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Billions Season 5 Episode 11 Victory Smoke: Entertainment Weekly Review

Axe’s Back Is Against the Wall

by Kyle Fowle | Entertainment Weekly | September 26, 2021

One of Billions‘ greatest strengths is how beautifully it sets up all its pieces before knocking them down. This season has been building towards the moment where Axe seems truly trapped, and this episode really delivers on that moment.

By the end of the episode, Axe will be looking at potential jail time, but for now, he’s desperately looking to get money into his bank before the whole thing is DOA. But that desperation is what will ultimately be his downfall. So, first things first, Axe needs Chuck Sr. to go to the Delaware Attorney General and report that the bank is all up to code and ready to move past its probationary period. Of course, Chuck Sr. wants something in return, so he gets a profit share for the upcoming cannabis deal. Then he goes to the AG and recommends lifting the probationary terms. The AG is confused because his understanding was that this plan was meant to trap Axe in something illegal, but he’s more than happy to sign off and get these chaotic people out of his life.

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Billions Season 5 Episode 11 Victory Smoke: Vulture Review

Chains of Love

by Sarene Leeds | Vulture | September 26, 2021

Two episodes ago, I wrote about how Axe opened himself up to massive vulnerability by allowing emotion to guide all of his decisions. This is exactly how Chuck, Taylor, and Mike Prince claim their “victory smoke” in tonight’s episode.

But what makes the final moments of “Victory Smoke” a true cliffhanger isn’t the revelation that Axe has been utterly played by Chuck & Co. and is 24 hours away from arrest. It is how he hesitates to execute his escape plan, which, I can only assume, is to flee the country (something he’s had in place since season one). He doesn’t even need to say why — one lock of the eyes with Wendy over Zoom (yep, Axe is still “in quarantine,” with Damian Lewis again only appearing in this episode either solo or via video chat) tells us everything we needed to know: He’s willing to risk imprisonment for luuurrrvvve.

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Billions Season 5 Dining Guide, Episodes 1-10

Bon Appetite

by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis  | September 21, 2021

Love the food in Billions? From plantains and falafels, to a chopped liver sandwich, Fan Fun with Damian Lewis is now serving the Billions season 5 Dining Guide, episodes 1 – 10.

One of my favorite things about my favorite TV show is how it showcases the New York dining scene from hole-in-the-walls to neighborhood gems to Michelin-starred restaurants. And it has been my pleasure to share the information about restaurants appearing on the show first in my weekly recaps and then in a full dining guide by the end of the season for Season 1,  Season 2Season 3. and Season 4.

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Next Time on Billions Season 5 Episode 11

Season 5, Episode 11: “Victory Smoke”

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 19, 2021

With victory in sight for his bank, Axe plots to secure his deposits by poaching from Prince, a move that proves more complicated than it seems. Chuck, Prince and Sacker wrestle with the personal cost of their plan. Taylor looks to enlist an old foe. Wags prepares for a big day. Airs Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 9:00 EST / 8:00 CST on Showtime.

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Billions on Showtime, Season 5 Episode 10: Liberty

Nothing Is What It Seems

by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | September 19, 2021

Ladies and Gentlemen: WOW. WOW. WOW.  While I called last week’s episode as the most Billions-y in a while, as a game theorist, I declare this week’s episode the most game-theoretic to date. Hats off to Billions writers who are at the peak of their powers. I cannot imagine better or smarter writing.  Since alliances shift like sand in this show, I really cannot see where we will end up in the Season Finale, but I know we are in for an epic roller coaster. Bring it on!

Well, they gave the first hints of Covid-19 hitting New York in  Episode 9 Implosion with Chuck telling Kate to “go gome and stock up on canned food for the coming plague” and Swerdlow telling Chuck that it is great Senior is having his operation before the hospitals are overrun because of the “Chinese bug”…. and here you go. Covid-19 has arrived at Axe Capital.

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Billions Season 5 Episode 10 Liberty: New York Times Review

You Can’t Make an Omelet…

by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | September 19, 2021

Season 5, Episode 10: ‘Liberty’

Eggs will be broken. The question amid all this conniving, though, is whose?

Chuck Rhoades is cooking eggs.

That’s it. That’s the scene.

For three uninterrupted minutes — without dialogue, without music, without so much as a single cut — the attorney general for the great state of New York cracks, scrambles, fries, flips and serves an omelet to his daughter, Eva (Alexa Swinton), and their guest, the billionaire Mike Prince. In “Billions” time, those three minutes might as well be an eternity. Suddenly, we’re miles away from the mile-a-minute patter and breakneck plot twists that make “Billions” one of the fastest-moving shows on television. For these three minutes, it is slow cinema, a cousin to the endless floor-sweeping and glacial soup-sipping of its sister Showtime series, “Twin Peaks: The Return.”

