‘Succession’ Season 3 Episode 5: “Retired Janitors of Idaho”

Some episodes of Heir takes place in relatively little context and mainly exists to show the infighting of the bitterly abused Roy family. Some take us into the world of the ultra-wealthy to expose their lavish lifestyles. And some – “Which side are you on?” in Part 1; “Safe Room” in Part 2 – has the frenetic tension of a heist movie. “Janitors Of Idaho Retired” is in this last category, and it made me scream about 17 times.

From the very beginning, we saw the effects of physical exertion in “Lion In The Meadow”: Logan was wearing a walking cast and growling to assistant Kerry that he “may need to pee. ” The rest of the top team is focused on deadlocked negotiations with Sandy and Beny – today is the shareholder meeting, and if the two sides cannot agree on terms, control of the company will be decided. determined by shareholder vote … a few hours. But Logan is still talking about the DOJ investigation and whether they can win by getting the president’s concessions on it. In just a few hours.

Since no one on Team Logan seemed confident in their strategy, it was fortunate that Kendall reminded Bend of the $50 million he would waste if the negotiations failed, and Bendy summoned Gerri, Karl. , Shiv and Roman come to meet Sandi and Sandy. This is the first time we’ve seen Sandy this season – he can be heard over the phone in “The masses in times of war, “But whatever physical illness he might have been facing (perhaps not syphilis; Gerri thinks it’s possible Waystar’s dirty tricksters started that rumor) has progressed rapidly) since then, because now only Sandi can decipher his mumbling demands: three seats on the Waystar board; their expenses are covered; and veto power over any member of the Roy family who served as CEO. (Could this be the first domino in a row that ends with the company being run by Greg, technically a Hirsch?) Logan reluctantly agrees. While others took action so that Frank could gleefully announce it to shareholders, Logan sought confirmation from… Colin. Since he doesn’t usually get involved in business decisions, even Colin was flustered when asked, but he said vaguely that the deal “could be good”.

… But it hasn’t actually materialized, as Sandi forwards another request to Gerri: “They want to get rid of the private jets.” Everyone was ready to eat it – Roman tried to hold out, but even he couldn’t really defend it – but Logan’s immediate reply was that he needed to pee again. (I’m paraphrasing.) After returning from his journey, when he asked Tom’s help, Logan came up with a very properly branded “Fuck ’em.” No one is sure if this is an actionable command (“What if ‘fuck’ em’ means ‘fuck the plane’???” I yelled). Logan sat down, asking Colin for his pills; Colin doesn’t understand, because he just gave Logan Advil, but we do know that Kerry has given Logan his medication before, so we’re on high alert for erratic behavior even before Logan repeats it. his question about how the president works with the DOJ. Then he needs again “Pie,” and this time Tom panicked when he heard Logan shivering and howling in pain in the stall, suggesting that they call Logan’s doctor; Logan’s unusual warmth towards him seemed to tell Tom that something was very wrong…

… And when he returned to tell Shiv that Logan was “completely gone,” Logan proved it by calling Shiv Marcia. Kerry reports that Logan has a UTI, and if he’s behaving strangely, it’s because he’s been on medication. (UTIs in the elderly and people with dementia, can damage their cognitive abilities.) The news quickly spread around the room – “bedwetting” became a very common acronym – so the question was whether Logan knew what he was saying “fuck you”; No one comforts him when he suddenly decides there’s a dead cat under his chair that Colin has to get rid of.

At this inconvenient time, Kendall bursts in from his private war room, demanding to know why Team Logan still hasn’t made a deal with Sandy and Beny. The top teams try, as casually as possible, to block Logan from view while giving Kendall orders. The consultant asked the top team to do it not at all dealing with Sandy and Beny…

… And Shiv transforms into himself, meets Sandi alone to travel on the jet. When Sandi still refused to sign, Shiv scoffed that she didn’t like the way Sandy “sidelined” Sandi, offering the fourth board seat to Sandi herself. Since that’s a lot of seats for their alliance, Shiv will need one than on Roy’s side: for Shiv! It’s ridiculous how this situation settles itself in Shiv’s favor!!! Sandi knows Sandy won’t approve, but Shiv denies it: the “market” won’t allow her or any of her brothers to be CEO. Sandi suspiciously asks if Shiv believes it. Shiv: “I only care if your dad believes it.”

