Originally Posted by Ph8te
Let “them” have “their” slice of pie....the reason he does it is payback and if he doesn’t then the other titans will see him as weak and go after him. The reason people usually don’t mess with Axe is because payback is a mofo.
No I think Axe does it because he likes to stomp on other people, not because of some strategic fear of competitors.
Look at the way Wags revels in firing people or trying to destroy competitors.
The way he went after that kid, to ruin his firm because he returned Axe's money, has nothing to do with protecting his firm's reputation.
This episode featured Bruno the pizza guy wanting to sell and retire down in FL. Last season, Bruno introduced his nephew or grandson to Bobby and Bobby proceeded to wreck that small town the kid worked in. Bruno was at first upset but then didn't complain too much. That is why Bobby is kind to the old man but open defiance means he's out to destroy.
They try to make Bobby sympathetic at times because what, he likes Metallica, appreciates classic motorcycles, has all these great pop culture references and so on.
But he's clearly out to profit at others' expense, to keep showing what an alpha he is.
Mirroring what law enforcement does on the other side, Connerty is more preoccupied with going after Chuck rather than you know, look into Axe Capital's activities, where they continue to do shady things.
Previous episode, Sacher asks Connerty why he wants to get so much into Chuck's business as NY AG. Says that the turf wars are counterproductive, that they both have enough cases with which to build up their resumes for their careers.
All the characters on both sides of the law are similar. It's not enough for them to get theirs. They have to make sure rivals lose.
Apologists for high CEO pay and hedge fund excesses will often say it's not a zero sum game, that everyone can get their piece and it would be win-win all the way around. But of course, that's not true, as growing inequality shows. And on this show, the characters explicitly aren't interested in win-win. It's about win-destroy.
They were literally celebrating at the pizza place about getting Taylor to break with their father.