Open Discussion on Succession: Season 3, Episode 5, “Idaho’s Retired Janitors”


This week, I feel like employee Frazzled and Blabby Waystar Royco who can’t stop complaining to her spouse has definitely come home and confessed that there was some sort of shareholder vote this week and she has no idea what did that mean? But everyone looked VERY tense and all the women in the office were dragged into making a promotional video about how respected they are in the company, which everyone knows is a LIE!

In all seriousness though, I’ve had a tendency to let the commercial technical details of this show overwhelm me because that piece feels like Algebra II: I know I never will. in reality I understand that and definitely won’t use it, so why not let all the blah blah go into one ear and come out the other? Unlike Algebra II, however, this week Succession The mid-term exam was a surprise: I really didn’t think the writers of Succession did you expect me to understand the Waystar Royco corporate structure and how, like, do the boards work or whatever? Because I didn’t do any of the homework for that! I’m here for the rich who scream at each other because they haven’t dealt with their personal inner pain; I do not in reality worrying about the organization chart of this business as well as how Who Gets to Be CEO affects the dramatic conflict. Aspects of the episodes of the past few weeks have slightly confused me, due to my decision, let’s say, not to try to figure out who Sandy and Sandi in reality they were? Sure! What this week ergo Moreover confusing in parts, sometimes to the point where some of the negotiations sounded like Charlie Brown teacher’s wah wah wah wah wah wah wah wah waaaaahh waaah wah wahh wah? Yup! (I think the writers realized some of their internal baseball shareholder information was a bit confusing, and tried to update the audience on some of the pertinent logistical issues by including lots of news footage of the meeting at. I start, but it looked like they cut all those pieces about ten seconds early to really help.) Was this episode still fun enough? He is sure of what! It helps that it was a lot of fun – and full of agitated people rushing around; one of the summaries I’ve seen referred to it as “robbery energy” and it was so right (and now I can’t find what it was; if you know, please let me know so I can connect to it!) – and that after a bit too granular beginning at the end done kicking the rich who scream at each other for not dealing with their personal inner pain.

Without further ado, please direct shareholders’ attention to our effs weekly accounting:

Zero Effs, AKA Who cares?!?!?!?: This is more of a question than a comment, but why is Shiv always dressed in something the color of his own flesh?

1-3 Effs, AKA This is moderately deviant:

a. Do we think President Raisin was bluffing when he told Roman – in that very funny scene – that he wasn’t going to run again? (I had a long thought here that I wrote at the beginning of the episode about how I thought screwing the president down as a way to demote the Department of Justice on the plot felt like it was right in this episode, but then in I actually got the fee and canceled it! But getting there was a bit bumpy.) I think not, but just because the Roys having no allies in the White House is much worse for them and therefore much more interesting for us, Other because it also makes things with Connor more interesting.

B. I will note that this episode can be helpful for younger people who may not know that, yes, urinary tract infections can totally cause mental changes in older people, so keep a close eye on your parents and grandparents. [Insert the “The More You Know” star here.] (Logan needs a very professional bagman, Tony Hale on Veep, to make sure he is taking his medication. It’s kind of weird that he doesn’t have an incredibly skilled personal assistant who is more capable of doing this. Honestly, I feel That it’s the job Tom is best suited for; he is crazy? He’s the person who realized that something was wrong with Logan and it was truly kind but also respectful to him in the bathroom, and after.)

4-7 Effs, AKA We are quite intrigued:

a. Connor has made a leap into the Effs ranges, mainly because I think he’s going to do something very, very reckless before the season is over, because he feels – and is – neglected, and it could be fun. I hope so, anyway – Alan Ruck felt a little drunk before this episode. Need always wasted, but more wasted than the rest of the cast on a consistent basis. Give Cameron Frye something to really do! (We think they might have it? win The Presidency? Because it could be incredibly fun.)

B. So cousin Greg done sign Logan’s cards! Why didn’t you discuss it earlier with your now very vexed socialist lawyer? !! Why didn’t he call Grandpa James Cromwell about this ?! Grandpa James Cromwell is RICH too, TIGHT CHILD Idiot! And now you are out of the will! However, Grandpa James Cromwell is right that Greg MUST take himself seriously. But I don’t think Greg asking if he could sue someone “lovingly” was what he meant by that.

C. Kendall CANNOT RESIST giving an impromptu speech in ANY large-scale event. He hardly ever goes! How can he be so inept? (Related, Kendall called … HIMSELF “the puppeteer”? He really has no self-intuition. Yet I felt really sorry for him that Logan didn’t even make the effort to chew him. So is the magic of Jeremy Strong Sad Eyes, also the name of my new band.)

8-10 Eff: I’M HERE FOR THIS:

a. Shiv Shiv Shiv Shiv Shiv Shiv Shiv, sometimes I think you should have stayed at your vague journalism job (???), because none of this is going to work out the way you want, but watching you run through this whole episode to make that deal be there hell that high water was a lot of fun. You won’t get that seat on the board! (But that scene with Hope Davis was pretty awesome.)

B. Related: OMG TOM NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO HAVE A BABY. she doesn’t even have Comets, not in depth. That said, I’d like to read the college student’s article comparing Tom’s desire to have a baby with Shiv to bond her to him while in prison (and potentially in general), for example, to the way Henry VIII’s wives they tried desperately to have a child to keep him alive (and also themselves). Tom is very feminine coded in this episode between this and his taking care of Logan and it’s interesting. I think Tom might be the most complex character on the whole show. I hope he likes the prison where he ends up serving time. (I don’t think Tom will actually go to jail. My prediction is that Shiv will do SOMETHING because he assumes he is going to be out of his hair and then it will backfire.)

Notes that were not part of our super scientific effs system but still deserve recognition: “I only do what my father tells me. Like you guys, “from Lady Sandi it was quite a burn; Kendall has to let her nanny take care of the rabbits and not override her or Google! Talk about someone who needs to learn how to delegate !; Greg who did lawsuit at Greenpeace made me laugh.

And finally, the best outfit of the week lives above, in the header: I don’t understand exactly what Stewy’s position in this organization chart is exactly (is he a … .transpondser?) But I love his turtleneck; I have to say that Gerri’s outbreak was great this week as well, and Roman was wearing the most tailored suit Kieran Culkin has ever worn.


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