General Information

Glossary: B
First Air Date: January 17th, 2016
Last Air Date: October 3rd, 2021
Created By: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Andrew Ross Sorkin
Star Casts: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, David Costabile, Condola Rashad
Aired On: Showtime
Episode Runtime: 60 minutes
Total Seasons: 5 Seasons
Total Episodes: 60 Episodes
Type: Scripted
Status: Returning Series
Homepage: Showtime - Billions

Last Updated: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 10:30:41 +0000

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A complex drama about power politics in the world of New York high finance. Shrewd, savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod are on an explosive collision course, with each using all of his considerable smarts, power and influence to outmaneuver the other. The stakes are in the billions in this timely, provocative series.

Seasons and Episodes

Specials (9 Episodes)

1: About Billions - Aired: 2016-05-15

Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis take you inside the new Showtime original series about two titanic figures on a collision course in the high stakes world of New York finance: Billions.

2: Street Slang - Aired: 2016-11-08

A discussion of the extra details of the different and relatable dialogue and vocabulary to the law and finance worlds, so you can understand what certain words mean.

3: Profile Axe - Aired: 2016-11-08

A look at Hedgefund manager Bobby Axelrod, the alpha male, first generation billionaire with real money.

4: Profile Chuck - Aired: 2016-11-08

A look at Chuck Rhoades the US attorney for the Southern District of New York which includes Manhattan and Wall Street and is one of the most powerful law enforcement positions in America.

5: Profile Wendy - Aired: 2016-11-08

A look at Wendy Rhoades the in house performance coach at Axe Capital where she is swimming with the sharks.

6: Profile Lara - Aired: 2016-11-08

A look at Lara Axelrod who comes from a working class family married to Bobby Axelrod.

7: Location: New York - Aired: 2016-11-08

The important role New York City plays in the show as not just a setting, but a character in it. It also looks at the importance of food in the show and set design.

8: Character Development - Aired: 2016-11-08

A look at the show's central conflicts, the layered characters, their backgrounds, and their core interactions.

9: Shadows and Light - Aired: 2016-11-08

A closer look at the contrasts within the show's characters and the gray areas in between. It also looks at how the production accentuates or contrasts them throughout the season.

Season 1 (12 Episodes)

1: Pilot - Aired: 2016-01-17

An inside tip sparks a high stakes game of cat and mouse.

2: Naming Rights - Aired: 2016-01-24

Chuck's probe is derailed temporarily; Axe makes an aggressive move.

3: YumTime - Aired: 2016-01-31

Axe makes an activist play, and the move reverberates back to Chuck.

4: Short Squeeze - Aired: 2016-02-07

Axe deals with a betrayal. Chuck learns the inner workings of Axe Capital.

5: The Good Life - Aired: 2016-02-14

Axe unceremoniously disappears. Chuck intensifies his investigation.

6: The Deal - Aired: 2016-02-21

Wendy facilitates a deal that hinges on a meeting between Chuck and Axe.

7: The Punch - Aired: 2016-03-06

The pressure starts to affect Axe. Chuck uses the past to his advantage.

8: Boasts and Rails - Aired: 2016-03-13

A tip throws the case into jeopardy. Secrets surface from Axe's past.

9: Where the F-ck is Donnie? - Aired: 2016-03-20

A sudden and mysterious disappearance sends both Axe and Chuck spinning.

10: Quality of Life - Aired: 2016-03-27

Axe and Wendy do some soul searching. Chuck suffers a devastating setback.

11: Magical Thinking - Aired: 2016-04-03

Axe loses big on a bad trade. Chuck finds proof that could save the case.

12: The Conversation - Aired: 2016-04-10

Chuck goes in search of Axe and an explosive confrontation.

Season 2 (12 Episodes)

1: Risk Management - Aired: 2017-02-19

In the aftermath of their Season One confrontation, U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and hedge fund king Bobby Axelrod are digging out of the wreckage. Chuck faces scrutiny from within his office and from the Attorney General. Axe refortifies Axe Capital, and weighs his options for retaliation. The fund wrestles with a precarious economic landscape that threatens the very existence of Axe Cap. Wendy entertains an offer from a rival hedge fund manager. Lara intervenes in an emergency at her children’s school.

2: Dead Cat Bounce - Aired: 2017-02-26

Axe publicly spars with a rival hedge fund manager and with the help of a talented intern initiates a new financial play to hurt the competition. Chuck deploys his team to quickly find a high-profile case that might save his sinking status. Wendy navigates a minefield of questioning that could result in disaster for Chuck.

