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Bobby "Axe" Axelrod
Mike "Wags" Wagner
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Chuck is back into Axe's orbit, this time without the knives out. In an episode that's all about power plays, it's a reminder that no bridge is ever truly burned in this world...
I loved watching Taylor outsmart everyone in this episode, but given that it's only the beginning of the season, this kind of a major victory so early on makes me wary - and intrigued - for what's to come next.
"Arousal Template," perhaps more than any other episode, explores the way sex and power are intertwined, especially in this world of high finance and dirty politics.
There's a sense that the real power plays have yet to come. Insofar as this is only the second in a 12-episode season, that's to be expected.
What's most remarkable about this series is that the transactions don't make a lick of damn sense, but it hardly matters.
There was a lot to savor in this episode but something that really stuck with me was how completely enjoyable it was watching Chuck and Axe work together to screw Panay over so they can both get what they want.