Billions on Showtime Season 5 Episode 4: Opportunity Zone

While Opportunity Zone as a golden opportunity of tax breaks for the rich stays at the heart of the story, all kinds of opportunities  – pursued, missed, noticed, favorable, fitting, promising, unique, rare, ample – abound in this week’s episode! Oh, and I think love is in the air for some!

The Bobby Axelrod that I came to like – the boy who grew up in Yonkers and beat the odds to become the billionaire that he is today – makes an appearance in the first few minutes of the episode…

Guess what – Axe is visiting his childhood home in Yonkers. He has already met the mother and her son Savion (Akili McDowell) currently living there and is now chatting and shooting hoops with Savion. And as you start to feel that Axe may actually be a human being and that he may have wanted to go back to his childhood home especially after the incident with Gordie in the last episode…

Surprise… Surprise…

The whole thing is staged for a photo op. Randy Kornbluth from The Journal and his iPhone appear out of blue and Axe starts to talk about how he created his own opportunities while growing up in Yonkers.

They used to (and apparently still) plow Yonkers streets late on snowy days, and Axe used this as an opportunity to set up his first business! Identifying a niche that is underserved, young Bobby started shoveling for others, then hired friends and ultimately extended the business to other neighborhoods. He used the money he made from the shoveling business to invest in his other ideas. So Yonkers made Bobby Axelrod who he is and now he is ready to return the favor. Huh?

And when Savion’s mother invites him to dinner, she is making meatloaf, Axe thanks for the invitation and tells her he will make this extra special by having his chef come and cook for them all in the house where it all started!

As the two Chucks are having a delicious breakfast at Senior’s place, we find out what the show Axe puts on in Yonkers is all about. Opportunity Zone is a Trump Administration policy giving unprecedented tax breaks to investors in selected “Opportunity Zones” with certain level of poverty and unemployment – exactly the kind of giving Axe loves! And now that Yonkers is an opportunity zone, who is a better candidate than a native son coming back home to save his community?

Chuck, who thinks Axe knows no bounds, now needs Chuck Senior to suit up and get in the board room to pitch for an opportunity zone in Yonkers!

It does not matter if he wins or loses – what he needs to do is to put pressure on Axe so he feels the urge to do something illegal and Chuck “Dexter” Rhoades will get him for the right reasons. I am confused. Who is the man who knows no bounds again?!?!

What Chuck does not know is that Senior does not even have to get involved because Axe already has a worthy adversary in this: Scooter cuts the one-on-game Prince is playing at the The Summit NYC basketball court with Dominique “Human Highlight Film” Wilkins one of the best dunkers in the NBA history. The boss needs to deal with another one-on-one in Yonkers when he is done here 🙂 And I love the contrast between the two basketball hoops that we see in the episode. It reminds me of a brilliant photo exhibition Hoops that I saw a few years ago.

As soon as he arrives at Axe Capital, Axe tells Wags to get him in a room with Daymond John and Wendy gets him in a room with Taylor! It turns out I was right when I thought Taylor was sincere when they said “it is not the right play” to Sara when she offered to buy the shares the Lawrenceburg University was divesting from – which Axe actually did! But I wonder why they did not share the right play with Sara so they would not leave TMC.

So what is the right play? Taylor has a list of universities and colleges whose endowments are ripe to divest. But thanks to Axe buying the shares of the companies Lawrenceburg has divested from, they have now missed the opportunity. And let me jump in here to tell you that this is an on-going trend – here is a recent article about Cornell University divesting from fossil fuels.

Wendy, with her mediator hat on, holds both Axe and Taylor responsible for missing this opportunity but she wonders if they can still use this as a unique opportunity to ensure that the “fundamental” and the “quant” work together. As soon as she asks if they can use this as an activist move, the “fundamental” argues they can pretend they bought the fossil fuel company shares only to push it to clean up and put in place initiatives the schools will like and the “quant” approves they can sell it as policing from inside.

Voila!

As Taylor leaves to get the ball rolling, Axe says he does not like Wendy “dressing him down in front of a junior.” And I am sure Wendy does not like Axe talking to her like that. Knowing that every single exchange in the show is there for a purpose, I wonder how this will play out in the long run.

While Axe Capital is getting ready to revolutionize the petroleum industry with green initiatives, the New York State Attorney General is getting ready to revolutionize the criminal law class at Yale Law. Chuck is on his way to his first class as he is greeted by a woman whom he knows by reputation: Catherine  ‘Cat’ Brant, a professor of sociology at Yale. Welcome to Billions, Julianna Marguiles – you were there sharing the moment that changed my life in 2012!

