Tuesday, May 14, 2019

What I’m Watching: Veep (Penultimate Episode)

Veep: Season 7, Episode 6 “Oslo” (B)

I’m not even sure what to say about this show anymore. I know it’s already over, and I’m sure the finale – which is coming up soon on my watchlist – will be memorable. This episode threw in a whole bunch of curveballs, namely Selina accidentally admitting to being a war criminal to her least favorite ambassador, Minna, which resulted in her being reported to the International Criminal Court. In this show’s not-all-that-exaggerated version of America, somehow that helped her, until of course she tried to mitigate the damage by showing that only elephants were killed. It was truly awkward and uncomfortable to watch Selina have to repeat over and over her dedication to keeping Tibet free after she had just casually offered it back to China as a debt to be repaid upon her victory. I did much more enjoy hearing Minna irritate Selina to no end, first by asking for Selina’s forgiveness and then telling her she could not forgive her for killing innocents, and hilariously confirming that they would be sharing a room in the embassy. Michael McKean’s governor didn’t last long, and now Richard is one step closer to his likely selection by Selina as a running mate since he’s pretty much the only person she doesn’t want to snub for the job. Other humorous subplots included Dan bringing Amy’s abortion doctor to Jonah’s dad’s funeral and Mike being hired for CBS News as the youngest correspondent by a long shot. Jonah killing his dad after being patient zero in the spread of adult chicken pox to anti-vaxxer communities along the campaign trail was an absurd event that would happen only on this show, and something tells me that Jonah’s eager embrace of killing a good number of immigrants may ultimately make him Selina’s fiercest opponent in this truly deplorable contest.

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