Thursday, June 14, 2012

What I’m Watching: Veep (Season Finale)

Veep: Season 1, Episode 8 “Tears” (B+)

It seems like this season only just started, and it’s already over! Yet it has been an entertaining ride, and the central plot of this installment is a perfect way to go out for the summer. Congressman No-Jaw telling Dan then Selina that he didn’t want her endorsement for governor was, if nothing else, extremely rude, and she didn’t mince words telling him how she felt about him. Unfortunately, that did unlock the floodgates, and the “Chinese daughter torture” was only so effective in getting her approval ratings back up, only to have them threaten to drop when the journalist expressed that Selina’s team had engineered her crying. Dan’s swift promotion to policy director couldn’t have been more poorly played-out, as he announced it immediately and then got demoted after the angry congressman, who even tried to belittle Sue, announced that he was launching a congressional hearing into Dan’s actions with the Macaulay Amendment. That should make for an interesting season two. What I love most about this show was exemplified in several choice scenes and lines in this episode, like Gary whispering in Selina’s ear that he didn’t know what to say, so he’s just whispering, Mike saying that he’s Pinocchio, the puppet master, and Selina, in a rare moment on top, using her token “Sue, did the president call?” as a sarcastic weapon against a self-congratulatory Jonah. This entire cast is superb, and, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus is pretty much a sure thing for an Emmy nomination, I hope she’s not the only one from the cast recognized.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Anna Chlumsky as Amy

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