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Season 5, Episode 4: “Opportunity Zone”
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 17, 2020
Axe’s latest move takes him back to his roots but puts him in Mike Prince’s line of fire. Chuck steps into a new role and meets an intriguing colleague. Taylor tries to salvage a missed opportunity. Wendy takes on an interesting new client.
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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at “Beg, Bribe, Bully”
by Brian Koppelman and David Levien | The Ringer | May 17, 2020
Before diving into S5E3, “Beg, Bribe, Bully,” Billions cocreators Brian Koppelman and David Levien discuss real-life examples of billionaire feuds, script-to-screen changes, a stellar performance from the assistant director, guest cast members, obscure references, and more (0:40). Then they talk with author Ben Mezrich about his time in the writers’ room as consulting producer for Season 5 of Billions (32:44).
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Subjugate and Conquer
by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | May 17, 2020
Season 5, Episode 3: ‘Beg, Bribe, Bully’
“Billions” is a show that seems to appreciate pro wrestling, as seen in the fandom of its dudebro character Mafee and the recent cameo by Becky Lynch. So I hope it’s not too indulgent to quote one of the great heel wrestlers, Ted DiBiase, better known as the Million Dollar Man, as a kind of epigraph for this episode: “Everybody’s got a price.”
I know, I know: That’s kind of the point of the whole show, right? It’s a drama about the corrupting influence of money and power. But it felt more poignant in this week’s episode than it has in quite some time, perhaps because the institutions being assailed by the show’s money-talks characters — family, art, education, the environment — feel sacrosanct.
Not in Bobby Axelrod’s world, though, that’s for sure. Axe spends the episode questing after three things. First, he wants to become a bank. He’s informed by the government officials Todd Krakow and Hard Bob (played by the actors Danny Strong and Chelcie Ross in deliciously sleazy cameos) that there is no way for him to get past the regulatory agencies that want to keep men with criminal histories like his away from banking; his mistake was committing his misdeeds before becoming a bank, while the megabanks that caused the 2008 crash and got away largely scot-free did it the other way around.
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Why Would Bobby Axelrod Want to Buy a Bank?
by Paul Vigna | Wall Street Journal | May 17, 2020
So, Bobby Axelrod wants to buy a bank. Let’s talk about that.
On “Beg, Bribe, Bully,” tonight’s episode of “Billions,” (written by Ben Mezrich, directed by John Dahl), Axe is down in the dumps. He keeps losing things to Mike Prince. Shamans. Artwork. Vanity Fair covers.
The hedge fund world sure is a slog for a poor kid from Yonkers. What could possibly make it bearable? How about owning a bank? That’s right, the founder of one of the most successful hedge funds in the (fictional) world wants to buy a bank.
Is that, like, even possible? We were intrigued so much by this question that we started Googling and calling sources. We wanted to find out for sure. As usual, our recap focuses on what’s real in “Billions,” and what’s TV.
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Everyone Has A Price
by Dana Feldman | Forbes | May 17, 2020
All would be copacetic in Axe’s world if he could just buy a painter, a school headmaster and a bank. To him, everyone has a price and all he needs to do is figure out how many zeros it’ll take to make his problems go away.
If there’s a word Axe (Damian Lewis) doesn’t like to hear, it’s “no” but he’s faced with obstacles in the latest episode of Billions entitled “Beg, Bribe, Bully.” His main competitor this season is Mike Prince, played by Corey Stoll (House of Cards).
When Wags (David Costabile) gets Axe a pre-viewing of a favorite painter of his, the two are caught off guard when they realize the coveted paintings are no longer for sale. In their latest duel, Mike won the battle (but not the war) when he snatched up “The Implosion Series” by the elusive artist Nico Tanner (Frank Grillo).
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It’s ‘Like Father, Like Son’ as Axe’s Kid Gets in Hot Water
by Kyle Fowle | Entertainment Weekly | May 17, 2020
It’s been a while since Billions checked in with Axe’s kids. Ever since Axe and Laura split up, the show has been solely focused on the patriarch. But surely his children are off somewhere doing something wrong. I mean, they can’t possibly be too well-adjusted, right? Thus, the beginning of this week’s episode finds Gordie Axelrod attempting to set up some sort of bitcoin mining operation — I don’t understand the details of bitcoin mining in any way, shape, or form, but you’re stuck with me on recaps — at his prestigious preparatory school, which causes the electrical grid for the school and its surrounding area to shut down.
That little stunt gets Axe on a plane pretty quickly, but not before he starts throwing money and influence at a few problems of his own. First, he was hoping to nab some paintings by a well-respected artist, Nico Tanner, before they were officially up for grabs at a gallery, but when Axe shows up for his preview showing, he finds that Mike Prince has had a pre-preview showing and purchased the entire series. Once again, Prince has swept in and taken something Axe thought was his and his alone. So, it’s time for another plan: “If you can’t buy the art, but the artist.” Axe buys a gorgeous loft with a ton of natural light, hoping to sway Nico into becoming a commissioned artist. Axe is willing to set him up with space, time, and money if Nico gives him exclusive rights to his next eight paintings.
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Sins of the Father
by Sarene Leeds | Vulture | May 17, 2020
Before we even set eyes on any character in “Beg, Bribe, Bully,” the opening track, Cat Stevens’s classic “Father and Son,” has already laid out tonight’s theme. In Billions, however, nothing is ever as simple as a son carving out a separate path from his father. It’s more about examining the depth of harm passed from father to son, and how the father’s unwillingness to repair the damage stemming from their poor parenting choices ensures the next generation’s continuance of these destructive patterns.
