Last week on Succession, Tom got existential, Roman found Tattoo Man, and Logan and Kendall were forced to play nice for Adrien Brody's benefit. This week, the family dealt with Logan's UTI and the dreaded shareholders' vote. Succession is a show all about how people jockey for power (and process trauma) — after the photo below, check out our spoiler-filled season three, episode five Succession Power Rankings.

1. The Demented Fucking Piss Mad King Of England: Lest you forgot, Succession started with Logan Roy peeing on the carpet in the middle of the night. His health was in the foreground in season one, but has largely served as an ominous backdrop to all the machinations of seasons two and three. Those health problems are back with a vengeance this week, as a UTI leaves him using a cane, struggling to make decisions, getting people confused (he mistakes Shiv for Marcia at one point), and the ultimate indignity: he's incapable of peeing without relying on Tom to hold him up.

It takes his family until well over halfway through the episode to realize there's something wrong with him. Perhaps it's because Logan is particularly grumpy early in the episode, skeptical of any last minute deal with the Sandy contingent. "There's something screwy going on. Did we give them a taste of their own medicine? Let everyone know they bent for me?" he asks. The family doesn't notice when Logan then turns to his bodyguard to ask his advice.

Roman is of course squarely in his dad's corner: "It makes sense, he's fucking okay, he's gambling the company because he's a fucking badass, he knows what he's doing." Tom has his own take: "If we do come through, it is one for the memoirs, it really is quite thrilling." Even Ken, who refers to him as a "psychopathic narcissist," still thinks early on that his dad can use his "beefy Logan voodoo" to get the votes the family needs if it comes to that.

It takes Logan screaming in the toilet and mistaking Shiv for Marcia for everyone to catch on to what's happening (the imaginary cat doesn't help). We are then treated to the funniest section of the episode: everything descends into a mad farce as the family throws the term "piss mad" back and forth. Once they get him some medical attention, the family is still wondering whether he can work his Logan magic on stage, but his doctor warns them that "he's not a cup of instant noodles" or a pickup truck that can be jumpstarted. "We're not gonna make the piss mad bear dance on stage with a cattle prod," Roman says definitively.

At the end of the episode, Logan is no longer piss mad, but he is regular mad. This deal made him look weak, he reckons; there's blood in the water and the sharks are coming. "We should have chopped them down," he mutters. Logan is not good at accepting weakness in himself, so he projects outward toward his family, and his ire sets on Shiv, the person whose frantic maneuvering made the deal which saved the company.

How does he reward her? He freezes her out of planning next steps with Gerri. He treats her like it's Bring Your Daughter To Work Day and she is pestering him for lunch money. He erupts at her, and ruins her moment much like Ken did at the company town hall a few episodes back. Logan Roy was on the verge of losing control of his company when he went piss mad; he ends the episode angrier than ever and with seemingly no one standing in his way.

2. Stewy, Sandy & Sandi: The triumvirate who have the ability to take down the Roys flirt with doing so all episode, but ultimately, everyone's bottom line comes before personal grievances. Stewy hates Ken ("Shouldnt you be on a rainbow soapbox somewhere screaming 'Times Up'?") and Sandy hates Logan (ATN was the one that started the syphilis rumor, of course), but everyone hates losing money more. As Stewy sums it up: "We are a complicated coalition, and Sandy is the angriest fucking vegetable."

But the really interesting x factor here is Sandi Furness, Sandy's aptly-named daughter. This is the second time we've met her—Hope Davis first appeared in episode two in the limo with Stewy and Ken—but this is the first time we've gotten a feel for what she's like. For much of the episode, she seems to be deferring to her father's wishes. "I feel like I have to push this right out there, say it, since there's an $85 billion baby on the table here: how do I know he's not your meat puppet?" Roman asks. Sandi claims she just does what her dad tells her to do, "like you guys," which is as loaded a statement as you can get with this group.

Eventually, Sandi meets up with Shiv and seems to stake out some ground of her own, grabbing a board seat and helping finalize the deal without Sandy getting veto rights over any Roy family members taking over as CEO. It'll be interesting to see if she pops up again as the season moves forward—is she a Rhea Jarrell type moving toward the inner circle, or something different?

3. The Amount Of Time Adrien Brody Had To Be On Set To Film His One Appearance This Episode: Hi Josh Aaronson, don't think we didn't see you there pal. Anyway, getting paid to appear briefly in the background shot of one scene is a pretty baller move.

