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Billions Season 3, Episode 8 Recap: Vulture – May 13, 2018

O Captain, My Captain

by Nicole Cliffe | Vulture | May 13, 2018

Source: Showtime

All the Wilburys

I love a good messy Billions episode as much as the next girl, so it seems churlish to complain that we jammed in a few too many arcs this week. Ideally, however, we really did need two episodes to correctly accommodate all the necessary shenanigans and false flags and power moves that went down. It was too much, and I’m man enough to admit it. Give us a MINUTE to process, guys!

I might have been more forgiving if I had ever really committed to Chuck’s gubernatorial ambitions, I think. It’s never made sense for Chuck to become governor from the show’s perspective; like, no offense to Albany, but there’s a reason we don’t set a lot of prestige and prestige-adjacent dramas there. It’s always just been a matter of when Chuck would decide to stick with the U.S. Attorney’s office (or when it would be decided for him).

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Billions Season 3, Episode 8 Recap: Entertainment Weekly – May 13, 2018

Axe and Chuck are Back on Top…For Now

by Kyle Fowle | Entertainment Weekly | May 13, 2018

Source: Showtime

All the Wilburys

The third season of Billions has essentially been split into two. Everything leading up to last week’s episode involved the indictment of Bobby Axelrod over the Ice Juice sabotage, which ended up roping in Chuck and Wendy Rhoades when Bryan Connerty started to sniff out how his boss was involved in the scheme. Bryan’s always had a nose for justice, but it’s that guiding force that gets him fired in “All The Wilburys.” That’s where the second half comes into play. With the indictment behind them, Chuck, Wendy, and Axe are feeling good about their futures. This is Billions though, and all three of them should know that no play is safe, even when it’s relegated to the past.

It doesn’t take long for reality to come crashing back in to their dream state of freedom. As Wendy and Chuck enter their favorite BDSM club, they’re confronted not by the dom they’re looking for, but rather Black Jack Foley and Chuck Rhoades Sr. Nothing quite like seeing your father in your kink room to kill any illusion you had that everything was going to be alright from here on out.

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From the Trader’s Desk: Recapping Billions S3 E7 – May 11, 2018

We Sold Our Souls

by Lady Trader | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | May 11, 2018

Source: Showtime

You’re searching for your mind don’t know where to start
Can’t find the key to fit the lock on your heart
You think you know but you are never quite sure
Your soul is ill but you will not find a cure yeah

Your world was made for you by someone above
But you chose evil ways instead of love
You made me master of the world where you exist
The soul I took from you was not even missed yeah

Lord of this World –  Black Sabbath

It seems this episode has a lot of lost souls – will they be missed? Characters we thought we knew dive even further into the abyss. For some, its par for the course; for others (at least in my opinion) it’s a bit of a shock. In the world of “Billions” if you’re not part of the Triumvirate, you are not seen as anything but usable. Even though our trio weasels their way out of their mess, it seems like a Pyrrhic Victory.

Nobody knows what they are capable of doing in a stressful situation. We all say we won’t cross an imaginary “line”, but when faced with jail, the loss of your freedom, and the pain that would inflict on your family, your “line” can and will move. Continue reading From the Trader’s Desk: Recapping Billions S3 E7 – May 11, 2018

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Billions on Showtime, 3.07: Not You, Mr. Dake – May 9, 2018

Puppet Masters Walk Free, While Puppets Walk Away with the Phantom Pain of Having a Hand Up Their Ass

by JaniaJania | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | May 9, 2018

Source: Showtime

Billions, Season 3 Episode 7, “Not You, Mr. Dake”, starts where the last episode ended. We find Bobby, Wendy and Chuck where we left them, holed up in Bobby’s digs, mapping their next move. We see that dinner came and went while they were getting their stories straight.  What’s a strategy session without a nicely prepared steak as accompaniment? And once you share a meal, you’re friends, right? Thus, we witness the shift in tone, the “nuanced shifts in loyalty” as our central three, who I borrowed Swift-ian lyrics to define as the A-team, the endgame, the first string, in that Last Supper promo, have transformed into a beautiful “trifecta of chicanery.”

