Billions (2016–…): Season 1, Episode 12 - The Conversation - full transcript

Chuck goes in search of Axe, which results in an explosive situation.

Previously on "Billions"...

You've been with him longer than

you've been with me.
You and Axe...

That's deep,
and I fucking hate it.

I've got a source, a janitor.

That's as high as I can
nail down so far,

but he's already coming through.

I'm gonna get you back from
Eastern and make you happy.

- I'd like to be happy.
- Got this made

'cause I was
so fucking proud of Chuck

for pushing back.

For pushing back.

You know I didn't drive
all the way up here to Westport

to give out "attaboys."

Had to bring the kick ass...
with love.

Bad day. Something happened.

- But I'll fix it.
- Wendy?

- You can't trust her.
- I need an adjustment.

You're finally ready
for a real session.

- I take care of my people...

same as when Mick Danzig
gets tackled on his lawn

with a machine gun
in his fucking hands.

I'm the one
who pays off the cops

to make the problem go away.
That's what I do here.

Took me apart,
put me together again.

♪ Pensive music ♪

♪ pensive music ♪

♪ dramatic music ♪

Mm. Red!

You didn't get permission
from Wendy?

She's intractable.

♪ Dramatic music ♪

♪ theme music ♪

- ♪ Sometimes I'm right ♪

♪ And I can be wrong ♪

♪ My own beliefs
are in my song ♪

♪ My own beliefs
are in my song ♪

I woke your assistant and made
her tell me where you were.

I need to have her fired.

That's what I'd do,
but you're nicer than me.

That I am.

Our comp meeting
will happen as scheduled.

Your bonus will reflect

your overall contribution
to the firm, as always.

♪ I... ♪

But I needed to do
something else for you...

♪ Everyday people ♪

after what you did
for me the other night.

Something special.

Something special.

- That's for you.
- Axe.

♪ For living with a fat one ♪

♪ Trying to be a skinny one ♪

♪ Different strokes
for different... ♪

This is

Thank you.

- ♪ And scooby dooby doo ♪
- This time, thank you.

♪ We got to live together ♪

Okay. I gotta go.

I'm on my way to meet Wags.

Starting a capital raise.

♪ We are the same... ♪

♪ We are the same... ♪

After our session,

I had the sudden clarity
that we were ready,

that I was ready.

- ♪ You can't figure out... ♪
- Go get 'em.

- ♪ The bag I'm in ♪
- I will.

- -♪ I ♪

♪ Am everyday people ♪

I see it...

♪ Yeah, yeah ♪

looking at you,
that you're ready.

But they may not be.
At least... not yet.

♪ And so on and so on
and scooby dooby doo ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ Sha sha ♪

♪ Sha sha ♪

♪ I ♪

♪ Am everyday people ♪

- Good to see you, man.

- Ah.
- Welcome back, Lonnie.

- Can't thank you enough.
- Mm-hmm.

- Please.
- Excellent.

- Uh...

Don't even unpack.

I've got an assignment
that has to happen now.

I'm listening.

There's a tip that I need you
to bird dog for me.

Well, I'm birdy as
a springer spaniel.

What is it?

Criminal behavior perpetrated
by Bobby Axelrod.

I thought the office got
that case pulled.

Well, this case
would be different.

It's not white collar.
Uh, federal firearms.


That's a monster.

It can't be tied to me.

It can't be tied to me.

- Ah.
- Yeah.

Start in Greenwich.

Mick Danzig.

- D-a-n-z-i-g.

Now you loop Connerty
and his team in

when the time is right,
but again...

- leave me out of it, Lonnie.

- Yeah. I'll jump right in,

keep your involvement
entre nous.

- Very good.

Why do I have
to carry this shit?

I'm not gonna carry it.
You know the drill.

Principal comes in unburdened,

free but for
his brilliant ideas.

Free but for
his brilliant ideas.

And the COO... he lugs the books
like a schoolboy with a crush.

There's no reason to
even have these books.

This info can fit
on the flash drive.

Do you know why we wear ties?

To signify seriousness
of purpose.

Ours is not to question why,

- but to do, if...

like the schoolboy,
we want our kiss.

Roller coasters are great
at an amusement park.

