The Best Episodes of Billions

Last Updated: Jun 8, 2019

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

Golden Frog Time

#1 - 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
3,587 votes
Directors: Karyn Kusama
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Brian Chamberlayne
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Ball in Hand

#2 - 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
3,396 votes
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Adam R. Perlman
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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
1,564 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
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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
3,610 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
1,675 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
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Overton Window

#6 - Overton Window

Season 4 - Episode 4

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.

star 8.09
993 votes
Directors: Clément Virgo
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
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The Third Ortolan

#7 - 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
1,696 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Alice O'Neill
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The Kingmaker

#8 - 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
3,734 votes
Writers: Adam R. Perlman
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Kompenso

#9 - 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 8.02
1,529 votes
Directors: Jessica Yu
Writers: Adam R. Perlman
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Lamster

#10 - Lamster

Season 4 - Episode 11

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.

star 7.99
590 votes
Directors: Matthew McLoota
Writers: Adam R. Perlman
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Chucky Rhoades's Greatest Game

#11 - Chucky Rhoades's Greatest Game

Season 4 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.98
1,111 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
Infinite Game

#12 - Infinite Game

Season 4 - Episode 7

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.

star 7.97
898 votes
Directors: Laurie Collyer
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
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With or Without You

#13 - 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
3,613 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Willie Reale
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All the Wilburys

#14 - 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 7.95
1,631 votes
Directors: Mike Binder
Writers: Randall Green, Alice O'Neill, Brian Koppelman, David Levien
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Currency

#15 - 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 7.91
3,785 votes
Directors: Steph Green
Writers: Brian Chamberlayne
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A Proper Sendoff

#16 - A Proper Sendoff

Season 4 - Episode 5

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.

star 7.91
921 votes
Directors: Matthew McLoota
Writers: Michael Gunn
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Redemption

#17 - 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 7.91
1,501 votes
Directors: Jake Polonsky
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Matt Fennell
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Indian Four

#18 - 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
3,773 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Alice O'Neill
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Optimal Play

#19 - 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
4,173 votes
Directors: Alex Gibney
Writers: Willie Reale
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American Champion

#20 - American Champion

Season 4 - Episode 9

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.

star 7.91
749 votes
Directors: Naomi Geraghty
Writers: Adam R. Perlman
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Hell of a Ride

#21 - 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 7.90
1,782 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Randall Green
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Quality of Life

#22 - 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
3,385 votes
Directors: Karyn Kusama
Writers: Willie Reale
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Flaw in the Death Star

#23 - 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
1,711 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: Willie Reale, Adam R. Perlman
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The Oath

#24 - 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
4,062 votes
Directors: Noah Emmerich
Writers: Adam R. Perlman
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Maximum Recreational Depth

#25 - Maximum Recreational Depth

Season 4 - Episode 6

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.

star 7.89
917 votes
Directors: Jessica Yu
Writers: Adam R. Perlman
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