Thursday, May 30, 2019

What I’m Watching: Billions

Billions: Season 4, Episode 10 “New Year’s Day” (B-)

A week off from this show feels a lot longer when a holiday that happened months ago is being celebrated, though of course that means something completely different on this show. Orrin’s refusal to answer Wendy’s questions about whether she could win was a pessimistic start, and their mock interrogation was rather brutal. Chuck bringing up his own treacherous act of going through her confidential notes on her phone really infuriated her, and he’s not doing himself any favors when he repeatedly indicates that he doesn’t care about her nearly as much as Axe does, coming back early from his vacation and energetically reminding her of their first meeting. Lonnie helping Taylor to prep at the same time demonstrated a comparative sense of calm, though Mafee’s eagerness to ask Lauren out nearly created some awkwardness that both Sara and Taylor were quick to stomp out. Wendy’s apology to Taylor went exceptionally poorly, though I do think that Wendy was sincerer than Taylor believed even if they’ve both become far too affected by the influence of Axe. I have no words about Wags and his cuddler, the only truly peculiar moment in a more normative episode of this show. Bryan is going after Chuck and his father with everything he’s got, but his new interest in personal training may end up creating just the weakness they’re going to need him to experience in order to survive. Going to his brother to have him break into a safe represents a line being crossed that’s going to be problematic when his investigation doesn’t come out as squeaky clean when looked at under a microscope down the road.

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