Billions (S02E11) “Golden Frog Time”

(Please note: I use “they” in lieu of “her” for Taylor in efforts to be consistent with Taylor’s gender-neutrality). So here’s what happened: This episode was pretty efficient in that it focused on all the machinations involved in debuting an IPO, business actors who may have malicious intentions, and how people profit from insider knowledge of such…

Billions (S02E10) “With or Without You”

(Please note: I use “they” in lieu of “her” for Taylor in an effort to be consistent with Taylor’s gender-neutrality). So here’s what happened: Lara took the children and left Axe after she found out Axe had lied to her about whose decision it was to stop the counseling sessions between him and Wendy, and Axe…

Billions (S02E09) “Sic Transit Imperium”

So here’s what happened: It’s Axe’s birthday and the entire episode is obsessed with what does one give a billionaire for a birthday present? In Wag’s case it was an exclusive, billionaire fallout bunker where, if a cataclysmic event happened Axe would have a guaranteed spot to the tune of $360,000 as a down payment. Wow!…

Billions (S02E08) “The Kingmaker”

So here’s what happened: Jack Foley called Daddy Rhoades about how son Rhoades failed to obtain a clerkship for his granddaughter. Daddy Rhoades informed Foley that son Rhoades had no knowledge of the quid pro quo. Foley reassured Daddy Rhoades that he wasn’t personally upset so much as he considered it bad form given the…

Billions (S02E07) “Victory Lap”

So here’s what happened: Axe and Hall paid a night visit to Bruno and then all three of them paid a visit to Marco to press him as to why the casino license was awarded to another city. Marco vigorously denied any wrong-doing. Axe placed a briefcase in front of Marco and Hall whispered a series of instructions…

Billions (S02E06) “Indian Four”

So here’s what happened: The episode picked up soon after Boyd’s arrest and was released an on bail. He and Axe discussed that somehow Rhoades flipped one of his managers, Michael Arendt played by Jake Robards, and they needed to flip him back. Axe offered Hall’s services again and told Boyd he better listen to him this…

Billions (S02E05):”Currency”

So here’s what happened: After the suicide of a Developer whose product failed quality assurance testing, a product Axe Capital banked on to shore up their first quarter returns Axe Capital now faced their first-ever downturn and Axe lit into his brokers to find the next biggest idea to salvage his first quarter. It was…

Billions (S02E04) “The Oath”

So here’s what happened: Wendy took up a new field case with Craig Heidecker, CEO of Space X-like company called Farpoint, played by James Wolk where they planned to send the first manned mission to Mars. Heidecker contracted Wendy to evaluate the astronaut Dr. Elena Gabriel, played by Melissa Navia on whether she was psychologically…

Billions (S02E03) “Optimal Play”

So here’s what happened: Kate Sacher brought Rhoades a lead in their case against Boyd in the form of Flight Attendant McKayla, played by Gia Crovatin. McKayla overheard a stock tip from Boyd and made $24,000 off it, and while the action was perfectly legal Kate wanted play off McKayla’s ignorance of the law in…

“I ride motorcycles” – Marc Kudisch (Dr. Gus in Billions)

“Know what you have to say and why you uniquely need to say it, know that it’s all about the audience, that it’s about engaging them in a conversation” Is the motto he lives by throughout his whole career which started in 1968 in the show ‘One life to live’ as Steve Lasko. He has many…

Billions (S02E02) “Dead Cat Bounce”

So here’s what happened: The episode opened with both Axe and Todd Krakow of Krakow Capital as panelists on a $3,000/per person “Thought Leaders” symposium on the future of quant funds versus hedge funds. Lawrence Boyd, played by Eric Bogosian, CEO of Spartan-Ives, a company Lonnie Wately characterized “as a finishing school for Treasury Secretaries”…

Billions (S02E01) “Premiere”

So here’s what happened with our principal characters: It’s three weeks later since the close of Season 1. Axe reopened the office, with several new staff additions, and decided to go after Rhoades by aggregating all the grievance cases ever levied against Rhoades into one, big fat lawsuit against Rhoades. Axe is missing Wendy’s presence…