Succession season 3, episode 5 recap: Mad emperors rock the vote

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Don’t look right now, but the Roy family could lose everything.

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The Roy family seems to have been in the grip of a perpetual disaster, but they too looked troubled in the latest episode of Succession. The future of the company – and the nation as a whole – hangs in the balance in a pissing contest between two men who can’t even pee on their own.


In Season 3 Episode 5, Vestar Royco, a retired janitor from Idaho, plays in almost real time behind the scenes of the shareholder meeting. Logan and his “gang of rogue shills” desperately try to secure a massive vote that could lose them company, but the backroom Wheeling and Dealing is hostage to the whims of two bitter old men, whose fiery urge to punish each other. Desire is only matched by their physical infirmity. These two old men hold so many lives in their hands, and they only care about hate-filled games with each other. Sorry to repeat Roman’s scatological phrases, but how many lives have been ruled (and ruined) by such mad-crazed emperors?

Spoilers ahead!

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shareholders are revolting

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Even Kendall is aware enough to recognize, “At this point it’s just ego managing,” but Logan’s urinary tract infection sends her spinning in delirium at that pivotal moment. What should have happened? The obstinate media mogul was kept straight by sheer bloody, whatever he built on his ability to make entire crowds bend to his will with his presence (or as Romans called it “beef Logan Voodoo”).

Logan and his rival Sandy Furness’s physical infirmity recall positions at the helm of CBS and Viacom being governed by aging CEO Sumner Redstone (disclosure: Nerdshala was owned by CBS until 2020). Along with the directors and acolytes, Redstone’s daughter, Shari, took over the leadership role while her health continued to hang despite her deteriorating health. A description Even succession may seem too strange that when his speech went, according to wall street journal, Redstone used an iPad to activate a recording of his voice saying “yes,” “no” and “fuck you.” The scandal also followed the media mogul as a legal battle with an ex-girlfriend put his fortune in jeopardy.

Redstone stepped down in 2016. He passed away in 2020 at the age of 97.

The shareholder fight also recalls a real-life vicious battle over the future of Disney, which is already Succession prompted a vote of no confidence in season 1, Disney’s 2004 shareholder rebellion unfolded at the Philadelphia Convention Center, where Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck greeted thousands of shareholders before voting to oust Michael Eisner.

raisin hell

Can we just take a moment to talk about the fact that the misdeeds of the Roy family brought down the President of the United States? To hide the systematic sexual abuse, the Vestar media empire changed the direction of its coverage, causing the president (aka “The Raisin”) to forget about running again. Not only do their behind-the-scenes plans destroy the democracy within their company, but the crimes and wrongdoings of the super-rich affect everyone in the nation (and the world) when they try to cover their own asses. Use the power lever.

And let’s not forget that it paved the way for Connor to launch a presidential bid. The next chief executive could be a man currently trying to blackmail his own father by weaponizing his knowledge of sexual abuse. You wouldn’t think that the vicious descendant of a sadistic dynasty could climb into the White House just because he imagines visiting it, but stranger things have happened.

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Hope Davis and Ariane Moed play Sandy and Stevie, who find common ground with their rivals in this moment of tension.

done deal

Poor Shiva. She finally proves her business, only to have the men in her life insist on ruining it. At first, Tom yells at her and lets slip that he’s been tracking her fertility cycle, though the thought of being a prisoner’s wife is the last thing Shiva wants as she surfs high of being a power broker.

Then, Logan has to pee on all his accomplishment. Logan says the deal isn’t ideal for the family, but there’s no evidence he could have won from the situation. In fact, Shiva’s Hail Mary allows him to take a moral high ground without ever proving that he could have done better.

Obviously he wasn’t completely himself for most of the episode, but then maybe Logan did nothing more than his insistence on ruining his daughter’s big moment. She is as petty and vindictive as ever, as she pushes Shiva away to start strategically, a microcosm of his overall relationship with his children. But they may or may not realize that this hostile distance molded children into the adults they are. Shiva may have been devastated by his father’s ruthlessness, but he didn’t deal with a naive desire to please him: he maneuvered to get what he wanted. And in fact, she was able to secure the deal because of an insight Logan doesn’t have: an understanding of how it feels to Sandy Furness in the shadow of a domineering father.

real meeting

The rules are for the poor – even if it’s a rule not to feed bagels to rabbits. Still, Kendall forces someone who does things for her that they don’t want to do, and yet it goes horribly wrong.

For all the talk of Team Kendall’s #resistance (and the $100 million spent trying to win people over), Kendall ultimately still relies on the family she’s working so hard to separate. He can’t take company if they lose to Sandy and Stevie, so Kendall and Logan are both on the same side of their game of chicken. At the end of the day, do father and son super-rich ass have different tastes?

Kendall certainly shows no qualms in threatening to burn Greg, but then he ends up punching everyone. Kendall drifts on stage to announce a foundation for victims of the company’s past sexual abuse, but it’s in the wrong place for that kind of gesture. The shareholders react badly, and he is left to wander off-stage, ending the episode alone and losing again.

Season 3, Episode 6: What It Takes, airs next Sunday, November 21.

constant thoughts

  • Roman loves those PJs.

  • Tom shows touching concern for Logan, which Logan surprisingly reciprocates as he calls Tom his “son.” Sure, she’s troubled by UTIs, but Logan’s actual kids would probably kill for that kind of gentle moment.

  • Speaking of unexpectedly poignant moments, Evan pauses long enough to gently advise Greg, “You need to take yourself seriously, kid.” Greg then considers suing Greenpeace, so it is unclear if he understood the advice.

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