3: Optimal Play - Aired: 2017-03-05

Axe considers buying an NFL franchise and develops a new ally. Chuck begins a last-ditch case against a banking titan by developing a low-level informant. Axe Cappers attend the annual Alpha Cup Charity Poker Tournament. Wendy makes a controversial appearance at the tournament by accompanying Axe's competitor as his performance coach. Lara launches her new business.

4: The Oath - Aired: 2017-03-12

Chuck develops a new strategy when his case stalls. Wendy helps a tech billionaire assess a candidate for a special project. Axe considers pledging half his net worth to charity. Lara's business faces a rival. Axe and Chuck find themselves in a room together for the first time since their face-off.

5: Currency - Aired: 2017-03-19

Chuck, Connerty and Sacker must rely on an anxious insider who's willing to wear a wire. Meanwhile, Axe's numbers take a big hit, leaving him to scout ideas for a quick play with a huge payoff. Wendy rediscovers her passion for her former job at Axe Capital through an old colleague. The reality of Lara's business starts to affect her marriage.

6: Indian Four - Aired: 2017-03-26

Axe negotiates with a reluctant seller, who is key to the success of Axe’s municipal bond play. Wendy makes a professional decision that adds further conflict to her relationship with Chuck. As attempts to reach a deal with a high profile defendant fail, Chuck’s office faces the uncertainty of jury selection. Tensions between Lara and Axe escalate.

7: Victory Lap - Aired: 2017-04-02

Axe assembles a war room in the Hamptons following a disastrous setback in Sandicot for Axe Capital. The fate of the town hangs in the balance while Axe seeks counsel on how to best recoup his losses. Meanwhile, Chuck capitalizes on a high-profile victory, but alienates Wendy in the process, causing the couple to change the status of their separation.

8: The Kingmaker - Aired: 2017-04-09

Axe investigates who was behind the breakdown in his Sandicot dealings but faces formidable opposition. Chuck digs up dirt on a political rival. Lara makes a PR trip to Sandicot to ease tensions between the town and the Axelrods. Wendy helps Taylor solve a problem at Axe Capital. Chuck and Senior curry favor with a powerful ally.

9: Sic Transit Imperium - Aired: 2017-04-16

Axe is offered inside information from a former employee and considers whether to use it. Chuck faces external pressure to drop an ongoing investigation. Lara plans a lavish birthday celebration for Axe only to discover he's lied to her about his relationship with Wendy. Chuck is willing to support Ira and Senior's investment in a company about to go public.

10: With or Without You - Aired: 2017-04-23

Axe deals with a major family disturbance involving Lara and the kids. Chuck considers the potential pitfalls of his personal life while being vetted for political advancement. Wendy tries to right a wrong she committed against Axe. At an impromptu dinner Chuck and Wendy open up to each other.

11: Golden Frog Time - Aired: 2017-04-30

Chuck finds he has much at stake in the success of a new business venture; Senior, too, is heavily invested. Meanwhile, Axe takes out a massive short and takes steps to insure its failure. Wendy wrestles with a familiar and uncomfortable position: caught between Axe and Chuck.

12: Ball in Hand - Aired: 2017-05-07

Axe receives news from an unexpected source that he's in the crosshairs of law enforcement. While Axe moves quickly to safeguard his livelihood, Chuck arranges the last pieces of his long game in order to secure victory. Lara marshals her resources to protect what’s hers. Wendy and Chuck make a momentous decision about the state of their marriage. Season finale.

Season 3 (12 Episodes)

1: Tie Goes to the Runner - Aired: 2018-03-25

Chuck receives a mandate from a new boss. Axe braves a difficult choice following his recent indictment. Taylor generates a monster strategy. Lara threatens to pull her money from Axe Capital. Sacker strives to prove herself as Chief of Crim.

2: The Wrong Maria Gonzalez - Aired: 2018-04-01

Chuck tries to cash in a favor owed to him by an honorable judge. Axe orchestrates creative new avenues for conducting trades. Wendy helps Taylor weather their first major crisis. Connerty continues chasing down Ice Juice leads.

3: A Generation Too Late - Aired: 2018-04-08

Chuck faces a dilemma when he's given a perverse directive. Axe expands upon a secret venture. Taylor and Wags interview a different type of Axe Capital employee. Connerty and Dake close in on key witnesses in the Ice Juice sabotage. Axe and Lara consider an unexpected agreement.

