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Billions Season 4 Episode 8 Recap: New York Times – May 5, 2019

Raging Bulls

by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | May 5, 2019

This week, “Billions” staged a charity boxing match between its fake-tough traders. I’m surprised that it took this long for the show to get in the ring.

The mano a mano match between Dollar Bill and Mafee on behalf of their overlords, Bobby Axelrod and Taylor Mason, provides the show with a perfect symbol. On the surface the fight is an act of philanthropy, a way to turn competition between rival firms into something productive. And surface is all it is.

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Billions Season 4 Episode 8 Recap: Vulture – May 5, 2019

Acts of Aggression 

by Sarene Leeds | Vulture | May 5, 2019

When I said I was down for a brawl between Mafee and Dollar Bill in my previous recap, the last thing I expected was for Billions to actually go through with it.

All told, the charity boxing match between Axe Capital and Mason Capital is a delight to watch for its sheer absurdity, made all the more uproarious by Rich Eisen’s sardonic commentary. (Sample observation: “This is probably one of the pussiest fights I’ve ever seen in my life.”) It’s a fantastic metaphor for Billions as well, capturing the raw, brutal nature of its characters, who are fighting tooth and nail in a game nobody is ever going to win. You can set the scene to AC/DC’s “TNT” all you want, and let Dan Soder and Kelly AuCoin indulge in several Rocky fantasies (both get to participate in an “Eye of the Tiger”-soundtracked training montage, with each of their characters coached by real-life MMA/boxing pros). But when it comes down to it, both Mafee and Dollar Bill are two out-of-shape traders who have no business in a boxing ring. Of course the match is a draw.

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Billions Season 4 Episode 8 Recap: Entertainment Weekly – May 5, 2019

Choose your Tributes! It’s Fight Night!

by Kyle Fowle | Entertainment Weekly | May 5, 2019

Remember last week when Mafee stormed into the offices of Axe Cap to berate Wendy, and Dollar Bill threatened to fight him? Well, that threat has become a reality. Every year some traders throw down in a boxing ring for charity, and Mafee and Dollar Bill can think of no better way to settle their feud than to face off against each other between the ropes. At the top of “Fight Night,” Sara and Wags meet to sort out all the details. They agree on glove weight, prize money—”winner take all” for their chosen charity—and make a little wager of their own while they’re at it.

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Billions on Showtime, Season 4 Episode 8: Fight Night – May 5, 2019

La Dolce Scienza (Sweet Science)

by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | May 5, 2019

Welcome to Fight Night where we have two boxers in the ring and many characters on the street playing the game of La Dolce Scienza (Sweet Science) where they need to find the perfect balance between hitting and not getting hit. Finesse. Slickness. Swagger. Everything on the street is as strategic as it gets on the ring! The cameos of real-life boxing champions Deontay Wilder and Stipe Miocic as well as the boxing references in this fun episode hint that Fight Night is Koppelman and Levien’s tribute to one of their favorite sports.

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From the Trader’s Desk: Billions S4E7 Infinite Game – May 3, 2019

I’m Going Through Changes

by Lady Trader | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | May 3, 2019

Now all my days, are filled with tears
Wish I could go back and change these years
I’m going through changes
Changes – Black Sabbath

Welcome back to the Trader’s Desk. This was my favorite episode so far this season. No “fin-speak”, but oh man, the emotions! Wendy is all sorts of lost in this episode. In my last two posts, I wrote about the anger and trust issues Wendy is having that have lead to this point. In “Infinite Game” it all comes to a head.

On a housekeeping note, there will be no Trader’s Desk next week (5/10). Lady Trader has earned a much needed vacation, so I will not be recapping; but if there is financial jargon in Ep. 8 that needs clarification, you can always reach out on Twitter: @lisaglick926.

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