'Billions' Season 6: Gabby Reece and Megan Rapinoe's cameos highlight Episode 8

It was a sensible move getting two prominent athletes in the season that sees sports as the key theme


                            'Billions' Season 6: Gabby Reece and Megan Rapinoe's cameos highlight Episode 8
Gabby Reece and Megan Rapinoe in a still from 'Billions' (Showtime)
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Contains spoilers for 'Billions' Season 6 Episode 8 'The Big Ugly'

'Billions' Season 6 has had some great cameos and joining the list were star athletes Gabby Reece and Megan Rapinoe who make quick and key appearances in the hit Showtime drama. The former, a Volleyball player plays Mike Prince's (Corey Stoll) coach in his torch relay ahead of the New York 2028 Olympics, while Rapinoe comes in to partner Wendy (Maggie Siff) as one of the head performance coach of the worlds greatest sporting events platform

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The cameos lent some much-needed spark and attention to the flailing series that's seen some flak from the audience on social media. The episode opens with Prince being woken up by Reece and the duo running together discussing the importance of the relay and the fitness needed to run the marathon. Rapinoe and Wendy's conversation is rather crisp but ends well for the latter. It was a sensible move getting two prominent athletes in the season that sees sports as the key theme.

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However, things change for the worse for Prince and Wendy when Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and uses his deviousness to full effect and ensures that the NY 2028 Olympics moves to LA, effectively pulling the plug on all of Prince's efforts. The episode running at close to 50 minutes sees enough thrill and storylines to make for a good watch and the addition of these two athletes just makes it all the more impressive.

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Prior to these cameos, there was one by NY Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi in Episode 2. The brief 39-second cameo sees her have a quick chat with Condola Rashad's Kate Sacker about a story that New York AG Chuck Rhoades has to offer. The episode sees Rhoades continue his mission to take down the billionaire class and the latest one on his radar is Wayne Duvall's Bud Lazara who offers to pay the NYC Doorman's Association measly bucks as opposed to the generous hike they're to receive.

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In addition, he also takes a dig at Chuck who realized that it was time to play bad cop. He has the money man trailed and catches him in the act of bribing the President of the Doorman's Association. He uses the video to force Bud's hand to pay more money to the workers, and should he refuse, the story would be leaked to the press.

Considering the surprises 'Billions' throws, there's no doubt that there will be more of some world-class personalities making an entry to the show.

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'Billions' Season 6 airs Sundays at 9 pm ET on Showtime.