4: Hell of a Ride - Aired: 2018-04-15

Axe explores the new arena of venture philanthropy and looks to neutralize old accomplices. Connerty’s scrutiny of Chuck intensifies. Chuck tries to reconcile with his father. Wags pursues an intensely personal real estate acquisition.

5: Flaw in the Death Star - Aired: 2018-04-22

Chuck trades favors with a co-conspirator. Axe and Chuck fight for the loyalty of the same witness. Connerty gets closer to the truth. Axe sends Taylor to Silicon Valley to explore new business opportunities. Dollar Bill plans a big short position on a pharmaceutical company stock, but not everyone at Axe Cap approves.

6: The Third Ortolan - Aired: 2018-04-29

Axe tracks down a critical piece of evidence that could destroy him. Both Axe and Chuck reckon with just how far they're willing to go to protect Wendy. The Ice Juice case comes to a head when a judge gives Connerty a difficult deadline.

7: Not You, Mr. Dake - Aired: 2018-05-06

Axe and Chuck face mounting evidence of their involvement in the Ice Juice sabotage. Taylor questions Wendy’s authority and motivations at Axe Capital. Connerty makes his case in court but comes up against unexpected witness testimony.

8: All the Wilburys - Aired: 2018-05-13

Axe tries for a fresh start at Axe Capital. Chuck asserts his political autonomy—and wrestles with whether to honor his word to a friend. Taylor asks for more independence at Axe Capital. Lara and Axe negotiate a new arrangement regarding Lara's money. Connerty adjusts to an uncomfortable situation.

9: Icebreaker - Aired: 2018-05-20

Axe makes a bold play to secure capital from a controversial source. Taylor chafes against Axe’s recent moves. Chuck recruits the allies he needs to move forward with a new plan. Connerty seeks out a career opportunity.

10: Redemption - Aired: 2018-05-27

Axe explores an unappealing investment at a desperate moment. Taylor makes a personal compromise for business. Chuck suspects a major foe may be on to his scheme. Sacker calls in a favor from the FBI. Wendy advises an Axe Capper to make bold moves.

11: Kompenso - Aired: 2018-06-03

Axe determines his employees' worth at the year-end "comp” meetings. Chuck advances a dangerous plan, but is distracted by a friend in need of help. Taylor and Axe argue over Taylor's place and worth at the firm. Wendy seeks Lara's aid with an internal Axe Cap problem. Connerty discovers a new, secret source of information.

12: Elmsley Count - Aired: 2018-06-10

Axe dominates a capital raise event, but is soon challenged by an unexpected competitor. Chuck looks to strike the ultimate blow on an enemy. Wendy reckons with past decisions, and chooses a side. Connerty confronts Sacker about Chuck's activities. Taylor takes a big position.

Season 4 (12 Episodes)

1: Chucky Rhoades's Greatest Game - Aired: 2019-03-17

Season 4 begins with Axe closing ranks, determined to destroy Taylor. No longer U.S. Attorney, Chuck struggles to regain power. Taylor does what it takes to keep their new company afloat.

2: Arousal Template - Aired: 2019-03-24

Axe, still focused on wrecking Taylor and their new company, hits it off with a venture capitalist. Chuck sets his sights on a new position. Wendy asks Chuck to make a change.

3: Chickentown - Aired: 2019-03-31

Axe has to step in when a tip from Dollar Bill goes south quickly. Chuck faces a threat to his new career aspirations. Wendy and Axe develop a plan to derail Taylor’s business. Taylor receives an important guest.

4: Overton Window - Aired: 2019-04-07

Axe Cap suffers an attack at a crucial moment. Taylor considers going into business with an unexpected partner. Axe asks for Chuck’s help. Chuck makes a bold move to advance his own career.

5: A Proper Sendoff - Aired: 2019-04-14

Chuck begins work in a new position. Axe is surprised by a visitor from his past. Wendy deals with the consequences of Chuck’s actions. Taylor goes after an organization that has a history with Axe.

6: Maximum Recreational Depth - Aired: 2019-04-21

Axe discovers a trap set for him by Taylor. Chuck and Wendy navigate marital issues. Wendy rekindles an unlikely friendship. Taylor pursues a new business venture. Connerty formulates a plan to go after Chuck.

7: Infinite Game - Aired: 2019-04-28

Axe and Wendy plan a new attack against Taylor. A favor Chuck did turns out to be a liability. Taylor makes a difficult choice for the good of their company.

