Episode Title: Currency
Original Air Date: March 19, 2017
Episode Number: 2×05
Chuck, Connerty and Sacker must rely on an anxious insider who’s willing to wear a wire. Meanwhile, Axe’s numbers take a big hit, leaving him to scout ideas for a quick play with a huge payoff. Wendy rediscovers her passion for her former job at Axe Capital through an old colleague. The reality of Lara’s business starts to affect her marriage.
Lots of moving plots here with the big one concerning Axe and his need not to finish the quarter in the negative and you know what? It fucking worked. The stars aligned for him and he was able to get the word out just in time and with Boyd’s help that the Nigerian currency was going to be devalued. Axe is going to finish his quarter with excellent numbers, but the same can’t be said for Boyd. At least Boyd understood that it’s all business and would have done the same thing as Axe if he was in his position.
The whole Sandicot deal seems to be going Axe’s way too. So I guess we got to see more of Axe being hands on when Wags is not around and it’s very impressive. Axe is cutthroat as hell and doesn’t pussy foot. When he wants something, he goes after it and never lets go no matter the odds. If the odds are against him, he’s going to come up with a way to turn that around and have the odds work in his favor.
Excellent advice also that he gave to Lara. She thinks that she can do this by herself and I get why she wants to do this by herself with as very little help from Axe as possible, but she really should have listened to Axe before she proceeded to turn this into a bigger business with backing from potential investors. She should have known that the only reason that she’ll get her foot in the door with meeting with investors is because she’s the wife of Axe.
Wags is back in one piece all thanks to Wendy. That was a really good scene with both of them on the bench. Wendy got to the root of the problem and had Wags address it head on. He felt threatened and no longer needed by Axe when Axe hired Steph (sorry to see her go). Coupled that with him seeing his mentor with early on-set Alzheimer’s and that made him think about his mortality as well which led him to a spiral of drugs, sex, and alcohol.
Score one for team Rhoades. Good thing McKinnon was very good at acting drunk and angry which fooled Boyd into spilling his plans thus giving Chuck what he needed to arrest him and put him away for good. Who else laughed when Chuck visited Bryan in the room where they were having their Go party? I liked what Chuck told Sacher about time being the best plan when you’re hunting someone.
The therapy session with Wendy and Chuck in the beginning definitely painted Chuck in a more sympathetic light. He can sense what everyone is thinking when they would see him with Wendy, that Wendy could do better and what she’s doing with someone like him. Wendy’s reaction said it all. Not once does she get this feeling being married to Chuck all these years. I’m not a therapist so what does this ultimately mean?
I laughed at this exchange between Chuck and Kate:
“Have you ever been hunting, Sacker?”
“Uh, no. I’m black.”
“I didn’t realize that was a thing.”