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Photos & Videos: Next Time on Billions Episode 8 – May 7, 2018

Season 3, Episode 8: All the Wilburys

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 7, 2018

On the next episode of Billions, Axe tries for a fresh start at Axe Capital. Chuck asserts his political autonomy—and wrestles with whether to honor his word to a friend. Taylor asks for more independence at Axe Capital. Lara and Axe negotiate a new arrangement regarding Lara’s money. Connerty adjusts to an uncomfortable situation.

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Official clip: “Next on Episode 8”

Official clip: “There’s One Thing You’re Certainly Not”

 

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Billions Superlatives: Best, Worst, Most from S3E7 – May 7, 2018

Al Dente Pasta, Hot Tubs, and Dudes Named Dudley

by Miles Surrey | The Ringer | May 7, 2018

Source: Showtime

Here is the best, worst, and most from the seventh episode of Season 3

There’s a short routine I follow whenever a new Billions comes on. It begins with a fist pump, because Billions is a national treasure that should be protected under the same security measures as the Declaration of Independence. Then, I look out for the credits—if they say that showrunners David Levien and Brian Koppelman wrote the episode, then you know the installment is going to be spicy as hell. That was the case for “Not You, Mr. Dake,” the seventh episode of Billions’ third season.

This episode deserves a place on the Mount Rushmore of Billions episodes. It’s one that leaned heavily on the fascinating moral compass of Axe Capital’s lovable doofus Mafee, how Chuck and Axe plan to avoid legal ramifications for the Ice Juice sabotage, and the second-most-unexpected kiss of the season (Chuck and Chuck Sr. snogging still takes the throne, and unless Axe courts death itself with a smooch before shorting the grim reaper stock, that won’t change). Let’s stop wasting time and go through the superlatives.

Most Wholesome Family Image

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Billions Season 3, Episode 7 Recap: Forbes – May 7, 2018

Power Struggles And Patsies Prevail

by Dana Feldman | Forbes | May 7, 2018

Source: Showtime

The third season of Showtime’s No. 2 drama series Billions is on fire! In the latest episode “Not You, Mr. Dake” the circumstances of our favorite characters have drastically shifted. One dictum clearly played out: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Maggie Siff (Wendy) discusses the show, her role and clarifies a misperception from last week’s episode “The Third Ortolan.” It was reported (not here) that Wendy set up the meeting with Axe (Damian Lewis) and Chuck (Paul Giamatti) knowing Chuck’s plans to plant the slide at Axe’s penthouse. Siff confirms this is not true. “Wendy has the revelation that the only way any of them can survive is to put their heads together collectively. She trusts that they can find a way together. There’s absolutely no way Wendy would’ve known Chuck had that slide. When he presents it, you can see looks of surprise around the table.”

There Are Clear Winners And Losers In This Episode:

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Billions on Showtime, Season 3 Episode 7: Not You, Mr. Dake – May 7, 2018

Guilt is a State of Mind

by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | May 7, 2018

Source: Showtime

Well, we all knew they would get out of this, didn’t we? Yet, Billions has once again kept us at the edge of our seats while finding out HOW. And this is what I love the most about this show. The true thrill is not in what happens but in how it happens and I bow in front of the brilliant writers and actors for giving us yet another thrilling hour of TV where the holy triangle proves there is nothing that can stop them when they are out there to get what they want.

And, in this particular case, they want to make Wendy’s short disappear.

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Billions Season 3, Episode 7 Recap: New York Times – May 6, 2018

Street Punks

by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | May 6, 2018

Source: Showtime

Not You, Mr. Dake

Before we formally open tonight’s recap, here’s a tip, from my critic’s notebook to you. When you get deep into a season of a prestige drama and you see the names of the showrunners pop up under an episode’s “written by” credit? Buckle up. Written by two of the series’s creators, Brian Koppelman and David Levien, and directed with dot-connecting confidence by Michael Morris, this is “Billions” at its best. Ever, I’d say.