8: Fight Night - Aired: 2019-05-05

Axe helps Rebecca with a business venture. Chuck faces off with US Attorney General Jock Jeffcoat. Taylor ignites a public battle with Axe. Wendy suffers a blow that could jeopardize her career. Axe Capital and Taylor Mason Capital compete in an unlikely arena.

9: American Champion - Aired: 2019-05-12

Chuck makes a dramatic move to help Wendy and Senior. Taylor goes after Axe by trying to sabotage someone close to him. Axe contends with difficulties at Axe Capital. Chuck reveals his priorities.

10: New Year's Day - Aired: 2019-05-26

Wendy and Taylor each prep for a big day. Wags gets in touch with his sensitive side. Axe and Wendy’s bond solidifies as he recalls a pivotal moment. Connerty reconnects with a figure from his past.

11: Lamster - Aired: 2019-06-02

Wendy weighs her options. Senior makes a shocking discovery. Taylor offers an unlikely solution to help their business. Chuck launches an attack at an enemy. Axe contemplates a risky move.

12: Extreme Sandbox - Aired: 2019-06-09

Axe makes a big decision. Connerty gets closer to the truth. Tensions rise, and dynamics shift. Season Finale

Season 5 (12 Episodes)

1: The New Decas - Aired: 2020-05-03

Bobby Axelrod reaches a major milestone. Chuck struggles to get his bearings, and he and Wendy navigate a new normal. Tensions are high at Axe Cap now that Taylor Mason is back. Axe faces off against new rival Mike Prince. Taylor wrestles with a decision.

2: The Chris Rock Test - Aired: 2020-05-10

Axe chases a play at Mike Prince's conference. Chuck wrestles with his demons and chooses a new path. Wendy takes the lead as Axe Cap faces a threat. Taylor confronts a figure from their past.

3: Beg, Bribe, Bully - Aired: 2020-05-17

Chuck returns to his alma mater to pursue an opportunity. Axe's big venture is sidelined by a family crisis. Taylor asserts independence with a risky play. Chuck puts Wendy in an awkward position.

4: Opportunity Zone - Aired: 2020-05-24

Axe's latest move takes him back to his roots but puts him in Mike Prince's line of fire. Chuck steps into a new role and meets an intriguing colleague. Taylor tries to salvage a missed opportunity. Wendy takes on an interesting new client.

5: Contract - Aired: 2020-05-31

Axe must reckon with his past to secure his future. Chuck plots against Axe with the help of some old associates. Chuck and Wendy both try to move on, but get forced together by an emergency. Wendy and Taylor embark on a new venture.

6: The Nordic Model - Aired: 2020-06-07

Axe's plans are threatened when an old scheme resurfaces. Chuck wages war on a new front, but a dangerous gambit tests his budding relationship. Taylor looks to make an impact in an emerging field.

7: The Limitless Sh*t - Aired: 2020-06-14

Axe makes big plays with an unconventional source of inspiration. Chuck goes to desperate lengths for family. Tensions rise in Wendy’s relationships. Chuck and Sacker manipulate a past collaborator. Taylor steps up and takes charge.

8: Copenhagen - Aired: 2021-09-05

Axe dispatches Wags to dig up dirt on Prince, discovering a weakness that could wreck Prince’s ambitions. A visit to Axe Cap puts Wendy and Tanner at odds. Chuck looks for alternative methods to save his father, but a college-aged mistake threatens to sidetrack him.

9: Implosion - Aired: 2021-09-12

As Prince spirals in the wake of a scandal, Axe looks to take his attack to the next level, putting Taylor’s business in the crossfire. Chuck reckons with his failures and his father’s mortality. Tanner struggles to finish his paintings, while Wendy worries the money may be getting to him.

10: Liberty - Aired: 2021-09-19

As Axe Cap returns to the office, Axe makes a surprise announcement, leaving the team’s futures in flux. Wendy’s divorce becomes complicated when Chuck sticks his nose in the Mase Carb financials. Meanwhile, Axe rings an unexpected ally to get intel on Chuck.

11: Victory Smoke - Aired: 2021-09-26

With victory in sight for his bank, Axe plots to secure his deposits by poaching from Prince, a move that proves more complicated than it seems. Chuck, Prince and Sacker wrestle with the personal cost of their plan. Taylor looks to enlist an old foe. Wags prepares for a big day.

12: No Direction Home - Aired: 2021-10-03

Chuck, Axe and Prince maneuver to outsmart and outpower each other. Taylor finds themself at a crossroads regarding their role as a leader, while Wendy struggles to sort out her personal life. Alliances shift in an all-out brawl that leads the future of Axe Capital down an unexpected path. Season finale.