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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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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

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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.

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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 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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