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Billions: All 12 Episodes Now Have a Title and Plot Description – May 3, 2018

Scoop on Billions 

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 3, 2018

Source: Showtime

In a previous post, we reported 7 of the 12 episode titles. Now, according to IMDB, all 12 episodes of Billions season three have been titled and according to Showtime, all episodes now have a plot description. Here is what we know:

S3E1: Tie Goes to the Runner
S3E2: The Wrong Maria Gonzalez
S3E3: A Generation Too Late
S3E4: Hell of a Ride
S3E5: Flaw in the Death Star
S3E6: The Third Ortolan
S3E7: Not You, Mr. Dake
S3E8: All the Wilburys
S3E9: Icebreaker
S3E10: Redemption
S3E11: Kompenso
S3E12: Elmsley Count

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Billions on Showtime, 3.06: The Third Ortolan – May 2, 2018

“Nexus”

by JaniaJania | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | May 2, 2018

Source: Showtime

Like three delicately delicious birds, Wendy, Bobby, and Chuck are poised above the deep fryer in Billions Season 3, Episode 6, ‘The Third Ortolan.”

If Wendy had only waited to make the call to short Ice Juice once she was at a safe distance away from pinging the same cell tower pinged by Chuck’s office. Like maybe wait till you’ll on the sidewalk trying to get a cab, or, better yet, hop on the wifi at a Starbucks across town, and then make the call. One barely needs a friend at the NSA to trace such things.

Back when we were talking about which character will prove to be the flaw in the Death Star, who could’ve imagined it’d be Spyros? Not due to any sinister motive, mind you, but simply a misguided attempt to win one for the boss. And, lest there be doubt, Spyros did bring a win for Axe. All evidence points to Wendy having her cake (grabbing a seat for herself on the Axe Cap short) and eating it too (shorting a stock that her husband manipulated Axe into shorting, thereby leaving their joint marital account none the worse for wear). Forgetting that Wendy did it all blindly in a bold move of self and family preservation, the story could easily be framed as her working the play to the Rhoades’ advantage.

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Billions on Showtime, Season 3 Episode 6: The Third Ortolan – April 30, 2018

The Name of the Game is Wendy

by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | April 30, 2018

Source: Showtime

Well, I said it time and again that it is only Wendy’s short that could force Axe and Chuck to take a break from their pissing contest and get themselves and the woman they both care about deeply out of the huge mess called Ice Juice. And the first half of the season has seamlessly built to this climactic episode which I believe is the BEST hour of television in a while, at least since we had Golden Frog Time!

Dollar Bill is not alone in carrying bags full of money for business. We now find Chuck, the US attorney of the SDNY, paying $50K to a man who will plant the slide in Axe’s medicine cabinet while he is away at Art Basel in a few weeks. Axe and Chuck have so much in common that they seriously could have become BFFs in another life. For one, they both know how to deal with vulnerable immigrants! Like Axe ended an American dream by having Maria Gonzalez deported to Guatemala in Episode 2: Wrong Maria Gonzalez,  Chuck is now creating an American Dream by promising Mr. Adubo $50K more as well as U.S. visas for his family in Congo once he completes the job.

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Photos & Videos: Next Time on Billions Episode 7 – April 30, 2018

Season 3, Episode 7: Not You, Mr. Dake

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 30, 2018

On the next episode of Billions, Axe and Chuck face mounting evidence of their involvement in the Ice Juice sabotage. Taylor questions Wendy’s authority and motivations at Axe Capital. Connerty makes his case in court but comes up against unexpected witness testimony.

Source: Showtime

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Billions Season 3, Episode 6 Recap: Forbes – April 30, 2018

Connerty Gains The Upper Hand 

by Dana Feldman | Forbes | April 30, 2018

Source: Showtime

Showtime’s drama Billions officially hit the halfway point of its third season with the sixth episode entitled “The Third Ortolan” and honestly, the show just keeps getting better. Show creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien were not exaggerating when they said they were taking things to a whole new level this season! And, this week, Showtime announced a fourth season for the cable network’s No. 2 drama series, which averages between 4.5-to-5 million weekly viewers across platforms.