When I first read about Marguiles joining the show, my first reaction was that, given Chuck and Wendy are not on very friendly terms, she could be a love interest for Chuck – you see Brant’s physical similarity to Wendy, don’t you? Like we have figured out Axe’s arousal template last season, I think we have Chuck’s as well: Beautiful, smart, ambitious, highly educated, dominant women.

It turns out Chuck read Brant’s book that everyone read, and that Brant is teaching Chuck’s speech -the one everyone saw – in her class this week. And while Chuck kindly turns down Brant’s invitation to her class to answer questions about his speech because it would feel like a root canal, he would love to have her sit in his first class.

I am as shocked as his students when Chuck starts his lecture. As soon as he introduces himself, Chuck brings out a class roster and calls some Mr. Kelly to talk about Borderkircher vs Hayes which he sent as an assignment via email earlier. And Mr. Kelly says “I pass” only to hear that “There is no pass. Only fail.”  Well, as the blonde student explains, we do not teach like this anymore. I have not taught law school students, but I have ben teaching undergraduates as well as PhD students for almost two decades right now and while we know that they are not children we almost spoon-feed them and are extra careful not to embarrass them since as the next student points out they cannot learn well in a high stress setting 😀 So I do not think Chuck’s teaching method would fly in any classroom. But Professor Brant makes it fly using  the words that I have identified most with in the history of Billions:

“Holyshit, guys. And yeah guys. I’m calling all of you guys, males, females, and enbies. And I have tenure. So suck it if you don’t like it.”

😀

Academia is one of the rare professions that give you tenure – a guaranteed job – for life. And I can tell you the path to tenure is quite painful but totally worth it!

Brant is absolutely right that having a professor like Chuck Rhoades  – who sat at the desk the students are now sitting on and moved up to the highest levels in public service – is the rarest opportunity for any law student to have in their professional training. That said it is obvious that Brant is doing this with a purpose – this is her opportunity to tempt Chuck that he ultimately shows up in her class!

And he does, quietly, as the class is discussing his speech. Chuck is obviously intrigued with Brant who argues that he was being submissive in the speech to actually dominate. And I wonder, given Wendy is not in the picture anymore, whether Chuck will take the opportunity called Cat!

And now that Chuck is not there anymore, it seems Axe and Wendy have working dinners at Axe’s penthouse. While Dollar Bill is probably sorry about his book and Axe is definitely sorry for his earlier behavior. As he says he knows that Wendy was right about Taylor I wonder if Wendy is sick and tired of taming the tiger for almost two decades now.

They talk about Yonkers. The community roots angle is working well and while his meeting with Savion was basically set up for PR, Savion is who Axe was at that age and so Axe will dig deeper to see if Savion is dying to get out of Yonkers like he did when he has dinner with him and his mom. Oh, and could Wendy please help with that painter Axe hired? Tanner seems to have a painter’s block.

It is hilarious that Axe, like a shy teenager, does have difficulty finding the words but he is finally able to say it: this – the two of them- is much better with Chuck out of the picture. Yes it is less complicated for sure but I wonder, and I know you wonder, too, whether it is more than that for Axe. The man has not felt happy for quite a while and I bet he has not found what he was looking for in the model he “tried” in Episode 2 The Chris Rock Test, either. Oh yes I had to say that!

Axe is now sitting next to the woman who has probably impressed him the most in his life and guess what: he is single and she is single. I have to say I find it utterly delicious that these two have constantly been dancing around that thin line and never crossing it. I hope they stay the way they are but I cannot deny the romantic vibes I am getting from Axe at the moment. The fan girl in me congratulates Wendy for resisting, well, this!

Thank you for the gif, JaniaJania!

Axe’s efforts coupled with Chef Ryan’s Eggs Benedict with hollandaise sauce are not enough to convince Daymond John to partner with the boy from Yonkers. John knows that Axe needs his “brown face” to reach out to the minority community and he does not want to be Axe’s puppet. And, by the way, why doesn’t Axe ever bring him the projects he would bring to Bensinger or Buffett? Fair enough.

