A collective post wherein we share our thoughts re the next season of Billions, which, I’m happy to report, started filming this week! For some strange reason, the Bobby Axelrod of our Billions‘ visions has long hair and a beard, just so you know going in. 😀
Follows is something I’d like to see as the opening scenes of Billions, Season 2. A fanfic really, and the back story I’m hoping for. And wishing for and fantasizing. 😀
Episode opens to Jason Isbell’s “24 Frames.”
A small apartment, downtown Manhattan, West Village, the air is hazy, there’s a thick layer of white dust and ash on the window sill. Light from the window picks up dust in the air, making it sparkle.
We see Bobby in bed asleep. His face is buried in the pillow. A shock of thick disheveled flames of hair, to the tops of his shoulders is all we see of him. Next to him, Wendy is awake, propped up on a pillow, frowning and gazing sadly out the window as she smokes a clove cigarette.
Bobby stirs awake, and plants his feet on the ground. We see his bearded face, eyes bloodshot and puffy. Everything about him is fragile, like he could shatter with one touch. He’s very purposefully not looking at Wendy. He quickly gets dressed and leaves the room, never turning to look at Wendy.
Wendy takes a last drag and crushes out her clove. She starts looking for her phone. Not finding it on her side of the bed, she reaches over to where Bobby had been and finds it there. She flips it open and calls her office.
“Hey, Gail, remind me, who’s my 9 o’clock today?…She’s the one with the sister in the South Tower, right?…Yeah, yeah, okay, let her know I’m running a little late…Don’t let her leave, okay?…I’ll be there as soon as I can.”
Wendy flips her phone closed. She picks up Bobby’s pillow and sinks her face into it, holding it close for a few seconds. Then, she resolutely gets out of bed, gazes out the window at the veiled light while she gets dressed.
Scene changes to present day. Axe Capital has been put back together again since we last saw it torn apart at the end of last season. Some workers are putting in finishing touches outside Bobby’s office.
Inside his office, Bobby exchanges some words with Wags. When Wags leaves, we go back to flashback.
We see Bobby on the sidewalk, from the back, heading further downtown, further into the cloud of smoke and debris. He’s holding his jacket in his hand, letting it drag nearly to the ground. The sidewalk and street, everything, is covered in white ash and littered with white paper. We can see Bobby’s footprints in the ash as he staggers, shuffling through the paper.
“Hey, excuse me, sir?” Through the haze, a fire fighter calls to Bobby from across the street. “You can’t be down here, man. You need to go back. Go home.”
The fire fighter’s voice goes quieter “There’s nothing for you down here, go home.”
Bobby looks dazed in the direction of the voice. His eyes can’t seem to focus on the fire fighter. Nonetheless, he nods vaguely, and turns around.
As he’s walking, his Blackberry rings. Bobby clicks it on to hear a voice with a Londoner accent. “Mr. Axelrod? We’re calling to confirm your order for 2 million of RYA?”
Bobby answers firmly, “Yep, it’s a go. I added a couple more to that order, did you get those?”
“Yes, sir. BMS…and, BOE?”
“That’s right, Braemer Shipping and Boeing. Increase that last one to 5 million.”
“Very well, sir, we’ll be emailing confirmation of those borrows shortly.” The broker goes quiet for a few seconds, but he doesn’t hang up.
“Anything else you want to ask me?” Bobby asks.
“Good, we’re clear then. Aren’t you guys closing in a couple hours? Why am I just getting this call now?”
“Your borrow will process first thing tomorrow morning, sir. We’ve been a bit… overwhelmed…with recent events.”
Bobby leans into the phone. “Oh, YOU’VE been overwhelmed, have you?” He sighs in exasperation. “Just do your fucking job and get me those shares, okay?”
He clicks off the phone, stares at it a second, scrolls thru his numbers and dials.
He gets voicemail. “This is Robert Axelrod for Lin Wei. As soon as your market opens I’d like a put of 500 shares on SIPG. Please call to confirm.”
