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Last Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Network: Showtime

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

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Ball in Hand

#1 - Ball in Hand

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired May 7, 2017

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 8.39
3,866 votes
Writers: Adam R. Perlman, Brian Koppelman, David Levien
Golden Frog Time

#2 - Golden Frog Time

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 30, 2017

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
4,010 votes
Directors: Karyn Kusama
Writers: Brian Chamberlayne, Brian Koppelman, David Levien
Elmsley Count

#3 - Elmsley Count

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 10, 2018

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 8.31
1,888 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
Extreme Sandbox

#4 - Extreme Sandbox

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 9, 2019

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

star 8.31
1,419 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
The Conversation

#5 - The Conversation

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 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.

star 8.26
4,010 votes
Directors: Michael Cuesta
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
Not You, Mr. Dake

#6 - Not You, Mr. Dake

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired May 6, 2018

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 8.07
1,984 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
The Third Ortolan

#7 - The Third Ortolan

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 29, 2018

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 8.05
1,976 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Alice O'Neill
Overton Window

#8 - Overton Window

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 7, 2019

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 8.04
1,489 votes
Directors: Clément Virgo
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
The Kingmaker

#9 - The Kingmaker

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 9, 2017

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 8.04
4,174 votes
Writers: Adam R. Perlman

#10 - Implosion

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 12, 2021

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 father's mortality; Wendy worries the money may be getting to Tanner.

star 7.97
353 votes
Directors: Neil Burger
Writers: Beth Schacter

#11 - Kompenso

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 3, 2018

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 7.96
1,846 votes
Directors: Jessica Yu
Writers: Adam R. Perlman

#12 - Lamster

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 2, 2019

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 7.96
1,415 votes
Directors: Matthew McLoota
Writers: Adam R. Perlman
With or Without You

#13 - With or Without You

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 23, 2017

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 7.95
4,038 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Willie Reale
All the Wilburys

#14 - All the Wilburys

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired May 13, 2018

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 7.94
1,950 votes
Directors: Mike Binder
Writers: Alice O'Neill, Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Randall Green

#15 - Currency

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 19, 2017

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 7.94
4,197 votes
Directors: Steph Green
Writers: Brian Chamberlayne
Indian Four

#16 - Indian Four

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 26, 2017

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 7.93
4,202 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Alice O'Neill
Infinite Game

#17 - Infinite Game

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 28, 2019

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 7.92
1,452 votes
Directors: Laurie Collyer
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
Chucky Rhoades's Greatest Game

#18 - Chucky Rhoades's Greatest Game

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 17, 2019

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 7.91
1,601 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

#19 - Liberty

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 19, 2021

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.

star 7.90
94 votes
Directors: Neil Burger
Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Emily Hornsby
Quality of Life

#20 - Quality of Life

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 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.

star 7.90
3,790 votes
Directors: Karyn Kusama
Writers: Willie Reale
The Oath

#21 - The Oath

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 12, 2017

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 7.90
4,493 votes
Directors: Noah Emmerich
Writers: Adam R. Perlman
Optimal Play

#22 - Optimal Play

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 5, 2017

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 7.89
4,557 votes
Directors: Alex Gibney
Writers: Willie Reale
A Proper Sendoff

#23 - A Proper Sendoff

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 14, 2019

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 7.89
1,419 votes
Directors: Matthew McLoota
Writers: Michael Gunn
The Deal

#24 - The Deal

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 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.

star 7.89
3,924 votes
Directors: James Foley
Writers: Wes Jones
The Good Life

#25 - The Good Life

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 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.

star 7.88
4,096 votes
Directors: Neil LaBute
Writers: Heidi Schreck