Family Matters

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Logan Roy, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Brian CoxLogan Roy

Multimedia mogul Logan Roy runs into some trouble whilst relinquishing control of his entertainment conglomerate empire Waystar Royco.


Logan Roy, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Brian CoxLogan Roy, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Brian Cox“Where am I?  Where the fuck am I?  Jesus.  Oh, fuck.  Where am I?  I’m sorry.” — Logan Roy

“How’s it going?  Did you close?  Uh… uh-huh.  By who?  Mm-hmm.  I’m excited.” — Logan Roy

“Waystar Royco is a family.  A family that spans four continents, 50 countries, three divisions: Entertainment, News and Resorts.  Working together to provide a net that can hold the world, or catapult it forward to the next adventure!” — Logan Roy

“Marcy.  I’m heading out, as ordered.  Fine.  But in here, yeah?  I don’t want a fuckin’ heart attack from the surprise.  And I don’t want anyone in my face when I come out of the elevator.  Right.  Distance.  Have them here.  And, uh… not too loud.  I’ll see you later.  Yeah, yeah.” — Logan Roy

“How’s it goin’?  Yeah, it’s just some paperwork.  Putting Marcy on the trust.  It’s… bullshit.  I, uh, I just felt like checkin’ in.  Yeah.  No, no, no, no, no.  I think I told you about it.  It’s housekeeping.  I’ll deal with that.  So, I’ll see you in… son.  It’s your call.  Just priorities.  There’ll be plenty more.  Uh-oh.  Wheat.  Bye, Frank.” — Logan Roy

“Fuck off.  Hi.  Hello.  Hello there.  Right.  I didn’t know you were coming.  Oh, thank you.  I suppose you better come up.  Great.  Excellent.  Wonderful.  Go ahead.  Go ahead.  Hi.  Hi.  OK.  OK.  Give me room.  Give me room.  Thank you.  Thank you.  What a surprise.  Marcia.  What did I say?  I said nobody by the elevator.  And what do I find?  Everybody’s by the elevator.  Oh, a surprise.  Ah.  Roman!  Romulus!  Look at you!  You look fantastic!  Siobhan.  Sweetheart.  Where’s Tom?  Oh, well, never mind.  Oh, oh, oh, oh.  Everybody, this is… Craig, by the way.  Cousin Craig.  Kendall?  You came?  Uh-huh.  So!  What’s the news?  I hear you went down?  Did you go down?  Connor.  How are you?  How’s the ranch?  Oh, wonderful.  What is it?  Ah, great.  I do.  I do.  I just don’t know what the fuck it is.  Oh.  Oh, OK.  Old bread.  Thank you.  How’s it lookin’?  Uh-huh.  You did?  You go on.  I’m not going.  OK.  I can come up to you.  Maybe if you want, we could grab dinner for the hand-over?  Listen, just two minutes before lunch in the sitting room.  Kids, can you give me two minutes.  Not now.  You’re out?  I’ll do anything for my brother.  All he needs to do is just ask.  Anything.  Just get him to ask me.  Ah.  Yes.  So… on the family trust, which will decide the situation in the event of my unlikely demise, I’m going to add Marcy to myself and you four.  And my seat also to go to her on my death.  Uh-huh.  So I’ve got some paperwork– well, no, Rome, it’s not an if.  Kendall’s already signed, but if I can get you all to– of course.  Sure, take a beat.  But look, I love the bread– goo– but this is the present I really want.  So: by 4:00, good?  Oh, also, I already mentioned to Kendall, despite the chatter and all things considered, I’m going to give it a couple of years.  I’ll stay in situ.  As chairman, CEO, head of the firm.  I just said, son, or were you not listening, as usual?  It’s no big deal.  I’m staying on.  We can discuss the details.  We can announce you’re in pole position, pending events, a move up or whatever.  OK, come on, let’s eat.  I changed my mind, Kendall.  It’s me.  It’s mainly me.  But you– three years ago, you were still in the nuthouse.  It’s all good.  I’m just concerned you might be soft, as yet.  I hear you let the guy from the website trash-talk you and you just let him come.  I hear it played weak.  Conflict averse.  I hear you bent for him.  I hear you bent for him and he fucked you.  I know that you’ve read a lot of books about business management and this and that, but you know what?  Sometimes it is a big dick competition.  And you never lawyered the trust change.  It’s an accumulation.  You left the room.  The deal.  I don’t know.  Five?  Ten?  It’s my fuckin’ company.  Is that why you’re paying a billion dollars for a gay little website?  Do you want to hit me, is that it?  Huh?  Go on.  Give it your best shot.  Are you gonna fuckin’ cry?  Kendall, are you fuckin’ crying?  Fuck them.  Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.  Yeah, everything changes.  The studio was gonna tank when I bought it, everyone was gonna stay home with video tapes.  But guess what?  No!  They wanna go out.  No one was gonna watch Network, except you give it zing and they do.  You make your own reality.  And once you’ve done it, apparently, everybody’s of the opinion it was all so fucking obvious.  Lunch!  Come on.  Find your places.  Sit.” — Logan Roy

“Thank you.  So, I think it’s time to play the game.  Well, yes.  It’s my birthday, so yes, we’re playing the game.  It’s fine.  Uh-huh.  Did he?  Running the parks?” — Logan Roy