Where's Waldo: Adrien Brody Edition

4. Bootleg Logan: Roman is adept at throwing out instantly quotable and cutting one-liners (he's responsible for the phrase that provides this episode's title) that ultimately seem like a knee-jerk defense system. Roman is arguably the most fragile of the siblings, even more than Kendall, because of a lifetime of abuse from within the family, and he uses his wit to keep expectations low, to undercut serious or emotional conversations, and to keep everyone at arm's length (the way he recoils anytime he is forced to be sincere is particularly notable).

But it makes total sense that he is also, at his core, the closest thing to "Bootleg Logan," as Gerri puts it when she encourages him to talk on the phone to The Raisin. While that call doesn't go exactly as planned—"Good friends can be really tough with their constructive criticisms..."—it's clear Roman acquits himself well while Logan is indisposed.

Throughout the episode, Roman says things to remind us that he's really the biggest believer in the cult of Logan. Whereas Shiv, Connor and Kendall have all acknowledged in recent episodes that Logan isn't who he used to be—and who he used to be maybe wasn't so great in the first place—Roman is the guy who has bought all-in on dad's imperviousness. That's one reason why Roman and Logan seem to have the tightest bond this season—and why Roman gets an affectionate pat on the back when he kneels by Logan's side at the very end of the episode.

5. The Love Ballad Of Gerri & Roman: Gerri spends most of the episode frantically trying to hash out the deal with Stewy and Sandy, and then lowkey sparring with Shiv over who gets to take credit once they have their various breakthroughs. But her relationship with Roman is key to two scenes: first, when she goes over him (and Shiv) to relay the first possible deal to Logan, which involves the stipulation that Sandy gets veto power over any of the siblings taking over for Logan.

When she later apologizes, he snaps, "about what? Trying to fuck me over to consolidate your position?" It may make businesses sense to Gerri, but Roman cautions that "you picked your prince, Gerri, don't fuck it up now." And this is likely what's in the back of her mind when she hands the phone to Roman to talk to the president. Gerri knows she needs family support to keep her position, and there's no one more loyal to her than Roman.

And of course, Gerri's shrewd business acumen does her well: at the end of the episode, she is the one Logan insists on strategizing with, not Shiv.

6. The Puppet Master: Kendall keeps referring to himself as the "puppet master" throughout the episode (he also says "Shadow Chamber HQ, the #resistance," which is the most Kendall thing to say), and to his credit, he kind of has a point! If it wasn't for him, Shiv and Gerri never would have gotten into the room with Stewy, Sandy and Sandi to hammer out a final deal.

He plays Stewy just right, pointing out he'll have a $50 million hole in his pocket if they can't figure this deal out. "Without family control I can't change things, and that's actually what I'm about: change," he argues. "Save it for Vanity Fair bro, I'm all good," Stewy responds reasonably.

It is appropriate that just about every time Kendall tries to throw out his "puppet master" line, he gets made fun of. When he calls Shiv and lets her in on his dealings, she responds, "Thanks, I no longer wish to receive these calls." When he once again calls Stewy, we get this exquisite Kendallism: "Stewy, I'm feeling it, I'm feeling those good vibrations. Let me know where your head's at. Let's get this done and trip the light fantastic."

But as these things tend to go with Kendall, his raging insecurity gets the better of him. He gets irritated sitting on the sidelines being puppet master. "It makes me look like I'm losing when I'm winning," he complains to his team. His absence doesn't give him a certain power—it "makes me look like a little bitch." So he wanders onto the stage of the shareholders meeting, and takes the podium from Karl just after he announces a deal has been made.

"I'd like to ask you all to join with me for a moment of silence for victims of crimes that took place on our watch," he says before reading the names of those victims. His team later tells him his "Sermon On The Marriott" went well, but even the people ostensibly on his side likely found this stunt to be more pitiable than admirable.

There's only one person he's really trying to impress though, and that person is over it. Logan relays through his assistant that he wants to talk to Kendall, but the last thing we see if Logan ditching him and then blocking his number permanently.

7. Shiv: Ever since Logan formally brought her into the company, Shiv has understandably assumed she was being groomed to take over. But as Connor pointed out last episode, she's not quite as powerful as she thought—she has been more of a middleman than anything else so far.

