food smell in his office later, Chuck says the office is Ira’s if he wants to.