'Billions' Season 5 Episode 8: Taylor Mason takes a sly dig at 'The Bachelor' cast

Taylor Mason in one of her conversations with Rian mentioned 'The Bachelor'. She says it helps put her to sleep


                            'Billions' Season 5 Episode 8: Taylor Mason takes a sly dig at 'The Bachelor' cast
A still from 'Billions' Season 5 Episode 8 (Showtime)
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Spoilers for 'Billions' Season 5 Episode 8: 'Copenhagen'

'Billions' Season 5 returned on Showtime and the response was positive. From the trash-talking to the shrewd business moves blended with a copious supply of drama, 'Copenhagen' was well-received by the audience after a rather dismal mid-season finale. And while at it, the show also took a subtle dig at the contestants of 'The Bachelor.'

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The quip comes from Asia Kate Dillons' Taylor Mason who gets a bit of a shock to see her employee Rian (Eva Victor) work another job in the evening. When asked about it, Rian coolly calls it, "a gig economy." To which Taylor responds: "For some people, not for mid-six-figure analysts." The talk ends with her employee getting the better by asking Taylor to mind her own business.

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Taylor re-engages Rian, this time in a milder way talking about how she quit her PhD for a high-profile job at Axe Cap. "I never even called the professor I was supposed to go work with" she adds. The conversation also sees Rian talk about having a sturdy career and in something she is good at. In an episode that saw a lot of things happen, this minor, yet key storyline just added more depth to Taylor's character.

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One of the conversations involves 'The Bachelor' that Taylor says helps put her to sleep. Except, it wasn't meant in a way that most expected. "Their (the contestants) insipid self-confidence and beauty is somnolent," Taylor says in one of the conversations with Rian. Quite a dig at a top show. The episode ends with both making peace and watching 'The Bachelor.'

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The rest of the episode revolves Axe (Damian Lewis) trying to go one-up over his rival, Mike Prince (Corey Stoll), and tries to expose his weakness of sports betting only to be countered. However, Axe catches a tell and uses it to win the first round. Meanwhile, Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) is in trouble after a clip of him rigging the student election at Yale during his college-aged days emerges. It ends with him quitting his role at the university.

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