Succession Recap: Series Three, Episode Two – Can Kendall Go Any Less?

Spoiler alert: This recap is for people watching succession Season three, which airs on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK. Don’t read this until you’ve seen episode two.

After last week’s breathless opener, it was time for our second slice of corporate King Lear. Half the inner circle was still stuck in Sarajevo. The rest were playing mental chess in Manhattan. But who had the upper hand?

Here’s your blow-by-blow breakdown of episode two, titled Mass in Time of War…

‘My family has disappeared. The world is collapsing’

Logan Roy (Brian Cox) felt unusually upset as we joined the Vestar patriarch in his Bosnian exile. His main concern was daughter Shiva. (Sarah Snook), who went off-grid after the lawyer failed to secure Logan. He could not afford to turn her on to any member of the family. Surely her favorite kid wasn’t joining brother Kendall’s (Jeremy Strong) bloody revolution?

Logan went on to shore up the rest of his clan. He tells Roman (Kieran Culkin) to keep a close eye on newly-anointed interim CEO Gerry Kellman (Jay Smith-Cameron), explaining: “It just had to be Gerry for today, for now.” Still hanging on to the promise that the time of Romulus will come. It’s not often that I find myself going “oh” succession, but it was nice to see Gerry take a picture of his name on TV news to show his daughters — a reminder that she wasn’t born into this like Roy.

Logan also instructs Hugo Baker (Fisher Stevens) to reach out to his estranged wife, Marcia (Hiyam Abbas). He even apologized for lashing out at Guy Connor (Alan Ruck) for humiliating him in the season two finale, assuring him: “You’re number one, kiddo, you know.” Number four, more likable, but needy con material shows up. for now.

Cousin Greg was also afraid

‘Too Young to Be in Congress So Much’ … Nicholas Braun as Cousin Greg James Cromwell as his grandfather Evan. Photograph: Graeme Hunter / HBO

The fallout from Kendall’s patriotic bombshell was being felt in New York. Cousin Greg Hirsch (Nicholas Braun) was horrified that he had “tied his dick to a running train”, crying out: “I’m too young to be in Congress.” It is said that it is so.

Tom Wambsgans (Matthew McFadden) continued the horrifying threats: “If you don’t come home to us, Logan is going to set a million venomous spiders under your dicky on fire.” These boys and their gender metaphors.

Kendall tries to feed Gregg by offering to hire him as a lawyer. Gerry even sent a company lawyer to his door. In desperation, Greg turns to Grandpa Evan (James Cromwell), who agrees to set him up with a legal advisor. The old preacher relishes any opportunity to strike out against his brother Logan, but sniffs at Kendall’s public performance: “I found his performance historic and virtuous. The man is a self-respecting Poppinje. “

His liberal lawyers were more interested in advancing an anti-capitalist agenda than defending Greg. Another reminder that everyone Jesse ArmstrongThe dynastic drama of, however benevolent they may appear, stands out for itself.

‘There he is – the little man who started this big war’

In their “hide-out” in ex-wife Rava’s spacious apartment – how long before she kicks him out? – Kendall was behaving mentally. His legal team was called “Wasup!”, “Big things!” Like it was addressed with serious bro-isms. and “Psychic Giants!”

He was sent a Trojan horse by investor and college friend Steve Hosseini (Arian Moed), but he was amazed by its importance. This soon gave way to glee as Sister “Shivy” visited without husband Tom’s knowledge, leaving her father behind. Were the two smartest siblings to team up against Papa Smurf?

About Papa Smurf?  ... Sara Snook as Shiv Roy.
About Papa Smurf? … Sara Snook as Shiv Roy. Photo: HBO

He needed allies and wanted to keep Shiva on his side. He asked her to return to the family fold. Over her messiah complex, Kendall exhorts Shiva that she is “afraid of doing the right thing”. She countered that her press conference was “self-inflicted bullshit, a peacock crap”.

Lawyer Lisa Arthur (Sanaa Lathan) needed to be honored urgently, but Kendall was more concerned with sibling feuds than the imminent threat of a summons or FBI raid. She had big fish to fry—namely prank Shiva by writing “Fuck you” on a piece of A4, knowing she’d run around for objectionable documents. Is it all game for him?

Ice Maiden Marcia was back – with demands

There was no time for a rift in the midst of a civil war, so Logan called 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 a reconciliation. And Marcia played hardball.