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Billions Season 5 Episode 10 Liberty: Entertainment Weekly Review

Business Takes a Back Seat as Axe and Wendy Get Personal

by Kyle Fowle | Entertainment Weekly | September 19, 2021

As the folk troubadour once said, the times they are certainly changing. The Axe Cap office looks different, as Billions makes the jump into COVID times. After an indeterminate amount of time spent working from home, all the Ax Cap employees are now back in the office wearing masks and social distancing. There are more changes on the horizon, too, as Axe completely overhauls Axe Cap’s structure so he can get his bank off the ground. That means some of the employees won’t make it through the transition, and some will have new titles.

It’s a crucial time for the bank, as Axe has had trouble getting money in because of COVID. So he’s got Wags looking for different ways to bring big money in as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, Taylor is worried about Ax’s potential influence over Taylor Mason Carbon after the restructure. They want to keep things completely separate, but they’re obviously concerned that this new order of business could complicate things.

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Billions Season 5 Episode 10 Liberty: Vulture Review

Eggs at Dawn

by Sarene Leeds | Vulture | September 19, 2021

We’ve come to the point in the season where I think I know what the long game is, but given my history covering Billions, I could still be way off. It’s for this reason that I’m glad things aren’t entirely clear on the scheming end in “Liberty.” As if, gasp, the writers — showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien teamed up with Emily Hornsby for this particular episode — wanted us to remain somewhat in the dark.

The Billions universe now exists in a post-COVID world, and through no fault of its own, the show is stumbling a bit. Because it’s had to adapt its pre-pandemic scripts, we’re dealing with a few square-peg-in-round-hole situations. Namely, the timeline has become a little murky: We can assume that some months have passed between “Implosion” and “Liberty” because (a) COVID has hit, (b) the Axe Cap offices closed down, and (c) Senior has recovered from his kidney transplant. However, the distribution of vaccines and a full-on return to the office (featuring masks and strategically placed hand sanitizer) would suggest a full year has gone by between last week’s episode and this one — but if that’s the case, then, what? Did the plotlines somehow enter stasis during Billions’ unspecified lockdown period?

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From the Trader’s Desk: Horsemen Are Drawing Nearer! Billions S5 E9 Implosion

Horsemen are Drawing Nearer!

by Lady Trader | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | September 17, 2021

The Horsemen are drawing nearer
On leather steeds they ride
They’ve come to take your life
The Four Horsemen – Metallica

Happy Friday from the Trader’s Desk. Once you add Wendy (who I think will be majorly pissed at Axe for his role in Tanner flying the coop) Chuck, Prince, and Taylor they will officially become the Four Horsemen who will be riding to finally bring Axe to his demise. I’ll get into why I believe that the bullseye on Axe’s forehead is rightfully earned, but first the tranya!

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Next Time on Billions Season 5 Episode 10

Season 5, Episode 10: “Liberty”

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 12, 2021

As Axe Cap returns to the office, Axe makes a surprise announcement, leaving the team’s futures in flux. Wendy’s divorce becomes complicated when Chuck sticks his nose in the Mase Carb financials. Meanwhile, Axe rings an unexpected ally to get intel on Chuck. Airs Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 9:00 EST / 8:00 CST on Showtime.

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Billions on Showtime, Season 5 Episode 9: Implosion

Punch, Punch, Punch, and a Knock Out

by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | September 12, 2021

This fast-paced and very clever Billions episode gives us an extremely fun and most Billions-y hour this season. All the characters have to read their opponent and make decisions very fast. It is like watching a wild boxing match – punch, punch, punch, and a big knock out. That said I am sure there will be a thrilling rematch!

It has been 24 hours since they acquired a bank. However, it seems Axe is focusing on everything but the bank!

We know that, after Bruno retired and moved to Florida, Axe has adopted a new pizza place, Una Pizza Napoletana, and we saw him in Season 5 Episode 6 The Nordic Model making a business offer to Chef Anthony Mangieri and his TV cousin Domenick who has a degree from NYU Stern.

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Billions Season 5 Episode 9 Implosion: New York Times Review

A Prince Among Thieves

by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | September 12, 2021

Season 5, Episode 9: ‘Implosion’

Axe continues to let his emotions lead his decisions. And now the consequences are teaming up to take him down.

“He’s not dead till I say he’s dead,” says Bobby Axelrod of his decabillionaire rival, Mike Prince.

“Bobby Axelrod has to be wiped from the face of the earth,” says Mike Prince of his decabillionaire rival, Bobby Axelrod.

Heck yeah, says I.

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