“So… what’re you thinking, son?  On the thing?  She’s very smart.  She’d make good picks.  Family first.  But what’s your cut?  I’d love to get you back in.  Frank’s very important to the firm.  Is this still the film thing?  What would be your dream outfit?  Mm-hmm.  You OK?” — Logan Roy

“Now that things are getting shaken up, would you come inside?  Oh, no, of course.  Politics.  Not to be crude about it, but politics is what comes out the asshole.  Wouldn’t you rather be up front, feeding the horse?  And if that was difficult?  Overseeing everything outside the US, parks and all.  Yeah.  Stepping stones.  He screwed up.  Needs help.  He might fit in eventually to the parks.  Do you think Tom can handle the competition?  Hold that, will ya?  Oh!  Mm.  Yeah, it says ‘Patek Philippe.’  That’s very funny.  Did you rehearse that?  OK.  Yeah.  Here.  OK, let’s play ball.” — Logan Roy

“Son… magnificent effort.  Magnificent.  Oh, Frank.  Yeah.  I’ve been thinking if now isn’t a time for a new role for you.  Light duties.  There should be a press release on your phone.  Proof it.  you might want to give it a bit of color, it’s quite dry.  Don’t worry, you’ll get your nut.  Connor!  Shiv!  Roman!  The other helicopter.  Colin, see to it.  Well, officially the deadline has passed.  So… what do you say, kids?  Frank’s out of the picture.  You what?  Are you fuckin’ joking?  Then help.  So… so Kelly, uh… Kelly will set up some figures.  He should see that, uh… Kelly will set up some figures.  He should see that, uh… yeah, he– … get a grasp of what– what–” — Logan Roy

“Fuginidiot.  You… are… fuh… …fucking idiot.” — Logan Roy

“Thank you.  Um… uh… evening.  First, I’d, uh, I’d like to thank my wife, Marcia, for, uh… everything.  Thank you.  Uh, thanks, thanks to you all for coming, and thanks to those who have supported me during my recent health nonsense.  Head cold.  Yeah, uh, yeah, that’s, uh, yeah.  So… personal n-news.  Someone took advantage of me being in the hospital, to… propose… to my daughter.  So I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome her fiance, Tom Wamsgans, to the family.  Welcome to the family, Tom.  It’s so, so important that children are supported and encouraged.  And, uh… everything I’ve done, I’ve done for my children.  And I’m proud of the way that they’ve pulled together during my issue.  And, in particular, my son… Kendall.  Well done, Ken.  And now for one last announcement of the night.  I’m officially announcing… …I’m back.  You better believe, I’m back.  Full-time… better than ever.  Thank you.  Thank you!  Get me out of here.” — Logan Roy

“If you count ’em out, deadlock.  Continuity prevails.  I’m chairman.  Casting vote.  I win.  It’s fucking over!  My son.  That was your best shot.  You lost.  And Kendall, Frank, Asha, Ilona, off the board, fired with immediate effect.” — Logan Roy

“Uh, I’ll start if you like.  Um… everything I’ve done in my life, I’ve done for my children.  I know I’ve made mistakes, but, um, I’ve always tried to do the best by them… because… they mean everything to me.” — Logan Roy

“Work?!  It’s rebellion!  Sabotage!  Philosophy?  This is nothing but a miserable deliberate attempt to undermine my whole business strategy.” — Logan Roy

“Yes.  You forced my hand.  Yes!  And he’s fuckin’ lucky that was all.  What you kids do not understand, it’s all part of the game.” — Logan Roy


Marcia Roy, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Hiam AbbassMarcia “Marcy” Roy

“Logan?  Logan?  Logan, where are you?  Logan! It’s OK.  We’re in the new place.  It’s OK.” — Marcia Roy

“Good.  Right.  Just keep everything straight, OK?  Good.  What?  Great.  By the way, we need another setting.  Another family member is coming.  Till 1:00– what?  Do you want me to email you the exact details of the surprise?  Yeah?  Yeah.  Right.  Get your coat.  Richard, get him his coat.” — Marcia Roy

“Hi.  How are you?  Good.  You look great.  What a beautiful color.  Thank you.  Thanks.  Hi, Tom.  Nice to see you.  How are you?  Folks, he’s back!  He’s back.  Find a place.  Hide for surprise.  Come on.  Yeah.  What?  It’s a surprise.  Give me that.  In the office, please.  Connor, Primo!  How are you?  Hi.  It’s very kind.  Thank you very much.  Be nice.  Guys, lunch in ten.  Guys?  Lunch is coming up.  Sorry, I don’t mean to be strict.  Please give me my seating plan.  This is confusing.  Sorry.” — Marcia Roy

“Oh, thank you.  Thank you very much.  I’m happy to have you.  Nice day!  You OK, Greg?  Hop in.  Sure.  You?  Frank’s dead.  Tom’s stepping up, and Shiv’s thinking about a new role.  So, are we good?” — Marcia Roy


Kendall Roy, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Jeremy StrongKendall Roy

“Mm!  Yeah!  Yeah!  Yeah!  Yeah! ♪ Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten ♪ From the Battery to the top of Manhattan ♪ Asian, Middle-Eastern and Latin ♪ Black, white, New York, you make it happen ♪ Brownstones, water towers, trees, skyscrapers ♪ Prize fighters and Wall Street traders ♪ We come together on the subway cars ♪  What’s that, man?  This is it.  this is the day we make it happen, Fikret.” — Kendall Roy

