VEEP Review: “Groundbreaking”

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ends its sixth season with a hilarious episode that offers insights into Selina’s past, resulting in moments both heartbreaking—Selina walking on Andrew cheating on her with one of her campaign donors during her Senate run, then channeling her anger into blackmailing the woman to buy TV ads—and hilarious—Selina and Gary met when he was an orderly at the hospital at which she gave birth to Catherine, making sure that the ice chips were to her exact liking. It’s a great episode, but one that sets up a storyline for the seventh season that I’m equal parts excited and apprehensive about.

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This episode ends with the reveal that Selina, who’s once again decided to run for president after working on her presidential library made her realize that she doesn’t want to be part of history just yet—she wants to be the future, will be running against Jonah. She’s still coasting on the good will that the news that she freed Tibet has brought her, while Jonah is free of his Congressional obligations after losing his House seat to golden child cousin Ezra. It’s a move that brings the band back together, as Dan, Ben, and Kent rejoin Team Meyer, although Mike is replaced by Leon West.

It’s also a move that threatens to become a retread/rehash of previous storylines without really contributing anything new. The satire and jokes in Veep have always been sharp, even in this sometimes unfocused sixth season, but having Selina once again run for president doesn’t seem like the freshest idea. We’ve seen what a Meyer campaign looks like before. The fact that she’s running against Jonah is great—there’s a flashback to him as a fresh-faced, eager to please intern on his first day at the White House—but as Jonah mentioned last episode, he’s already ruined her presidency multiple times.

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There are two new additions to the Meyer family, however. Catherine has her babsixth season, but having Selina once again run for president doesn’t seem like the freshest idea. We’ve seen what a Meyer campaign looks like before. The fact that she’s running against Jonah is great—there’s a flashback to him as a fresh-faced, eager to please intern on his first day at the White House—but as Jonah mentioned last episode, he’s already ruined her presidency multiple times.

There are two new additions to the Meyer family, however. Catherine has her baby, a beautiful boy (If we’re judging by sex organs, which apparently we aren’t, according to Richard), who’s immediately used as a prop in a press conference. Selina naming the baby—she refers to him as “Little Richard” without obtaining Catherine/Marjorie’s consent—maybe be the most callous thing she’s ever done to Catherine, although as we see in the flashback to Catherine’s birth, the two have never been close. There’s also the news that Amy is pregnant! With Dan’s baby. Another great turn of events, but one that causes some head-scratching, as Dan was told earlier this season that his sperm are too slow to get anyone pregnant.

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This episode also contains a flashback to Selina at the “spa”/rehab facility that adds a darkness to Selina and Gary’s relationship. Selina is in a wheelchair, drugged out of her mind. Catherine, who Selina calls beautiful, so you know things are really wrong, suggests that she may be on too many meds. Gary says that she’s on the perfect amount, because he likes her being dependent on him. Some serious Misery vibes. Selina is once again alone at the end of this episode, as she breaks up with Jaffar as she knows she’ll have an easier time running without what she refers to as “Muslim baggage”.

There’s a sad shot of her riding an escalator after ending the relationship, tears streaming down her face. She’s got her political back, but as she said earlier this episode, politics is a sickness. I have a feeling that next season, she’ll have wished that she got out when she could, even if she does end up winning the Presidency.

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Season 6, Episode 10 (S06E10)
Veep airs Sundays at 1030PM on HBO

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