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.
Aired 2 years ago - Apr 10, 2016
Axe learns that Chuck has new evidence against him that could land him in prison. As Lara makes plans for the Axelrod family to flee the country, Axe accuses Wendy of leaking the info to Chuck. A defiant Wendy realizes how far Chuck has gone in his
pursuit of Axe and threatens to expose him. Having sacrificed so much to this case - including possibly his marriage - Chuck finds Axe for an explosive confrontation.
I had the sudden clarity
that we were ready,
I've got an assignment
that has to happen now.
This info can fit on the flash drive.
How does an idea turn into
an investment at your shop?
Duty rosters for the
last several months,
My client has nothing further to say.
In a year's time, I'd
be happy to revisit.
Mandate to find extracurricular crimes.
♪ I love you, I hate
you, I'm on the fence ♪
How'd it get to you?
The laws regarding this type of thing...
You needed connection. Few of us don't.
and it's coming back on me.
and marks him wrong forever.
I would imagine this would make
I knew I might be doing this
for your husband one day,
Uh, I'm kind of...
and I'm trying to stop
it from happening,
- ...breaking in?
- Yes, it is.
sharing a cigarette
after a backseat fuck.
He had me followed, all right?
And I couldn't go through with
anything anyway because, uh...
[clicks teeth] 'Cause there is no gun.
everything you showed me, right?
[picks up cellphone]
I wanna know who else is wrong.
Well, I'll return it all
to the bank tomorrow.
that bogus information
on Axe and the cops
only he says you're just as smart.
That attitude, that
focus, that ability...
Your mom... she won't have
to work so hard, not at all,
[man] Welcome to the club, sir.
[electronic devices beeping]
I say there's nothing here.
Oh, not having a warrant
wouldn't stop you.
- The Treasury, the government.
Aired 2 years ago - Apr 03, 2016
Axe loses hundreds of millions of dollars on a bad trade and turns to Wendy for help. Chuck sets out on an odyssey to secure powerful allies in the fight against Axe. Lu balks at Lara's suggestion she become the new chef at Axe Capital -- and takes
her sister back to the old neighborhood to remind her of their roots. Meanwhile, Sacker and Connerty close down the Axe Capital investigation just as Chuck finds evidence -- right in his own home -- that could salvage the case.
Aired 2 years ago - Mar 27, 2016
The death of a member of the Axe Capital family forces both Axe and Wendy to do some soul searching, while creating a devastating setback for Chuck. Much to the dismay of the Southern District, they take another loss when an insider trading case is
dismissed by a corrupt judge. In a brilliant counter move, Chuck enlists Lonnie Watley to expose the judge, while greasing the rails for a future move. Axe takes his revenge on some of his defecting employees.
and I would carry it until facing him again in the spring.
We needed to be bloodless to catch him,
When I met Walter,
To guarantee it.
drop its pursuit of Axe Capital.
and I'll tell you why musical chairs
Those ungrateful fuckers have to make me focus on this now?
It is love that sweeps us away like a dream.
benefit was provided in the form of medical expenses
for an afflicted child as material benefit,
I make stupid money,
I wanna give Channing, Carly, and Hlasa a good fucking!
and as they do,
get slapped with all kinds of time.
This isn't from Ikea, is it?
It's your Indian Head penny collection.
- -You are a target
-Patrick is tired. -
and tell it to the doorknob.
-..those cases.-I can draw a straight line to you and your partners,
Because if we did, you would dig
Papa, you're the one
to benefit the less fortunate, as a family.
It's a really nice crowd.
Who cares? It's over.
-...so why don't we call it 40? -40?
Let's do this. Donnie.
so it won't be immediate, but it won't be long either.
You all right?
if he'd returned to academia.
Aired 2 years ago - Mar 20, 2016
The repercussions of the revelations come home to roost with public demonstrations, inside insurrection, and fleeing investors. A sudden and mysterious disappearance sends both Axe and Chuck spinning. Connerty, Chuck and the FBI go into manhunt
mode. Meanwhile, Lara has to contend with the brotherhood of firefighters who are furious about Axe's behavior - and in an effort to circle the wagons, makes a painful sacrifice.
Aired 2 years ago - Mar 13, 2016
Axe receives a tip about a mole inside his company, throwing the US Attorney's case into jeopardy. Connerty faces a moral dilemma in how to respond, leading to conflict with Chuck, who finds himself reconsidering his position as both he and Wendy
look toward a future without Axe Capital looming between them. As the investigation begins to encroach on Lara's private life, a secret from Axe's past surfaces, threatening everything he has built.