“We good?  Jesus Christ.  Hey, hey, hey, buddy.  Good to see you.  So, are we ready to fuck or what?  Come on, I came all the way up here, dude.  OK.  Listen, you know I love what you do, right?  I’d love to keep you and your team in place, Lawrence.  I think Vaulter is the shiz.  Yeah.  What’s it gonna take?  You want me to send a vintage Jaguar over to your house today?  I’ll do it.  I see you.  I see this.  Come on.  That’s it?  That’s not it.  What the fuck happened?  Yo, hang on.  Hold up, hold up.  What?  I’m sorry?  Hey, come on.  Don’t blow this up.  No, it’s gonna work out.  Fuck.  What the fuck, Frank?  How can we salvage this?  Yeah, of course I wanna pursue.  I wanna announce.  This is part of the whole thing.  This is the secret sauce.  Do we need to sweeten the offer?  Do I wanna call my dad?  No, I don’t wanna call my dad.  Do you wanna call your dad?  No?  Do you wanna call your dad?  Does anybody wanna call their dad?  OK, nobody wants to talk to their fucking dad.  So, we’ve started, so let’s buy this fucking company.  I’m pushing the bid to 120.  OK?  OK.  Yeah, I’m right in the middle, dad.  Yeah, it’s OK.  We’re not quite closed.  I’m going to 120.  So, that’s good.  And are we still good for the announcement?  Great, ’cause obviously I’m soft floating to, like, Frank and Rava, and there’s gossip getting soft floated.  Uh, by the ether.  I don’t know.  Hey, hey, happy birthday, you old geezer.  Look, it’s exciting.  This is gonna be great for you, dad.” — Kendall Roy

“Joining Waystar Royco, you’re joining one of the most dynamic news and entertainment companies in the world.  Feel it!” — Kendall Roy

“What’s a stupid number?  Because 120 is stupid.  Am I wrong?  OK.  Who’s this?  Yeah, hi.  Excuse me?  Not usually?  Good.  Good.  Just finessing.  You OK, man?  I don’t know.  Just, you know.  What’s the bid?  Well… going 125.  What?  High or low?  You’re laughing.  What?  Yeah.  Bit of content and the brand name kinda’s the whole game.  Isn’t it?  What are you laughing at?  Shh.  Thanks for coming by.” — Kendall Roy

“If we go stupid on the stock, what does a really sexy package look like?  Hmm?  He’s probably illiquid, right?  So, what, we throw in another ten million?  I’ll throw in a blow job.  I’ll throw in a blow job.  I’ll throw in a reach around.  Hell, I’ll even cup his balls.  Dad.  Good.  Uh, yeah.  Fine.  Good.  Uh, why are you… are we OK?  What, ahead of the announcement?  Oh.  Yeah, fine.  So this is just the trust?  Doesn’t affect me stepping up?  Is that– sorry, dad, I’m kind of in the middle of– do you need– do I need to lawyer all this?  Fine.  Yeah.  Yeah.  Marcy’s fine by me.  I mean, the others might not feel the same, but… yeah, look, dad, on lunch.  I really want to be with you, but the deal– you know.” — Kendall Roy

“Yeah, of course.  Happy birthday, dad.  Hey, Marcy.  How are you?  Thanks.  How’s it goin’?  Yeah, good, good.  We’re at the one-yard line.  I’m just gonna– this is important.  Uh, sorry, guys, I’ll be right back.  Excuse me.  Hello.  Just gotta get somewhere quiet.  Hey, talk to me.  I’m gonna call you back in five.  I’m not losing this deal.  We call PPG, we offer to cut them in on the financing if they make the other bid fuck off.  Boom.  Kendall takes over.  Boom.  Acquisition.  That’s how it’s done.  Looking good.  I’ll keep you posted.  I just checked with Frank, and the holidays mean the board might be kinda hard to get together, so if it’s cool I’ve scheduled a call at 4:00?  Then we can issue the release?  Yeah.  Is that OK?  Hey.  Hey.  Give daddy a hug.  No, no, you’re not even.  Don’t worry.  Twenty’s the margin of error.  Hey, sorry I haven’t Skyped with you guys in a couple days.  I’ve been super busy.  You feel good?  OK.  You see Isla up there?  Your friend Isla?  You guys wanna go see her, maybe make a drawing for grandpa for his birthday?  Sorry, one second.  Oh, yeah, yeah.  It’s just as this all goes through, next two weekends will be kinda crazy.  but then once it’s done, it would be great if– no?  Are you– is that not– are you seeing someone?  All right, that’s fair.  Yeah.  Whoa, whoa, whoa.  What?  So Marcia will have two votes when you– well, it’s not really what we want in this case, Rome.  Two votes?  I don’t think I was aware of that when I– dad, wh– you– you what?  But I’m– you’re not– what?  You didn’t tell me.  ‘Pending events?’  Dad, wait.  I don’t know what you’re fucking laughing about!  Fuck.  What the fuck.  I mean, he can’t just… right?  He’s gonna blow the firm’s credibility.  Did he look OK to you?  Connor.  This doesn’t stand, right?  Oh, fucking shrug?  You’re fucking shrugging me?  Are you texting?  Dude, what are you– are you telling?  Hey, this stays in here.  OK?  This is a lockdown.  Advice?  What?  You’re gonna give a double vote to a power-hungry maniac who will do fuck-knows-what with it because she’s got our dad’s dick in some Super Max pussy grip and she’s juicing him before he croaks?  Can you give us a minute, please?  Thank you.  Hey.  So… you fucked me.  When?  When, exactly.  ‘Cause it feels like you fucked me.  Rehab, dad.  It’s called rehab.  And I’m in recovery.  S-soft?  Are you kidding?  I did a fucking year in Shanghai.  It’s not a website.  And I was being professional.  I wasn’t about to get into a fucking big dick competition.  OK?  Wha– I what?  Well, no, actually.  What?  OK.  OK.  So that’s it?  So I should have shouted at some guy, but I didn’t.  So you’ve ripped up 18 months of corporate strategy?  I trusted my father.  That’s a black mark?  To come to my dad’s fucking birthday party ’cause we don’t know how many more there’ll be!  Sorry.  So come on.  When will you be ready?  To step down?  Five years?  Ten!  Dad?  Seriously!  Yeah, it is your fucking company, and you know what?  You’re running it into the fucking ground.  You spend all your time on costs– where’s the vision?  You’re off the beat.  Where’s the growth?  All our graphs go down.  All of them.  It is not a fucking website!  It’s a portfolio of online brands and digital video content and it’s part of an upstream investment strategy to save us, if you’ll just let me.  Dad, come on.  What are you doing?  You know, this has been floated already?  There’s fucking paps outside.  I’m getting asked for quotes.  Yeah, ‘course, ‘fuck ’em.’  Great, great media strategy, dad.  Great business strategy.  The world is changing– we’re playing the game?” — Kendall Roy

