Friday, May 13, 2016

What I’m Watching: Veep

Veep: Season 5, Episode 2 “Nev-ah-da” (B+)

It’s entertaining to watch a handful of our characters spend their time in Nevada, enunciated phonetically in this episode’s tittle, trying to argue that every vote is actually a vote for Meyer, even one that would decry the president if not for a potentially present comma. We haven’t seen Dan Bakkedahl’s Roger Furlong since the actor began starring on “Life in Pieces,” and it’s always entertaining to see him enter the room with a whole slew of profanities lined up with Nelson Franklin’s punching bag Will at his side. I like the new character that we’ve met, Charlie Baird, played by John Slattery of “Mad Men” fame, who was interesting enough to the president to merit some special attention and then a few visits to the White House after that. I love that Selina was furious at him for going to her opponent right after they slept together, and he didn’t seem fazed at all by the fact that Mike has accidentally drawn attention to their relationship because he didn’t have his necessary nutrients from his very ineffective cleanse. Martin Mull’s Bob Bradley is a mess, and Selina is too blinded by his reputation to realize that he’s going to screw things up for them if he touches down in Nevada. I’m a big fan of unsolved mysteries like how old Sue is since she was apparently at the White House at least a few decades ago and has now piqued Kent’s interest. Sophie is really something, and Amy is going to be much more upset about the fact that Dan slept with her than the discovery that she was texting Ben by mistake.

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