OK, so, when I write these up, I try to avoid some of the harsher swear words. No reason. I just try to do that. Then we get to an episode like this one with the title seen above, and I had to ask myself if I wanted to put that up on the Gabbing Geek Facebook feed. Do I write the title out? Ultimately, I opted to use the spelling as seen on HBO Max itself where certain letters are replaced with an asterisk. That seemed like saying that was the official title, so that’s good enough for me.
Yeah, that’s not terribly interesting, but I felt like starting this column out that way all the same.
If this show is about how the second generation of a wealthy family of media billionaires fight for power as their aging patriarch makes things more complicated, then this episode, set mostly in a hospital as said patriarch may be fighting for his life after a stroke, is very much clear at this point about one thing: none of Roys are capable enough to do the sort of things that need to be done when someone has a stroke. That’s clear when their initial reaction to seeing their dad in the hospital is to assume that because they have money, they can just talk to the manager of the hospital or look up Yelp reviews and find the best medical care that money can buy despite the obvious fact that Logan Roy is far, far too sick to move right now. This is not the time to do comparison shopping.
To make matters worse, members of the Waystar board want a decision made immediately as to who will be running things while Logan is out because if they don’t, there will be a bad stock drop, and that would be bad.
For the Roys, that is. It’s hard to really feel bad for these people. Even the one I said after the first episode, Connor, who keeps deferring decisions on business as the “neutral” party is being obnoxious about it and even stops being neutral at one point when what looks like a bad plan is put forward. Oh, and all the plans are bad, but that’s beside the point.
Mostly it comes down to this: none of the Roys want to give up power while anyone else who might be able to step up isn’t interested. That’s most obvious when the first plan–to have recently fired COO Frank Vernon more or less run things with Kendall–goes south when Frank says in no uncertain terms, even quoting T.S. Eliot to do so, that he has absolutely no interest in running anything.
Meanwhile, the Roys act as childishly as possible. That’s most obvious when Roman and Shiv actually get into a fight in a conference room. Not an argument. There are slaps and punches and rolling around on the floor and everything.
As for Marcia, she just sends Cousin Greg to go get some stuff from the apartment, but other members of the family give the poor doofus different instructions, and Marcia only sent him away to get rid of him for a while since he’s kinda annoying.
Now, granted, it could just be that the general uncertainty over Logan’s life is what caused the Roys to act like incompetent children more interested in public image and the company than anything else, but I think the better explanation is, well, that’s who they are.
Regardless, they did come up with a plan with Kendall and Roman running things while Logan is out of it, more or less running the company only to find out it is deeply, deeply in debt due to the theme parks, and Logan does wake up at the end of the episode. That…is going to cause more problems.