He clicks his phone off and tucks it back into his pocket. He turns to look back at downtown. Then, he glances to his right and seems surprised to see he’s walked as far north as Chelsea Park, the soccer field taken over by tents. Still holding his jacket limply, he sits on top of a brick wall at the edge of the park and stares vacantly at the tents. He sees a woman in scrubs, blond hair, wide sturdy shoulders, leaning over a patient. She stands up and catches him looking at her. On instinct, she gives him the once-over, a visual triage, to see if he needs medical attention. But, whatever damage he’s suffering isn’t something that would be visible to her. She holds his gaze and raises a hand up to wave. This small act of kindness provokes him to crack a smile in return and wave back. He’s surprised by the feeling of smiling. It feels wrong. He turns back to the street and continues walking.
Finally, he lands in a dark bar in midtown. He downs a shot, orders another one, and scrolls to find Wendy’s number on his phone.
Back to present day for the remainder of the episode.
Closing credits: Isbell’s “Songs She Sang in the Shower”
I LOVE the way JaniaJania titles this post. Now that Billions Season 2 shoot is under way — I even spotted a Billions location sign on my way to hear Damian Lewis at Times Talks last week — it is all about our hopes, wishes and fantasies until we have our favorite show back on TV.
I know Billions will give us another brilliant season beyond our wildest imagination; but still, you know, hopes, wishes and fantasies enrich one’s life… so why not be a little playful and dream a little dream about Season 2? 🙂
When we started talking about Team Axe and Team Chuck, way before we had Season 1 on TV, one player that I had difficulty placing in either team was Wendy: “Knowing these two men closely, and loving them both in different ways, I believe, Wendy will be in a unique position to hold power over both and she will refuse to wear a team jersey! Wendy, using her strong understanding of human nature, will play her own game and I suspect I will root for her!”
I do root for her.
I applaud the way Wendy plays the two men as much as they play her. She does it with a moral compass though and with the ultimate goal of solving the conflict so she could keep doing the job she loved. However, her prize for her efforts is to see both men she values the most betray her. Unacceptable. She drives away wearing her own jersey: Team Wendy.
My fantasy: An opening scene for Season 2 inspired by bad ass Wendy and the hair and the beard Damian grew for months before recently going back to his short haired and clean shaven self.
Wendy’s office at Zenobia Capital. The camera zooms over a note attached to a bouquet of red roses on her desk: “Come on, Wend. C.”
Wendy is finishing a session with Maria Saldana who is now more of a friend than a patient. As Maria is preparing to leave, there is a knock on the door. It’s Wendy’s secretary Nancy: “Sorry to interrupt Dr. Rhoades but they have arrived a bit later than usual today.”
“They” turn out to be an outrageously huge bouquet of flowers.
Maria giggles: “He’s not giving up, Wend.”
Wendy rolls her eyes: “Neither of them are. How long does it take for a man to understand it’s over? But, hey, I am the psychiatrist, right? I should know.”
Wendy receives a text as Maria leaves. She texts back happily: “Yes we are so on for dinner. Negronis first? 7pm. The Bar on Mulberry.”
She takes a deep breath and approaches to the new arrival. The little note attached reads: “Told you I would not shave until you returned. Wags says I am past the caveman stage. Come back. B.”
Wendy smiles. She first smiles as if disgust is still off the table when Bobby is concerned. But then her smile gets borderline sinister. She shows the finger to the bouquet.
Minutes before PM meeting at Axe Capital. Axe gets into Wags’ office. We see Wags grimacing at a very hairy Axe.
Wags: “Ha! You have just promoted from my first wife to my college girlfriend. She was THE jungle.”
Bobby: “Jesus, Wags.”
I cannot believe I just wrote that. What did Billions do to me? But I suspect Wags would be proud of me 😀
My Hope: I hope, and in fact expect, one major storyline in Season 2 to be about Axe and Chuck, these equally driven and ambitious men, trying relentlessly to win Wendy back. Well, boys, it will not be easy. But it will be hilarious. It will be a whole new dick-measuring contest. And when it comes to THAT with you two, sky is the limit. It will be EPIC. I am so looking forward to it.