Now that they know Prince who has already had success with Opportunity Zones in Atlanta and Detroit, is talking to community leaders in Yonkers, Axe has to partner with a diversity business leader with a clean track record immediately. And lo and behold, we find him in his tennis attire playing against Franklin Sacker who seems to be a Nadal fan. As they laugh about the people who invented court tennis would never imagine gents like them would play the game (Henry VIII was a big fan of tennis and Mary Queen of Scots played regularly) the time is ripe for Axe to make Sacker an offer: What about the two of them partnering for the Opportunity Zone in Yonkers?

Sacker, exactly like Daymond John, knows why Axe needs him. But he appreciates that Axe, who typically dumps money from above, is now putting the boots on the ground for his hometown. And as soon as he agrees to work with Axe, he finds himself in war with Prince: The saintly Mike who likes to say “there is enough for everybody” seems to think there will not be enough for him if Axe gets the Yonkers Opportunity Zone. And so he buys blocks of shares from Sacker’s company and three board seats that come with the shares give him power to oust Mr. Sacker as the CEO. Sacker is lucky to have Axe who knows what to do to a man who ruins the buffet at Harrow Club.

Axe appears out of a back room as Prince is threatening Mr. Sacker and tells him that he will make sure the press knows the saintly Mike is trying to remove an African American man from his C-suite. I said it before I’ll say it again. Prince’s namesake Thomas Aquinas should be turning in his grave.

Axe backing him seals the deal for Sacker. and he tells his daughter about his new partnership when he visits Kate in her new Yonkers apartment with his housewarming gift, a Breville Custom Loaf Breadmaker, in his arms. Kate is smart enough to know she cannot run a congressional campaign from a classic seven on the Upper East Side, but she will gladly accept contributions from her dad’s friends who live in classic sevens. But she cannot figure out how come her dad is not smart enough to see Axe is using him as a pawn.

“You’re not the only person who’s walked into a kissing booth with Bobby Axelrod certain they would not come out pregnant.”

😀 😀 😀

As I am thinking Franklin Sacker’s partnership with Axe could lead to a delicious conflict of interest between Kate and Chuck, Kate is keeping her side of the “transparency” pact with her boss. Kate arrives at Chuck’s place to find him and Senior having Johnnie Walker as Chuck is folding the family socks to share the news: Her dad is partnering with Axe but also Axe and Prince are like “two dogs fighting over the same bone” in Yonkers. By the way, did you know what you  think about sock folding says a lot about who you are?

The man who knows no bounds, Chuck that is, invites Prince to his office and advises him to commit to a donation to Yonkers to be made after the Opportunity Zone decision is made regardless of what the final decision is. This would provoke Axe to bribe the committee or do something else illegal to get what he wants and Chuck will be right there waiting to get him.

Prince: “I give you your opportunity zone and you give me mine. ”

Chuck: “Well put.”

Unlucky for Chuck, Prince seems to know his bounds at least when gets a crazy offer from a man he does not know and does not jump on the opportunity.

There are three people pitching for the Opportunity Zone project at the Ceremonial Court Room in Yonkers City Hall. Chuck Senior shoots himself by telling the board that the Yonkers community, while they always got the short end of the stick, never knew what to do with what they had. Prince presents evidence on his success in similar projects in Chicago and Detroit as well as evidence on Axe’s failure in, well, Sandicot! Prince’s special guest Marc Capparello  tells the court that Bobby Axelrod basically came, saw and fucked Sandicot. I mean – Axe has made so many enemies over the seasons that a fantasy series ending I have for Billions is all these people come together to get Axe – Murder on the Orient Express Style 😀

When it is his turn to present, Axe immediately buries Senior as the person who moved his casino elsewhere and fucked Sandicot. And then he puts on a brilliant theatrical performance by taking everyone in the room outside to talk about the Yonkers he knows – complete with his old friend ‘Ike’ on his left (the past), Savion Williams, the young guy who currently lives in the house Axe grew up on his right (the future) and a few tears in his eyes (love): From Ricky’s Clam House where they could afford three baked clams to Dicey Reilly’s where they had their first beer with a fake ID to Park Hill Theatre where they took dates and sneaked into the theater thanks to their friend Freddie being an usher there. Note that these are real places and mentioned in this “21 Things That You’ll Never See in Yonkers Again” article. Axe also makes sure to mention Capparello’s – a Yonkers institution that he keeps open even though Bruno retired and that he is committed to keep open as long as he is alive. Yes, he may have left Yonkers for a while but he is now back ready to work with the board for the future of kids like Savion!

It is official: Bobby Axelrod is the pied piper of Yonkers! Look at Mike Prince’s face – he knows he will lose there and then. So even though he tells Chuck later that he felt too much pull to his old greedy ways and did not want to push more, I think he may be saving face with the State AG.