- I love 'em.

The ups and downs are what
make it worth riding.

Not so much in
an investment vehicle.

Unlike a roller coaster,
our returns only go up.

Unlike a roller coaster,
our returns only go up.

But your life, Axe...
The fund's profile.

You went from managing
10 billion in outside money

to half that.

- All of it yours.
- That's true.

A year like that makes you
question everything.

Makes you find new answers, too.

What'd you figure out?

That it's all about my why.

- I don't get to think

about business
in such an esoteric manner.

I have to evaluate risk,
reward, return. That's it.

I have to evaluate risk,
reward, return. That's it.

And to that end...

my people have a few questions.

Your Sharpe Ratio's very low.

How does an idea turn into
an investment at your shop?

What's your
mosaic theory at Axe Capital?

Fees from funds like ours
used to pay your overhead.

How are you dealing with
floating it all yourself?

I can't allow myself
to care about that.

What I do care about

is making decisions to benefit
a greater number of people.

Now when I'm only working
for myself or my staff,

Now when I'm only working
for myself or my staff,

I'm sharp enough.

But when I'm making
decisions for you as well as me,

that's when I'm twice
as careful, twice as focused,

because I cannot live with
losing somebody else's money.

That's my why.

Have you had your Carter Staley
meeting yet?

Is he allocating to you?

He's a lemming.

Soon as you net one major
allocator, he'll be in.

He was supposed to be
the major allocator

that would make the others

We just one need domino.

Yeah. Greenwich PD.

Thank you for bringing
that in, Robin.

My pleasure, sir.

Duty rosters for
the last several months,

along with vacations times
and radio call log.

If your subpoenas are in order,

would you mind telling me
what you're looking for?

- Yes.

- Yes, I mind telling you.

So you are that
confident you can get back

to the numbers you were at.

No doubt. I have
meetings lined up all week.



- Is Staley aboard yet?
- Not yet.

Doesn't matter.

I'd be thrilled
to be first money in.


- Another whiff.
- Yep.

If it's that's easy,
you know they're not coming in.

Just there for the story.

"Axe pitched me.
How the mighty have fallen."

We gotta close Carter Staley.

Officer Salter responded
to a disturbance call

at the Danzig residence

but found no reason to pursue
matters with Mr. Danzig.

My client has
nothing further to say.

We're going to be interviewing
the rest of the shift

that was on that night.

I'm gonna make it very clear
to them.

results in candy canes.

Obfuscation will get you coal.

Now let's talk about
this vacation

your client took
to Vanuatu in early September.

- What was the purpose...
- Recreation.

If you want to lodge
formal charges,

let's rock and roll.
Otherwise, you...

Let's rock and roll.
Otherwise, you...

Don't you worry. We're about
to rock like Cameo in '86.

♪ Tense music ♪

You're smashing back
every one of their questions

- when they fucking ask them.

Like Agassi in his prime.
The dam is gonna break soon.

I don't need the Coach K
bullshit right now.

Well, what do you need?

Not sure. Something.

Throw those books aside.

No, take those books,
go back to the office,

No, take those books,
go back to the office,

and I'll see you after.

♪ Tense pulsating music ♪

Here's how simple it is.

I've outperformed the S&P
by 38.7%

over the past 15 years.

But that's not at issue here.

But that's not at issue here.

The issue is the turmoil,

the aspersions cast
on my fund and me.

I'm talking about 9/11,


whether I run a clean shop.

And I understand that.

In your shoes,

I'd factor it in, too.

But I'd also factor in

the true cost
of missed opportunity.

In the span of... say, what?
A year?

Nobody's gonna give a shit
about any of that.

But the growth that you will
have missed out on?

That's gonna eat you
from the inside.

In a year's time,
I'd be happy to revisit.

In a year's time,

you're not gonna be able
to get me on the phone.

When I walk out that door today,

we are friends for life,

or you don't exist to me
ever again.

I'm about to go on
the run of a lifetime.

I'm about to go on
the run of a lifetime.

I am aligned. I feel it.

And I know you can see it.

I'm here, but in ten seconds,

the bullet train leaves.

And if you wanna make money,

climb the fuck aboard.

- Yes!

- Whoo!
- Yeah!

