“You sound like a fucking hippie”

Episode Title: The Kingmaker
Original Air Date: April 9, 2017
Episode Number: 2×08

Episode Description

Axe investigates who was behind the breakdown in his Sandicot dealings but faces formidable opposition. Chuck digs up dirt on a political rival. Lara makes a PR trip to Sandicot to ease tensions between the town and the Axelrods. Wendy helps Taylor solve a problem at Axe Capital. Chuck and Senior curry favor with a powerful ally.

My Review

Yet another intense episode especially that ending! I was holding my breath for most of the episode because I could feel Axe getting close to finding out who was behind the Sandicot deal and when he saw those pictures on his phone, I was cheering him on. Yes, it might not have been a smart move to go barging in to the Yale Club and letting Chuck and his dad see the hand that he’s playing with. It would have been smarter of Axe to let the information sink in and devise a move that would hurt both father and son where it matters the most. Now both of them know that Axe is scrambling and spiraling and they will be ready for whatever Axe will have planned against them.

Not only that, Axe did them a favor by decimating the town where Chuck was polling weakly which, in turn, would lead to him bettering his chances of winning the ticket. That last shot of Chuck and his dad made me want to smack both of them in their smug faces. No matter what, I just can’t root for anyone on this show because they’re all rick and entitled smug sons of bitches and yet, somehow, I can’t stop watching and still really enjoy the show, lol.

I want to see more of Wendy and Taylor because I really liked their scenes together. That was nice of Taylor to give Mafee that signed poster (at Wendy’s suggestion) because they felt guilty about Mafee feeling out of it and his performance suffering because of it. I also liked what Wendy told them on the phone that if they ever felt like they were losing having feelings while working at Axe Capital, to go and see her (Wendy) so they can talk.

As much as I dislike Chuck, the way he handled Sweeney was pretty masterful even though he was threatening to blackmail him with information about what he did to his gay son. Of course, this impressed Foley so much that now he has no hesitation in backing Chuck to be governor of New York. I thought the conversation between Chuck and his dad when they were at that cigar store was very interesting in how Chuck talked about democracy and how he didn’t need Foley, that this isn’t the time of kings, or something like that.

Loved seeing Bryan and Kate working together again and we finally got some insight as to what happened between the two of them and why they got together and then broke up (Bryan always feeling the need to protect Kate). I still ship them, I don’t care.

So they’re going to go and interview Steph and that’s how they will (try to) take down Axe. Steph telling them to get a subpoena (even though she signed an NDA) and then she’ll just delay telling Axe Capital’s lawyers, leads me to believe that she doesn’t mind turning on her previous boss. This should be interesting!

Very odd to see Ben Folds at Foley’s party, lol. Is someone on the show a fan?

Did anyone else laugh at the ludicrousness of the scene where Axe and Lara say goodbye and board their respective private jets? Fuck you money, indeed.

Lastly, I loved this quote from Taylor because it’s very accurate: “One of the two reasons anyone likes anyone else. Either they recognize a part of themselves, or they see something they can use.”

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