Chuck and Chuck Senior are in Chuck’s office as Kate arrives to tell them her dad and Axe are partners now not only in Opportunity Zone but also in a new venture: banking! And if Axe is going for a state bank  it is the State AG who regulates state banks per Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act! This is going to be FUN.

Axe is certainly dragging his feet when he and Chef Ryan arrive at Savion’s home for dinner. And on top of that, he gets a call, an insulting one, from Prince who seems to be attending a black tie event at Lincoln Center.

“Hell, man, Yonkers is you. You are Yonkers. You’ve never really left. It’s in your manner. Your bearing. You stink of the place. And now you’re back in it.”

My jaw drops not at what Prince says because he wants to get Axe rattled and knows what buttons to press, but at the fact that Axe gets rattled. So as much as he is proud to be a boy from Yonkers that beat the odds, his old neighborhood, and especially his childhood home seems to represent a toxic life where young Bobby used to go out just to breathe. I genuinely believe this is also the reason Axe kindly turned down the dinner invitation the first time, he could not dare get into that house. into his childhood. His terrible memories should still be haunting him. And add to this Prince’s words on the phone, and Axe does the unthinkable: He sends Chef Ryan in to feed the family while he gets out of “this dipshit town” immediately. I hope he makes it up to Savion and his mom soon.

By the way, I wonder if Prince thinks that the kids for whom he builds fields and courts in Opportunity Zones stink of the place they grow up, too. Shame on him.

As I have been thinking they are playing the long game, but it seems Taylor is having confidence issues especially when bad things keep happening.

Just after they lose Sara, Taylor’s meeting with the Argyra Petroleum CEO Dell Lambert goes south quickly. The man, who is on Keto Diet, does not even want to talk to Taylor and Lauren about green initiatives. It is Axe who bought a chunk of his company and it should be him sitting there putting in the effort. And as this is followed by Maffee looking much happier spending time with his old friends on the main floor rather than at the TMC office – I mean he is even okay being called the Pillsbury Doughboy – Taylor sets him free…

…and goes to see Wendy! Wendy’s suggestion is for Taylor to focus on the process where their genius comes out rather than focus on their personal wins. And when they go to Axe to have him arrange another meeting with Lambert, Axe advises Taylor to take Wendy along because she is the best in bridging the gap between different point of views. While Axe is absolutely right in his thinking, this could be, ladies and gentlemen, his BIGGEST mistake ever 🙂

Axe seemingly wins when Taylor and Wendy collectively deliver for Axe Capital. Their argument is simple and straightforward. Whale oil dominated the first half of the 18th century but the whalers were doomed when kerosene came up in the second half of the century. And the age of kerosene was over with the invention of electricity. So being a trailblazer in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) friendly policies is the future and will give Argyra a golden opportunity to have the first look at the impact deals, set the terms, be a hero both in environmental sectors as well as on the street and make A LOT OF MONEY. Lambert is sold.

But what would Axe say if he knew Taylor offered Wendy to make TMC an impact fund together? If Wendy who typically knows what she wants to do needs a gut check here, it seems to me that she may be tired of taming the tiger and quoting The Godfather.

“We’re bigger than U.S. steel.”

Oh, and talking about Wendy: Is there anyone that does not fall under her spell? Tanner, who sees himself as a sellout because he is painting for money now, cannot feel special enough to start his work. And even though he mocks with Wendy who makes him sit, close his eyes and feel the work,  he becomes a believer in a couple of days. Tanner is making progress and Wendy deserves to be the one who sees the final product first. And is it me or the chemistry between Wendy and Tanner can make Axe and Chuck friends again? 😀

And one person who notices that a new opportunity is waiting for him in this episode is… Wags!

Wags, who is willing to say grace over lunch with Georgie, is ready to finance his son’s ministry maybe with the hopes that the young guy will be the next Billy Graham. But he understands he has lost his eldest to Jesus after he has his mid-day swim in the River Jordan 😀 Wags feels equally bad about Mandy the stripper and Georgie the reborn Christian. But as he accepts the fact that he gloriously fucked up as a father, he has his “Eureka” moment. He may not be young but he still has an opportunity to have a child whom he will raise right. Can courts stop him from having another?!?!

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21 thoughts on “Billions on Showtime Season 5 Episode 4: Opportunity Zone”

  1. This was a meaty episode, and a meaty recap! There is so much to discuss, but I never know if we should do it here, or should I have it for Fridays!