“So, what are you thinking?  We say no, all of us, on the trust.   Full block.  We say: stability.  Stick to the plan.  I take over and we just– you two, under me, co-presidents.  Uh-huh.  But, you know, three.  The power of three?  Of course.” — Kendall Roy

“Hold up.  Hang on, hang on.  Sorry.  Apologies.  Yeah.  OK.  Sorry.  I gotta run.  It’s the crunch.  Frank, will you be link man here?  Dad?  Come here, sweetie.  Keep it up, slugger.  Yeah, hey, what’s up?  I just got some background for the story I heard you had cookin’.  That’s right.  Yeah, I know Kendall Roy.  And he’s saying Logan’s losing it.  Yeah, that’s right.  Some board members and senior management, they want him out.  That’s what I’m hearing from people close to the family.  Those disloyal fucks.  Just– just say source close to the family.” — Kendall Roy

“Hey, Lawrence.  Sorry the other offer fell through.  I don’t know what happened.  But we fattened the goose nice now, right?  The number is 140.  Cash, with a stock alternative.  You’re on our board.  Take the stock, you’ll own a nice piece of us.  It is, yeah.  It’s appealing.  Yeah, I think you’re gonna stick around because I’m gonna stuff your mouth with so much money you’re gonna shit gold figurines.  Non-disclosure agreement.  Non-voting shares.  Non-compete.  I’m going to lock you in a golden cage, fuck you with a silver dildo, and pay you so much you sing whatever song I want.  No, I don’t.  This is a deal so fucking good you have to take it, or we’ll see you in court.  Dude.” — Kendall Roy

“Yeah.  What?  We got a deal?  Serious?  Yes?  Oh, dude.  Listen, I think…  I think you’ve made a really great decision and I hope there’s no hard feelings over all the shit-talking.  What?  Are you– hello?  Uh-huh.  Uh-huh.” — Kendall Roy

“Rava.  Hey.  Uh, my dad’s– my dad’s in the hospital.  Yeah, he had, I don’t know, I don’t know what.  Buy, uh… yeah, I don’t know if he’s gonna be OK.” — Kendall Roy

“Morning, morning, morning.  Hey, hey, hey.  My people.  It’s great to see you all.  You know my brother and I, CEO and COO…  Gerri, Karl, Karolina.  So, I just wanted to get the gang together early in my tenure to say, uh… ‘yo.’  You’re probably all wondering about my dad.  He’s doing OK.  We’re hoping for a full recovery.  Uh-huh.  Yeah.  Slow and steady.  That’s right.  Uh, this morning he tried to put on a sock.  And welcome to Tom Wamsgans, who was managing Resorts South and Central and is now sitting up with the grownups.  So, what I want to announce to you all this morning is a new strategic vision.  We have a great firm here.  Multifaceted.  Parks, cruises, telecom, live entertainment, sports– but at the heart, media.  TV , movies, books, newspapers.  And what we’re fighting for is eyeballs, eyeballs which we convert to our customer base, eyeballs which we crate up and sell to advertisers.  Right?  And bottom line, we’re losing… to monopolistic disruptors.  Alphabet, Facebook… that’s right, the internet.  But, uh, we are still just– just– in a position to leverage our brands into something in the new landscape.  But if we don’t, we’re gonna be like the biggest fuckin’ horse trader in Detroit, 1909.  OK?  We need a more dynamic strategy.  Now, let’s call it, for the sake of clarity, the Strategy of a Thousand Lifeboats.  Vaulter is a lifeboat, ATN Citizens is a lifeboat.  There are no bad lifeboats.  VR’s a bubble, but yeah.  No bad ideas.  Except that.  That’s a bad lifeboat.  Hey, thank, Rome.  Look, this isn’t a brainstorm, all I’m saying, everyone’s invited.  OK?  I want each and every one of you to be innovating, challenging, being bold, being disruptive, bringing me new, original, multiplatform content.  Bring me more in the interactive and digital space.  Bring me franchisable IP.  Bring me a thousand life boats.  Bring me a fucking armada of eyeballs.  Because steady as she goes hits the iceberg.” — Kendall Roy