Shiv has responded to this criticism, and her other challenges this season dealing with Kendall, by becoming more ruthless like her father. Last week she batted Mark Ravenhead around to get him to comply with the narrative change on the president. And this week, she goes into overdrive to seal the deal before the shareholders' meeting, whatever it takes.

It doesn't look great when she brings the first deal she hammers out to Logan and he rejects it. She clearly thinks he's making a mistake, but she also tries to reason that maybe he knows something she doesn't. Once she finds out he's "piss mad," she scrambles to salvage the deal, and meets privately with Sandi for some daughter-on-daughter quality time.

"I don't think it's right how your dad sidelines you," Shiv says, offering her a fourth seat on the board. It's a win-win, because Shiv then angles for another seat for the Roys, presumably for herself, and she is able to do it without the veto clause over the next CEO. "Tell him the markets will never let me or my brothers be CEO," she says. "Do you believe that?" Sandi asks. "I just care if your dad believes it," Shiv responds.

Shiv pulls it off—the deal is made and there doesn't need to be any vote. With her father incapacitated, she stepped up in a huge way and got a win to retain family control of the company. Unfortunately, Logan doesn't see it that way.

It doesn't matter how shrewd or decisive or cunning she was—in Logan's eyes, Shiv caved. She gave up too much and showed weakness, and ended up on the shitty end of a deal. "We couldn't risk a vote. You you were AWOL. What would you have done then?" she asks. "Not that. I'd have figured it out," he responds.

Is Logan more upset that Shiv gave up the seats, or that she overplayed her hand while he was not there? He clearly doesn't think she's ready for the big time yet—hence why he immediately cuts her out of strategizing—but the anger which he levels at her is more personal than not when she tries to get him to toast with her. "Shiv, I'm trying to talk to Gerri about something important. Stop buzzing in my fucking ear," he bellows.

Despite Shiv saving the company, proving that she's capable of making tough decisions, this turns out to be her weakest moment of the season yet.

8. The PJs: Of course the deal would come down (in part) to private jets. Gerri notes they're "elitist and out of touch," and Shiv thinks they can eat it and tell them to fuck off later. But Roman WILL NOT YIELD on this subject.

"Bullshit," he says during an impassioned speech. "No. First they came for the PJs, and I said nothing. Then they come for the outsized compensation payments, you know? This is bullshit, they'll back down." Suffice to say, they ultimately do not back down. The deal ends up being four seats for the Sandy/Stewy/Sandi contingent (and one extra one for the Roys), plus no PJs. But then again, let's just see whether they follow through on this one.

9. The Concept Of Taking Legal Action Against Your Own Grandfather: Greg starts off the episode mostly worried about his relationship with Kendall after he joined the Waystar joint defense team, and the fact that Ken is now suggesting that he may have to burn him. Sure, it's not his preferred choice, but getting burned does not sound great.

"I'm still not saying I will burn you, all I'm saying is I might burn you, it's a margin call," Kendall explains. Greg wants to know how bad the burning will be, and Kendall lays it on him: "You'll probably be fined, they don't want to send bottom-feeders to prison. Fuck you and chuck you to get to the red meat...or you could drop from joint defense."

Greg's decision to align once again with Logan and Waystar has more reverberations than that though. He meets up with Big Gramps (and Roger Pugh!), and after an unbelievably awkward hug, learns he's been cut off. "I'm not an uncomplicated man Greg. Nevertheless I have tried as much as I'm able to show you love and compassion," says the Best Darn Grampa Out There. But in Ewan's eyes, Greg has thrown his lot in with his brother's "gang of crapulous shills without so much as a telephone call."

That was the last straw, and now the entirety of his estate is going to Greenpeace (Greg's part was the first part to go). "Your life is not a bagatelle. Because you are putting yourself in service of a monstrous endeavor. Because you need to take yourself seriously kid."

This leads to the funniest line of the episode, when the camera catches Greg on the phone (presumably with his attorney), asking, "In your view, do you think it's possible to sue a person, a grandparent for example, in a way which is like, like in an affectionate way, that might convey, I love you and I'm glad you're part of my life but I am taking legal action against you?"

He informs Tom at the end of the episode that he's learned he can't sue Ewan while he's alive, but he can sue Greenpeace. "I like your style Greg. Who are you gonna go after next, Save The Children?" Tom replies.

Why is Greg holding two cups of water?

10. The New Head Of ATN Europe: As with most of the business plots, Connor has pretty much nothing to do with the machinations of the shareholders' meeting. As Roman puts it when he arrives, "Great, it's so essential you're here." However, there is a very good reason why he's come: to convince his dad to let him takeover ATN Europe.