    You and I have so many similar opinions on this weeks episode. It may be that sands are shifting on some relationships!

    I will ask something that I think only you can answer re the law school class Chuck tries to teach. You say you basically spoon feed these students but I guess my question is: is that the best way to prepare them for the real world? In this scene, what was wrong with these kids being prepared to answer questions? Do they think that in a court the judge would be so easy? Maybe it is my lack of being exposed to higher education, or my true disdain for millennials, that I just don’t understand why this is the norm for students. Cat response to them was spot on, in my opinion!

    1. Thanks for reading!

      Sands are shifting alright. I think we have seen the first signals of Bobby and Wendy having a fallout. We will see how it will play out but both Wendy’s partnership with Taylor and Wendy’s possible relationship with Tanner (we saw some romantic vibes with Axe for sure!) will piss our man off. And it is not a good idea to mess with Wendy but I bet Axe will.

      No, I don’t think (and I said in the post, too) we are doing the right thing by spoon-feeding them. When I was in college, I never went to a prof’s office hour without working on a problem first. I went and showed that I worked on it but that I had a problem with, say, part c. Now I have students coming in with no prep and they just have me explain them the whole thing. They feel entitled to it. But I am not blaming them, I think this is happening because of the upbringing this new generation has had. I think teaching styles have also evolved over generations. Chuck is trying to apply what he saw in his law school days which would not fly right now in any classroom 🙂 That said I agree that Cat’s response to the students is definitely spot on! Especially for law school students having a professor like Chuck Rhoades is a rare opportunity.

      1. I knew going to the expert was going to get me the right answer!
        Can you believe we only have 3 more episodes until the mid-season end?

        1. It’s sad to know we only have 3 to go now but it’s good to know we’ll have 5 more at some point!

  2. Can’t help but wonder RE that Beverly Hills Cop reference especially when Eddie Murphy threw Jonathan Banks into that table. Especially when Better Call Saul is probably the best show on TV these days notwithstanding how much many of us still love Billions…

  3. “Like we have figured out Axe’s arousal template last season, I think we have Chuck’s as well: Beautiful, smart, ambitious, highly educated, dominant women.”

    And brunette.

    Just like Season 4 marked Wendy’s total disillusionment with Chuck, I think Season 5 (if/when it’s complete) will mark her total disillusionment with Axe. I can see three ways that can come about: Axe perceives her collaboration with Taylor as a betrayal, he perceives her hookup with Nico as a betrayal, or both. We know Axe is a control freak with a with-me-or-against-me mentality that would make Anakin Skywalker tell him to cool his jets. If he sabotages the impact fund or Nico’s career out of spite, after the effort she’s put into doing stuff for herself, Wendy may hit the road. What did she say to him once? “Cut me out again and I’m gone.”

    I’ve always thought Wendy becoming a free agent would spell the end of both Chuck and Axe, and a natural final stage for our merry little opera. Sort of like the turning point that came when Uncle Hank read the handwritten dedication on Walter White’s copy of “Leaves of Grass”.

      1. Unfortunately it happens and I’ve not been able to figure out why – it happens in particular to people who are logged in to the blog! I edited yours though.

    1. Thank you for reading!

      How did I forget to say brunette?!?! Totally!!!!

      Agreed on Bobby and Wendy. And we saw the first hints to that happening in Episode 4. I am looking forward to seeing that storyline unfold. And I think the conflict between Axe and Wendy will escalate on two fronts: Wendy’s partnership with Taylor and Wendy’s blooming relationship with Tanner. I don’t recommend Axe to mess with Wendy but I bet he will.

      Oh that “Leaves of Grass” scene with Hank in the bathroom was epic!

  4. “Axe does the unthinkable: He sends Chef Ryan in to feed the family while he gets out of “this dipshit town” immediately. I hope he makes it up to Savion and his mom”

    Not surprised by this at all. Axe is a deeply insecure man. Why do think he’s still so codependent on his therapist? For the last few seasons, I always felt like he never tried to be with the good ole boys or the old money set because he is afraid of them rejecting him. He pretends not to give a damn but deep down, he does. For all of his “I’m proud of where I’m from” talk, he is still driven by his background in that he never wants to go back. Wendy even said so in season 3. He’s afraid to go back to where he is from and will do anything to stay out a place like that. I’m like that John called him out for only bringing him deals where he needs a brown face instead of the other deals. Using a kid from the neighborhood then discarding him is behavior that’s par for the course for Axe these day.

