This week’s episode of Succession had it all: warlike zucchini, cousin Greg threatening to sue Greenpeace, a UTI, and even Tom Wambsgans admitting his and Shiv’s menstruation is “synchronized.”
While the show usually saves big blockbuster moments for their penultimate or last episodes, Succession gave viewers a master class in building excitement this week and presented the entire cast at their best during an episode centered around the annual Waystar-Royco shareholders meeting.
Over the course of the hour, the A-plot is the Roy family plus Gerri and Karl, who are desperately trying to reach an agreement with Stewy and Sandy in an attempt to retain control of their company. As he does so, Logan spends time spiraling into delusion. As he suffers from a UTI and avoids taking his medication, he becomes – as Roman calls him – the “demented piss-crazy king of England.”
His mental absence forces everyone into a fight and even allows Shiv to do something to help ward off a vote from the shareholders. Ultimately, her negotiations (which included giving her an extra board seat to, ideally, herself) help the Roys family retain control of the company, but the costs are high: They lost their private jets (PJs). Oh, and Logan is furious at Shiv after he regains consciousness and finds out what she has “won”. Also unfortunate for Shiv: The costume designers put her in a really disgusting peach suit that did her complexion no favors.
Meanwhile, the B and C plans this week included both cousins Greg and Kendall reaping the consequences of their actions. Greg is told that he is completely cut off from any potential inheritance from his grandfather, while Kendall has an explosive battle with his siblings that culminates in a performative speech that confesses his empathy for victims of sexual abuse.
Perhaps the most enlightening moments were when Logan turned on two of his children in very pointed ways. First, Logan publicly and loudly snapped at Shiv to “buzz” in his ear as she tried to celebrate the avoidance of a voice. He then asks his assistant Kerry to block Kendall’s phone number from his cell “permanently.” It’s pretty clear who’s on Logan’s shit list now and who’s not. It seems that everything can become roses for our little king, Roman.
Jezebel discusses this week’s winners and losers:
Jenna’s attitude: Novel all the way, honey!
Winner: Romulus! Our dear sweet Roman baby showed up this week when he took a call from Rosinen on behalf of his father out of service. He was composed, ready and did not say “fuck” a single time.
Taber: It’s a tie for me between Megathump, the rabbit who ate that bagel and then got sick, and Kendall. First, Megathump should never have gotten that bagel bite. Keep your bagels away from your rabbits !! At least as for Kendall: He’s been in free fall since the end of last season and has fooled himself into thinking he has a parachute in the form of pushing his own father out of Waystar-Royco. The grim reality is that the super dark past his dear old dad once helped him hide (uh, do you remember when he completely killed a guy?) Definitely coming back to bite him in the ass after he threw his father under bus. Not to be super-dramatic, but start the funeral arrangements, Naomi. Your boy is done.
Honorable mention: Empty loser. Tracking Shiv’s ovulation cycle so he can beat her up before he goes to jail is psychotic and definitely not “nice”. Also, please never refer to someone’s penis as a “scepter.”
Ashley’s position: Shiv for W.
Winner: I’m surprised to say this, but after taking L after L, the winner of this episode is probably Shiv. Was I convinced that her decision to play with Sandy’s daughter would backfire? Absolutely. I waited for Logan to find out she was taking matters into her own hands and threw her out of the 30-story building. But it looks like Shiv have made their way to a win for Waystar (so far).
Taber: Yes, Kendall could have embarrassed himself on that stage, but I feel like Kendall embarrassing himself is a facet of every single episode this season. Nah, the biggest loser this time was Greg, who might be thrown under the bus by Kendall to betray him, and who does not even get a penny of his grandfather’s legacy now that he’s been bullied back into the Waystar team. Good luck suing Greenpeace, bro. None of this would have happened if he just took the millions that Graps offered him in season two. But no, he always crawls back to Logan and co. When does he learn it?
Jennifer’s attitude: Shiv’s suit was a monstrosity.
Winner: It’s hard not to walk away from this episode without acknowledging the power of old, white men. Everyone continues to lean backwards for the Logan – newly fitted with its glass slipper and severely disoriented. He literally spent the entire episode looking for the bathroom. Meanwhile, Sandi’s father shouts shots without even having to move his mouth. I guess that’s how respect for your seniors looks for the elite.
Tabere: I’m surprised Kendall was even ready to take a call from his daughter’s babysitter, but it was a totally silly move to use the moment to undermine his authority over something as trivial as feeding a rabbit a bagel. Also Logan, who dragged Kendall into a room to purposefully let him hang, got bruises. I shed a tear for Kendall.
Falling fast: Shiv’s suit was awful, a complete monstrosity. It reminds me of the awful tan suit Obama had on in 2014. Of course, she saved the deal, but we all knew her dad would hate it and would probably make her feel bad about it for the rest of the season.
Megan’s take: When everyone’s really awful, someone really does win?
Winner: Based on my careful notes and the proprietary methods I use to calculate this response each week, it seems that Shiv came out on top, despite spending this entire episode in a beige-peach-nude suit that did absolutely nothing for her. Regardless of the particularly demented choice, Shiv, who leaned in to tell Sandi, Sandy’s daughter, felt there was one way to play this game that would make them both sit at the table while using their old, drooling father appearing. empowerment, ladies !!!
Gerri can also win a little bit here because he stroked Roman’s ego and appealed to his deepest desire by calling him “Bootleg Roman” before urging him to jump on the horn with the president in his father’s place.
Taber: Kendall is clearly too narcissistic and blinked by his own desperate need for his father’s attention to be empathetic. He killed his daughter’s rabbit unintentionally by asking the babysitter to feed it bagel, and by storming the stage at the shareholders’ meeting to engage in a little ham and ultimately self-serving social justice, it was a good way to make him look like a asshole. His father is likely to use the dying gasps of his energy and mental acuity to absolutely destroy his son and place his head on a metaphorical tip as a warning to the rest of his fry. Kendall lost, but he always loses. Everyone in this family is awful, so they are all losers, but I suppose that’s the fun.
Man, if you don ‘t stop that shit right now …: I’ve reached the peak of Greg fatigue, for it’s clear now that his character should have only stuck in the first season and then quietly disappeared somewhere in the middle of the second. The only reason this man still has to exist is that he is part of an overarching metaphor that will pay off in the end – the physical embodiment of mediocrity that fails upward.
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