“Hey.  Look at you.  Sitting up.  Fuckin’ watchin’ the news.  It’s good to see you, dad.  Well… you understand after you went down, the stock tanked.  I mean, you should be flattered, I guess.  We had some pretty shitty options.  I mean, you took a gamble on that loan.  But I found us a private equity solution.  So… I tried consulting you, but– people like the shape of this.  Karolina says there’s positive analyst noise.  We are at 36%, with effective control, plus a war chest to make some moves.  We’re– we’re in good shape, dad.  You just keep getting better.  I got this.  Dad?  Hey, can I get you something?” — Kendall Roy


Lawrence Yee, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Rob YangLawrence Yee

“Yeah… OK.  Look, I-I’m really sorry, but it looks like there’s an issue.  Yeah, I’m sorry.. uh, dude.  We’re the shiz?  Um, s-sure.  Look, um… I just think bottom line, I can deliver a lot more value for our shareholders.  I hope we haven’t inconvenienced you.  We appreciate your interest in our little outfit, but I think that’s it.  You get the message?  I’m not letting you Neanderthals in to rape my company.  Ever.  You’re a bunch of bloated dinosaurs who didn’t even notice the monkeys swinging by till yesterday.  Well, fuck you, daddy’s boy.  I got a track record from founding one of the most exciting new media brands in the world.  And what do you got?  Track marks from shooting junk?  Thanks for coming down.  It was great to meet you.  Sorry this isn’t going to work out.  No, it isn’t.  Take care, dude.” — Lawrence Yee

“Well, that is an appealing package.  You better play nice, though.  Because I’m the whole company.  Easy.  You still need me to recommend this.” — Lawrence Yee

“Kendall?  Have you heard the news?  Deal.  It’s all very exciting.  I can’t wait to– yeah.  Oh, no, no, it’s cool.  It’s cool.  So, the news I was talking about is that your dad just had a brain hemorrhage.  Yeah.  I’m so sorry.  But… you just invited me into the chicken coop.  And without daddy around to protect you, I’m gonna eat you all.  One by fucking one.” — Lawrence Yee


Greg Hirsch, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Nicholas BraunGreg Hirsch

“Hi!  Whoo ooh ooh!  Woo woo woo woo woo!  Hi!  Good morning!  Whoo!  It’s me, Doderick!  Hey, happy birthday!  Don’t pull on my tail!  Don’t hit Doderick!  Hey!  Quit it!  Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!  Wait, OK.  Please get off.  Can you fuck off?  Can you just get the fuck off?” — Greg Hirsch

“Hi, mom.  Mom, sorry, but I sort of screwed up.  Well, not me, actually, but this kid.  So, this kid smoked a joint in my car.  Like this hitchhiker kid that I picked up this morning, like earlier this morning.  ‘Cause it was raining and I didn’t want… I didn’t want him to get sexually assaulted?  Before I could even say anything… …aggressively takes out– have you ever seen, like, so, a doobie?  And the car smelled like skunk weed.  And then I guess I smelled like it.  And then they were just like, ‘get all your stuff and go.’  No, I thought I didn’t wanna be an asshole or get into it all.  I don’t know.  It’s his birthday?  A blazer?” — Greg Hirsch

“Mr. Roy.  Yeah, I’m actually– I’m actually here to see you.  Greg!  I’m Greg!  I’m Marianne’s Greg.  Your nephew?  My mom called Marcia and I talked to that guy and he said that I could go up.  Yeah, you did.  I think you did.  I hope it’s OK.  I wanted to say happy birth– happy birthday and many happy returns.  He’s a very good bodyguard.  You might know this, but I got a little bit of help, and I got onto the international management training program?  The theme park tour?  And I was very into it?  And… I got sick.  Out of Doderick’s eyeholes.  Yeah.  Greg.  People sometimes, like, mistakenly call me Craig, too, so I’ll answer to both.  Hey.  Hey, Kendall.  So, Uncle Logan, can I–  sorry, sir.  Sir, sir, just, I need your attention, please.  About the– what I was talking about earlier,  the management training program?  I need to get back in.  Yes.  There was an issue, and I talked to my mom who talked to my grandfather and said that I can come to you and– and iron it out.  Oh, that’s– that’s nice.  And I’m gonna work 100%– my grandfather?  I mean, you two don’t talk so much.  Right?  Fuck!” — Greg Hirsch

