Town Hall Nirvana: Breaking Down Episode 3 of ‘Succession’

The television’s most miserable wealthy family is back to fight for control of Waystar Royco, and The caller will follow their planning every step of the way. Each week, we break down the biggest developments, track who leads the literal order, and catalog each episode’s wildest burns, best cousin Greg isms, and more. Let’s continue with the third section, “The Disruption.”

Succession‘s succession, week 3

A third of the way SuccessionIn the third season, we finally get Waystar’s acting CEO on the job – which only confirms how little power Gerri actually has. The company’s subordinates are still looking to Logan for the final word on any moves during “strategy meetings”; at one point, Logan barks at Gerri for having hovered near him, as if the person theoretically responsible for the company is a nuisance for trying to stay engaged. Granted, none of this is breaking news for Gerri, who has worked with Logan long enough to know he will never relinquish his throne. But she also knows that it is better to be in the circle of power than to exercise that power yourself.

You know who else should know that Logan uses people as farmers and nothing else? Maybe the person who has already spent an entire season being pulled around by the false promise of the top job. Nevertheless, Shiv feels brave about his new position at Waystar – president of domestic operations, one step below Gerri – and is willing to play along with Logan’s latest plans. After finding out that Kendall is considering a dramatic return to the Waystar offices, Shiv tries to talk him out of it at a dinner of the Journalists’ Protection and Welfare Committee. (Side note: It’s just an incredible place for Roy’s to draw attention to himself, as Waystar is clearly a role model for journalistic integrity.) She tells Kendall that their interests are aligned and that she wants to correct Waystar from within. , which is the only way meaningful change can happen. But Kendall sees the seemingly peace-making gesture of what it really is – an attempt to censor him. As if there were any lingering doubts after she convinced a cruise line not to testify before Congress last season, Shiv has sold her soul to win over their father. “Look at this,” Kendall tells her. “It’s you now. I’m so sorry on your behalf, Siobhan.”

The irony of the exchange is that it comes right after Kendall apologized for the harsh words he threw at her after she refused to take his side in the previous episode. Although the Roy children stab each other in the back for sports, they all recognize that there are certain lines that should not be crossed. When Kendall interrupts Waystar’s company-wide town hall and undermines Shiv’s first major speech as president by blowing up Nirvana’s “Rape Me”, it was fair game. It was not personal. But to further admit himself to Logan, Shiv does something unforgivable and publishes an open letter condemning Kendall for being a drug addict, absent father and misogyny. It’s not that the content of the letter is fake – we have the whole show as proof that Kendall is guilty of these things – but it’s the kind of trait that resonates outside boardrooms and penthouses. It’s more than just another chess move – it’s a personal attack on Kendall’s character that the whole world can see.

It is said that Roman and Connor refused to sign the letter; even they have enough empathy for Kendall not to bend so low. (In fairness, they did it too to protect their own interests.) At the end of Season 2, Logan told Kendall that he had reservations about his son ever becoming CEO because he was not a murderer – an evil statement given all the guilt Kendall has incurred by killing someone by accident. By venting Kendall’s dirty laundry out so the whole world can see, Shiv has given a significant body blow and appears to be the killer that Logan has been looking for in his children.

This week’s takeaway: Cultivating an image

“You’re pretty worried about how you’re going to encounter,” a reporter tells Kendall during lunch at the beginning of “The Disruption,” which may be this year’s understatement. Even taking Kendall’s fragile ego out of the equation, Roy’s deals with image creation, and they worry about how the public perceives them. That’s why Kendall agrees to be interviewed by the reporter to begin with, and that’s why he gets fixated on the fictional comedian Sophie Iwobi (played by the real late-night host Ziwe Fumudoh), whose late-night show, Disruption, gives this week’s episode its title.

Of course, it’s one thing for Kendall to be aware of his public image – it’s another thing to know that Iwobi repeatedly refers to him as “Oedipus” is not a good look. (Kendall is thrilled that Iwobi is giving him so much attention because it means he is “part of the conversation.”) Kendall’s forced ignorance of being shaken, and the hypocrisy of his savior complex (as pointed out by Iwobi), is a painful thing to witness. Just look at the faces of the partygoers he forces to see a clip from the show:

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His irrational self-confidence – or his unwillingness to struggle with the true weight of his actions – is so deep that he actually reaches out to Iwobi’s team and agrees to an interview on her show.

Meanwhile, there is a multi-stranded image rehabilitation plan underway at Waystar. Kendall’s press conference betrayal has, not surprisingly, made the public wonder, “Hey, maybe Logan Roy’s kids hate him?” so the PR lackeys want the other kids to take on an “We Love Dad” press blitz and share heartwarming anecdotes about him. (LOL.) Roman has to settle for a reminder of fly fishing that actually happened to Connor, which tells us everything we need to know about Roys’ depressing family dynamics.