I shouted out
when you called me.

Holy fuck, we're back!

- Great, boss.

Come on. Come on!

Come on. Come on!

Can't imagine how the bonus
comp sessions would've gone

if it went the other way.

- Welcome back.
- Good to see you.

Good to see you, man.

So... wanted to hit
the ground running,

but wanted you guys looped in
on what I'm working... Axelrod.

Mandate to find
extracurricular crimes.

You found one?

Bribery of police officials.

Yeah, I got a pair of,
uh, Greenwich cops

with links to an Axelrod PM

taking a vacation to Vanuatu
a little while back.

Yeah, you know who
vacations there? No one.

Oh, that place is a haven
for offshore banking.

Oh, that place is a haven
for offshore banking.

Wait, you think these cops went
to visit their payoff money?

Set up their accounts?

Yeah, I had 'em turn
their heads and cough,

and they didn't give
anything up,

once the money's been tracked,

they won't have a choice.

I'll e-mail you guys
what I have.

- This could really be something.
- Yeah.

- How'd you step into it?
- On a hunch.

I reviewed arrest records
of all Axe Capital...

There were no arrests.
We checked.

Right. So then I looked into
the suspicious activity reports

in the Greenwich PD's
dispatch log.

Found a few that raised
a red flag that hadn't gone

all the way through the system.



That's some fucking hunch.

♪ I love you, I hate you,
I'm on the fence ♪

♪ It all depends
whether I'm up, I'm down ♪

♪ I'm on the mend,
transcending all reality ♪

♪ I like you, despise you,
admire you ♪

- ♪ What are we gonna do ♪

♪ When everything
all falls through? ♪

♪ I must confess I've made
a mess of what should be ♪

Don't hand me that card.
I gave you that card.

- Raul.

Okay, you went this far,
get right to it.

You have a problem.

You greased some fellows
in my union.

- If you say I did.

I do.

And it worked.

Word is the US Attorney's office
knows something about

Word is the US Attorney's office
knows something about

an... automatic weapon,
paid off cops,

and one of your guys.

You wouldn't know anything
about it, would you?

I think I had a dream
about it once.

Further word says they're
rolling through people,

rolling over them to get
to the truth of the story.

How'd it get to you?

I make it my business
to still know what's going on.

I have three sons
and six nephews

in various branches,
and we don't miss much.

That's for sure.

I'll say a more complete
thank you at a later date,

I'll say a more complete
thank you at a later date,

but... thank you
for being a friend.


And slow down on these
goddamn winding roads,

Or next time it won't be
the US Attorney that gets you.

If one of the officers flips,

confesses, or if they
find the money or gun

confesses, or if they
find the money or gun

and can trace it...

They cannot trace the funds
back to us. Yet.

They were securely handled,

intermediaries, overseas banks.

But eventually,
everything has a trail.

The laws regarding
this type of thing...

Bribery of public officials,

automatic weapons possession,

are not open to interpretation.

No judge's personal bent
is going to help us here.

If Rhoades knows about it,

then one of the cops
is already talking,

then one of the cops
is already talking,

because Danzig doesn't know
how we did what we did.

And they haven't
picked him up anyway.


you should leave for this part.

Thanks for your counsel,
as always. Invaluable.

I serve at your pleasure.


Wendy Rhoades.

I had a session.

Careless, I know.

You needed connection.
Few of us don't.

Should I
prepare the materials for her?


It would be best if you
continue on with her as is,

so we can monitor her.

You're right.

You're right.


Kids ate.

- I waited for you.

Come here.

You were right
about Wendy Rhoades.

I told her
something compromising,

and it's coming back on me.

Fucking knew it.
I told you. I knew it.

She needs to be shut down.
Tight. Right fucking now.

Yeah, when the time is right.

But for now...

But for now...

remember the contingency plan
we discussed?

It's time to put it in motion.


It's really happening.


♪ Tense music ♪

How are you gonna play it?

Like nothing's wrong.

So when we tie Axelrod
to bribery

of law enforcement officers
and obstruction of justice...

We are sitting pretty
in Schaefer City.

- This is Axelrod in jail.

- Real jail time, too.

This is criminal behavior
that, if proven,

takes away any middle ground
between right and wrong

and marks him wrong forever.

