Welcome back to our ‘Billions MVP Fanbook,’ a compilation post commemorating 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.
In case you missed our previous awards, you can catch up with season four episode one, episode two, episode three and episode four. Now, let us continue with that tradition as we award our Most Valuable Players (MVPs) this week.
Here are our Billions awards for Season 4, Episode 5, “A Proper Sendoff.”
Brilliant Hangover Tip – Pickle juice. I’ve actually heard about this.
Best Line – Karl Allard when he told Chuck, “Well, apparently he woke up with morning wood and decided to jam it right up our hind quarters.”
All the Feels, and Then Some – When Axe is trying to figure out “some sensation” he is having as he grabs his mid-section, confused as to why hot anger and the need to destroy is not the “top note” he’s experiencing – trying to flesh out those feelings he doesn’t normally “traffic” in as he come to terms with an $102 million emotional wound.
Hook, Line, and Sinker – I knew Axe was up to something when those cell phones were thrown in the trunk, even knew Axe killed the boat’s ignition switch before it was revealed, but I didn’t know exactly why. Kudos to Axe and his minions for flipping the narrative on the streets – tweaking the story from fact (Axe being pushed out of the fund) to rumor (Axe pulling his investment from said fund) – and thus, shoving other investors off of Humpty Dumpty’s wall while watching it all crumble. John Rice has got to learn how to swim with the big fishies…or is that sharks? 😉
Billions showrunner and co-creator Brian Koppelman tweeted some background information regarding Axe’s plan of attack that I’ve aptly named, “The Fishing Expedition 101”:
After ! https://t.co/QfQKjJdG7Z
— Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) April 16, 2019
The Best of Wagsy – That would have to be the Spyros Summons and the Benjamin Button Project:
Honorable Mention: I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a couple of Writers Awards: 1) Showcasing full circle one of the kids Axe helped and, 2) that fade out scene at the end of the episode of Chuck and Senior scoping out the landscape of their future to the sound of James Brown’s The Payback as the FBI surveillance truck watches. Simply genius.
Best Don Draper Impersonation – Axe needs the Street to think he is pulling out of Rice’s fund instead of the other way round, so as Don Draper said, “if you don’t like what they are saying, change the conversation!”
Best “I loved you as so and so” Appearance – I loved seeing Seth Gabel on Billions this week. Anytime I can see someone from one of my all time favorite shows, “Fringe“, I’m happy! (Honorable Mention: Hello Jade Eshete from “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency“!)
Best Fashion Choice – Yeah, maybe it’s because the men in my family are Navy men, but is there anything better than a pea coat?
Best “He’s not going to do what I think he’s going to do” Moment – I did think that Axe was going to throw Rice off the boat. It was only for a second, but it did cross my mind!
Most Outrageously Adolescent Conversation – Axe and Chuck talking about how much they care about the consequences of their actions
Seriously?!?! Now, I still believe Chuck did the right thing when he revealed his sex life to the world because it was the only thing that would work under the circumstances. That said, the list of cases where the two men did not give a shit about the consequences of their actions is quite long! For starters: If Axe had not treated Taylor like shit, he would still have them as their CIO at Axe Capital. If Chuck had not treated Bryan like shit, he would still have had his seat as the US Attorney of the SDNY. And above all: Ice Juice. If it had not been for Wendy, I doubt Axe and Chuck would have been able to dig themselves out of their own graves. So, guys, grow up!
Saddest Password – Cory Chase.
Nicole Aniston? No. Blair Williams? No. Cory Chase? Bingo. As much as Cory Chase could be national treasure, what a sad state someone should be in to make a porn star’s name his social media password? And aren’t Rudy and his wife having a baby?!?! Seriously?!?!
Pettiest Power Move – Axe destroying John’s career
And for what? To make an example of John so all his “kids” know they could leave Axe only if he asks them to or if he gives his blessing.
Axe put this kid through business school, he gave him seed money for his own fund, and now that the kid has grown up, he now betrays Axe. Unacceptable in Axe’s book even when he finds out why.
John always knew his dad did not respect Axe. He also knew about Axe’s situation on 9/11 way before the press broke it. He worked hard for years so he would not need Axe’s money anymore. And now that he is financially able, he wants no association with Axe.
Axe, who is used to not taking the responsibility for his own actions, but very much used to putting the blame on others, plays a wicked trick on John and ruins the young man’s career. Pettiest power move in my book!
Jules Winnfield (aka Smartest Person in the Room) Award – Taylor Mason
Exactly like they came, saw and conquered the “Idea Dinner” in Season 3 Premiere, Taylor now appears in front of the New York Firefighters Fund Board and wins them over with their personal story. Taylor knows what firefighters do are their contribution and value and if the board is not careful, someone can steal it. Taylor understands it perfectly since their own boss tried to steal their contribution and value. Taylor did not let him do it, and they will not let anything like this happen to the Firefighters Fund, either. Cheers!
Most Shakespearesque Scene – Foley’s Funeral
Chuck “Mark Antony” Rhoades is here to make his “Friends, Romans, and Countrymen” speech calling out the criminals and conspirators that have infested New York politics for decades. I cannot think of a more proper send off for Black Jack Foley. Bravo!
Kick a Guy When He’s Down Award – Rudy. It’s bad enough they introduced us to him as a weak-kneed, mostly incompetent, “why is he there” worker, then they exposed his self-appreciation fetish with the flashlight, then exposed him as a thief and a lame one at that when he steal’s Dollar Bill’s dollar bill, then he gets emasculated by the newcomer Bonnie and subsequently fired. Now, they pick on his corpse by making his password a slew of porn stars?
Hottest Transition – From the cremation of Black Jack Foley to the flames of the brick oven pizza – absolutely brilliant. Not too many writers could come up with that smooth and that ingenious an opening. They make it look so easy.
Analogy Overkill Award – Mafee. It seems that every other sentence from him these days starts off with one of those ‘cultural reference’ analogies that many of us feel are overdone. I’m pretty sure he didn’t talk like this in season 1 – but he has jumped on the Analogy Bandwagon. And Sarah seems to be trying to jump on board as well.
Is This For Real? – Investor Relations? Is this a real thing? I guess we’ll find out Friday. Assuming it is, how likely is it that an IR person would be “super young, early 20’s, too hip for this business?” How could a super young person get that kind of access she seems to get? Seems like an awfully convenient willingful suspension of disbelief going on here.