Like Hatfields and McCoys, the feud between New York Lawyer Common Chuck Rhoades, Jr., and hedge fund supervisor Bobby “Axe” Axelrod is the by no means ending battle fueling the drama on Showtime’s Billions.
Each are corrupt, ruthless and prepared to battle soiled. This week it was the AG’s flip to roll round within the mud. Rhoades tried and did not enlist rival billionaire Mike Prince in his effort to defeat Axe, within the episode: Alternative Zone.
Axe decides to attempt to make an funding play for the Alternative Zone up for grabs in his hometown of Yonkers. A chance zone is a state or federally-designated, economically-depressed area the place the federal government will supply beneficiant tax incentives to builders.
Prince is vying for a similar zone. Pondering the “enemy of my enemy is my buddy,” Rhoades thinks this might assist him ensnare Axe. He tries to strain Prince into soiled tips, suggesting Prince promise Yonkers a donation no matter which alternative zone funding is chosen.
Rhoades: Axe will transfer to bribe them or do one thing else unlawful alongside these strains with a purpose to win. And I will likely be there ready.
Prince: I provide you with your alternative zone, you give me mine?
Rhoades: Properly put.
Prince: I don’t know you or the place the hell that is coming from. However I’ll inform you straight up, I’ve steered away from that line for an extended whereas now. It’s served me properly. [Prince shakes hands and walks out]
On the Yonkers pitch assembly, Prince forges his personal path by highlighting his previous successes and Axe’s previous alternative zone failure. However Axe wows the board with an emotionally charged message of it being his hometown and promising he received’t simply depart it.
Prince can sense Axe has received and visits Chuck that evening, however to not plot revenge. As an alternative he confesses he’s been tempted to return to beforehand, underhanded strategies of successful, however is decided to not.
“I got here right here to inform you: I’ve already felt an excessive amount of pull to my outdated methods. I’ve fought to not be that individual. Escaping it as soon as was arduous sufficient. I am unable to give in to it now,” Prince says. “Yeah, Axe took out his lute and performed ’em a hypnotic outdated folks ballad. He in all probability received it. Sucks. It does. However heck, I am nonetheless wealthy sufficient for twenty lifetimes.”
Rhoades tries once more: That is not the way you grew to become who you might be, by giving up.”
However Prince explains, “The issue is the sensation you get, and I do know you get it, too, whenever you have interaction in a battle like this, in the best way that you simply’re proposing. It feels good. Nope. That is a lie. It feels really nice. The endorphins. The adrenaline. All of it pushes you additional, deeper, darker.”
Prince then tells the lawyer a story about highschool basketball the place he showboated and scored so many factors he “alienated myself from my teammates and my household.”
“I’ve completed the identical in enterprise. Till I shut it down for good. I can’t let Axe flip me again into … Well, in his words, a monster,” Prince provides.
Rhoades pressures him once more, however Prince leaves, up to now, nonetheless unwilling to interact within the ways of Axe and Rhoades. However prepared to mess with Axe’s head when he calls to congratulate him on successful the zone.
Whereas all of this was occurring, Taylor Mason and Wendy Rhoades plotted partnering as much as make critical cash “greenwashing” firms and garnering divestments from organizations. And Axe’s proper hand man, Wags, continued his private disaster over his parenting skills.
He tracked down his oldest, George who (to the shock of his father) transformed to Christianity and desires to avoid wasting Wags’ soul and baptize him. Wags walks into the Axe’s workplace moist.
“You go for a noon swim?” Axe inquires. “Yeah, within the river Jordan. I’ve misplaced one other. One to the [stripper] pole and one to Jesus,” Wags retorts.
Axe asks, “Which feels worse?”
“Feels about the identical. I’ve fucked all of it up. I don’t know tips on how to discuss to any of them. I ceded the duty of elevating them to their moms whereas I used to be working. It was what I assumed I used to be imagined to do, to help them. However that is the place we ended up. An entire fucking washout,” Wags says.