Word-of-mouth from a very loyal legion of fans has helped grow the show’s viewership season-over-season. The series grew throughout the second season on Sunday nights by more than 35% from premiere-to-finale and the third season premiere was the show’s highest-rated ever with the March 25 debut up 23% from last year.

First things first: What is an Ortolan? An Ortolan is a small Eurasian songbird that was formerly eaten as a delicacy, a practice now illegal the world over. Axe (Damian Lewis) and Wags (David Costabile) dine on these tiny birds while covering their heads with white napkins. This is done for two reasons, explains Wags: “To keep the aromas from escaping and to hide this shameful and depraved act from God.”

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Billions Superlatives: Best, Worst, Most from S3E6 – April 30, 2018

Pig’s Ears, Poke, and an Unholy Union

by Miles Surrey | The Ringer | April 30, 2018

Source: Showtime

Every week, The Ringer will celebrate the passing of yet another Billions episode by honoring the installment’s best, worst, most, and least. These are your Billions Superlatives.

Last week, Billions was renewed by Showtime for a fourth season. The show’s a big ratings hit, and this third season has lived up to the billing with even more food porn, cheeky pop culture references, unsettling, Oedipal kissing between Emmy-nominated actors, and, of course, epic feuding between Axe and Chuck. The conflict at the center of this show has changed quite a bit since its premiere: By the halfway mark of the first season, the feud between Axe and Chuck was no longer direct; Chuck had to recuse himself from the investigation, and since then the main characters have mostly lobbed threats at each other through back channels. Once in a while, Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti find themselves in the same room and shout at one another (it’s great). But no matter how the feud has been carried out—in person or by proxy—Billions has been dynamic, scathing, and preposterously entertaining—like Littlefinger and Varys duking it out in King’s Landing, except atop a skyscraper in FiDi.

But what would happen if Chuck and Axe were thrown on the same team, by virtue of having no other options? This week’s episode, “The Third Ortolan,” sets up this enticing possibility, but not before a preposterous dining ritual, a bunch of George Clinton quotes in court, and more despicable antics from Spyros. Let’s go through the superlatives.

Nerdiest Romantic Gesture

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Billions Season 3, Episode 6 Recap: New York Times – April 29, 2018

Eat or Be Eaten

by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | April 29, 2018

Source: Showtime

The Third Ortolan

If there’s one place where we can come together in these divided times, surely it’s to appreciate a show that gives us opening scenes like the one this week: Axe and Wags, sitting at a table with cloth napkins draped over their heads, faces obscured, “for two reasons,” as Wags puts it: “to keep the aromas from escaping, and to hide this shameful and depraved act from God.”

“Well, if there were a God, I think He’d know,” comes Axe’s reply — in a room lit with enough candles to fuel a decent-sized pagan sacrifice. There’s no immediate explanation, no follow-up whatsoever until the final 15 minutes of the episode, but the tone is set for one of the best episodes of “Billions” in recent memory. It’s the simple pleasures that bind us, you know?

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Billions Season 3, Episode 6 Recap: Vulture – April 29, 2018

Break the Stick

by Nicole Cliffe | Vulture | April 29, 2018

Source: Showtime

The Third Ortolan

Are we all partially recovered from last week’s episode? I’m not, but they’re paying me to do this so I have to soldier on. I had thought we’d get a chance to draw a breath, but that turned out to be a bit of a pipe dream. Right up until the last shot of this episode, things had the ability to fork in two – at least two! – very different directions.

I regret to inform you that Dollar Bill and Spyros have had whatever kind of debriefing from Porschegate they’re gonna have, off-screen. Weirdly, it seems to have cleared the air a touch? Spyros, you see, is a COMPANY MAN now – it’s extraordinary how seriously he took the idea of being Family – so he’s not going to let a tiny thing like having his sports car turned into a brick right in front of his eyes zap his enthusiasm for Axe Capital.

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Billions Season 3, Episode 6 Recap: Entertainment Weekly – April 29, 2018

“The kind of complex, taut high-wire act that Billions pulls off with regularity”

by Kyle Fowle | Entertainment Weekly | April 29, 2018

Source: Showtime

The Third Ortolan

At the very beginning of “The Third Ortolan,” Axe and Wags are seated at a fancy dinner table, their heads covered by cloth napkins, wine flanking their empty place settings. We don’t know it yet, but they’re seated for a French delicacy that’s, well, not looked all that kindly upon in France or the world over. The practice of catching and preparing an Ortolan, a small bird, is no longer allowed. It’s a cruel process indeed. The bird is caught, kept in a cage in a state of “artificial night,” which tricks the bird into gorging themselves on grain. Once they’ve doubled their bulk, they’re drowned in brandy, roasted, plucked, and then consumed whole, bones and all.