And on a front against employees, Waystar workers demand transparency after the company’s reputation has been dragged through the mud. People ask very understandable, but very difficult to answer questions like: “I’m embarrassed to tell my mom I work for Waystar – any advice?” (Roman’s answer: “Yes: Fuck your mother.”) So Shiv heads a town hall for the whole company – though one with PR-approved questions, of course.

But just as much as cultivating an image is the theme of “The Disruption”, the point is that it is not that easy to do. Both Kendall and Shiv struggle to hide behind PR-approved company words and professionally written jokes that crumble in the face of their true selves. Kendall’s Nirvana-themed interruption is vicious and exaggerated – just one of these JBL speakers cost $ 1,300 – but it also touches on a truth that no one can completely deny. And Shiv’s letter cuts right through Kendall: When he sees the letter a few minutes before his interview with Iwobi, he drops his Techno Gatsby scammer and crawls into the studio’s server room like a scared little boy:

But just as bad as it seems for Kendall to stay out of an interview late at night at the last minute, it’s nothing compared to FBI agents arriving at Waystar’s doorstep at the end of the episode. (Incredibly, the FBI raid takes place while Tom is hosting a dinner for ATN advertisers.) For a family as image-conscious as the Roy family, the notion that the FBI is breaking in with a subpoena feels just as troubling. as the companion. legal consequences.

The most sensitive display of wealth

We have a little cross with cousin Greg Corner this week: You see, our meandering king is thrilled to be rewarded by Kendall for his loyalty (and cruise documents). Per Greg, Kendall will give him a watch. And since he does not pay the bill, Greg has an eye on a delicious watch that costs [deep breath] $ 40,000. Even most men’s watches on the Rolex website do not go after to very.

But Greg’s wannabe 1-percent vibe doesn’t last long – at first he’s mistaken for Kendall agreeing to “hook him up” with an advanced watch dealer as a deal to pay for it. “Don’t be weird with me, I’m not your fucking sugar daddy,” Kendall says. So, after even eating the huge cost, Greg finds out that the clock is not even working. He makes so much fuss about it that a PA on Sophie Iwobi’s show wonders if there’s something wrong with Greg when he starts slinging his wrist around – which, as Kendall points out, makes it look like he’s snatches a ghost:

Poor Greg, who now has to check what time it is the old-fashioned way: by pulling his phone out of his pocket.

The most brutal insults of the week

5. On Waystar’s new corporate slogan: “‘We get it.” A bit like the ladies on the cruise ship got it? ” – Roman

4. About Greg seeking external counseling: “I hear you have a really good lawyer. Is it true that you can find him anytime, day or night, because he has one of those ribbons that lights up and spins around?” – Empty

3. After Roman showed a bit of affection for his father in an interview: “I never thought you were a gay man.” – Logan

2. About Kendall, who suffers from Caucasian rich brain: “What happens is genetically inherited wealth, and whiteness can cause neural pathways in the brain to contract and make the patient believe he has woken up when he’s just a total fucking ass.” – Sophie Iwobi

1. A tweet-length review of Kendall Roy’s character arc: “He obviously has mental health issues and insane guilt combined with addiction. It’s all this, and it’s sad.” Someone, very precisely, on Twitter

Cousin Greg Corner

We’ve already been on the tragicomic journey where Greg tried to score a luxury watch, but an interesting underplot in the underplot is his flirtatious behavior with Kendall’s PR manager, Comfry – which basically means he hits Dasha from Red fright podcast. This seems to confirm what New York’s hottest bachelor, Nicholas Braun, teased Wall Street Journal in June that Greg’s personal life was “rounded off” in season 3. At least let’s hope Greg is better at handling his love life than he is at juggling loyalty between Team Kendall and Team Logan.

First, it seems that Greg has made no effort to hide that he is still socializing with Kendall, as Tom calls him on it before moving (read: degrading) him to another office. The shabby condition of the new excavations makes Tom’s feelings for Greg very clear at the moment. “I mean, it’s not, uh, particularly nice,” Greg adds helpfully.

To rectify his strained relationship with Tom – and thus Logan – Greg gives him a heads-up about Kendall’s plan to storm Waystar’s premises. (Not that it made any difference under the disastrous town hall.) But even though it took some heat from Greg for the time being, it all feels prone to burst in his face. He tries to stay in the good favors of Kendall, Logan and Tom – all the while his grandfather Ewan plans to use him as a piece in his own plan to take Waystar down.

If he is not careful with his movements in the coming weeks, Greg will end up like his new watch: broken and used up.

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