The surprises start immediately. (They often do; there’s not a wasted moment on this show anymore.) Last week’s installment ended with a sort of cliffhanger conciliation: Chuck Rhoades, Bobby Axelrod and their shared confidant, Wendy Rhoades, coming together to figure out a way to keep all of them out of prison. Chuck had opened that meeting by proffering an incriminating slide that connected Bobby to the sabotage of the Ice Juice I.P.O. rather than by planting it in the billionaire’s apartment. Nevertheless, this week’s episode begins as Chuck confers with Dr. Ari Gilbert, the man who gave him the slide, talking as if the plan to hide it at Axe’s place is still in full effect.

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Billions Season 3, Episode 7 Recap: Vulture – May 6, 2018

Jesus Christ, Chuck

by Nicole Cliffe | Vulture | May 6, 2018

Source: Showtime

Not You, Mr. Dake

The title of today’s recap refers to the number of times I screamed those words at my TV during this week’s episode. With a dash or two of “Chuck, the hell are you doing?” and “WENDY, ARE YOU SERIOUS?” I yelled no such thing at Axe, because if Axe can still surprise you with chicanery, you have not been paying attention to the last three seasons of this show.

For an episode that really screws up some innocent lives, it has a delightfully gonzo-heist vibe, which could have felt dismissive but actually adds a queasy note that elevates the whole thing. Not since the Maria Gonzalez’s deportation have we seen so clearly the skull beneath the skin. And, most importantly, we get a lot of Wendy. More Wendy, always.

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Billions Season 3, Episode 7 Recap: Entertainment Weekly – May 6, 2018

The Moral Rot Finally Reaches Wendy

by Kyle Fowle | Entertainment Weekly | May 6, 2018

Source: Showtime

Not You, Mr. Dake

When, at the end of last week’s episode, Wendy, Axe, and Chuck sat down to be fully transparent with one another, they did so with a purpose. Each of them had been implicated in the Ice Juice sabotage in one way or another, and each of them was facing jail time. Axe and Chuck had always been in trouble, but Wendy was only recently a target after Ari started working above his pay grade, finding out that she executed a short on Ice Juice shortly before the sabotage.

At the top of “Not You, Mr. Dake,” Chuck and Axe still sit at the table, discussing how keeping Wendy safe is their first priority. When she leaves to get a glass of water, the two converse in hushed tones, pondering whether their damsel in distress will be willing to throw someone under the bus to save herself. Both men don’t think so, knowing Wendy to be no-nonsense, but also honorable. Then, she comes back to the table with a firm answer for them: “So, who’s going to be our patsy?”

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From the Trader’s Desk: Answering Viewers Questions & Billions S3 Ep6 – May 4, 2018

How Will Wendy Solve Her Own Personal Kobayashi Maru?

by Lady Trader | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | May 4, 2018

Source: Showtime

Greetings from the Trader’s Desk! After a brief hiatus, Lady Trader is back to answer some questions about “A Flaw in the Death Star” and my take on “The Third Ortolan”.

I received some questions regarding “A Flaw in the Death Star”: Dollar Bill’s trade, why Axe Capital would hire someone like Ari Spyros, Taylor’s meaning of “ETFs have sucked all the dumb money out of the market that hedgies used to prey on”, and last but not least, the biggest question of the season so far: Why did Axe Capital move to NY?

In “A Flaw in the Death Star” we see Dollar Bill plan to short a pharmaceutical company, Mendham. He has paid off one of the employees to blow the whistle on the animal cruelty that is going on there. A simple short for Dollar Bill and a crap load of money for Axe Capital. But, Dollar Bill has come up against something he can’t throw a duffel bag of cash at – Head of Compliance, Porsche driving, cappuccino making (and I’m guessing its cappuccino since I don’t drink coffee), and all around boorish , Ari Spyros.

Bill has gotten the go ahead for the short from Taylor and Wags, but he must get the OK from Compliance.

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