It does.

I am frankly astonished.
This is excellent work.

I never should've detailed you
over to Eastern.

How did we let him go, Bryan?

I-I don't actually know.

I-I don't actually know.

How the hell
did it happen, Chuck?

This kind of go-get-em

- and competence...

We've missed that around here.

Haven't we, Bryan?

I guess so.

Very good, gentlemen.

- What are our next steps?

Good morning.

- It is.

- So?
- "So"?

That's what you have
to say to me?


I feel like I walked in
halfway through the play.

I decided I wasn't gonna
say anything,

but now, looking at you,

sitting there,
smiling in my face,

fuck it.

Fuck it.

You sold me out.


I tell you something

and the next thing I know,
the fucking feds,

your husband,

is up my ass again.

♪ Tense music ♪


Just so you know, and...

I wanna be clear
as daybreak on this...

- If I go...

You go with me.

I have your web traffic
on our server here,

and from your laptop.

You got quite a dark side,
don't you?

I would imagine this would make

Dr. Wendy Rhoades
look very unprofessional.

And, of course, the whole world,

including the office
of the US Attorney

including the office
of the US Attorney

for the Southern District,
and the Attorney General,

would see it, too.

It's funny.

I never instructed my man
to take these

when he set up the baths, but...

- I suppose on, uh,

on some deep level,
I knew he would.

And you,

being such a master
of the subconscious...

or is that mistress?

I suppose you
would've known, too.

I didn't sell you out.

- Polygraph me, motherfucker.

I tell you about my issues
with Danzig,

and then in, ooh,
the space of, what, 48 hours,

there's a fucking investigation

square feet of living space

and, of course,
complete privacy.

It's lovely.

For people in our...

which would you recommend?

Well, you can pick a school
based on the villa

or vice versa.

I have a packet of
all those options for you.

And the timing can work
as we've planned?

Yes. These particular
schools are used

to business people's children
coming and going

for a variety of reasons.

Will you be enrolling them
under their real names?



Some don't. The stigma.

They want their kids to have
a clean run at their new lives.

We can provide fresh passports
for all of you.


Yes, their real names.

♪ Tense music ♪

If I may,

I knew I might be doing this
for your husband one day,

but his choices
aren't always yours.

You and the children,

you don't have to go.

You don't have to go.

But are you sure you wanna
go through with this?

Because you know
you can't come back.

We're all going together.

Let's talk about travel.


♪ I went home with a waitress ♪

♪ The way I always do ♪


- Oh, hey.
- Hey.

- Oh, hey.
- Hey.

I've been thinking about this
burger at least twice a week.

Exiled and then returned.

Damned and saved.

I'm just saying I miss
the burger, Bryan.

It's what you're not saying
that has my attention.

What the fuck?


Are you okay?

Uh, I'm kind of...

fucked up, honestly.

That makes sense.

That makes sense.

Here's what makes sense.
You didn't... stumble upon

this Danzig-Axelrod thing.

Someone fed it to you.

I've developed sources.
One came through. Yes.

One just happened
to come through

the minute
you walk back in the door?

At exactly
the right time for you

to pull that out for Chuck
and the rest of the squad, huh?


I understand how you're feeling

with everything
you've put into this.

With everything
you've put into this.

But we can work together.

We can share the win.

♪ Well, I'm down on my luck ♪

the one who gave it to you.

He got it somehow, and he's
using you as his shill.

All right, check yourself,
right now,

before you come at me
with some bullshit

that wouldn't work
on a street corner drug dealer.

You are gonna get hurt here
in ways you can't see,

and I'm trying to stop it
from happening,

for all of our sakes, but you
gotta give me the real.

Beneficent as hell,
but I'll pass.

Look, I know you bootstrapped
your way to where you are.

But I want you to take
one look into my eyes

and tell me if you really think
that I had it any easier.

♪ Send lawyers,
guns and money ♪

If you have an issue with Chuck,
take it up with him.

Otherwise, don't piss
on my integrity.

Excuse me. I'm gonna go back
to eating my burger.

Breaching a country's
Air Defense Identification Zone

in Europe today, very tough.

Dangerous for everyone involved.