“Who’s Gore Vidal?  What’s the game?  What’s the game?  Sure.  I’m not… is there room in there?  I’m sorry if it’s a crush.  Oh, um, yeah, I was just talking to my grandpa.  And he said happy birthday.  Well, no, not technically, but he’s aware it’s your birthday.  But it occurred to me, talking to him, that him having his seat on the holding company still, from historically, now, that must be suboptimal, in some ways.  but if I could– if he was willing to give his seat to someone a bit more perspicacious, someone who could learn the ropes, running a theme park, say.  Just a little guy.  Learning, you know?  I mean, could that be…?  You scratch my back, I– I’m not gonna say I could scratch yours.  It’d be too considerable of a space.  But is there an angle there, perhaps?  What’s the rescue pup looking for?” — Greg Hirsch

“Yeah.  Yeah, eyes on the prize.  OK.  Yeah.  Yeah.  What?  Kiss you?  Would I kiss you?  I don’t–” — Greg Hirsch


Roman Roy, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Kieran CulkinRoman Roy

“Hey, hey, motherfuckers!  My guy?  Are you saging?  Ooh, right, yeah, the bad juju.  Oh, I think just fuck off, thanks.  How ya doing?  Mm.  Finessing.  Nice.  Bye.  He’s good.  OK?  Yes, I’m OK.  Obviously.  Why would you even ask that?  Here?  Man, I’m so over it.  I was a bad fit.  I was never a corporate cock-suck anyway.  Besides, I never made it this high in the fucking building!  They stuck me in LA with Old Father Time right here.  We were the pool boys, right Frank?  Fuckin’ banana cabana? So, what’s the bid?  Mm-hmm.  What?  That’s commercially sensitive?  I’m still on the board, man.  One-twenty-five?  Fuck!  No.  For Vaulter, right?  Bit of content and a brand name?  Mm-hmm.  I don’t know what I’m talking about.  You’re gonna be captain of the ship soon enough.  So I don’t– oh, shit.  Sorry.  Fuck you, man.  Every intern on the street knows that you’re stepping up.  Seriously, congrats.  I’m just so pleased to be out of here.  This place was essentially a cage to me.  I should take off.  Fuck it.  Hey, congrats, man.  Mm-hmm.  Mwah.  Look at all this fuckin’ bullshit!  Mm, yes, mm, very serious, mm.  Love you, brother.” — Roman Roy

“Hey, Global Tom.  How you shaking?  You still fucking shit up for us?  Yeah, right.  Hey, sis.  Politics still boring the living shit out of you?  Look at you.  Your like, you know, an actual human person.  Mm-hmm.  Hi.  Yeah, you wish.  Oh, we’re not surprising him, are we?  Oh, he’s gonna love this.  Think last time I surprised him, he took a swing at me.  Yeah, of course.  Happy birthday.  Oh, yeah, I did.  Not so good.  It’s a shitshow.  Oh, yes, yes.  It’s a– it’s a goo.  It’s a fucking goo?  Amazing.  Yeah, what’s the deal?  ‘If’ he– well, excuse me if I don’t want him to– read the small print, asshole.  Oh, fuck!  I’m not even laughing.  What?!  Hey, hey!  Are you fucking serious?  What, are you 14?  Private.  We all need advice, man.” — Roman Roy

“She’s the one, you know, with the hair, and she usually wears the clothes?  Yeah.  You’re a suck-up.  ‘You are so swell, Double Vote Power Mom!'” — Roman Roy

“I’m sure.  I’m sure.  Um… no.  No.  God no, dad.  No, it’s your firm.  Like, it’s not what’s in it for me.  But you know, like, what is in it for me?  Sure.  No, sure.  It’s just it was tough last time.  It was very tough with Frank over me in LA.  Oh, no, sure.  No, of course, I understand that.  It’s just I had a lot of ideas at the studio.  As you know, I’m quite an innovative thinker, and I was met with a lot of resistance.  No– oh, what, Robot Olympics?  No, dad, it’s not about one fantastic idea.  It was a culture.  There were many of them.  I wanna run the damn show.  I do.  And until it opens up, Chief Operating Officer.  But I guess… I guess that’s Frank, huh?  Mm-hmm.” — Roman Roy

“Interesting.  Can we think about it?  I thought about it.  Fuck you.  Boo!  Boo.  Honey, boo him.  Boo!  Well, if Kendall’s going, we need one more to make it fair!  The kid.  Hey!  Hello!  Hello!  Kid.  Yeah.  Yes.  You.  You.  You wanna play?  Dad, can he play?  Thank you, dad.  That’s high.  Too high.  You’re gonna be fine.  Relax, don’t worry about it.  Can you hit a ball?  Great, because I will give you one million dollars if you hit a home run.  I’m dead serious, OK?  Yes, for real.  A million dollars.  Honey, where’s the… your bag?  All right.  I don’t know why you’re smiling.  I am dead serious.  I will give you one million dollars, cash, for a home fucking run.  I’m not being an asshole.  I want him incentivized.  It’s a game.  Jeez, stop being so serious.  Huh?  Witnesses.  Good luck.  I believe in you.  All right, let’s do this.  One million dollars.  OK, come on.  That’s it.  Run, kid!  That’s a hit.  That’s a damn hit.  Come on!  Tom!  Come on!  Come on, run faster!  No!  No!  Bad luck, kid.  Oh, no!  You were so damn close!  That was so close!  Oh, my goodness!  Oh, that is so sad!  Oh, I’m sorry.  I can’t give it to you.  That would have counted, by the way.  that was almost a home run, if you went all the way around.  But it was a really good effort.  Really.  Quite tremendous.  So take this back to your life.  It’s a quarter million.  Enjoy.” — Roman Roy