My wish: I am dying to find out about Axe and Wendy backstory as Axe tries to mend the relationship he messed up majestically. Wendy may be the only person that KNOWS Axe and Axe is, in Damian’s words, “very reliant on her.” I want to know how it all started… And to add to the drama, Lara does not like this relationship. I mean… would you want your husband to have THAT relationship with anyone? Yeah, I would not, either! 🙂 So, the whole “Bring Back Wendy” operation may bring some delicious tension to Axelrods’ marriage. It would be delightful to see Lara dealing with it.
We don’t know exactly when season 2 episode 1 is going to pick up. My wish would be immediately or almost immediately…say 2 -3 weeks later…and I would also like to see the first episode (or most of it), Bobby, Chuck and Wendy free.
Their absence creates tension and allows opportunity:- (1) for an important character on each ‘team’ to step up; and (2) for an introduction to a couple of new characters because there must be some as responsibility for keeping tabs on Axe has been shipped across to Eastern District.
The two characters I would hope to see step up more are Wags and Bryan.
Mike Wagner – I can imagine season 2 picking up with Wags in charge as Axe has gone off on a wander again. Wendy of course no longer works there. I want to see the gloves come off a bit from Wags especially since he steps up when Bobby needs him to.
Fanciful opening scene with Wags
“Comfortable in that chair?”
“Any reason I shouldn’t be?” Wags asks Hall, doing all he can to pretend that he is not startled…again…by Hall’s seeming ability to appear out of thin air.
“You don’t seem to be expecting him back?”
“You would know.” Hall simply stares at him. Wags gets on with his work trying to shake off the feeling that his skin is crawling.
“You should check your plumbing. That new pipe has sprung a leak. It could get messy.”
Wags looks up, nodding his head to show he understands.
Hall stands suddenly. “Anything you want me to tell him?”
“Yeah. Tell him to cut the beard or I won’t snog him under the mistletoe.” Hall merely inclines his head. Wags doesn’t know why he bothers.
Hall turns to leave and Wags can feel his bowel breathe a sigh of relief.
“One more thing…don’t worry about Wendy.”
Wags stares at Hall’s retreating back, picks up his phone and dials for Wendy.
“You have reached the voicemail of Wendy Rhoades.”
Wags is worried.
Bryan Connerty – is in stasis. The role previously filled by Wendy of being the person stuck in the middle of Chuck and Bobby may now be his while he makes up his mind about that job offer. Regardless of what his decision is I hope to see more between him and Bobby.
Fanciful opening scene with Bryan
“Perhaps you would like to come up to the front and defend that position.” Orrin Bach’s ‘teacher voice’ reverberates around the room as Bryan sneaks in at the back of the classroom and sits down.
“No? You were so certain a minute ago.” Bryan stifles the snigger threatening to escape him. The mouthy first year seems to have been suitably chastised.
“Anyone?” Everyone seems to shrink a little in their seats. Bryan cannot blame them. Orrin can be formidable and has clearly knocked the class all off balance by taking the prosecution side.
“There must be someone!” Bryan feels himself freeze as Orrin’s eyes scan the room, but he will not shrink in his seat. He refuses. He is the calm and composed Assistant USA. Orrin’s eyes meet his and Bryan hates that he sees them sparkle, in delight, hope and above all mischief.
Orrin returns to the front and addresses the class. “It seems that the great and good of public service has decided to come to your rescue.” He looks directly at Bryan now. “Get up here, Connerty.”
Bryan barely holds back a groan as the class whisper to each other in confusion. He came here for Orrin’s advice. He should have known better. You don’t get anything from a defence lawyer at his level for free.
As he makes the trip from the back to the front with whispers following him, he suddenly remembers why he learned it was better to sit at the front during Orrin’s classes.
“Everyone, meet Bryan Connerty. Currently, Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.” The class sits up that bit straighter as Orrin continues. “Who is here to help me teach you all about stepping outside of your comfort zone.”
Bryan takes a deep breath. The advice better be worth the ass kicking he’s about to suffer.
I also echo Damianista in hoping for Axe/Wendy background and I would also like to know when and how Wags swaggered into the picture. So much to know!