“We stay and we fucking fight”

Episode Title: Ball In Hand
Original Air Date: May 7, 2017
Episode Number: 2×12

Episode Description

Axe receives news from an unexpected source that he’s in the crosshairs of law enforcement. While Axe moves quickly to safeguard his livelihood, Chuck arranges the last pieces of his long game in order to secure victory. Lara marshals her resources to protect what’s hers. Wendy and Chuck make a momentous decision about the state of their marriage. Season finale.

My Review

Great finale to what has been a really strong second season. I’m looking forward to the showdown next season, but until then, here are my thoughts on this episode.

Kate: I’m glad and very pleased with her being made Chief of Crim by Chuck, but I have a feeling that this might not come to fruition if Chuck goes down because you know the AG is going to clean house and get rid of anyone that has loyalty to Chuck. Kate is awesome and a brilliant lawyer, but I can’t help but think that she will be collateral damage in the war between Chuck and Axe.

Bryan: I’m happy that Chuck negotiated with Dake to have him lead the prosecution at Eastern against Axe, but just like with Kate, I feel like Bryan could lose his job when Axe takes Chuck down with him. I hope this doesn’t happen because I want both Kate and Bryan to flourish in their jobs since they make that office a lot more honest, balancing it out with Chuck toeing the legal line.

Dake: The man is not fucking around. He know what he wants and he will fight tooth and nail to get it. I like how the actor is portraying him. He looks like a harmless puppy on the outside, but on the inside, man, he could be quite menacing. Not surprised that he went back to Chuck begging to help him find Axe and of course Chuck, the wise person that he is, totally played Dake by tacking on an additional demand before helping him.

Chuck Sr: Damn, did not expect him to play the “You are dead to me” card against Chuck. What Chuck did is a hard pill to swallow, but I thought that Chuck Sr. would have been proud of what Chuck did since he’s always pushing Chuck to be ruthless.

Wags: This could very well be Wags’ shining moment. He seemed to be handling things alright and not freaking out yet, thanks to Wendy and Taylor. Should be interesting to see him at the helm while Axe is going through his trial.

Taylor: Wow, they are impressive. Axe is smart to keep Taylor and doing all he can to keep them employed at Axe Capital. If Taylor’s program works, Axe would only lose five percent. That is huge. Taylor is a freaking numbers ninja and I just hope that they don’t go down with Axe once Dake and Bryan start to look into the company’s dealings.

Lara: She’s smart to take her money and invest it on her and her friend’s business, but I have a feeling that that could put their business in jeopardy. I’m surprised that Lara asked Axe’s lawyer for advice as to what she should do, leading with the question if it’s a good idea to separate or divorce Axe. I think the writing is on the wall in regards to Lara and Axe’s marriage. I have a feeling these two will separate next season.

Wendy: Great scenes with Wags, Taylor, and Bobby. This puts her at odds again with Chuck because she will stay at Axe Capital and help the team figure this out and help them survive this. Chuck will play the “I didn’t have anything to do with this” card, but I’ve a feeling Wendy will see right through his bullshit. The last scene with Axe was excellent and just makes us, the audience, wanting to learn more about these two’s history and how they met and how their relationship became what it is now. And what did Wendy say to Axe when they were hugging and he was about to get arrested? I’ve a feeling this scene could come back as a flashback scene next season.

Chuck: Boy oh boy. His father has pretty much disowned him. His best friend has shunned him and could very well be the wild card when Axe starts to look into Chuck’s dealings. Ira could get his revenge by going to Axe and telling him about Chuck’s involvement because no way would Ira wait all those years just to get his money back. At least Chuck and Wendy are together at the end of the episode, but Chuck Sr. showing Chuck those pictures of Wendy and her one-night stand has got to hurt. Chuck will use this against Wendy when it’s convenient (say, him cheating on her with Mary-Louise Parker’s character, maybe).

Axe: Damien Lewis was pretty amazing in this episode. Loved the scene with his boys and him telling them goodbye. Loved his scene with Wendy and I can’t help but feel the chemistry coming off the screen whenever Maggie and Damien are together. I don’t want them to ever get together, but there is that one tiny percent in my head that sorta wants them to get together. Axe talking about making the wrong decisions when they first started this makes me wonder if he’s also referring to marrying Lara…which doesn’t really add up since a couple of episodes ago, we found out that it was pretty much love at first sight between the two of them. Guess we’ll find out next season if the writers go there with Axe and Wendy.

Chuck and Axe: Another showdown between the two on the finale episode. I could get used to this. They rarely share scenes, but these two characters just crackle whenever they’re onscreen together. Axe might be down right now, but I won’t count him out. He will find that invisible thread that’s going to link Chuck into this whole Ice Juice mess and then like Axe said, he’s going to keep pulling until he takes Chuck with him. Chuck saying it’s all worth it…well, let’s see about that. Axe should not be the one suffering sleepless nights. It should be Chuck since Axe is relentless when it comes to these types of things and he will find out one way or another. Chuck better do everything he can to keep Ira happy and keep him on his side.

Damn, this has gotten pretty long! To sum up, this has been a fantastic season two and I think this was even better than season one. Season three has got a lot to live up to!

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