Emmy episode analysis: Jason Bateman (‘Ozark’) gives ‘Reparations’ to Emmy voters while wrangling with a drug cartel

Emmy episode analysis: Jason Bateman (‘Ozark’) gives ‘Reparations’ to Emmy voters while wrangling with a drug cartel
When it comes to playing bad, Jason Bateman has gotten pretty good. So good, in fact, that he racked up three Emmy nominations for directing, producing and starring in “Ozark” this year. It’s the second consecutive bids he’s gotten in Best Drama Actor and Best Drama Directing and his first in Best Drama Series for the Netflix crime drama, which casts him as a Chicago financier who flees with his family to Missouri to launder money for a drug cartel. Prior to that he received Best Comedy Actor noms for “Arrested Development” in 2005 and 2013.

Bateman has chosen the same episode for his acting and directing submissions: the season two opener “Reparations.” In this installment, Marty Byrd (Bateman) is trying to save his casino deal with the loathsome Snells (Peter Mullen and Lisa Emery) after they murder one of the drug cartel’s top men. They meet with the
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