‘Billions’ Season 5 Episode 4: Is Bobby Axelrod a leaver? Fans call him ‘son of a b***h’ after THAT final exit
Remember how Bobby called himself 'a carnivorous monster' while letting his competitor, Michael Prince, believe that he’s 'the cute, cuddly kind?'
Spoilers for 'Billions' Season 5 Episode 4 'Opportunity Zone'
Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) is a monster. The man, himself, admitted to it with a beam of pride on his face in 'The Chris Rock Test' when he called himself “a carnivorous monster” while letting his competitor, Michael Thomas Aquinius Prince (Corey Stoll), believe that he’s “the cute, cuddly kind, like from ‘Monsters, Inc.'”
That was just a build-up. In its fourth episode, the Showtime series went on to actually prove that Bobby is indeed a real monster. To stop Prince from winning the game, Bobby charismatically grabs the Yonkers deal and convinces the folks to let him develop their town, which was once his "home". But there's a big twist at the end.
While Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) demands Prince to shake hands so they could bring down their enemy together, the latter gracefully refuses but drops the ball in the end with one phone call to Axe. In his phone call, Prince congratulates Axe and tells him how he would like to work side-by-side instead of barging into his deals and competing with him on the field. "You'll do your thing, I'll still be Mike Prince," he says.
Lo and behold! Not even seconds after hearing those words, Bobby's mind goes through a 180-degree shift and he drops the plan to go inside his own home and have dinner with the new Black family residing there. So much for his nostalgic and emotional speech — where he spoke about his love for the town and his old home — he skips the dinner and drives away with a brash one-liner: "I've gotta get the f**k out of this dipsh*t town," as Motley Crue's 'Home Sweet Home' plays in the backdrop. What an irony!
It's clear: For Bobby, it's all about the game. The competition. The winning. Once Prince surrenders, Bobby completely loses the thirst and it doesn't even take him a second to exit. Like people said: Bobby Axelrod is a leaver. The final scene has left thousands of fans shocked. "Bobby Axelrod a scum bag...... But I love em." one said and another posted, "Axe is a son of a Bi*ch for skipping the dinner!" Another comment said, "Bobby is TRASH!!!! Glad Chef Ryan will still feed them. #Billions."
Moreover, others can't believe Prince actually got into Bobby's head. "Wow!!! This is the first time I’ve ever seen anyone get in Bobby Axelrod’s head!!! Well done Mike Prince!!" one tweet read and another said, "Bobby is going down one of these days. What a snake in the grass..."
That final act may cost Bobby a lot and we'll only get to see the repercussions as the series rolls out new episodes on Sunday next week at 9 pm ET on Showtime.