That's our internal audit
on Kemlot Biochemical.
All right, cool. Right?
- Baron Von Axelrod.
He saw something last night.
if it's not just a Ponzi scheme...
of his public reputation built on 9/11.
Bobby was hundreds of
millions of dollars richer."
Who are you talking to?
and start talking to him,
like they're undercover or something.
I can't hear it. It would break me.
I advised her it was her duty
to share it with her superiors,
That's how this is gonna play out.
Good. Get me on his schedule
for breakfast in my office.
You're being followed. Go home.
You ever feel like you're on
the cusp of a great triumph,
You say where and when.
Sixth Amendment, Confrontation Clause.
Supreme Court. A year before me.
His caseload is too heavy.
Maybe they'll feel more comfortable.
You weren't looping me in.
You were roping.
What about that Cross-Co.
Trucking play, Pouch?
If you want to play golf,
People are lining up to give blood.
the company that eventually
became Axe Capital.
He didn't know our brother.
He didn't even know me then.
I recommend a defamation suit,
You wearing a wire right now?
You were scared, you didn't
know what was happening,
How do you feel?
What, it's not enough?
He knows more than us. That's
the whole fucking point of it.
There's no fucking point doing it.
he's working at a dirty shop.
Aired 2 years ago - Mar 06, 2016
The pressure from the US Attorney starts to affect Axe, who gets into a physical altercation with an acquaintance over an incident involving his kids. Chuck continues to conceal his involvement with the case while using the past to get the upper
hand. Wendy meets with an attractive headhunter to consider a career change - and more than just job opportunities arise. And the case against Axe Capital gains a powerful weapon when Connerty turns a member of Axe's inner circle into an informant.
And what else?
You drove my kids drunk?
So you'll come in one
afternoon this week
That's what the experiment proves.
If I could be that for my kids...
And no doubt, he has a
team in place by now.
Without it, you'll likely
be indicted and tried.
Well, that limits us.
who tell you that we're dinosaurs,
and I appreciate that.
Take it easy this weekend, T., yeah?
Even more miraculously...
I have to go.
He's requesting comment,
Neither of them had been in the pool.
and regular dirtbags, I
didn't have my billionaires
Kevin had a friend over from school.
And now let's go.
About four hours from now.
Settle your trouble.
I thought it was just an
"I fucked that little piece.
What'd she say?"
No. Of course. It was just an idea.
I need to be careful whose
tab I'm seen dining on.
on private land.
But we made a conscious
decision to live as one.
did they really say that?
Not all upside, though.
I just wish I were sure about
this informant you have.
Where have you been?
They do turnarounds from the inside out.
It makes me sick to sell out the man
Uh, I had a drink with Billie
It was the girlfriend.
That's gonna fucking cost you.
Sometimes even I lose perspective.
work hard, get paid what you deserve.
Aired 2 years ago - Feb 21, 2016
Axe plans a scorched-earth defense against the public attack on his company - threatening his relationship with Wendy in the process. Chuck's interrogation of Dollar Bill does not go as planned, and political pressure mounts for him to recuse
himself in the face of a protracted legal battle. Wendy, caught in the middle, engages in deft shuttle diplomacy to facilitate a deal in the best interests of both men. But everything hinges on a face-to-face meeting between Chuck and Axe to finalize the agreement.
There will be nothing left.
who will stop at nothing
You know he's crooked, and
you know he's going down.
as the most powerful nation on Earth.
He became friends with a farmer
working at a company he covers.
Not the what... the why.
They'll say Chuck Rhoades did that,
"Capitalism is under siege."
Rhoades has no case, he'll
be laughed out of court.
Yeah, that's never gonna happen.
I try to be fair.
from the same big funds
you're trying to bring down.
You know you just work here, right?
and there's a high probability
that it does go wrong.
So now you think you have to
do this thing, but you don't.
No. Now's the time you drop that.
and destroy lives and businesses.
Nobody wants this to look
like some kind of crusade.
if that conviction
gets kicked on appeal
but I should still settle.
Because I don't get on bended knee
into the panic flowing
through that place.
You don't want it to be your
successor that gets the credit.
Just because I trust you
who might decide a case
based on a wink and a smile
I make it look like she's involved.
I put you back together again
That has nothing to do with the deal.
because I'm not gonna lose, and
there will not be an appeal.
probably could've made you eat dirt.
the defendant agrees to an
aggregate financial penalty
You know, out there, you
guys always talk so tough,
Yeah, you can score that one for
the superstars over at the SEC.
