Much of it is happening among the larger supporting cast this week. Marcia extracts her pound of flesh in exchange for a public reconciliation with Logan. Ewan returns to help cousin Greg hire a new (and extremely anti-capitalist) lawyer (Peter Riegert, an HBO vet from Les Sopranos and Show me a hero). Gerri is trying to settle into her new role as CEO, even though she knows the title and any power that should come with it are probably just illusions. . Stewy shows up to offer his take on the Roy Family’s Civil War and brings with him a new player: Sandy Furness’ daughter, Sandi (Hope Davis, an HBO vet from Processing andThe press room
An incisive commentary on how modern mainstream media executives can be disconnected:
Gerri has to take a picture of the TV with her phone as she knows of no other way to capture evidence of her new title to show her daughters.
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tends to keep the quartet either split into smaller groups or partly larger ones – the latter with Logan as the dominant personality. But the circumstances of Kendall’s power play and Logan’s temporary self-exile in Sarajevo give him the opportunity to gather his siblings together in an enclosed space without any further interference, so he can push them to team up. to finally reverse their evil. , controlling the old man.This does not work, because of course not. This is not a show about the well-meaning young generation coming together to heal the world from the ailments their parents inflict on them. And besides, it’s not clear if any of these four mean the least. Roman doesn’t even care to pretend to care about others
. Connor sometimes demonstrates this for campaign purposes, but has no idea how to function as a normal human, as evidenced by the puzzled and disappointed tone he takes when he explains that non-private air travel is accompanied. of “films and a selection of refrigerated cheeses. Shiv has historically positioned herself as the conscience of the family, but when the going comes she inevitably chooses security over righteousness. Kendall even taunts her about it, saying, “You tell yourself you’re a good person, but you’re not a good person. Right now, I am the real you. But Kendall is no better than her and adopts his “Plastic Jesus” pose, as Shiv would later call him, because it’s the best argument he thinks he can make to get the others to join him against Logan.
The only sadly ironic exception for Roman is his father
. The more badly Logan treats him, the more loyal Roman seems to become, mistakenly believing that he will one day earn his father’s affection.
But beyond the fact that none of them are as noble as Kendall needs them to be, they’ve each endured decades of emotional abuse and neglect from their fathers. In some families, it brings the victims together. The Roy children, however, use each other as punching bags to unleash the evil they are afraid to turn against Logan. They are conditioned to attack and distrust each other. Whenever Kendall or Shiv seem to be pushing the boulder up the hill to the point where they can all work together, someone can’t help but go wild. The hour is a whirlwind of insults – some clever, but most just plain rude – whether it’s Kendall and Shiv mocking Roman’s sexual inclinations or Kendall dismissing Shiv as worthless outside of her breasts.
All these interactions sparkle with tension and comic verve, but also with a painfully tantalizing sense of the possible. Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, and Alan Ruck make it clear how desperately each of the siblings desperately wants a healthy relationship with each other. And these last three periodically suggest that their characters really wish they could join Team Kendall, if only they could shake off the fear of losing everything. (Or, in Roman’s case, the fear of winning and killing their father in the process.) They’re ultimately too accustomed to pain and betrayal to expect better. It’s horrible, but it’s great to watch.
With Kendall’s pitch unsuccessful, the episode keeps its biggest real developments for the final scenes. Logan finally returns to New York to take a more active part in the victory of the Civil War, and makes Shiv the offer she has dreamed of all her life: she will be positioned as the true power behind the throne where Gerri currently sits. as a “complete biological combination” for the family. Did she know such an offer would come when she turned Kendall down? Surely not. But even the possibility of such a thing is more appealing to her than the risk of going against Logan. He only wins.