First, he has to get past Shiv, who says today isn't a great day for ne'er-do-well children to ask for favors. Their relationship dynamic is similar to last episode, and her interference doesn't stop Connor. "Oh bummer, I guess he'll have to make time Madam Secretary. Unless he wants me to go public and take a big black light to our semen-stained family scrapbook, maybe he oughta fit me in."

Connor lucks out that he catches his dad in the middle of being piss mad. But even in his addled state, Logan is skeptical that Con can handle such a gig. But then again, is he really doing any worse than the other kids? "Roman's a knucklehead, Shiv's a fake, Kenny's screwy, why can't I get a shot?" he asks.

So although it's pretty ambiguous in the scene whether Logan agrees, Connor spends the rest of the episode celebrating his new position. Of course, it doesn't excite him as much as learning The Raisin in bowing out of the next election: "Boom shakalaka, hell yeah."

11. Tom's Sex Life: Last episode, Tom was obsessed with the prison blogs and how to make toilet wine—it's clear he's not handling the prospect of jail time well, and Shiv is doing absolutely nothing to support him. It seems he's pivoted to a new strategy to get her attention and give himself something to look forward to after he gets out: a child.

At first, it seems like Tom is just turned on by all the wheeling and dealing of the day, but he keeps saying weird comments about how Shiv smells and that he is "just most horny when you're most fertile, that's how it works right?" Shiv quickly susses out that he's, uh, tracking her cycles. "It's not creepy, I've got six more ovulation windows until all sex is prison sex," he pleads.

She is understandably horrified and makes it clear she doesn't want to be his incubator. Quickly, the substance of his issues comes to the surface: "I might need something, otherwise what's the point of all this, where are we heading?...You're making it sound horrible and it's not horrible, it's nice, it's supposed to be nice." Tom is totally misguided in his "romantic" overture, but the core problem—that Shiv is just completely not available to him, and he is terrified of going to prison and that she might move on or forget about him while he's inside—are understandable. Tom is often the creepiest person on the show, but he's also one of the most sympathetic.

12. Imaginary Cats: A surprisingly strong week for imaginary dead cats, as Logan hallucinates one in the midst of his piss madness. "He's concerned there is a dead cat under his chair," Hugo notes, and for a minute or two, Succession turns into a farce. This is the exact moment that Kendall shows up—he's angry that they're squashing the deal ("You have to turn this around right now!" he barks), but he gets distracted by Logan's bodyguard pretending to pick up the imaginary cat with a paper bag and then running it down the hall. "That is an imaginary cat, now could you please fuck off," Roman asks.

Paper Bag 1, Imaginary Cat 0

13. The Maitre D' At The Bistro Bullshit: Frank's ability to backchannel cordially with Kendall is one of the key elements that stops the deal between the Roys and Sandy Furness from going south. "It's nice to let Moscow know what Washington's thinking today so we don't stumble into Armageddon," he says at one point. Frank has huge value because of his ability to work people, and work with people, like this.

But his real value to the family is in dancing in front of strangers while they frantically try to stop a shareholder vote from happening. So Frank pulls the short straw and ends up spending most of the episode wasting time on stage. I can only imagine how many meaningless platitudes were uttered while he tried to fill the time.

Kendall sees what's going on, even if he doesn't seem too sympathetic: "Fucking Frank, it's humiliating. All these years, he still has to play maitre d' at the bistro bullshit."

14. Vamp Karl Vamp: Frank is usually the most competent of lackeys, but Karl is definitely both the laziest and funniest. I'd rather have Frank by my side in the real world, but I'm incredibly happy that the Roys are surrounded by a bunch of Karls, of which Karl is (of course) the most Karl. He's completely hopeless and unabashedly weaselly, which is how he gets out of speaking on stage ("Slow it down, deal may be off, needed elsewhere, so vamp" he tells Frank) and later volunteers himself to announce the good news about the deal to shareholders.

15. Hugo's One Good Idea: "Should we call in a bomb threat?"

16. Cyd Peach: Hi Cyd Peach! Welcome to season three. Show did not forget you, nor did we. The Senior News division head at Waystar was hanging out in room with the whole gang, but her one shining moment comes toward the very end, when Connor talks about taking over ATN Europe. "Boom, open sesame, can you believe it?" he crows. "It is hard to believe," she responds dryly in what can only be described as a Cyd Peachian tenor. "Have a good time."

