3. Ghost Pepper: Out of all the assorted Republicans we meet vying to kiss Logan’s ring and turn out to be the occasion’s subsequent presidential candidate, Justin Kirk’s new character Jared Mencken is the “spicy new flavor” who unexpectedly will get the nod. He is an alt-right new media conservative sensation who likes to aggressively inform folks to learn Plato. He is Matt Gaetz by the use of Milo Yiannopoulos.
He is repulsive, so after all he and Roman instantly bond over jokes about work camps. “This is nice. A couple of cool guys having some disgusting fun,” Roman notes.
Later within the episode, Mencken explains his political philosophy boils right down to a bit gentle white supremacy: “People trust people who look like them, that’s just a scientific fact, they will get more tax dollars to help them. You can integrate new elements of course, but c’mon man, slowly, I mean fuck. I like this country, let’s just take a beat before we fundamentally alter its composition.”
However regardless of his motormouth stream of alt-right bullshit, Mencken is wise sufficient to play a bit hard-to-get with Logan. Logan despises weak spot in himself, his household and his allies, and Mencken goes out of his option to carry out for him throughout the weekend.
“Fuck ATN, ATN is treated as bulwark, but it’s dead, it’s basically a pudding cup at 5 p.m. in the nursing home,” he says inside earshot of Logan. “Honestly, it doesn’t speak to me, doesn’t speak to the people I talk to. It is status quo bedtime stories to maximize shareholder value…no disrespect, Logan Roy was an icon, but he’s no longer relevant.” It’s a savvy technique that catches Logan’s consideration; coupled along with his rest room wheeling-and-dealing with soulmate Roman, and he performs his playing cards good. He seals the take care of a can of Coke, to make it clear to Logan that regardless of his bluster, Mencken is prepared and prepared to play by Logan’s guidelines.
4. Roman’s Budding Bromance With His Fascist Soulmate: Earlier than we get to the Roman/Mencken stuff, we get a well timed reminder of Roman’s deep nicely of mommy points. After Glenn The Brexit Pervert breaks the information, Roman is outwardly the one one of many siblings who actually cares that their mom is getting remarried to Peter Munion and did not trouble to inform them: “Our mother is marrying some dickhead, crooked tooth turnip man.” “Just get over it, who cares,” Shiv says.
However the true meat of the episode entails his budding friendship with Mencken. After their meet-and-greet on the bar, they get much more intimate within the rest room of Logan’s resort suite, the place Roman pokes at him to see whether or not he’s an actual deal fascist or not. Mencken claims he does not have a whole lot of boundaries and is prepared to borrow a good suggestion from anybody, “and you know if Franco or H or Travis Bickle have a good pitch, fuck it, I’m a man for all seasons.” Nothing screams “I’m A Raging Fascist” like utilizing Hitler’s preliminary.
However extra curiously, as they bounce off one another, it appears like there are ambiguous…vibes…between Roman and Mencken. Possibly I am studying an excessive amount of into it, however there’s one thing in regards to the nonstop double entendres and nihilistic jokes that makes it look like they’re each dancing monkeys.
5. Dr Honk!!! Even three seasons into the present, there are nonetheless tons of unbelievable particulars to be taught in regards to the Roy household. Like, for instance, the truth that Roman was stationed in L.A. sooner or later…the place he turned a film producer?
This element leaks out as Shiv tries to influence Logan to not let Roman be the mouthpiece for the household on the Future Freedom Summit. “He fucked the call with The Raisin, that’s an existential risk. And the only solid thing he actioned in L.A., dad, was the movie Dr. Honk about the man who could talk to cars.” I suppose it is attainable that there isn’t any movie, and he or she’s simply making a degree that Roman did diddly squat when he was handed some accountability. However I select to imagine that Dr. Honk is actual, that it was direct-to-streaming, and that it starred somebody like Don Johnson or Tom Berenger.
6. “Sourpuss”: Shiv’s season of stumbles continues this week. She takes out her frustrations from being humiliated by her father throughout the shareholders’ assembly, noting that at faux-CPAC the household could need to “eat a bellyful of humble pie about accidentally knocking over their president and smashing him on the floor.” Actually, issues are simply tense between her and Logan (Logan after all is not sympathetic, asking her, “You gonna be a fucking sourpuss?”). Shiv has had her confidence undermined a lot at this level, she does not know what her place is throughout the firm, which ends up in a whole lot of squabbling between her and Roman all episode.
Actually, Shiv is studying the horrible lesson Ken realized over the course of seasons one and two: that their dad cannot abide showing weak, and anytime one of many children does not one thing actually good in his stead, he refuses to acknowledge or have a good time it. There could also be no pleasing Logan, and the extra you strive, the much less he respects you.
On the Future Freedom Summit, Shiv stands proud awkwardly (“As a libtard, how do you like spelunking in the elephant’s asshole?” Roman asks). She makes a reference to one potential presidential candidate who says if she helps him, he’ll make sure that she turns into CEO even when I’ve to ship your dad to jail.”
But Shiv doesn’t have the pull with her father to be able to pull that off right now—instead, she spends most of the hotel suite meeting desperately trying to dissuade her father from choosing Roman’s best pal Mencken. She argues he’s outside the political norm, that he’s a fascist-leaning “nativist fuckhead.” For the first time in a long time, she seems freaked out about what this could mean for the country: “I’m genuinely involved we may slide into Russian Burlosconi Brazilian fuckpile.” (Roman’s response: “You could have a trophy husband and several other fur coats, I feel you are gonna be fantastic.”) Shiv loses once more, and so as to add insult to damage, is pressured to pose in a photograph with Mencken.
7. That is Kinda Dope Although Man: I’ve by no means seen this dopey Kendall hanger-on earlier than, however there isn’t any denying that shit slaps!