Since the decades of toxicity between Chuck and Charles Senior is well-trodden Billions territory, the Rhoades family cedes the center stage this episode to the Axelrods. But don’t think for a moment these blue bloods are on the road to familial harmony. As part of his self-improvement regimen, Chuck has accepted a visiting professor position at his alma mater, Yale Law School. Unfortunately, there’s a bit of a stain on the Rhoades name up in New Haven, given that a promised endowment from Senior has gone unpaid. When Chuck confronts his father about it, Senior lays the shame on thick: Turns out Chuck hasn’t been terribly welcoming toward Roxanne and Willow. A very strained family get-together at the Rhoades Brooklyn home — Chuck convinces Wendy to play along by promising to unfreeze her assets — sets things right from Senior’s perspective: “The check is in the mail, sonny.” But all it really does is prove once again that Senior is pulling all of the strings, even with the people who don’t want to be a part of the family anymore.
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The Apple Does Not Fall Far From The Tree
by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | May 17, 2020
I love the saying attributed to Woody Allen that “90% of life is showing up.” And while I believe it applies to the 99% of the population, 90% of life for the top 1% seems to be begging, bribing and bullying their way into everything – business, art, and yes even education. Written by Ben Mezrich, and set around these three actions, this episode gives us a wonderful hour that provides food for thought about essence of a person – the soul – as well as fathers and sons.
As Father and Son– one of the best songs ever written by one of the greatest songwriters of all times – opens the episode, we find out the apple does not fall far from the tree.
The son in question is Gordie Axelrod who is turning his dorm room into a bitcoin farm to make money – lots of it! But exactly like the bitcoin farm Kate busted in Episode 1 The New Decas, Gordie’s bitcoin farm needs so much power that it does not only cause outage in the school building but also in the entire town.
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It’s Amazing Watching Damian Lewis Say the Lines That You Wrote
by Diti Kohli | Boston Globe | May 15, 2020
From left: Ben Mezrich, Damian Lewis (Axe), David Costabile (Wags), and Tonya Mezrich at a party for the “Billions” cast and crew. Photo by: Tonya Mezrich
Last summer, Boston bookworms learned that hometown author Ben Mezrich was joining the New York City writers’ room for “Billions.” The hit Showtime series centers on insider trading and financial crimes, subjects particularly fitting for Mezrich. The fifth season premiered earlier this month. The episode Mezrich specifically masterminded airs Sunday at 9 p.m.
“Billions” marks Mezrich’s first venture into television. For decades, his successful writing career centered on nonfiction books including “Bringing Down the House” (adapted into the 2008 movie “21″) and 2009’s “Accidental Billionaires” (adapted into 2010′s “The Social Network”). Mezrich is also the writer behind “The Mechanic,” a novella currently being serialized by the Boston Globe (the final chapter appears Sunday). The Globe chatted with Mezrich by phone Friday about making “Billions” and his future in TV.
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Resisting Urge to Overact
by Staff | Hollywood Outbreak | May 15, 2020
After a season in which their characters put past rivalries aside to fight a common enemy, Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti are back to being sworn enemies on Billions. With each passing season, the dynamic between Bobby Axelrod and Chuck Rhoads becomes more layered, nuanced, and complex, and the scenes between Lewis and Giamatti are always gripping, and often spellbinding. And while most of their storylines keep the characters apart, Lewis and Giamatti told us they always look forward to finding scenes in the new scripts where the two get to act opposite each other.
Listen to the audio at Hollywood Outbreak here then click on the media bar to hear Damian and Paul.
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Prince Takes King?
by Lady Trader | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | May 15, 2020
Obsessed with fantasy, possessed with my schemes
I mixed reality with pseudo-god dreams
The ghost of violence was something I seen
I sold my soul to be the human obscene Megalomania – Black Sabbath
Happy Friday, and welcome back to the Trader’s Desk.
I’m not going to do a deep dive into the whole episode this week, but start off explaining what went down between Dollar Bill and Winston and what a Sharpe ratio is, some observations, then get into what was my favorite part of the episode – Axe’s fireside chat! The scene may have only been 5 ½ minutes, but it had me and my partner talking for hours.
What the hell is a Sharpe Ratio?
Poor Dollar Bill! He is in a slump regarding his book – (his trading portfolio) and is looking for an edge. Luckily for him, he just happens to notice on Winston’s terminal a strategy (algo) he’s running his own money on. Winston says his algo has a Sharpe Ratio of 3.64. (A Sharpe ratio tells us how well an asset’s return compensates us for the risk we take. When we compare two assets against a common benchmark, the one with the greater Sharpe ratio is estimated to provide us with a better return for the same risk – or the same return with a smaller risk.) That is a good number, because if you can get your strategy to have a Sharpe Ratio of 2 it’s particularly good. Bill wants in, but Winston tells him there is a capacity issue. If you put more money (in this case six figures) the strategy won’t give you the same positive returns. This can sometimes be a real issue. One of the strategies I trade has this capacity/scalability issue.
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Billions MVP Awards for Season 5, Episode 2, “The Chris Rock Test”
by Gingersnap | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | May 13, 2020
Last week we awarded our Most Valuable Players for the season five premiere of Billions in a compilation post called our ‘Billions MVP Fanbook,’ which commemorates all those in honor of achievement for the utmost brazen, uber shameless, ultra scheming, unmatched bad asses to date – from sports references, music and tasty food to pop culture remarks, shocking twists and ultimate paybacks. Let us continue with that tradition as we award our Most Valuable Players (MVPs) this week.
Here are the Billions MVP awards for Season 5, Episode 2, “The Chris Rock Test.”