17. The Raisin: He's technically still the president, which puts him in a position of immense power, but the fact that he has decided to bow out of the next election is a huge blow to the Roys. Of course, it's all their fault: Logan's insistence that ATN go negative and question his "competence and capability"—a.k.a. Memorygate—works too well. "The White House is shitting fuel rods at the tone change," Shiv notes, but it turns out shitting fuel rods is an understatement.

"Good friends can be really tough with their constructive criticisms..." Roman says as he tries to convince The Raisin to run again. It's in all of their best interests, but unfortunately, his "minor neurological issue" has been blown way out of proportion, and he doesn't want to put his wife and kids through all this scrutiny and "good luck getting the kind of access he granted wwith whoever is the next president, which if left up to him could be a chicken."

There is such a thing as overplaying your hand, and Logan has done so here. "I think we just alienated our most powerful ally," Roman muses. "I mean, it's kinda nice to know we can puppet master the whole American republic project and all..."

18. Whoever Has To Tell Sophie and Iverson About The Rabbit: One small followup to last week's discourse on The Beatles: Kendall calls Sophie "Wild Honey Pie," which is probably the sweetest thing I've heard out of him this season.

Unfortunately, Sophie and Iverson take a backseat to the poor giant rabbit Kendall recently purchased for them. Rabbits aren't supposed to eat bagels, but Kendall yells at an assistant, "those rules are for fuckheads who are gonna go to Tampa and leave a rabbit with a Big Gulp and a dozen cinnamon raisins."

Kendall is wrong, of course, and the rabbit is very sick from the bagels. But he has a plan to deal with it: call his doctor. The human doctor. "Yeah, if he can do people, he can do rabbits," Kendall surmises. His assistant Jess' face says it all:

The face Jess makes when Kendall learns the bagels made the rabbit sick is probably something Kendall is used to seeing from those around him

Creepiest Tom Innuendo Of The Week: I know I mentioned it up above, but Tom's entire exchange with Shiv about having a baby is just the creepiest. "I think I'm just most horny when you're most fertile" is a giant NO, but then following it with "That's how it works right?" puts it all over the top.

Succession-verse Articles Of The Week: There is a lot written about Succession every week, but I wanted to single out a few pieces this week I enjoyed in particular: first, Matthew Macfadyen and Nicholas Braun spoke to EW about playing the show's "greatest power couple" and how much they crack each other up while filming. Do the characters really like each other though? "I think Tom really likes Greg, because I think if he didn't like him, he wouldn't bother with all the poking and bullying," said Macfadyen. "The degree to which he bullies him is exactly the degree he likes him and values him and trusts him."

The Ringer has a piece about how the show’s designers and cinematographers try to make wealth look having Kendall's apartment located in Hudson Yards. “I want to tread carefully because I don’t want to say something that the people at Hudson Yards might not appreciate,” said executive producer Scott Ferguson. “But there’s a very polished sheen. It’s one of the things about all these characters’ environments—it doesn’t feel like they put down deeper roots and have a lot of their personal history somewhere …. There’s a bland interchangeability that’s pleasant and beautiful, but doesn’t get deeply character-oriented.”

Family Members In Absentia: No Naomi Pierce, no Michelle-Anne Vanderhoven (who I would be will be back) or Sophie Iwobi (who I wager won't be back). No appearances again from Willa Ferreyra, Connor's better half, or Marcia Roy, Logan's better half. No Lady Caroline Collingwood, no Rava Roy, and no Lisa Arthur. And Mondale the dog remains locked in a crate somewhere.

Did Anyone Get A Kiss From Daddy This Week? Logan was a little more focused on relieving himself than he was on planting a kiss on the cheek of one of his kids, but there was one moment of affection worth noting: Logan, in his addled state, twice calls on Tom to help him go pee. On the one hand, it's funny because Tom is literally on piss duty, but it also seems like a sign that Logan trusts him because of his offer, and is keeping him closer than before. And while Logan does not need Tom to "hold the scepter," it all culminates in Logan saying "Thanks, son" to him as he holds him up in the toilet. Tom's response: "Anytime Pop...Poppa."

Next week on Succession, the Roys head to CPAC and the presidential election takes a turn. Until then, if Tom Thibodeau is clearly Logan, does that make Julius Randle the Kendall? And RJ Barrett is...Roman?