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‘Billions’ Season 6, Episode 6 Summary: I’ll Be Watching You

There are few things on television that I enjoy more than a good “Billions” spoof. Sine qua non comes from the excellent Season 2 episode “Golden Frog Time”, in which a Chuck Rhoades at first appears to be sobbing but is actually chuckling at his plan to destroy his nemesis Bobby. Axelrod worked like a charm. (At the expense of his best friend and father, but still!)

The emotional scene that happened in this week’s episode isn’t nearly as important, but it’s still thrilling nonetheless. For a moment, it seemed that Chuck had put screws in Mike Prince’s alma mater, Indiana A&M, to prevent it from investing in his company. How? By blackmailing the head of the university, Stuart Legere (Chris Eigeman, alumnus of Whit Stillman) who embezzled.

But it turns out that the opposite is true. Chuck is blackmailing Legere and property in invest with Prince by threatening to expose embezzlement. Having previously turned down his father for the role as the obvious choice, Chuck wanted an inside man who would report on Prince’s every move, and now he’s found one. The pin drop in the Police song “Every Breath You Take” that accompanies the maneuver is more than a mere musical cue. It’s a mission statement: No matter what Mike Prince does, Charles Rhoades Jr’s watchful eyes will be on him, whether he knows it or not.

Why? Because Chuck really and really does seem to have gotten the religion where the billionaire class is concerned. He called Prince “a baron of robbers”. He denied the Prince appeared to be charitable donating a fleet of new high-tech subway cars (the funding is aimed at reopening the Prince List exclusively to new investors, like his alma mater) ) as a new form of “nobility duty”. He describes Prince’s benevolence as an attempt to “reach beyond his own ends, whatever they may be, while he enjoys ten thousand, a hundred thousand times over” the resources of any human being. anyone ostensibly benefits from his generosity. He referred to all billionaires as “hostis human generis,” an old way of calling pirates: the enemy of all mankind.

And how will Chuck beat Prince’s newest gambit? A large part is due to the acumen of the new lieutenant, Dave Mahar. During a brief meeting with his predecessor, Kate Sacker, Dave realized that speed was of the essence making Prince Cap’s plan to buy those new subway cars relevant. So she threatened to tie it all up in red tape regarding the Chinese carmaker – the last organization around the Transport Workers’ Union, which was bought outright with the renovation. and half a billion dollars worth of training for members who lost their jobs to newer, more automated subway cars. Kate actually offered to resign to Mike because of indiscretion, even though he didn’t accept it.

Then there’s the matter of Leon Sherald (Okieriete Onaodowan) to consider. Sherald is a soccer star who has started a blockbuster home exercise series, and he wants to join Prince List’s reopened exclusive investor list. It was Lauren (a returning Jade Eshete) who had been Taylor Mason’s win-win friend who brought Sherald’s offer to the company, despite awkward interpersonal moves.

But when Sherald discovered that the public sector pension to which the Transportation Workers Union belonged also included the New York police union, he demanded that Prince cancel it, or he would discredit the list before important public courts. idea.

This is where Taylor comes in. After being introduced by Rian to an app that would stop Rian’s problematic social media posts, Taylor reverse-engineered the process and searched for damned information about Sherald, disabling his abilities. us in raising the Prince list in the process. Rian, again, was in awe, but the company won the day.

In the end, Prince agreed to finance public transportation, even without China’s futuristic subway cars. But what is the end here? Well, remember when Chuck talked about “his own ends, whatever they might be”? At various points in the episode, there are tantalizing hints that there is a play behind the play, a Prince maneuver for which the Olympic Games are just an excuse.

Scooter warns Prince that his game is getting expensive, but it’s probably still acceptable if “there’s no other way to get everything you want”. Later, Prince told Scooter, “You know where we’re headed – you’re the only one – but when we leave to do something, we need to install someone who will run the right place.” The dialogue seems to rule out the simple matter of getting his estranged wife a plum coach gig; it indicates something bigger, more secret.

The short-term ramifications are clear enough: Scooter’s nephew Philip is being groomed for the leadership position. Long game, though? What does Prince aim for above and beyond the Olympics? That’s anyone’s guess. I don’t know about you, but I like a drama that keeps me guessing.

  • Until I heard them open and close this volume, I never really made the thematic connection between the two Police songs “Synchronicity I” and “Every Breath You Take”, even though both are on the album. “Synchronicity.” The first song is a kind of mystical fantasy where everything is connected; the second is a message from the stalker that it is right to be paranoid.

  • In this week’s “appear as they are” recap, we see Warby Parker chief executive Neil Blumenthal; Greenlight Capital founder, David Einhorn; professor Wharton and TED speaker Adam Grant; dot com pioneer Seth Godin; and philanthropist Jacqueline Novogratz as Prince Cap board members.

  • Your pro wrestling reference of the week: Dave threatens to take down Brazilian Bobo “Coco Butt,” one of the scariest headbutts in the history of the art form, to boss Tony Plimpton (Kevin Chapman).

  • Your Latest Sign That “Billions” Has Evolved In Bobby Axelrod’s Past: Editor Leah Calder (Wendie Malick) congratulates Chuck on taking down Ax, and Chuck replies that his arch-nemesis “has been” in my sight.” Adios, Axe.

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