Which is why I'll pay
you double.

Come on, guys,
are we solving this,

or am I gonna find
someone else who can?

All right, then.

Hi. Where are the kids?

I sent them to Nancy's
so we could do this.


I know what you did.

I don't believe this.

Everything I've done,
no matter what,

is for us.

I don't believe that,
not anymore.

I don't believe that,
not anymore.

Not after you broke
into my computer,

opened my files,
and read my session notes.

You stole the evidence
you needed.

I had no choice.

We all have choices.

That's right.

That's right,
and I'd do it again.

Because even if you
can't put together

what he's done to us, I can.

And that gives you the right
to break into my computer?

If you give someone
your password, is it really

- breaking in?
- Yes, it is.

Do not come at me with another
word of lawyer bullshit.

You can talk yourself into
any kind of justification.

You can talk yourself into
any kind of justification.

Sure. Yeah.

But, you know, it's no worse
than you and your,

"I'm there for my patients"

because these patients
that you see are criminals.

That's the point.

And all the proof I could ever
need is in that computer.

In my own house.

I know this much
about the law...

You can't use
what you found there.

It's privileged
and inadmissible.

And if you do and you're caught,

I won't lie
on the witness stand.

I won't lie
on the witness stand.

Don't worry. A wife can't
be compelled to testify

against her husband.

Oh, I won't have to be
compelled. I will volunteer.

Jesus Christ, you really are
one of them now, aren't you?

- Holy shit.

Are you really
turning this on me?

You betrayed my trust.

After you were out all night.

And don't give me this crap

about how it was
all business either,

because I saw the two of you
out there.

Cozy as a couple of teenagers

sharing a cigarette
after a backseat fuck.

Wow. You spied on me, too?

Wow. You spied on me, too?

No. I wasn't there to spy.

Uh, it was to talk to you.

'Cause I'm desperate, Wendy.

I wasn't up there
because of the case.

It was personal.

This man, this motherfucker,

is destroying our lives.

He's driving us apart,

and he's doing it deliberately.

- No.

You are.
He is an outside factor.

You are.
He is an outside factor.

This problem is here.

You could've walked away
from this a million times.

- You told me you had.
- I can't.

It's not that simple.

Even this, uh, the reason
we're here right now

having this conversation,

he knew that I was acting
on the bribery

before anyone could've known it.

He will not let me
just walk away.

He will not stop
until he ruins me.

Now you sound like
a crazy person.

He had me followed, all right?

He had me followed, all right?

'Cause he's trying to trip me
up, he's trying to trap me.

So I had to play dirty
right back at him.

Followed? Where?

Trapped you how?


After I
saw you and Axe together,

I got very worked up,

past the point of, uh...

past the point of, uh...

I went to see Troy.

♪ Tense music ♪

And like I said, he had
someone on me and, uh...

well, if I didn't get lucky,
there would be pictures

on the front page
of today's Post.

You went to see her
without fucking tell me.

- Nothing happened.

And I couldn't go through with
anything anyway because, uh...

And I couldn't go through with
anything anyway because, uh...

Because you weren't there.

How touching.

I'm cut off.

I'm cut off from you, from us.

And you sit there and you try
to claim moral high ground.

Oh, oh, oh, oh. I claim it?

While you go on working
at a criminal organization,

and you can't even fucking
admit it to yourself, Wendy.

And you prop it up

and you suck in
all that it gives you...

And you suck in
all that it gives you...

Status, money, control.

You know what? It gives me
a hell of a lot more

than you do, including honesty!


What? Like this?

- How'd you earn...

that new hunk of metal
that's parked outside?

What's that worth?
A quarter mil?

I don't know.
I didn't have it appraised.

You know,
what you should be appraising

is your conscience.

'Cause you can lie to me
about how it makes you feel,

but you can't lie to yourself.

But you can't lie to yourself.

And if you're right there
in the middle of it

with a bunch of criminals,

what do you think
that makes you?

You don't get to ask me
that question anymore.

I am going to take a walk.
Pack your shit.

- When I get back,

be gone.

Good news, boss.

Uh, banking authorities
in Vanuatu have revealed

Uh, banking authorities
in Vanuatu have revealed

that our cops have
significant holdings there.

