The Best Episodes of Billions

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2018

U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades goes after hedge fund king, Bobby "Axe" Axelrod in a battle between two powerful New York figures.

Ball in Hand

#1 - Ball in Hand

Season 2 - Episode 12

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.

star 8.38
3,300 votes
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Adam R. Perlman
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Golden Frog Time

#2 - Golden Frog Time

Season 2 - Episode 11

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.

star 8.38
3,492 votes
Directors: Karyn Kusama
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Brian Chamberlayne
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Elmsley Count

#3 - Elmsley Count

Season 3 - Episode 12

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.

star 8.34
1,401 votes
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The Conversation

#4 - The Conversation

Season 1 - Episode 12

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.

star 8.27
3,520 votes
Directors: Michael Cuesta
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
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Not You, Mr. Dake

#5 - Not You, Mr. Dake

Season 3 - Episode 7

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.

star 8.10
1,544 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
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The Third Ortolan

#6 - The Third Ortolan

Season 3 - Episode 6

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.

star 8.06
1,566 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Alice O'Neill
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The Kingmaker

#7 - The Kingmaker

Season 2 - Episode 8

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.

star 8.03
3,643 votes
Writers: Adam R. Perlman
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Kompenso

#8 - Kompenso

Season 3 - Episode 11

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.

star 8.03
1,395 votes
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All the Wilburys

#9 - All the Wilburys

Season 3 - Episode 8

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.

star 7.96
1,495 votes
Directors: Mike Binder
Writers: Randall Green, Alice O'Neill, Brian Koppelman, David Levien
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With or Without You

#10 - With or Without You

Season 2 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.96
3,522 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Willie Reale
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Redemption

#11 - Redemption

Season 3 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.92
1,368 votes
Directors: Jake Polonsky
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Matt Fennell
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Currency

#12 - Currency

Season 2 - Episode 5

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.

star 7.92
3,689 votes
Directors: Steph Green
Writers: Brian Chamberlayne
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Indian Four

#13 - Indian Four

Season 2 - Episode 6

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.

star 7.91
3,680 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Alice O'Neill
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Hell of a Ride

#14 - Hell of a Ride

Season 3 - Episode 4

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.

star 7.91
1,659 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Randall Green
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Optimal Play

#15 - Optimal Play

Season 2 - Episode 3

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

star 7.91
4,074 votes
Directors: Alex Gibney
Writers: Willie Reale
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Quality of Life

#16 - Quality of Life

Season 1 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.90
3,304 votes
Directors: Karyn Kusama
Writers: Willie Reale
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A Generation Too Late

#17 - A Generation Too Late

Season 3 - Episode 3

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.

star 7.90
1,637 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Wes Taylor
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Flaw in the Death Star

#18 - Flaw in the Death Star

Season 3 - Episode 5

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.

star 7.90
1,597 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: Willie Reale, Adam R. Perlman
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The Oath

#19 - The Oath

Season 2 - Episode 4

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

star 7.89
3,960 votes
Directors: Noah Emmerich
Writers: Adam R. Perlman
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The Deal

#20 - The Deal

Season 1 - Episode 6

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.

star 7.89
3,418 votes
Directors: James Foley
Writers: Wes Jones
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The Good Life

#21 - The Good Life

Season 1 - Episode 5

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.

star 7.85
3,535 votes
Directors: Neil Labute
Writers: Heidi Schreck
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Where the F*ck is Donnie?

#22 - Where the F*ck is Donnie?

Season 1 - Episode 9

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.

star 7.84
3,266 votes
Directors: Susanna White
Writers: Peter K. Blake
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Tie Goes to the Runner

#23 - Tie Goes to the Runner

Season 3 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.84
1,742 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
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Boasts and Rails

#24 - Boasts and Rails

Season 1 - Episode 8

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.

star 7.83
3,289 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Wes Jones
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Short Squeeze

#25 - Short Squeeze

Season 1 - Episode 4

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.

star 7.82
3,609 votes
Directors: James Foley
Writers: Young Il Kim
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