“What’s the Frank situation?  Yeah?  Um… Shiv?  Con?  It’s not sufficiently attractive as a proposition.  Dad?  Dad, it’s just a first position.  Dad!  Dad!  Dad!  Just, yeah.  A hospital.  Take us to a hospital.  OK, yeah, now!  He’s really hot.  I don’t know.” — Roman Roy


Siobhan Roy, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Sarah SnookSiobhan Roy, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Sarah Snook Siobhan “Shiv” Roy

“Just double-check.  I’ll be back by Sunday night so I’ll look at his speech with him then, OK?  The ‘preekend?’  What the fuck’s a ‘preekend?’  If he wants them by Friday, can he not say Friday?  Oh, fine.  Get Rennie to look at the numbers.  I don’t know.  My dad doesn’t really like things.  No, not really.  Just, look, everything that you get him will mean an equal amount of nothing, so make sure it looks like 10 to 15 grand’s worth and you’re good.  Yes.  Yes.  Get him a watch.” — Shiv Roy

“Hi.  Good.  How are you?  Thanks.  Same.  Love that.  Hi.  Yeah, you know, I’m burying the bodies, counting the cash.  Well, thanks, buddy.  Oh, what is that?  Date Rape by Calvin Klein?  ‘You wish?’  Happy birthday.  He’s here.  He’s just there.  ‘Craig?’  It’s Greg.  N-no?  Big day.  Congratulations… you bastard.  Hey, you know, I wanted to talk to you about Tom.  He thinks he might be ready for the parks, you know, globally and– it’s perfect.  Got a speech.  Dad.  Whoa.  OK.  What?  Wait, that gives her double voting weight.  I mean, this looks… I’m gonna have to talk to my lawyers, just for all the implications.  Just to get the full picture.  As in?  Oh, come on!  Ken, this is typical.  It’s dad.  I… oh.” — Shiv Roy

“Yeah.  Yeah, no, I remember your daughter.  Yeah, the whole day.  Really thoughtful.  It’s been great.  You know what?  Fuck you.  Do we hae to play the game?” — Shiv Roy

“Dad, I’m not just playing with the politics.  Well, Joyce, she’s got that Air Force One Look.  So… to come back, I’d want the top job.  What, like… Tom’s boss?  Under you?  Rome, don’t be an asshole.  This is fun.” — Shiv Roy

“Rome?  Our position is this doesn’t quite work for us.  At present.  We get that.  We do.  And we would love to help.  I would love to help.  But why would I when I’m giving away power?  Why would I do that?  Who’s Kelly?  Dad?  Dad?  Dad!  Dad!  Dad!  Dad!  Dad!  Has he fainted?  He fainted?  He’s hot.” — Shiv Roy

“Kendall.  Thank God.  We’ve been trying to reach you.  Um… …dad is in the hospital.  He’s… we were in the helicopter, and we got here really fast, but they think– we don’t know.  They think he’s had a brain hemorrhage.  If you could get here really soon, that’d be good.  I’m sorry.  Um…” — Shiv Roy

“It’s my work, dad.  You of all people should understand that.  Yeah, of course, ’cause it’s all about you.  Not that I might be in agreement with his points about the purchases, or just maybe his whole philosophy.” — Shiv Roy


Tom Wamsgans, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Matthew MacfadyenTom Wamsgans

“Preekend is Friday.  Thursday lunch through Friday afternoon is the preekend.  Shiv.  This is a fuckin’ disaster.  I got to strategize my gift.  What can I get him he’ll love?  He doesn’t like things?  It needs to say that ‘I respect you, but I’m not awed by you.  And that I– I like you, but I need you to like me before I can love you.’  So what says that?  Will you come in here and help me?  Please help me.” — Tom Wamsgans

“Hey, Marcia, how are you?  Nice to see you.  Very good.  still cleaning up your mess, pal.  Here.  This is just a token of my very real and enduring admiration, in the hope–” — Tom Wamsgans

“Hey.  So, just wanted to give this to you in person just to say, you know, happy birthday.  So… there we go.  It’s just a Patek Phillippe.  So… yeah, I know.  It’s incredibly accurate.  Every time you look at it, it tells you exactly how rich you are.  No.  Well, no.  Yes.  But–” — Tom Wamsgans

“I hear you’re coming in.  Well, I have got my eye on you.  Yeah, you need any help, seriously, any help, any advice, just, you know, don’t fuckin’ bother, OK?  I’m only razzing you, cuz.  You’re dreaming, really.  I’m razzing you.  That was a joke.  No, really.  You know, the thing, I may look really fun, you know?  But the thing about me is that I’m a terrible, terrible prick.  I got you again.  I just got you again.  Fuck me, man, your face.  Pals.  Yes?  Would you kiss me?  Would you?  If I asked you to?  If I told you to?  Huh?  Come on.  I’m joking.  I’m joking.” — Tom Wamsgans


Marianne Hirsch, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Mary BirdsongMarianne

