The third weekly instalment of The Last Dance hits screens on Sunday, with the fifth and sixth episodes of ESPN’s 10-part documentary set to premiere on the network. Both episodes will land on Netflix early on Monday morning.
Chronicling Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls, the documentary has provided the perfect replacement for the lack of NBA action, with the league suspended since March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Having delved into Bulls’ general manager Jerry Krause’s plans to dismantle a team that at the time had won five NBA titles in the first two episodes, the third and fourth instalments focused heavily on Dennis Rodman and the ongoing feud between Jordan and the Detroit Pistons.
Episodes 5 and 6 will feature Kobe Bryant and Spike Lee and delve into the mole behind the leaks coming from the Bulls locker room.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of Sunday.
When does The Last Dance air?
The fifth episode will premiere at 9 p.m. ET on May 3 on ESPN, with the sixth episode to follow straight afterward. A version of the documentary edited for language will air simultaneously on ESPN2.
Two hour-long episodes will air each week on Sunday at the same time, with the final two episodes scheduled for May 17.
The third and fourth episodes will be re-aired from 7 p.m. ET on ESPN on Sunday, ahead of the premiere of the two new episodes.
The fifth and sixth episodes of the documentary will premiere on Netflix at 12:01 a.m. PT on May 4.
Where can I watch The Last Dance?
The documentary is available on ESPN and ABC, while Netflix has snapped up the international rights. ESPN and ABC will make the documentary available on TV and online via their digital platforms, while Netflix users can access it via the Netflix app on TVs and connected devices, as well as online.
Episode 3-4 recap
Having painted Jerry Krause as the chief villain in the first two episodes, The Last Dance introduced a new set of antagonists in the shape of Isiah Thomas and the Detroit Pistons.
The third and fourth instalment of the 10-part series delved into the bitter feud that developed between the Pistons and the Bulls as the former defeated Chicago in the 1988 Eastern Conference semifinals, before beating them in the Eastern Conference finals in the two following seasons.
The Bulls eventually overcame the Pistons in the 1991 conference finals to kickstart their dynasty, but Jordan candidly revealed he still harbours animosity towards his former rivals.
“Oh, I hated them,” Jordan said in Episode 3 of the ESPN documentary. “And that hate carries even to this day.”
Renowned for their confrontational, rugged, no-holds-barred approach the Pistons’ earned themselves the monicker of “Bad Boys” and footage shows it was fully deserved.
Former Pistons guard Isiah Thomas and former Pistons assistant coach Brendan Malone both featured in the documentary and lifted the veil on the team’s bruising style aimed at limiting Jordan that became known as “The Jordan Rules.”
“They made it personal,” Jordan explained. “They physically beat the s*** out of us.”
Aside from the ongoing feud between Jordan and the Pistons, Episodes 3 and 4 also focused on Dennis Rodman and how his larger-than-life persona was both crucial to the Bulls’ success and simultaneously risked derailing his career.
Among the many Rodman-related stories, the pick of the crop was surely Jordan heading to Las Vegas to bring his teammate back after a two-day escapade to Sin City threatened to escalate into something far more serious.