That was priceless.
On Sunday’s Billions, Chuck’s (Paul Giamatti) short run for New York Attorney General appeared to be over with Jack Foley (David Strathairn) threatening to expose his sadomasochism lifestyle. But, as Chuck takes the podium for what appears to be his withdrawal from the race, he reverses course. “I am not here as most politicians might be to ask you to trust me,” he declares to those watching, which includes every single character on the show. “No, instead, I am asking if I may trust you, with my deepest fear. Which is that you might know me. Who I really am.”
He then beats Foley to the punch and reveals in-depth details of his and Wendy’s practicing of S&M. “I know that you can handle it,” he continues. “That you may laugh a little, but, at the end of the day, you will get it, because you want the truth.” And you know what? It worked; he wins the election as we see when the episode jumps ahead 30 days.
“I don’t really think he does expect it to work,” Giamatti tells EW. “He’s just like, ‘F— it, I’m so sick of this s—. I’ll give it a try and if it doesn’t work, the hell with it, I’ve lived honestly in some weird way for the first time.’ It was a great speech. There’s something, of course, Machiavellian about it, but there’s something oddly admirable about it too. It was one of the most honest speeches I’ve had.”
But it wasn’t a full victory for Chuck, considering he lost a pissed off Wendy, who told her husband, “For once in your f—ing life you could have taken the L instead of humiliating me.” And according to Giamatti there will be “a lot of fallout.”
“She also gets involved in something that gets complicated that puts me in a tricky position and it gets very complicated,” he reveals. “But definitely it’s a complicated I thing I do in her regard. And it’s one of these weird things that happens where somebody can’t help themselves. Everyone’s always doing something self-subverting on this show. They kind of step on their own d— all the time.”
Billions airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.