Succession Recap: Series Three, Episode Two – Could Kendall Go Lower? | TV & radio
Spoiler Alert: This recap is for people watching Season Three of Succession, which airs on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK. Don’t continue reading unless you’ve watched episode two.
After last week’s jaw-dropping opening, it was time for our second installment of corporate King Lear. Half of the inner circle was still stranded in Sarajevo. The rest were playing mental chess in Manhattan. But who had the upper hand?
Here’s your detailed breakdown of Episode Two, titled Mass in Time of Warâ¦
âMy family is missing. The world is shaking ‘
As we joined Patriarch Waystar in his Bosnian exile, Logan Roy (Brian Cox) felt unusually shaken. His main concern was his daughter Shiv (Sarah Snook), who was off-grid after failing to get the lawyer Logan wanted. He could no longer afford members of his family to turn on him. Surely her favorite child hasn’t joined the bloody revolution of her brother Kendall (Jeremy Strong)?
Logan moved to consolidate the rest of his clan. He told Roman (Kieran Culkin) to keep a close eye on Gerri Kellman (J Smith-Cameron), the newly anointed interim CEO, explaining: “It had to be Gerri, for today, for now.” Always the promise that Romulus’ time will come. It’s not often that I catch myself saying âawwâ to Succession, but it was endearing to see Gerri take a photo of her name on the newscast to show her daughters – a reminder that she wasn’t. born like the Roys.
Logan also asked Hugo Baker (Fisher Stevens) to contact his ex-wife Marcia (Hiam Abbass). He even apologized to whipper Connor (Alan Ruck) for humiliating him in the season two finale, assuring him, “You’re number one, kid, you know that.” Number four, more like, but the needy Con looked happy. For the moment.
Cousin Greg was also scared
The fallout from Kendall’s parricide bomb was being felt in New York City. Cousin Greg Hirsch (Nicholas Braun) was terrified of having “tied his cock to a runaway train”, whining: “I’m too young to be this much in Congress.” If it must be said, it is so.
Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) kept making gruesome threats: “If you don’t come home, Logan is going to shoot a million poisonous spiders at your cock.” These boys and their penile metaphors.
Kendall tried to calm Greg’s stomach by offering to hire a lawyer. Gerri also sent a company lawyer to his door. In desperation, Greg turned to Grandpa Ewan (James Cromwell), who agreed to put him in touch with a lawyer. The old activist relishes any chance to strike his brother Logan a blow, but sniffed Kendall’s public demonstration: âI found his performance histrionic and ridiculous. Man is a selfish popinjay.
His liberal lawyer was more interested in pursuing an anti-capitalist agenda than in protecting Greg. Another reminder that everyone in Jesse Armstrong’s dynastic drama, no matter how benevolent they seem, is for themselves.
“There he is – the little man who started this great war”
In his “hiding place” in ex-wife Rava’s spacious apartment – how long before she gets him out? – Kendall was behaving maniacally. His legal team has been addressed with such cranky bro-isms as “Wassup!”, “Big things!” and âMental Giants! ”
Investor and college buddy Stewy Hosseini (Arian Moayed) had sent him a Trojan horse, but he was bewildered by its significance. This quickly gave way to joy when sister “Shivvy” visited without her husband Tom’s knowledge, not to mention her father. Were the two smartest siblings about to team up against Papa Smurf?
He needed allies and wanted Shiv by his side. She asked him to return to the family fold. High on her messiah complex, Kendall goaded Shiv that she was “afraid to do the right thing.” She retorted that her press conference was “self-glorifying bullshit, fucking peacock.”
Attorney Lisa Arthur (Sanaa Lathan) urgently needed to confer, but Kendall was more concerned with sibling feuds than the looming threat of an FBI subpoena or raid. He had a bigger fish to whip – namely to prank Shiv by writing “fuck you” on a piece of A4, knowing that she would search for the offending documents. Is all of this a game for him?
Ice Maiden Marcia was back – with demands
A civil war was not the time to go their separate ways, so Logan summoned his third wife for peace talks. He was too arrogant to apologize for his affair with Rhea Jarrell (Holly Hunter) but it was as much a business deal as it was a reconciliation. And Marcia played hard.
She would publicly return to Logan’s side if she and her children were generously compensated. As his stone-faced lawyer said: âThese are very big numbers but compared to an acrimonious divorce, announced before a contested shareholder meetingâ¦â Logan certainly married his partner.
