Optimal Play



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Episode Info

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


Paul Giamatti
as Chuck Rhoades
Damian Lewis
as Bobby 'Axe' Axelrod
Malin Akerman
as Lara Axelrod
David Costabile
as Mike 'Wags' Wagner
Maggie Siff
as Wendy Rhoades
Toby Leonard Moore
as Bryan Connerty
Asia Kate Dillon
as Taylor Mason
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Critic Reviews for Optimal Play

There's a new Billions now. This one cuts the scene short after a couple of minutes, content to give us a taste of the pairing without making us choke on it. The restraint is delicious.

May 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Wow, PLUS 12? Another MONSTER score for an episode of season 2 of Billions. Much like the Dow, the Billions Reality Index keeps pushing to new all-time highs week after week.

Jun 20, 2018 | Full Review…

It's never really presented clearly enough for me.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

In fact, it's a nice change of pace to see Billions focused largely on a single set piece.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A good example of how Season 2 is playing with different ways of exercising power.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

A lean, fat-free season of Billions continues its wonderfully streamlined pace, developing new characters and allowing old ones to sink further into the quicksand.

May 8, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The casting department deserves kudos for all of season two's new additions. Dillon is the most fascinating, but Danny Strong is spot-on as the slimy Martin Shkreli analogue.

May 7, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…