Billions recap: ‘The Third Ortolan’

Billions recap: ‘The Third Ortolan’

Billions

type
TV Show
genre
Drama
run date
01/17/16
performer
Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman
broadcaster
Showtime
seasons
2
Current Status
In Season


We gave it an A

At the very beginning of “The Third Ortolan,” Axe and Wags are seated at a fancy dinner table, their heads covered by cloth napkins, wine flanking their empty place settings. We don’t know it yet, but they’re seated for a French delicacy that’s, well, not looked all that kindly upon in France or the world over. The practice of catching and preparing an Ortolan, a small bird, is no longer allowed. It’s a cruel process indeed. The bird is caught, kept in a cage in a state of “artificial night,” which tricks the bird into gorging themselves on grain. Once they’ve doubled their bulk, they’re drowned in brandy, roasted, plucked, and then consumed whole, bones and all.

It’s a fitting start to the episode,

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