Time for a full sibling reunion
Roman strutted, ostensibly to spy on Shiv. Connor also came (“I thought I heard a clown car stop”). Spot the episode’s centerpiece, as the siblings retreat to Kendall’s daughter’s bedroom for some privacy. It was brilliantly fitting that their teenage bickering took place in a fairy-lit room, perched on beanbags or slumped on plush-strewn beds.
Kendall’s pitch in a nutshell: “Let’s gang up on daddy and shoot him. Kendall’s pitch in long form: detoxify the brand, skip technology, become a global information hub, become supersonic. It was like a weird TED talk and he had swallowed his own twist, believing it to be a new political dawn.
He concluded: âIt is our time. “You mean us? That multiethnic transgender alliance of dreamers in their twenties that we have here? Sneered Roman, who also found time for some hilarious impressions of Kendall and Shiv. In return, she teased him about his sexual dysfunction, hitting his Achilles heel like only siblings can.
They seemed to be considering it – until Kendall said he would oversee the transition as CEO. Roman and Connor bridled. Shiv would only support him if she was Logan’s successor. Everyone took a break to think about their options.
“Two words: support me”
Kendall apologized for sitting down with his siblings, saying he needed to give his children a hug. It’s little to lie about it, even for a Roy. Instead, he hopped in a limo for a secret conflab with Stewie and Sandi Furness (Hope Davis) – the daughter of rival Logan media mogul, Sandy (Larry Pine).
Appearing sickly, presumably still suffering from syphilis (“the STD MySpace” – copyright Tom), Furness Snr joined by phone. Kendall offered them serious influence on the Waystar board of directors in return for avoiding a contested shareholder vote. After knowing the looks between Stewie and Sandi, they agreed on the condition that Logan be kicked out. Was Kendall about to succeed?
Dipped by donuts
Tom helped Shiv see that without a suitable job at the company his position was precarious. Gerri advised Roman not to defect, warning him that he would “get burned”. All it took was a box of donuts, sent by Logan to the children’s tea party, to scare the cowardly Connor. One by one, Kendall’s siblings rushed over to dad.
Suffice to say that Kendall did not take it well. He dismissed Connor as “irrelevant”, Roman as “an idiot”. The most bitter vitriol was reserved for Shiv, the one that really mattered: “Is this cowardice or greed?” It’s because you’re not taking over, is it? He fought for the buttons to be pressed, claiming first that she was selling victims of abuse, then ranting that it was only “her pacifiers” that gave Shiv value.
Like entrepreneur Alan Partridge, he found himself yelling at his personal assistant and walking into Lawyer Lisa’s office, hunched over, broken and alone again.
Wait for your father to come home
“We have to get back to town,” Logan decided. “People need to see a bit of family unity.” Good luck with that. The still cunning Marcia casually mentioned that he could use her knowledge of Kendall’s Chappaquiddick-style car crash to stop his take-over bid, but Logan, who was guilty in the cover-up, objected. : “You drop bombs, you burn yourself too. ”
In a rare display of brotherly loyalty, Roman reassured him that Shiv had not wavered. Logan’s jet landed in New York City for a photoshoot on the airstrip. Long lentil snappers captured the reunion hugs for “Captain Cuddles”. They did not spot any knives hidden behind their backs.
The heir apparent
Outgoing CEO Gerri already looks insecure. Not only is Kendall on the move, but Shiv has been named president. Logan assured his beloved “Pinkie” that it was not a title of vanity. She would add credibility ahead of the shareholders’ meeting and would be “my eyes and ears at the heart of it all during this shit storm – but wearing a full chemical and biological suit by the name of Gerri Kellman.” The Slime Roman puppy is not going to like it.
Line of the week
It must be this good Roman machine word: âDon’t threaten me, Gerri. I don’t have time to jerk off.
Notes and observations
It was a delightful detail that when his father calls, a photo of Saddam Hussein appears on Shiv’s phone. Is the statue of Logan also collapsing?
Everything remains strained in the toxic Shiv / Tom marriage. It is unusually sticky. Tomelette’s new habit is to respond to her declarations of love by finally thanking her.
I appreciated Connor’s distaste for having to take a scheduled flight: “They had movies and a selection of heavily chilled cheeses.” He was also stressed out about his good storage of wine, the poor lamb.
Join us next Monday for more Royster-doistering and good meme-age. In the meantime, please leave your thoughts and theories below.