Succession season 3, episode 7 recap: Honesty is such a lonely word

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Happy birthday, Kendall.

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What makes a good party? Sweet music. good organization. The host swings from a cross while singing Billy Joel. Succession Season 3, Episode 7 is aptly named Too Much Birthday, as we are cordially invited to Kendall’s 40th celebration.

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Season 3, Episode 7: Too Much Birthday, now streaming hbo max, Spoilers ahead!

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It shouldn’t feel like an ass birthday party

The episode begins with Kendall on the mic, but if you were expecting L to the OG to come back again, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Instead, he plans to shout honesty by billy joel (“Everyone is so untrue / Honesty is rarely heard”), which is actually a vulnerable and genuine sentiment. Except that he plans to be crucified to hammer home what a great and unjustly persecuted man he is. Another example of his annoying habit of saying what he really feels and then claiming irony (see also Cruel Moments with Greg).

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The whole party is, in fact, the ultimate example of showing what he’s feeling but trying to present it as ironic. The entrance to the vagina, the tree house, his crushing despair that a handmade gift from his kids has been lost, while his girlfriend couldn’t think of anything more personal than a watch: He’s telling the world he’s just a baby, something longing for love.

Meanwhile, Logan is hardly in the episode. But he’s still grown up, ruining Kendall’s birthday, with only five words in a flashy greeting card. It’s hard to know what would be considered a big slap in the face to a superrich person: an outrageously low offer, or being offered enough to make you a double billionaire. What’s the problem, eh? As much as it is possible to be sympathetic to Kendall as a monster and the child of a toxic environment, she’s still a dick with an obliviousness to wealth (paying actors to be nice to everyone and having an A-team lunch box). Comfrey, Springsteen and a jetpack).

Question one: When will your father die?

Wow, Lucas Matson gets right into it, doesn’t he? The oddball tech CEO behind streaming platform Gozo is aiming for Roman and Shiva to sneak in on their brother’s birthday, despite what Logan thinks of Matson (talk about the pot that pricks the kettle). . played as alexander skarsgard, Coding’s Odin may only be interested in the three P’s, but a different pee seals the deal when he opens a stream of his own on Vestar’s streaming service. Incredibly, Roman actually turns out to be the right man for the job, at least when Job is a bargain among rich weirdos. They tremble without washing their hands, because it is a dirty job.

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Kendall, Shiva and Roman: their presence is their present.

The Westar to Ride Again

Tom begins the episode by swiping the prisons like some kind of atonement tinder. But then the good news is that no one is going to jail. Champagne corks pop in with his wife and family and corporate top executives, but when he wants to show his true form, he slips into Greg’s hide-hole for a burst of desk-flipping emotion. But Tom is soon reminded that joy in this world is not the only emotion that persists. He takes the wrong drugs in the wrong order – a metaphor if there ever was one – and spends his fateful day on his closest friend and being rejected by his wife.

On the plus side, Logan gives him a hint that the big guy will remember Tom’s wish to be done. But that may change if photos Kendall ever captured of their meeting surface.

the Emperor’s New Clothes

The Roy family has no style. The producers of the show put a lot of thought into creating one of a kind super rich blendness to settings and clothing, exemplified by those terrible blank baseball caps They insist on wearing it. Siva’s earth-toned pantsuit and Roman’s dark-coloured dark-coloured shirt are being talked about equally in the boardroom. It’s not lacking in taste, more a Absence Of taste

But tonight the Roy family is showing. At which point we learn, they actually taste terrible. Shiva’s outfit is fine, but there is nothing to write home for when the boys go out. Look at Kendall in her turtleneck and swanky trainers, no doubt all eye-meltingly expensive. And is that a medal?

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That’s a frickin’ medal.

let it suffer

“Congratulations, Dad. You’ve done it again,” said Shiva, and even this brutally recent version of Shiva can’t hide his disappointment. It’s not just getting away from Logan, this corrupt elite is doing what they do best: lying and buying a way out of trouble. The myth of a few rotten apples hides not only the horrific abuse but also the system that facilitates and hides it.

It’s depressingly real. But it also adds to the feeling that not much has happened in this season of succession. Sure, Roy chose a president, but everything happens in low-key debates in bedrooms and hotels. The season was building up to heavy twin counts, investigations and shareholder rebellion. But both of these apocalypse have ended, the ground beneath the boot-heel of Logan’s corruption. There are still two more episodes to come, but it looks like we’re still at the same point where we started.

Still, the maneuvering that is underway will hopefully set things up for some juicy showdowns in the final installments. Judging by the title of the next episode, Chiantishire, we’re headed to Britain for that unexpected family wedding.

Season 3, Episode 8: Chiantishire, airs next Sunday, December 5.

constant thoughts

  • Kendall learns that her crucifix plan is nonsense for fitting strains of New York I love you but you’re bringing me down LCD soundsystem.
  • With his blown-up newspapers to his siblings, Kendall demonstrates how the wealthy are actually capable of executing stupid ideas that most people think of and then forget.
  • The patriarch gives Shiva another kick in the teeth. “All the men in the men’s club got together and we decided, sweetheart, it’s all right.”
  • Tom on Greg & Comfrey: “Like a Haunted Scarecrow Asking Jackie Onassis.”

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