While Shiv is gone, Roman is forced to take a call from the president instead of booking Logan. Through the episode we saw the ATN screen continuing the attack Shiv ordered in “Lion In The Meadow” – “The PRESIDENT’S MEMORY CAN BE BEEN BY BY”; “DEVELOPING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S ‘COMPETITION AND CAPACITY’” – and now we’ve discovered that they’ve gone a bit too difficult: the president will not run for re-election.


Only Connor was happy about the news, because he had his own reasons for wanting a Republican incumbent not to run for re-election, and also because he was an idiot. But there’s not much time to waste worrying about how much tougher the next president’s DOJ could be on Waystar: Shiv reports on the new deal with Sandi, and Karl rushes to deliver the good news onstage. …

… But not without incident. Berry begs Kendall not to come in on her own, but Kendall can’t resist the spotlight, and takes to the podium to order the victims of Waystar’s crimes for a moment of silence. None of the audience supported his play – perhaps because the to be outraged by media reports of violence claiming to have dumped their stock – and when he was not met with the approval he seemed to expect, Kendall RECOGNIZED THE NAME OF THE VICTIMS until someone cuts the microphone.

When it was all over and the peons were packing up, the top team toasted, everyone was relieved except for Logan, who was rehydrated with IV drops and restored his abilities enough to fight against all of Shiv’s nude attempts to get an “attagirl” away from him. Rejecting suggestions as Roman tries to strategize his next steps with Gerri, Shiv leans over with a glass of champagne to try to get him to celebrate; when he hit it away and barked at her to stop “buzzing in .” [his] damn,” Shiv tries to save face with the poise one has had to do before: “Well, someone feels better! ”

As Comfry tries to turn social media reactions to Kendall’s greatness, and Berry silently charges his dues for this ungrateful work…


… Kerry finds Kendall: Logan wants to see him. Or does he just want to take control of Kendall one last time? Kendall straightened at the sound of approaching footsteps, but it was just Jess: Logan was gone. When Kendall called his father, Logan gave Kerry the phone and ordered her to block Kendall’s number. What’s the only thing more cruel than being yelled at by Logan? Ignored.

Margin Calls

  • Still no Marcia: How difficult? to be these negotiations?!
  • Oh, Greg: Greg somehow didn’t anticipate that signing the Mutual Defense Agreement would strengthen Kendall’s resolve to sacrifice Greg to the DOJ for his own good, and seemed genuinely shocked when Kendall told him. so. Summoned to meet Ewan, there’s more bad news: Ewan is so angry that Greg fired Pugh that he doesn’t just cut Greg to his will: he donates his entire fortune to Greenpeace. Greg uses his downtime to figure out if it’s possible to lovingly sue Ewan, eventually planning to sue Greenpeace. Tom: “I like your style, Greg.”
  • Connor’s work: After dating Shiv last week, Connor once again introduced himself to apply for a job at Waystar – this time directly to Logan, suggesting that he run European cable.


This was apparently enough for Connor to take as a staunch agreement and brag later to Hugo and Cyd: “Can you believe it?” “It’s hard to believe,” Cyd replied.

  • Shiv In Sync: Tom’s extreme disgust for Shiv after she abandoned her deal with Sandi is much less beloved after she discovers that he is tracking her menstrual cycle, trying to she was pregnant before he was incarcerated. Tip for… anyone, really: when your self-defense involves phrases like “It’s not scary” and “You’re making it sound horrible and it’s not so terrible! It’s supposed to be nice!, stop whatever you’re doing.
  • Rabbit: Now we all know: Kendall shouldn’t have tried to kiss his kids by letting Sophie feed the rabbit a piece of bagel because FAMILY CANNOT EAT BREAD. I really didn’t expect to be proven right so quickly, but here’s what happens when you underestimate Kendall’s lack of empathy for anyone but himself.

TV co-founder, Tara Ariano, TV Without Pity, Tara Ariano, has had short articles in The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Vulture, Slate, Salon, Mel Magazine, Collider and The Awl, among others . She co-hosts the podcasts Extra Hot Great, Again With This (a detailed breakdown of each episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, and Melrose Place), Listen To Sassy, ​​and The Sweet Smell Of Succession. She is also the co-author, along with Sarah D. Bunting, of The Very Special 90210 Book: The Absolutely Essential 93 Episodes From TV’s Most Infamous Zip Code (Abrams 2020). She lives in Austin.

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