It’s a fitting start to the episode, and a fitting ritual for the people of Billions. Axe, Wags, Ari, Dollar Bill, Chuck…they’re all gorging themselves until they’re drowned by their masters. They thrive during rituals of cruelty. They think they control their world, and to an extent they do, but there’s always a cage just waiting to be filled. The cage is no metaphor; it becomes literal in “The Third Ortolan.” Chuck, Axe, and Wendy find themselves threatened with very real jail time. “What happened?” sighs Axe to Wags after they’ve eaten three Ortolans, proving again that they don’t know when to stop. “You fought the law, and the law won. I’ll miss you,” says Wags, as sincere as he’s ever been.

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Billions on Showtime, 3.05: Flaw in the Death Star – April 25, 2018

“Fate, Up Against Your Will”

by JaniaJania | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | April 25, 2018

Source: Showtime

In case you haven’t noticed, I tend to watch stuff with the eyes of one who looks for dark and light and all the gradations in between. Light for the fun and entertaining, dark for the real and true. This episode, “Flaw in the Death Star”, balanced the two quite nicely, never spending too much time in either extreme and provided a fair and balanced view of this world we’ve come to know as Billions.

We find Bobby’s flight plans cut short by The Halls telling him they can’t find anything on the doctor who supplied the juice to spike Ice Juice. Like folks pre-Pasteur who believed in spontaneous generation and not in invisible beings like bacteria and such, Bobby has made a fatal error in not collecting the slide that provided the bugs with which he manipulated the murder of Ice Juice. He’s left some key evidence out in the wild, and in this episode, he finds out if he’s to pay for the oversight of slighting those invisible germs.

Over at Chez Rhoades, the difficulty of knowledge management issues is not to be underestimated. Chuck is up in the middle of the night and wakes up Wendy to say: I know, but, since that knowledge was obtained behind your back, you’re under no obligation to acknowledge that you know that I know. I have to do something with my knowledge, even if you tell me not to, because I can’t not.

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Billions on Showtime, Season 3 Episode 5: Flaw in the Death Star – April 23, 2018

It’s Time to Put Aside the Measuring Tape, Boys!

by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | April 23, 2018

Source: Showtime

While I find the way they operate appalling, it is impossible not to applaud Axe and Chuck for eliminating a lot of risk in the first four episodes. Chuck has been able to convince Dake to cover up Wendy’s Ice Juice short,  change the judge in the Axelrod case and keep his father quiet about his involvement in Ice Juice. Axe’s performance has been even more stellar with him keeping Danny Margolis and the Burke Brothers on his side, having Maria Gonzalez deported, and giving Ira his life back along with an engagement ring from Buccellati’s exclusive collection. We now find the two men going after the loyalty of the same man simultaneously: Dr. Gilbert is the man of the hour.

While Axe is looking forward to his trip to Silicon Valley, the new Halls deliver news big enough to keep him in New York. The Eastern District has grilled every doctor Axe has been to or donated to — including Dr. Gilbert. This reminds Axe that the doctor may still have the slide he told him to get rid of once he verified with him that the bacteria they put in Ice Juice would not be fatal for anyone. Axe may now be saying his line of business is all about eliminating risk but he has no one to blame but himself for Dr. Gilbert having the slide! I highly recommend Axe to hire our own Gingersnap who had said the day after Season 2 Episode 11 Golden Frog Time that Axe should not have left that slide with Dr. Gilbert as a consultant!

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Photos & Videos: Next Time on Billions Episode 6 – April 23, 2018

Season 3, Episode 6: The Third Ortolan

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 23, 2018

On the next episode of Billions, Axe tracks down a critical piece of evidence that could destroy him. Both Axe and Chuck reckon with just how far they’re willing to go to protect Wendy. The Ice Juice case comes to a head when a judge gives Connerty a difficult deadline.

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