Aired 2 years ago - Feb 14, 2016
Axe orders his traders to unload their positions, and he unceremoniously disappears from Axe Capital, plunging the firm into chaos. As Axe questions his life choices and plans a trip on his new yacht, Wags and Wendy struggle to maintain order and
morale. In response to Axe’s disappearance, Chuck intensifies his investigation, which leads him to a farm in Iowa, where he discovers a key witness to a questionable trade. Armed with the damning evidence, Chuck sends the FBI into Axe Capital to make a surprising arrest.
Wow, I'm gettin' all weepy-eyed.
keep emergency deodorant
Good. Okay, do that. Then let's go.
It hit me.
Just hold the place one more day, please.
I was up till 4 a.m. this morning.
Yeah, you did, or you wouldn't have.
but I don't buy a relationship
like this blooming via phone.
was logged into the Downtown Marriott
Well... we've been here before.
What do I do about the investors?
Mm-hmm. I'm not supposed to
just shove it up my ass?
How many times you seen it?
- I get the point.
- And finally...
Okay, basketball. You like basketball?
Yeah? Good timing.
Hey there, Mr. Nice.
About $89 million worth, Clayton.
I got some stuff to take care of
and dinner with the governor.
- Yeah, I will.
- Okay, bye.
I'm just having problems nailing
down a background source.
But she also told me you
were really good in bed.
I was thinking about...
start defending the same rich jerkoffs
he was a product of his time.
We all know he's not insane.
We gotta just...
Jonesy, Jonesy, Jonesy...
by end of next week?
Keep me posted minute by minute, yeah?
But don't just slide into it.
Make a decision.
Okay. I see.
Time comes, I'll find you another fund.
IPO'd $19.6 mil shares at 84.
Yeah, get the arrest warrant.
plenty in the tank and in my pocket,
Aired 2 years ago - Feb 07, 2016
Axe takes a spontaneous trip to see Metallica with his childhood friends and meets a woman who makes him face the limits of his own freedom. He also must fend off a short squeeze - an attack on one of his important holdings - led by Chuck's father.
Back in New York, Chuck learns about the inner workings of Axe Capital, but he must also take action against his father for stock manipulation. Plus, Axe reckons with a betrayal and upon his return makes a momentous decision about the direction of his firm.
I've seen your runs.
You pulled past even.
like it's a fucking salad bar for them.
Can't give a wedge to law
enforcement, a way in.
is what happens when you decide
that you forgot the tune.
Everywhere he goes, they form around him.
inviting him to sit in a box
- There he is!
We should get out of the position.
Inside information, specifically.
If you're talking Bobby Axelrod,
You'd stick your fucking jaw out
every time you threw a cross.
So, it's in their interest to serve him
Get the fucking prime broker
on the phone right now.
I need someone I can
call for these shares.
you borrow someone's shares who has them,
Feels like it.
Hey, I thought you'd left.
I can handle this proffer session myself.
I practically wore out
my Ride the Lightning CD
Yeah, well, here's the problem...
♪ I've had enough, we've had enough ♪
But you're gonna have to...
you know, I really fly, you know?
Excuse me a minute.
on the other side getting squeezed.
Who's the confused dog now?
and then the phone going dead.
why the hell you've
It was Decker who flipped.
you have to, immediately,
I get it. That's cool.
He gives you a chunk of
capital, seed money,
is to keep so much in your head,
I piggybacked because I
figured you always know.
and I don't hold on to a loser.
But there were a hundred
you have to remember when it
comes to yourself, too...
because he fucked with your side piece
Aired 2 years ago - Jan 31, 2016
Chuck discovers that while he pursued Steven Birch, the rival Eastern District has made inroads in the Axe case and that he needs to get it back. Chuck horse-trades to regain control of a key witness, Pete Decker, a hedge fund manager with ties to
Axelrod. At the same time, Axe makes an activist play for YumTime, a family owned bakery corporation. This move reverberates back to Chuck by way of a very personal connection between his father and YumTime. Wendy is thrown into a moral dilemma when she discovers via a confidential session that one of the few female Portfolio Managers at Axe Capital is going to have her career sabotaged. And Lara Axelrod tries to protect Axe’s reputation from a potentially damaging “tell all” book.
Excuse me, sir.
with this whole plaza
filling up with it,
We... Goddamn it.
Hold on. Hold on.
[woman] I have Mr. Purkheiser
on the line.