It's gonna take some time...

These fuckers are not

Before we find that source
of the funds,

but we know what
we're going to find.

Case is terminated.

♪ Tense music ♪

What the fuck is going on?

Looked like
a winner, but it's not.

Looked like
a winner, but it's not.

'Cause there is no gun.

Uh, there will never be a gun.

That's good legwork, Lonnie.
Thank you.

But I don't want you
burning out your legs

chasing another ghost.




It's Chinatown, Jake.

Been here a while?


I didn't expect you back
so soon after how you left.

I don't believe that,
not anymore,

not after you broke into
my computer, opened my files,

- read my session notes...
- Jesus.

You stole the evidence
you needed.

You stole the evidence
you needed.

I had no choice.

'Cause you can lie to me

about how it makes you feel,
but you can't lie to yourself.

And if you're right there
in the middle of it,

with a bunch of criminals,

what do you think
that makes you?

That's a hell of a question
to have to answer.

I know.

I am so sorry
to have doubted you.

I am so sorry
to have doubted you.

This is the part where you
tell me you're gonna destroy

everything you showed me, right?

I will destroy all copies of it,

whether you believe me or not.

What else are you
prepared to do?

Your bonus.

I was planning to
give you two million.

It just went up to five.

How do I know you mean it,

that I won't walk down
to my office

and find it's one million

and another four you're keeping
invested here for me?

I'll wire it to you now,
to your own account.

I'll wire it to you now,
to your own account.

Wags, five sticks wired now

to Wendy Rhoades'
personal account.

Whoa! Powerball winner.

your e-mail in two minutes.

I will.

I'll triple it
for that recording

you played me just now.

It's worth that much to you?

Consider that my opening offer.

He's still the father
of my kids.

- I had to try.

I quit, Bobby. Chuck was
right about one thing.

- I can't be in denial about...

what this place is,
what you are, any longer.

Not after what you showed me.

Not after what you showed me.

I know you trade
on inside information

and by other illegal means.

Or you let it be done for you.

You encourage it.

Are you taping me now?


I just need to hear
myself say it.

Look, I can explain...

Good luck with that...

and with everything.


♪ Pensive music ♪

♪ pensive music ♪

♪ upbeat music playing ♪


♪ Pensive music ♪

Where's Connerty?

I don't know. He left.

I know you're pissed.

I get it. But let's
channel that, shall we?

How did you know that Tara Mohr
was leaking information?

She just felt wrong.

She was always just around,
hovering. Why?

She can't be the only one.

We're gonna need
personnel files for this floor,

and banking records.

I wanna know who else is wrong.

Yeah, you got it.


Everything's set.

All we have to do is...
get it to the plane with us.

- You're amazing. Thank you.

But we don't have to go.


The leak was Wendy,

but not how we thought.

She didn't sell me out.

Still, case is done.

Still, case is done.

Rhoades can't act
on what he has.

Oh, fuck.

We really don't have to go.




I am so goddamn glad we
don't have to turn our boys

into fondue eaters.

And Wendy?


For good, I think.

Well, it's for the best,
you know.

She outlived her utility
as a weather vane

of what her husband
was gonna do.

She's more than that, Lar.

You know, I don't really want
to talk about her anymore.

Look at this.

There was a time
when this was more than

we ever could've imagined
having, you know?

We'd always talk about
doing without, living simple.

We'd always talk about
doing without, living simple.

Hard to think about going back.


Really is.

Well, I'll return it all
to the bank tomorrow.

You know what? Don't.

Leave it here.

♪ Pensive music ♪

You never know.

That's him.

African-American gentlemen,
Jefferies, Clement. Age 62.

Okay. Let's see if we can
Tinker Tailor his ass.

- Dale.
- Sir?

The team needs the latest
on our Axe Capital wire.

I need the latest on
the wire myself bec...

Don't answer me back.
Conveying the intel is your job.

The FBI can't put those wires up

and then not share
on the comeback.

Sir, all due respect,
I'm awfully confused.

Sir, all due respect,
I'm awfully confused.

Don't worry, don't worry.
We'll straighten it all out.

I'll book a meeting
with you and Terri.

What are you eating?

- Nothing.

Not here.
Too good to pass up.

