We sit in the mud, my friend, and reach for the stars.
― Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
Here we are, at the end of Season 2 of Billions, and what a ride it’s been. I know I’m not alone in wishing that these folks wrote and worked and filmed and screened all at the same time, so we wouldn’t have to suffer the excruciating dry months of waiting for the next season to start. In this season, the entire lot of them exceeded all expectations. The story was tight, the performances even tighter. It’s like they all came into their own skins this season and it was a treat to watch.
My review here won’t be a recap, because you’ve already read those. Instead I’ll focus on the father and son scenes central to Season 2, Episode 12, “Ball in Hand.” And I can’t leave the season without talking a bit about Bobby and Wendy. While most other connections between characters are clear, it seems there reigns a central mystery, still, between who Bobby and Wendy are to each other. This season, wonderfully, didn’t solve the mystery a bit, it only intensified it.
Two weeks ago, we are in Cullen’s Tavern with Terry shaking down someone who owes him money. He gives him a punch for good measure which compels the guy to say
“I will make things right, no matter what I have to do.”
Ominous from the off!
One week ago, Wags is shaking someone else down on the phone in an entirely different manner. Wags storms into Bobby’s office with a
“Remind me the next time I forget, there is no one in this business who won’t sell you out if they think there is a nickel in it.”
Bobby finds this strangely reassuring.
Wags is there to tell Axe that Boyd was right about the IPO for Ice Juice and Chuck Snr has taken out a large position. He also tells Axe that Ira is in too and Axe chastises him for coming in to tell him there is no way to short when Chuck Snr and Jnr’s closest friend is involved.
Advance Warning: I have been on a less than 72-hour trip to London to see Damian on stage. Having come back only last night, I am probably doing a crazy thing right now pulling an all nighter to write my recap for this crazy good episode! I apologize in advance for anything that does not make sense 😀
The morning after the night before…Axe wakes up to an empty bed and a note from Lara “You lied to me”. He leaves his first message “You can’t just…can you just call me, please?”
Wendy is ordered in to Axe’s car by Hall, who is not happy and blaming Wendy for Lara taking off. He snidely lectures Wendy on Lies perhaps being acceptable in her marriage and insists he has only lied to Lara once. I don’t believe that. Clearly, however, Axe has a scale on what he considers to be a lie. His behaviour in this scene is threatening and aggressive. Wendy submits “Can I get out the car now.” She is asking for permission! Say, what, now?
Hall then adds a bit more threat “If we have any further questions I will call…or maybe I will just show up.”
Hall shows Axe security tape from the house of Lara taking money and leaving with the boys. Lara appears to have used none of Axe’s resources (vehicles) or other properties they have. She has just disappeared and Hall disabled the GPS in her car months ago at Axe’s request. The three phones are off! No credit cards have been used.