It's better to accept
who I am than fight it.
has to do
with power dynamics.
And in your mind,
Oh, on what?
Should make a pretty big
difference to the family.
Amelia, I know
it's a high profile case.
[chuckles] Not yet.
I'll grind on it.
while executive compensation
has soared 300%.
Put it on a billboard
if you want.
so he's making us
his brushback pitch to my son.
- Chuck. What's up?
Like you said, you've been
working on it for two years.
I'm an adrenaline junkie
Long term? This shit is gonna
give you ulceritis.
with the U.S. Attorney's office,
"We have someone else that made
the same pharmaceutical trade."
This place is the pizza
of my youth.
and I learned that
the recipe had changed.
by reputation and through
the letter that was circulated.
and trimming bloated executive
compensation and perquisites,
My father is turning
in his grave, I assure you.
All those in favor?
And a ticket out
of the boys' club.
Hear the sound of the water,
- I think I can handle this.
- Can you?
So Decker's parents...
and, uh, his parents aren't
And, um, if you would
in my head, Wend,
[touchscreen clicking ]
Want me to undo you?
Aired 2 years ago - Jan 24, 2016
Axe installs rigorous compliance measures to gird the company against the investigation by Chuck and the US Attorney’s office. When Wendy questions Axe’s methods, he compels her to prove her loyalty to the firm. Chuck’s investigation is temporarily
derailed when he has to divert resources to a case against an Axe rival, billionaire Steven Birch. Axe’s black bag man and fixer, Hall, develops a mole inside the US Attorney’s office, while Axe makes an aggressive move under the guise of a charitable contribution to the symphony in order to settle an old score.
Really, what would that...
what would that look like,
Oh, don't. Don't focus on that.
and expansion plans were announced
And the best way to get that is
to act like you'd never settle.
No better than you.
Anybody making $50,000? How about $25,000?
If... if we're as smart as we think we are.
When the group reports patient volumes,
Let's go out there, bring
some meat back to camp.
The trade was near 100,000 shares.
Get the fuck out of here.
All right, everybody, back at it.
But what matters more
right now is that Victor
And I will make it up to you.
And they will have a hard time
You should stay and listen to me.
You're gonna watch, listen, and report,
All of Mike Dimonda's articles, too.
We'll start there.
but all of a sudden,
I didn't know you were ready
to play in the bigs, man.
for whatever the guy in the
blue shirt back there wants.
because I go to prison tomorrow.
but I haven't been able to get
Garth Sykes on the phone.
This is different.
that they always can confide in you.
Yeah, he will.
All right, any more questions?
A sheriff, a marshal, an Indian.
Oh, we're just catching up.
We're prepared to fight
this for as long as we...
And I wasn't about to start
Now, I saw that when I came in here,
but I was happy for the job.
Aired 3 years ago - Jan 17, 2016
Chuck Rhoades, the powerful U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is tipped to a case of insider trading with links to Axe Capital and the billionaire hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod. This sets Chuck on a collision course with one
of the most powerful men on Wall Street. While it could be a career-defining case for Chuck, he must tread carefully, because his wife, Wendy Rhoades, is the in-house performance coach at Axe Capital and Axe’s key confidante. But a costly purchase by Axe gives Chuck the opening he needs, setting off a cat and mouse game where the stakes are high and intensely personal.
but to be honest, I had no idea.
backdoored through his
stake in Southern Wind.
This is big. It's criminal.
That's what this is all about, guys.
And that's because I know
when the time is right.
We need an opening, however small.
Firemen, cops, nurses.
His father's house is around the jetty.
Uh-huh. We'll get to that.
What's that voice telling you?
the winners, will present themselves
What are you working on?
is always more important that Mommy's?
There was no Seattle back then, idiot.
Sir? The leniency conference
starts in 10 minutes.
in exchange for house arrest.
and built your fortune
without crossing the line.
Yeah. Get with him.
'Cause that's a headline you don't want.
A purchase I'm considering.
this is progress.
Uh, well, it's... crossed my mind.
So let's do this.
He asked for help. I didn't want to refuse.
A lot of people
And I know Denny Dantone
is actively looking.
The attack you have to worry
about is the U.S. Attorney's.
at the Delivering Alpha
Conference this week.
Let's talk about those kids
you put through college.
where you could really get your ass kicked.
and that a select few have
undue influence on the markets?
Um, that, uh, thing we were talking about,
shit, you know about it.
given one interview.
intended and, uh... unintended.