Bruno, what's hot?

Bruno, what's hot?

I got a fresh nonna pie
and a hot pepperoni.

Nonna pie.

- Hey.

- Enjoy, eh?

And lock up when youse are done.

Good night, Bruno.

- Jesus.

- Jesus.

Okay. Now what?

I don't wanna ruin your appetite
just as you started digging in,

but... I need to
tell you that your boss got

that bogus information
on Axe and the cops

by accessing
his wife's private notes.



I'm sure by now he's dropped it.

He has.

Then my part is done for now.

Oh, what the fuck? Come on.

Hang for a minute, Bryan.

Listen to what Bobby has to say.

I can't sit with you.

- Sure, you can.

- You want to.

- You want to.

Same way you want to stare
at the lions at the zoo.

Bach walks around thinking

he's better and smarter
than everyone.

- And you know why?
- 'Cause he is.

That's right,

only he says
you're just as smart.

Even more focused,
younger, hungrier.


I don't know about any of that.

I know hard work.

Yeah, you work hard.

Yeah, you work hard.

But it's much more than that.

You're driven the way only
someone brought up from nothing,

the way we were, can be.

Chuck Rhoades,
for all his ambition,

he can never need it
the way we do.

But the guy's had
a safety net all his life.

You and me?
We never had a fucking net.

That's why it can never work,

in the long-term,
you under him...

in the long-term,
you under him...

Because he can't understand

what matters to you
the way I can.


I spend every minute of my day

going after guys like you.

That attitude, that focus,
that ability...

It's not being fostered
where you're at, is it?

It's being thwarted, in fact.

And eventually...

what you're feeling

will turn to disgust
and self-hatred,

will turn to disgust
and self-hatred,

and in the end, apathy,

if it hasn't already.

Oh, that's your diagnosis?

What's your cure?

You know what it is.

Come work for Bach's firm
on my account.

♪ Pensive music ♪

It's a different kind
of integrity

where at least you know
you're never lying to yourself.

I'm offering challenging work.

I'm offering challenging work.

You'll be allowed to win...

Expected to, on your own terms.

And, of course,
you'll be rewarded.

Seven figures, starting.

And an ability to help
your family, really help them.

Your mom... she won't have to
work so hard, not at all,

unless she wants to.

Time to take your seat
at the grown-ups' table.

That's not who I am.

I can't picture it.

Oh, I think you can
picture it now.

The Bryan Connerty at
the settlement conference...

He would've stormed out of here
the moment I walked in.

But you stayed,

and you listened.


And like you said...

I stare at the lions
at the zoo, too.

Doesn't mean I wanna be one.

Sure, it does.
Everyone wants to be a lion.

Sure, it does.
Everyone wants to be a lion.

Most people just never
get the chance.

I'm offering you one now.

♪ Tense music ♪

Thanks for the pizza.

I didn't hear "no."

- Yeah?

- Yeah?

Source says Rhoades
has listening devices

in place at Axe Cap.

Fuck. Fuck!

♪ Tense music ♪

Okay, get a sweep going now.

Already in progress.

Welcome to the club, sir.

Chuck Rhoades.
We spoke earlier.

As I said, I'm sorry, we don't
have any suites available

on short notice.

I'll let you know
as soon as one opens up.

- Thank you.

- Thank you.

You've reached Wendy Rhoades.
Please leave a message.

All clear again, just like
the last two times.

- Are you sure you and your guys

were thorough?

You watched. We hit
every inch of the place.

So what do we do now?

There's nothing more
we can do on this level.

We can only go deeper.

We can only go deeper.

Then go deeper.

All the way down.

- Fuck!



There's nowhere left to check.

We've gone down to the rivets.

I say there's nothing here.

Are you sure?

You can never be sure.

I thought your kind could
only come in when invited.

Look at what you did
to this fucking place.

I wonder what would've made you
feel you needed to do this.

But you do know we were never
able to get a warrant to bug it.

Oh, not having a warrant
wouldn't stop you.

Or maybe there is one buried
in the ceiling somewhere.

I can't...
I can't really remember.

I can't...
I can't really remember.

What the fuck
are you even doing here?

I come bearing gifts.

Open it.

I want you to have that.