If she and her children were generously compensated, she would have publicly reverted to Logan’s favor. As her rocky-faced lawyer put it: “These are huge numbers, but compared to an acrimonious divorce, announced before a competitive shareholder meeting…” Logan certainly married his match.

full sibling reunion time

Whipping Boy... with Sarah Snook as Alan Ruck Connor and Jeremy Strong as Shiva and Kendall.
Whipping Boy… with Sarah Snook as Alan Ruck Connor and Jeremy Strong as Shiva and Kendall. Photograph: Graeme Hunter / HBO

Apparently Roman sneaked in to spy on Shiva. Connor also came (“I thought I heard a clown pulling the car up”). Watch the episode’s focal point, as the siblings retire to Kendall’s daughter’s room for some privacy. It was brilliantly fitting whether their teens took place in a fairy-lit bedroom, sitting on poufs or stretched out on beds filled with padded toys.

Kendall’s pitch in a nutshell: “Let’s gang up on Dad and take him down.” Kendall’s pitch in the long run: detoxify the brand, leapfrog tech, become a global information hub, go supersonic. it was like a weirdo ted talk And he had swallowed his own spin, believing it was a political new dawn.

He concluded: “It’s our time.” “You mean us? Here’s where we got this multi-ethnic transgender alliance of 20 Year Dreamers?” ridiculed Roman, who also took time out for Kendall and Shiva’s hilarious impressions. In return, he teased her about his sexual dysfunction, only to hit her heels just like the siblings.

They were considering it — until Kendall said he would oversee the transition as CEO. Roman and Connor rein. Shiva will only support Logan if he is the successor. Everyone took a break to consider their options.

‘Two words: return me’

Kendall excused herself from the sibling sit-down saying they needed to hug their kids. Lying about it is short, even for a Roy. Instead, he jumps into the limo for a secret conflict with Stevie and Sandy Furness (Hope Davis) – the daughter of Logan’s rival media mogul Sandy (Larry Pine).

Sounding ill, possibly still with syphilis (“STD’s MySpace” – copyright Tom), Furnace joined the SNR phone. Kendall offered him serious sway over the Vestar board in exchange for avoiding a controversial shareholder vote. After learning of the rift between Stevie and Sandy, they agree on the condition that Logan be kicked out. Was Kendall going to give it away?

dunked by donuts

After being ambushed by his rebellious son Kendall at the end of Succession Season 2, Logan Roy begins Season 3 in a perilous position, scrambling to secure family, political and financial alliances.  Tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war.
Kieran Culkin as Roman, Prince of Bon Motts. Photo: Home Box Office/HBO

Tom helped Shiva to see that without a proper job in the firm, his position was precarious. Gerry advised Roman against defecting, warning that he would “burn”. The coward was a box of donuts sent by Logan to a children’s tea party to scare Connor. One by one, Kendall’s siblings ran to Daddy screaming.

Suffice it to say that Kendall didn’t take it well. He dismissed Connor as “irrelevant”, Roman as “foolish”. The bitterest vitriol was saved for Shiva, what really mattered: “Is this cowardice or covetousness? It’s because you haven’t taken over, right?” He lashed out at the button, first claiming she was selling abuse victims, then adding that Shiva only got any value from “her nipples.” .

Like an entrepreneur Alan Partridge, he’s bent, broken, and left alone again, yelling at his PA and shuffling attorney Lisa’s office.

Wait ’till your father comes home’

“We need to go back to town,” Logan decided. “People need to see a little family unity.” good luck with him. The always-clever Marcia casually mentioned that he could have used his knowledge of Kendall’s Chappaquidic-style car accident to stall his takeover bid, but Logan, who pleaded guilty in the cover-up, said: ” You drop some bombs, you get burnt too.”

In a rare display of brotherly loyalty, Roman assures them that Shiva is not shaken. Logan’s jet landed in NYC for an airstrip photo opportunity. Long-lens snapper captures reunion embrace for “Captain Cuddles.” They could not find any knife hidden behind the back.

Successor

Incumbent CEO Gerry already looks uncertain. Not only is Kendall on maneuver, but Shiva has been made the president. Logan assured his beloved “Pinky” that it was not a vanity title. She would add credibility before the shareholder meeting and “will have my eyes and ears at the heart of everything through this setback — but wearing a full chemical and biological suit known as Gerry Kellman.” Slime Puppy Roman will not like this.

week line

It should be from Bon Mot Machine Roman: “Don’t threaten me, Gerry. I don’t have time to jerk.”

Notes and Overview

  • It was a delicious detail that when his father calls, a picture of Saddam Hussein pops up on Shiva’s phone. Is Logan’s statue falling down too?

  • Everyone is tensed about Shiv/Tom’s toxic marriage. She is being unnaturally clingy. Tomlett’s new habit is responding to her declarations of love by saying, well, thank you.

  • I enjoyed Connor’s aversion to taking a scheduled flight: “They had a selection of movies and heavily refrigerated cheeses.” He was also tense about his fine wine, the poor lamb.

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