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Season 2, Episode 9
Air date October 6, 2019
Written by Jesse Armstrong
Directed by Mark Mylod
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This Is Not For Tears


With the shareholders meeting imminent and Waystar Royco in a precarious position after a whistleblower makes headlines, Logan, Kendall, Gerri and Tom testify before Congress and face tough questions from a determined Gil Eavis. Shiv speaks candidly to Kira, a victim who is set to be a key witness. In Turkey, Roman’s business pitch takes a chilling turn.


Logan takes a walk by himself through Central Park, as Colin walks behind him. Not long after he, and along with all his son and the rest of the men in his family, sit around the television watching to see whose names will be racked across the coals in the cruise line sex scandal. Moe’s name is brought up, but so is Gerri’s and then Tom’s. They are all making comments at the TV, while Gerri, Hugo, Karl, Laird, and Karolina all in the other rooms watching and taking notes. Ken is rather relaxed throughout the entire thing, while Tom and Greg periodically look nervous. The interviewer asks about the secret logs for ‘No Real Person Involved’. Meaning, it's a sex worker or a migrant worker at a foreign port, not involving a guest or a permanent member of staff. Logan takes himself out of the room and is soon joined by Roman in the hallway. Wanting to help his father, he agrees to go on a business trip for him, and try and make a deal with Eduard Asgarov. Later, Rhea joins the party rather late, and after a quick appearance in a feeble attempt to rally the troops, departs again.

Getting ready to 'Kill Bill'

The Roy Family had previously discussed using Bill Lockheart as their scapegoat and were rather surprised to see him the next morning at court. Bill told them he was just there to offer his support, though it would appear he was ensuring his survival in the corporate fiasco. Their small group soon enters to find Logan already there with Ken. They are working from a boardroom withI n the government buildings before and during all the proceedings before Congress. Tom is the first one to be called to the stand and is understandably quite nervous. He is confronted by an aggressive Gil, who continuously questions him for all his actions, while Logan, Ken, and Shiv watch from the board room, as he is questioned about Lester’s nickname Moe. In his panic, Tom even claims to not known, who Greg is when confronted about missing documents over Thanksgiving. This leaves everyone in the boardroom along with Greg was in the audience in a panic.

trying to stay calm

Roman, Karl, and Laird find themselves in Turkey, watching the soccer team he just bought for his father, days ago. He and Eduard are trying to barter deal with each other. After having a rather pleasant conversation up in a hotel suite, they are soon sets on by men with guns. It takes a minute for Roman to realize that they are being held up by terrorists, and are soon ushered downstairs to the lobby with all the other rich guests of the hotel. Eduard appears to be rather calm given the situation, and their entire group is soon re-located to the dining area. Karl admits to having a bit of a panic attack, but given the high-stress situation, everyone is acting rather calm. Throughout this, Roman continues to try to broker a deal with Eduard. It appears they come to an agreement. Not long after this, the men with guns demand to know who are foreigners, after Karl raises his hand, the rest of them follow suit. They are soon led away by the men, after being held for over 24 hours.

Logan reading a statement to Congress

Tom arrives back into the boardroom in disarray, and rather scared. His wife tries to calm him and promises the rest of the room she thinks she has a way out of the situation. She goes alone to meet with Gil and Nate and tries to broker a deal with them, but Gil is uninterested. Shiv promises that if they go after Bill it will be an easy win and they will fold, but she soon finds out they have a witness. Arriving back at the board room, she is greeted with Rhea who has joined them. While Logan is being prepped to go before Congress, he sends the two women to go talk to the witness. Logan rather calmly reads his statement before Congress, but when he asked a tough question, debatably, pushes Ken in front of the bus to answer any tough questions. Surprisingly he pulls through very smoothly.

Shiv talking to the witness

Shiv and Rhea go to talk to the witness, Kira, but once they arrive Rhea refuses to get out of the car, claiming moral-high ground, and she doesn't feel right about trying to coerce a sexual-assault victim. Shiv goes alone and greets Kira. She confronts her by telling her, if she tells the world she was raped, she will first be praised for her courage, but then the lies and stories people make up about her will follow her forever. She coerces the woman into agreeing to backing out as a witness, with the promise of millions of dollars, and more importantly, she will personally put a stop to the men that were involved in the cruise-line scandals and will ensure they are a safe and secure operation from here on forward. The women agrees for her child's sake, and Shiv is cheered a hero briefly, with her father giving her a kiss and a nod of acknowledgment for helping them win the case.

During their celebration party, Rhea takes Logan aside and informs him she no longer wants to be part of a business like his. She no longer wants to be CEO and walks away. While Logan and Shiv are watching TV together later that night, he confirms they must have a blood sacrifice in order to make Congress happy and to get rid of the wolves at their door.



Frank Vernon:... Shareholder meeting in two-and-a-half weeks. I mean, we are unusually subject to the vicissitudes of public opinion.
Karl: Uh I can translate. That's Frank for "We're fucked.

Roman Roy: And can I ask, not to make this all about us, but are they going to shoot us at any point?
Karl: I'm also intrigued on that point.
Eduard Asgarov: No one is getting shot.

(After making a deal with Eduard Asgarov)
Roman Roy: I mean, should we see if any of the other hostages want to cut a deal? This could be a bumper time for us.



Recurring Cast


  • Anthony Arkin as Unknown
  • Sally Murphy as Kira
  • Mark Blum as Bill Lockheart
  • Victor Slezak as Senator Roberts
  • Debbye Turner as Susan Vardy
  • Michael Nathanson as  Unknown
  • Juliana Canfield as Jess Jordan
  • Zoe Winters as Kerry