    1. Thanks for reading!

      I agree with you about Axe’s insecurity and why he does not mingle with the blue bloods 🙂

      But I will make a case for Axe regarding his childhood home. Just seeing the house may be bringing back horrible memories. I think he was already dragging his feet when he and Chef Ryan arrived at Axe’s childhood home for dinner. We don’t know what happened in that house – neglect? beatings? child abuse? We saw Axe telling Savion that he used to go outside to breathe… and I think he kindly turned down the dinner invitation from Savion’s mom that evening because he could not dare go in. And that night where he was trying to do the right thing, Prince knew to push the right buttons and made Axe act in an extremely rude way.

  5. Just a couple of thoughts. Maybe when I view this episode for the 3rd. time I will add a few more. I loved Axe during his persuasion of that committee outdoors. I don’t think either Prince or Charles Sr. would have been capable of reaching out and touching the Yonkers residents that way, of course it wasn’t their town. (Pardon me, but it’s a city, or part of one, but I digress.) So, credit to the writers (and of course to DL) on that scene. But, are we supposed to forget how angry the Axe Cap staff was when Mafee left to go with Taylor? Are we supposed to forget to what lengths Taylor went to discredit Wendy last season? They were clearly enemies. Are we supposed to forget how chummy Axe and Wendy were when discussing their relationship/friendship/whatever right after 9/11? Yet Axe is quite nasty to her after she criticizes him in front of Taylor. The writing on those points just don’t seem realistic to me. Of course it is fiction and the writers can “make believe” however they wish, but those points just don’t click with me. I much prefer reasonable. As many times before, Wendy’s know-it-all attitude grates on my nerves and her collusion with Taylor cannot be good for Axe. This is becoming a Wendy/ Taylor show and it shouldn’t. Last thought, I’m sure we will see more of Mike Prince

    1. Thanks for reading! I LOVED this episode. And, like you, I loved Axe’s speech in Yonkers. Prince is right that he played a hypnotic old folk ballad but as you suggest Axe is the only one that is capable of it – neither Senior nor Prince are from Yonkers so native boy did what he could do to get the Opportunity Zone. And Princ getting angry about it is so stupid since Axe did not do anything illegal to get Opportunity Zone. Prince is a monster who is in denial about his monstrosity.

      I think the professional wrestler The Man who appeared in episode 1 gave a very effective speech to bring Axe Cap and Taylor Mason Cap people together. And so now that they are working for the same purpose, same goal, the other Axe Cappers embraced Maffee. I think some like Ben Kim never held a grudge anyway!

      And I think Axe being nasty with Wendy and Wendy getting close to Taylor are all hints that Axe and Wendy will have a fallout.

      These people are different than us. What I study in real life is game theory where we assume individuals are rational, they make decisions without letting emotions in, and these characters are rational especially when business is concerned. Axe typically screws up when he allows his emotions drive him. Yes I think we are going towards a Taylor/Wendy partnership which Axe will probably see as a betrayal.

      Oh, and the painter! I think he and Wendy will hit it off which will also piss Axe off enormously. I think Axe may be having feelings for Wendy now that they are both single – we have got hints in this episode, they had an awkward moment for sure – and he may get angry when she does not reciprocate.

      1. Thanks Anthony. I know I am often more negative than not, which doesn’t affect my enjoyment of a show, but I just prefer realism than writing that seems to treat the viewers like they are lacking an ounce or two of intelligence.

  6. Dude,I used to really love your (AX) bad boy, bad ass attitude! I was really looking for a little nice guy change for a while anyway. I was really disappointed to hear your last gesture and comment you make at the end of 5/4 last night in Yonkers. You keep letting Prince get the best of you. Not the Bobby we all love. Man up big guy and please grow a pair, LOL

    1. Thanks for reading. Yes the comment Axe makes about Yonkers at the end is pretty bad. That said I want to make a case for Axe regarding his childhood home. Just seeing the house may be bringing back horrible memories. I think he was already dragging his feet when he and Chef Ryan arrived at his childhood home for dinner. We don’t know what happened in that house – neglect? beatings? child abuse? We saw Axe telling Savion that he used to go outside to breathe… and I think he kindly turned down the dinner invitation from Savion’s mom that evening because he could not dare go in. And that night where he was trying to do the right thing, Prince knew to push the right buttons and made Axe act in an extremely rude way.

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