Succession Season 3, Episode 5 Summary: Mad emperors shake the ballot

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Do not look now, but the Roy family can lose everything.

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Members of the Roy family seem to be permanently tipping over into the abyss of disaster, but even they look rattling in the latest episode of HBO’s Succession. The future of the company – and the whole country – is at stake in a pissing competition between two men who can not even piss by themselves.

Season 3 Episode 5, Retired Janitors of Idaho, takes place in near real time behind the scenes at WayStar RoyCo’s shareholders’ meeting. Logan and his “gang of cruel shills” desperately try to fend off a mass vote that could cost them the company, but the back room that rolls and acts is hostage to the whims of two embittered old men whose burning desire to punish each other is matched only by their physical weakness. These two old men hold so many lives in their hands, and the only thing they care about is their hateful games with each other. Sorry to repeat Roman’s cataloging phrasing, but how many lives have been ruled (and ruined) by such pissed-off emperors?

Spoilers ahead!

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Shareholders revolt

Even Kendall is self-conscious enough to admit, “At this point, it’s just dealing with egos,” but Logan’s urinary tract infection causes him to spin into delirium at what should have been the defining moment. The stubborn media mogul seemed to be kept upright by pure bloody minds and bet everything he has built on his own ability to bend an entire crowd to his will by simply his presence (or as Roman put it, “beefy Logan voodoo “).

The physical weakness of Logan and his rival Sandy Furness is reminiscent of the situation at the top of CBS and Viacom managed by aging CEO Sumner Redstone (Disclosure: CNET was owned by CBS until 2020). Directors and aides as well as Redstone’s daughter Shari revolved around the leadership role while he held on, even as his health deteriorated. One detail even Succession might find too strange was that when his speech went off, according to the Wall Street Journal, Redstone used an iPad to activate recordings of his own voice saying “yes,” “no,” and “fuck you.” ” Scandal also followed the media mogul when a legal battle with an ex-girlfriend threatened his fortune.

Redstone resigned in 2016. He died in 2020, 97 years old.

The shareholder fight is also reminiscent of a really vicious fight over Disney’s future, which already inspired the no-confidence vote in Succession Season 1. Disney’s shareholder uprising in 2004 took place in the Philadelphia Convention Center, where Minnie Mouse and Anders And greeted thousands of shareholders before. they voted to oust Michael Eisner.

Raising ‘hell

Can we just take a moment to talk about the fact that the Roy family’s misdeeds just overthrew the President of the United States? To cover up systematic sexual abuse, the WayStar media empire changed the direction of its coverage, causing the president (aka “The Raisin”) to forget about running again. Not only do their behind-the-scenes plans undermine democracy in their business, but the crimes and misdeeds of the super-rich affect everyone in the nation (and the world) as they use the handles of power to cover their own ass.

And let’s not forget that this paves the way for Connor to launch a presidential election. The next CEO could be a man who is currently trying to blackmail his own father by arming his knowledge of sexual abuse. One would not think that the venal offspring of a deplorable dynasty could ascend to the White House just because he wants to try it, but stranger things have happened.

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Hope Davis and Arian Moayed play Sandi and Stewy, who find common ground with their rivals in this moment of stress.

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Finished trade

Poor Shiv. She finally proves that her business chops, only to get the men in her life to insist on ruining it. First, Tom toots at her and lets go, he tracks her fertility cycle, though the thought of being a prison wife is the last thing Shiv wants while surfing on top of being a power broker.

Then Logan has to piss over his performance. Logan may have a point that the deal is not ideal for the family, but there is no evidence that he could have conjured a victory from the situation. In fact, Shiv’s Hail Mary allows him to take the morally high level without ever having to prove that he could have done better.

Clearly, he was not quite himself in much of the episode, but then there is probably nothing more Logan than his insistence on ruining his daughter’s big moment. He is petty and vengeful as always as he pushes Shiv away to start planning, a microcosm of his general relationship with his children. But what he may or may not realize is that this vicious distance cast the children into the adults they are. Shiv may be crushed by her father’s numbness, but she did not negotiate the deal out of a naive desire to please him: she maneuvered to get what she wanted. And in fact, she was able to make the deal because of an insight Logan simply does not possess: an understanding of what it feels like for Sandi Furness to grow up in the shadow of a dominant father.

The right meeting

The rules are for poor people – even if it is a rule not to feed bagels to rabbits. Once again, Kendall forces someone who works for him to do something they do not feel like doing, and again, things go awry.

Despite all of Team Kendall’s talk of #resistance (and the $ 100 million he’s spent trying to win people over), Kendall ultimately still trusts the family he’s working so hard to alienate. He can not take over the business if they lose it to Sandy and Stewy, so Kendall and Logan are both on the same page in their game of chicken. Are father and son ultimately just different varieties of super rich asshole?

Kendall certainly shows no awareness of threatening to burn Greg, but then he serves for everyone to crack down on. Kendall takes to the stage to announce a basis for the victims of the company’s past sexual assault, but that’s the wrong room for that kind of gesture. The shareholders react badly and he has to walk away from the stage and end the episode alone and lose again.

Season 3, Episode 6: What it Takes, airs next Sunday, November 21st.

Successive thoughts

  • Roman loves the PJs.

  • Tom shows touching concern for Logan, which Logan surprisingly reciprocates when he calls Tom “son”. Admittedly, he’s confused by the UTI, but Logan’s actual children would probably kill for those kind of sore moments.

  • When we talk about unexpectedly gripping moments, Ewan stops harassing just long enough to gently advise Greg, “You have to take yourself seriously, kid.” Greg is then considering suing Greenpeace, so it’s not clear he understood the advice.

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