- As a reminder.
- I don't need a reminder.

The memory of shoving that
up your ass

The memory of shoving that
up your ass

makes me laugh
at least once a day.

- Yeah, I bet it does.

But I'm not laughing.

Oh, you should.

The studies say that laughter
does more to contribute

to a general sense of well-being
than almost anything else.

Oh, yeah. No, of course.
I love to laugh.

I'm not laughing now
is what I should've said.

Oh, why is that?

Because my wife kicked me out.

- Good for her!

But she's not here either,

if you're trying to find her.

If you're trying to find her.

We've both lost her.


Well, then maybe you have
a sliver of my pain,

because you stripped away
everything that matters to me.

You came at me!

Because you're a criminal, Bob.

And it's my job to shut 'em down
and put 'em in jail.

Well, if that's true,
you're not very good at it.

You're also full of shit.

You're also full of shit.

What have I done wrong?

Except make money, succeed.

All these rules
and regulations... arbitrary,

chalked up by politicians
for their own ends.

And these fines you're
always going after...

Where do they go?
Who gets them? The poor? No.

- The Treasury, the government.

It's taxation by other means.

It's taxation by other means.

Save the civics lesson
and the Ayn Rand bullshit.

The fines are the minimum of
what you should have to pay.

Oh, you decide
what cases to take,

and you only take
the cases you won't lose.

But you got it wrong with me,

- because this country...

was built on industry
and competition.

So they will always have
a place for me.


And maybe a few generations
from now,

they'll tell stories about you,

- like they do Jesse James...

- like they do Jesse James...

or Billy the Kid.

Oh, the myth is
so fuckin' romantic.

The rugged individual
who won't back down

to the unimaginative,
do-gooder authorities.

Only in reality,
those guys stole and hurt

and destroyed lives.

Now you say you don't think
you've harmed anyone.

I say that the effect
is the same, worse even,

because you infect
the entire world.

You throw the whole system
off balance,

leaving chaos and poverty
in your wake.

I make the system run.

I make the system run.

I have contributed
hundreds of millions of dollars

in taxes and philanthropy.

I am employ hundreds
of people directly,

thousands indirectly.

What do you do?


besides suck from
the municipality,

feed off of it.

And in exchange, you what?
Keep order?

And in exchange, you what?
Keep order?

You're a traffic cop
hiding in federal robes.

I'm moved.

I am... that is gonna play
huge to the other guys

- on your cell block.

Oh, you're sure to become
President of the, uh,

Libertarian Club
of Danbury Federal Prison.

'Cause no matter what you say,
that's where you're ending up.

Keep that as a memento.

And every time you look at it,

And every time you look at it,

know that deal is as good as
it is ever gonna get for you.

And one day, you are gonna
wish like fucking hell

that it was still on the table.

Then you should've kept
half of that for yourself, too.

Because when I pull a deal
off the table,

I leave Nagasaki behind.

♪ Dramatic music ♪

You know the only enemy
more dangerous

You know the only enemy
more dangerous

than a man
with unlimited resources...

is one with nothing to lose.

And that is what
you are looking at

right here.

♪ I used to like walking
with my eyes down ♪

♪ I used to like walking
with my eyes down ♪

♪ I'd sleep all day and fret
away the night hours ♪

♪ But then I saw the sun
and felt its light's power ♪

♪ And I found out the planet
ain't no private house ♪

♪ Now I turn a brave bully
to a shy coward ♪

♪ I make a loud lout silent
as a quiet mouse ♪

♪ Then I make them hand over
the white cloud ♪

♪ And then they're leaving me
with a polite bow ♪

♪ And I've got plans
I haven't time to write down ♪

♪ I'll incite a riot,
fire flying all around ♪

♪ When I'm crying out, I'm
howling with the wild hounds ♪

♪ Don't wanna buy an ounce,
for me, the right amount ♪

♪ Is the entire pound ♪

♪ Is the entire pound ♪

♪ I only like it
when it's dimed out ♪

♪ When it's dimed out,
when it's dimed out ♪

♪ When it's dimed out,
when it's dimed out ♪

♪ When it's dimed out ♪

♪ When it's dimed out ♪

♪ When it's dimed out ♪