‘Succession’ Season Four Episode Four Recap: ‘Honeymoon States’

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In sterile, soulless penthouse bedrooms overlooking the Manhattan skyline, the Roy kids awaken to a world with out their father in it. In Episode 4, that is simply the primary trace of many {that a} actuality with out Logan can be no much less opaque than one with him. His kids could have escaped the immediacy of his abuse, however they’ve additionally misplaced the solar round which their lives revolve. Alone, Kendall stares into nothing. Roman brushes his tooth as if wrestling them into submission. Shiv will get a name from her physician, Sharon, and lo and behold, all that egg speak between Tom and Shiv in Season three wasn’t for nothing. Logan’s solely daughter is 20 weeks pregnant and her amniocentesis take a look at revealed a superbly wholesome child. However does anybody know moreover Shiv and Sharon? It appears unlikely given the charged appears Shiv shoots Tom’s path a number of occasions all through the episode – if he’s the daddy of her fetus within the first place.

As Honeymoon States begins, household and “buddies” collect at Logan’s residence, the place his third spouse, Marcia, has determined to reappear in time to promote the hefty lot to Connor. (For the low worth of $63 million!) The youngsters share a second of quiet unity through which Roman fails to persuade them that he is really all good. (As you’ll be able to see, he is already “mourned.”) However, as in all of Roy’s household affairs, enterprise issues outweigh emotional ones: the board meets at midday to nominate an interim CEO, and candidates are already splitting into factions , which break up into sub-factions. There’s the household — Kendall, Roman, and Shiv, who already balk on the concept of ​​working for one another — and there is the lackeys, made up primarily of Frank, Karl, and Gerri, who’re already barking whereas chasing a shot at combat for the throne. Such battle traces finally depart Tom as a wild card with no deck to name his personal, as Karl places it bluntly. “You are a slipshod intruder and no one trusts you; the one man who attracts for you is lifeless; and now you are simply married to the ex-boss’s daughter and he or she would not even such as you,” he says, and Tom is so shocked he virtually appears proud.

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Frank, as Logan’s executor, shares a beguiling tidbit with Karl: Logan seems to have penciled some amendments to the doc. Each Frank and Karl would like these dietary supplements to go down the bathroom drain – Only a thought! A thought in a “humorous tone”! – however Gerri mercifully interrupts. The digicam cuts out earlier than we will comply with the following dialog, however contextual clues all through the remainder of Honeymoon States inform us that they direct the duo to a wiser plan of action. She plans to trick the children into cannibalizing themselves.

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In the meantime, Matsson referred to as Roman to handle the GoJo deal that is but to be finalized. The youngsters let him go to the mailbox to allow them to screw their heads in; In doing so, they solely upset his fragile ego and provides him permission to proceed messing with them. His deputy informs them that with a purpose to execute the deal, they need to journey to Matsson, not the opposite means round. As for the superb latest dying of her father? Uff, sorry, that is actually “dangerous”. It simply is not sufficient to elicit the billionaire’s sympathies.

With the board assembly approaching by the second, Hugo nonetheless finds a spare second to drag Kendall apart in a cry for assist. Hugo’s daughter Juliet could have inadvertently engaged in insider buying and selling due to her father’s window into Logan’s last moments. Kendall would not immediately agree to assist the communications supervisor, however the info is a helpful negotiating software when he and his siblings meet with Group Minions on the late Waystar Royco founder’s library. There, the trio are confronted with the surprising information that whereas Logan has named a successor in his will – as soon as upon a time, anyway – the phrases “Kendall Logan Roy” are actually penciled in. Whether or not they’re underlined or crossed out is totally as much as particular person interpretation. One final mindfuck from the grasp.

The injury happens instantly. The siblings activate one another with a ruthless lack of restraint, as Gerri and the remainder of the Minions knew. Is the identify underlined or crossed out? Does it even matter if the doc is not authorized? Shiv confides in Roman that it is not fairly what she had in thoughts for Kendall to develop into her de facto chief, however earlier than Roman can reply, Tom rushes in to attempt to rekindle his and his spouse’s relationship . She accepts that white flag, albeit briefly, and shares her personal unvarnished emotions about her father. “I am beginning to settle for that we killed him,” she says. “If we stated sure to GoJo, perhaps he’d be round 20 extra years so he might rock his grandkids to sleep.”

Tom raises an eyebrow. “Which he clearly needed so badly.”

“Sure,” Shiv replies and switches off. “Properly, that sucks now, would not it?”

Tom tries to regain her belief by recounting one in every of their early romantic interludes. However Shiv is off him once more, pushing her husband apart to face the nearer stresses of the day. As a substitute, Tom tries his luck with Roman, reminding him that Logan had simply tried to lure youngest Roy again into Waystar’s interior circle. Roman – accurately, I’d add – calls Tom concerning the bootlicking, however the pained look on his face reveals that Tom’s reminder was pointless.

Elsewhere within the residence, Kendall is rallying assist for his personal trigger. He first conquers Stewy, then pitches to his siblings: he takes on the short-term CEO position and bag GoJo, paving the way in which for the three to run the corporate collectively in its PGN period. Shiv and Roman aren’t satisfied, however finally it is Shiv himself who will get dominated out as Roman (the COO, in case you have forgotten), and Kendall conform to handle the CEO’s duties collectively. They guarantee her that that is solely momentary; she can be “in the whole lot.” Livid at her brothers’ obvious underestimation of her—to not point out the wholesome chips of sexism thrown about it—she calls for they do not abandon her in her battle to the highest. They agree, but when there’s one factor the Roy household does worse than weddings, it is vows.

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The vote goes via, and Kendall and Roman are now not princes however kings. As they signal the paperwork and gawk at Logan’s unfinished sudoku, Karolina and Hugo give them PR recommendation: they will both emphasize how faithfully they’re following of their father’s footsteps, or they will spill Logan’s identify with the remainder of the trash. New CEOs, new Waystar Royco, proper? Roman is reluctant to bop on her father’s grave. Kendall initially agrees.

However that rattling piece of paper and its crossed out/underlined identify… It is an excessive amount of for Kendall to go away alone. He needs to be the person his father as soon as wrote in ink. And so he confronts Hugo alone and makes his first demand as CEO. After all, it is an prompt betrayal of his siblings and their newfound belief. Launch the canine, he says. Tear Logan to items. Ring in a brand new period. “However delicate; no prints.” In different phrases, do not inform a soul — not Karolina, not Roman — except Hugo needs his daughter’s petty industrial rip-off to develop into an SEC challenge. Kendall provides this command with a smile, his transformation as horrifying as it’s inevitable. Maybe solely Kerry, crying begging Roman to take a look at the wedding preparations I am certain Logan made for her, higher highlights the damaged guarantees the Roy household left behind. A brand new Waystar Royco remains to be Logan’s legacy, in spite of everything.

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Lauren Puckett-Pope is a tradition author at ELLE, the place she primarily covers movie, tv and books. She was beforehand an affiliate editor at ELLE.

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