“Greg?  How– are you OK?  How’s it going?  Greg.  A kid.  Greg.  What the fuck?  Greg.  Did you even think for one second to tell them who you are?  OK.  Here’s what you’re gonna do.  You’re gonna get a plane ticket to New York.  It’s your uncle– your great-uncle Logan’s birthday, and they’re having a big party.  I’ll call Marcia and tell her you’re coming.  You’re gonna go to the party.  You’re gonna get him a nice gift.  And you’re gonna look nice.  In a grown-up shirt and a grown-up blazer.” — Marianne

“She was drunk and sitting in Gore Vidal’s lap.” — Marianne


Rava Roy, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Natalie GoldRava Roy

“Sorry we’re late.  It’s OK.  Oh, uh, I got your message.  That’s fine.  Yeah, no, it’s fine.  Bank the weekends, spend them later.  Ugh.  What, like two weekends?  Um… yeah.  I am.  And I’m just hoping this one doesn’t leave some coke smeared all over the kids’ iPads.  Kendall, I’m fucking with you.  It’s OK, it’s OK.  You’re good.  This is a big day.  Coronation day.  Hey, you deserve this.  Seriously.  After anything.” — Rava Roy


Frank Vernon, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Peter FriedmanFrank Vernon

“I– you still want to pursue this?” — Frank Vernon

“I’ll let you know.  They’re not gonna budge unless it gets to be a stupid number.  What’s stupid?  A ‘badillion?’  I don’t know.  Will it set off the smoke alarms?  Roman.  Well, we’re concerned about the alarms.  Good times.” — Frank Vernon

“I thought you’d be in St. Barts by now.  All right, amigo.” — Frank Vernon

“All right.  Great idea, Ken, great idea.” — Frank Vernon

“Yeah, if you’ll excuse me… Logan Roy.  Born in Dundee, Scotland, 80 years ago today, raised in Quebec by an uncle with a print shop and a few advertising billboards and an aunt with a herd of cattle.  Logan himself has made a decent way for himself these past 60 years.  Fifth largest media conglomerate in the world.  A pal to prime ministers, a truth teller to presidents.  He’s tough, he’s wily, but he’s always true to his word.  I arrived to give him legal advice 40 years ago, and I never got out the door.  And since that day, I’m proud to call him a friend.  So, let’s raise a toast.  Logan Roy.” — Frank Vernon

“Hey, I’ll do it for a million.  Give me that.  Just kidding.  You’re good.” — Frank Vernon

“You wanted five?  OK, as in what sort?  Light duties.  Are you kidding me?  Logan.  Me?  That’s it?  To me.  That’s it?  After 30– Jesus Christ.  Here?  You are what you do, Logan.  You know that?  In the end, you’re just what you do.” — Frank Vernon


Alessandro Daniels, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Parker SawyersAlessandro Daniels

“You wanna bump the offer another point?  Do you wanna call your dad?  No.” — Alessandro Daniels

“120 is a stupid number.  But it’s not really a money thing right now.” — Alessandro Daniels

“Might need to throw in a blow job, too.” — Alessandro Daniels

“Yeah, I got news.  Yeah, PPG Bank have got their nose in, might be rustling up another bid.  Word’s out.  We gotta move.  What do you wanna do?” — Alessandro Daniels


Colin

“Say, guys, can we back off?  Guys, back off.  Private event.  Back off, please.  Handle that, will ya?  Whoa.  Can I help you, sir?  Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!  Get your hands back!  Who are you?  What are you doing?  You know this guy?  We’re good?  Sorry about that, guy.  You all right?  Sorry about that.” — Colin

“Mr. Roy.  All set.” — Colin

“How you doing, sir?  How’s everything?  I’m Colin.  I work for Mr. Logan Roy and the Roy family.  We’d like to keep this quiet today, if you’ll agree to that.  We’d like to have you sign a non-disclosure agreement.” — Colin


Connor Roy, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Alan RuckConnor Roy

“I have five farms, and underneath all my farms runs a big, giant aquifer that’s like an underground lake.  I have pumping rights.  That means I get to take the water.  And it’s very important because someday water’s gonna be more precious than gold and people are gonna kill each other to try to get that water.  Right, right, sorry.  But I’m gonna have the water.  And I’ll share with you.  Good.  Excellent, pa.  Here you go.  Congratulations.  Good luck.  Look, dad, we should get this somewhere ambient.  You want to?  Oh, perfect.  The light pollution is practically zero, so, you know, that’s nice.  Hey.  Well… it’s sourdough starter.  I thought that you might like to make something.  Yeah, OK, you shouldn’t have opened it.  OK?  Never mind, forget it.  It was an idea.  I thought you might like it.  It’s sourdough starter to make bread without yeast– the old way.  You bet.  I’m out, OK?  I’m not playing.  Whatever you three decide, goes.  Goodbye.  On the trust, I refuse to play.  I don’t want to engage.  I’m water, I flow.” — Connor Roy

“She’s very funny.  Your mom’s very funny.” — Connor Roy

“I’m with these two.  What they say goes.” — Connor Roy


Grace Roy, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Molly GriggsGrace Roy

“Marcy.  This was delicious.  Thank you.” — Grace Roy


Ewan Roy, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, James Cromwell

Ewan Roy


Gerri Killman, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, J. Smith-Cameron

Geri Killman


Willa, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Justine Lupe

Willa


Stewy Hosseini, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Arian Moayed

Stewy Hosseinni


Caroline Collingwood, Succession, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus, Harriet Walter

Caroline Collinwood



Fallen Angel

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